It’s time for another One Room Challenge! This time around, the living room in our Edwardian semi is getting a makeover. Woot.
If you’re not familiar, the ORC is a biannual event where a whole bunch of interior “influencers” transform a room over (usually) six weeks, posting progress deets every week. This time round, we get an extra couple of weeks, because of the Corona sh*tstorm.
So much amazing design inspo comes out of this event, and I’ve loved swooning over all the amazing room transformations in past challenges.
This is the fourth time I’ve joined. First time round, four years ago, I redid the kids’ shared bedroom.
Our master bedroom got the ORC treatment next, and I love how it turned out. It was such a light, chilled space.
The last one I did was Eleanor’s “global boho” bedroom.
That last one was three years ago, and I haven’t done one since… but I am now!
We moved into our current house six months ago, and I’ve done sod all with it. I think the house is Edwardian. It’s got character, with high ceilings and great bones. It’s also rented, so there are limits on what I can change.
The living room needs a bit of love. It’s my least favourite room in the house. It’s dark, messy and everything is brown.
The way it’s currently set up, only one person can comfortably watch the telly, and even then you’re craning your neck. It’s a depressing space.
You ready for this? It ain’t pretty.
I decided to leave all the shit in for the pics, because this is real life #unfiltered. It’s been like this for months.
The living room has really just become a dumping ground for all the shit that doesn’t have anywhere else to live. The dog (Hi Teddy!) is thirteen now. He’s had a few accidents and kinda ruined the rug.
The wallpaper is not my jam, and the built ins are currently pulling off both busy and boring AF. Gah.
The Mood Board
The room needs to be lighter, brighter, tidier and happier and much more functional. Here’s the plan…
Landscape Print // Pendant Shade // Poof // Blinds
Chesterfield Sofa Bed // Mudcloth Cushions – Danielle Oakey
Pink Cushion – Anthro // Side Table – West Elm // Lamp – DIY
Oil Painting // Bean Bag // Pink Rug // Moroccan Rug – Marrakech
Task Lamp – West Elm // Rattan Chair
Wevet Paint – Farrow & Ball
Obviously, thanks to the chaos going on in the world right now, there are limitations on product and labour availability, and I’m sure bits and bobs will change. I already know the art (top left) won’t work, so I’m looking for other options. I haven’t ordered anything yet, which makes me nervous.
I’m also on a strict budget of £1500 all-in, so there’s a lot of using what I already have (sofa, rug, painting, some of the lighting) and, much as I’m honestly not looking forward to it, there’s gonna be some bit of DIY.
The Floor Plan
Here’s a little mock up of how I’ll likely lay it all out. The Chesterfield is a bit too big for the space, but it’s not going anywhere because I love it. We gon’ make it work!
I’ve started clearing it out already, and my plan this week is to strip the wallpaper, start painting, and hang the TV.
It’s not going to be the most dramatic transformation, but it’s going to make a huge difference to how we use (and feel about) the room.