So here it is already week 2 of the One Room Challenge and things are rocking and rolling with our family room makeover. Fabrics have been secured for the drapes, pillows and for reupholstering the three chairs I am keeping. The painting is (almost) done and I am cranking out decisions like time is running out…oh wait it is!

My big excitement was scoring this vintage campaign chest at The Habitat Restore while donating the old furniture that was in the family room. I have ambitious plans for it (hint…color) and it was only $95.00 which makes it even sweeter since I’ve already blown past my initial budget for the room.

campagne chest

I thought you might also want to see the floor plan. It is a long room but in reality only 2/3rds of it is usable space.  The back wall is mostly glass with a door that leads to our deck. This third of the room has to stay clear because it is a main traffic way of our house. The dog is in and out of this door multiple times a day and it is how we often enter and exit the house.

ORC floor planSince the room currently feels so chopped up with doors, windows, wainscoting, and the large off center opening, I decided to wrap the entire room in one color. It will be Farrow and Ball’s Satin Slipper. I want a clean neutral back ground for the pops of saturated color I plan to bring in.

Anyone else have 5 remotes to turn their TV on?

The carpet installer also came to measure for the new rug. Of course our dog Nevers wouldn’t stop giving the guy kisses as he thought he was there to play with him. The measure took twice as long I am sure. I’ll show you the rug next week.

carpet measure

So that’s the progress and good news. The flip side is that a few unforeseen issues arose just like they often do with client jobs. During the ORC though, the time line is so compressed that you always have to be willing to jump to Plan B…and quickly!

This past week I had to go to Plan B twice. The first curve ball I received was that one of the fabrics on my design board that I showed you last week is on back order 8-10 weeks. A quick decision for an in stock replacement fabric had to be made. Was it as perfect as choice #1? No. Was it good enough? Yes. The bottom one will now be going on my two Indonesian chairs.

Top fabric back ordered 8-10 weeks Bottom fabric in stock.

Top fabric back ordered 8-10 weeks Bottom fabric in stock.

The second curve ball I was thrown is that my regular work room person fell and broke her arm (how DARE she…right?) so she will not be able to make my drapery and pillows. Plan B? Call my friend Kim’s work room and drive an hour and 15 minutes (each way) to drop off my fabrics.

The other thing I have learned about the ORC is that there is a lot of begging. “Please, please have my sofa and coffee table shipped in time for the reveal”, and “Please have my window treatments, pillows and upholstered chairs ready for the final photographs…pretty please?”.

I started throwing around the phrase “One Room Challenge” as if it is some nationally televised event that they just HAVE to be a part of. The work room, upholster and furniture vendors said nothing but I could just imagine what they were thinking, “OH, you are the only person who wants to have things done before Thanksgiving…no problem, I will get right on it”.

I have my fingers crossed everything gets into the room before the reveal. I am sure everyone else in the challenge feels the same way. Speaking of everyone else, be sure to check out the other participants here. 

Also, be sure to follow more of my room updates on Instagram.

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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