Fall 2021 One Room Challenge: Week One

Ta-dah… the mood board reveal! I haven’t made a mood board in the better part of a decade. It was fun to flex a muscle that hasn’t been used in some time! I’m very excited to be a One Room Challenge™ Guest Participant this fall (Fall 2021). I have an entire house that’s being renovated so I could see this challenge becoming a semi-annual part of my life!

Project Sources

Chairs / Edloe Finch

Table / Wayfair

Citrus Trees / Brighter Blooms

Planters / Amazon

Paint / Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster, Accessible Beige, and Tricorn Black

Chandelier / Wayfair

Mantel / Facebook Marketplace

Fireplace Inset Tile / Home Depot

Art Options / TBD… but here’s a link to the contenders via Pinterest

We moved into our home in early May and have been deconstructing this room over the last five months. Here’s the progression in photos:

Check out the featured designers on the ORC blog and check back tomorrow as guest participants, like me (!), add our One Room Challenge projects to the blog and Instagram (@oneroomchallenge or the hashtag #oneroomchallenge).

This week I’m still working on repairing the fireplace wall itself. It’s going to be a lot of foundational work the first few weeks. But I get to pick up my tile tomorrow (yay!) which will most likely be shared in Stories because I’m terrible at keeping reveals like that to myself! Next week I’ll break down my budget and project timeline in the second One Room Challenge blog post. The actual work is the visible side of this challenge, but the devil is in the details, a.k.a. the project planning and prep work!

If you’re joining in on the One Room Challenge fun over the next 8 weeks, reach out and say hello here or via Instagram. Good luck to all the featured designers and guest participants this fall!

Sanity, Budgets, and Project Timelines

Here’s the scenario: you and your partner move into a new home. One of you thinks the home is perfect “as is” and the other sees the new home as a blank canvas for all of their design fantasies.

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What’s the result of these two contrasting viewpoints? If you said bickering, you’d be correct about my relationship! My partner and I have polarizing ideas when it comes to our home budgets and timelines for projects. It’s resulted in arguments and muttering under our breath at one another more than a few times.

I have the ideas in my head, and when I try to show my other half Pinterest or pictures, that doesn’t translate well for the way that he thinks or imagines a future state. While I don’t have a one-size solution for those of you that are working through similar issues in your relationship, but I’m working on one that MIGHT work for the two of us. One that offers improved transparency in budget and project timelines. … and it’s a spreadsheet. Here she is:

This is the “index” if you will, with each room or project having its own sheet with links to items, the projected and actual costs, as well as the difference so that I know where I can flex funding for purchases. Because I don’t think this should be a mystery for people like me that are trying to update their homes, I will share the link to individual project sheets as I wrap up on a room or project.

And if you have a magic tool or trick for solving the bickering couple problems that come with home ownership and contrasting philosophies, please send your therapist’s contact info my way (kidding… maybe?!).