ORC Week 1 | Eclectic Living Room Plans

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.

  • DIY upholstered bed and shelf
  • Folding desk & toy storage boys room
  • Wall decals & DIY Upholstered Bed in shared kids room

Our master bedroom got the ORC treatment next, and I love how it turned out. It was such a light, chilled space.

  • Neutral Layered Light Master Bedroom One Room Challenge Reveal
  • Interior Design Services Southwest London
  • Neutral Layered Light Master Bedroom One Room Challenge Reveal
  • Wicker chair in neutral bedroom: Summer 17 Eclectic Home Tour

The last one I did was Eleanor’s “global boho” bedroom.

  • Global boho kids room makeover - midcentury desk + storage bed
  • Global boho kids room makeover - Ikea Duktig + thrifted chair
  • Global boho kids room makeover - ottoman storage bed
  • Global boho kids room makeover -

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.

The Befores

You ready for this? It ain’t pretty.

One Room Challenge Living Room Before (3 of 4)

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.

One Room Challenge Living Room Before (1 of 4)
One Room Challenge Living Room Before (2 of 4)

The wallpaper is not my jam, and the built ins are currently pulling off both busy and boring AF. Gah.

One Room Challenge Living Room Before (4 of 4)

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!

Birds Eye View Floor Plan
Head on view floor plan

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.

Head to the One Room Challenge to check out the featured designers‘ plans for the next seven weeks, as well as all the guest participants.

Catch Up On Other ORC 2020 Posts

Mood Board & Plans (This Week)
Stripping & Painting (Week Two)
Creating More Light & Space (Week Three)
Shopping, Styling & Redesigning (Week Four)
Week Five (No Post)
Shelf Styling (Week Six)
Design Updates (Week Seven)
The Reveal (Week Eight)



  1. May 7, 2020 / 5:07 am

    This will be so fun to watch! Loving your vision for the space!

  2. May 11, 2020 / 11:49 am

    That fireplace is such a gorgeous feature – can’t wait to see how you pull this room together

    • May 11, 2020 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks Lindsey… it’s slowly coming together!

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