Hi EVERYONE!!! First off Im so excited to be here for the 2021 Spring One Room Challenge! Im super excited and truly appreciate you joining my crazy! Lets me crazy together...shall we?!?! Super BIG thank you to Better Homes & Gardens for being the official media parter of the ORC...mad props! Soooo Im going to go out and just DO THE DARN THING and tackle my living room. How is the first room you see in my home...the living room.....the ABSOLUTE most blah room. I mean have you SEEN my home. I don't shy away from a bold pattern or a fun color! Good thing THAT design trend is coming back...YAY!! I have always wanted to to a One Room Challenge...so now would be the PERFECT timing RIGHT?!?!?! WRONG. To be honest...now is the ABSOLUTE busiest most challenging time in my LIFE. Not only is being a full-time homeschool teacher to three young kiddos kicking my bootie, I am also a caregiver to my husband who is currently mid treatment for throat cancer! Oh and this little thing called Corona virus, which has been a WILD ride and challenging beyond words. So YES NOW IS NOT THE BEST TIME. But will there ever be a perfect time? Or do you need to create the space to hold what is important?!? I have come to the desisicion that although timing is BAD, my desire to create and to dump all my emotions into my ART is critical. Im going to let GO of perfection and just try to be true to what I can do and have THAT be ENOUGH!! I look forward to the encouragement of other participants, and from YOU!!! THANK YOU for being here and rooting me on!!!! xoxoxoxo Mel
The living room is the first room you see when you walk in the door. So it needs to have a punch. Right now although it is OK, it's not Rave Design worthy! What better room to tackle then this grand space! I feel like I could do so much with this space.
First Im going to tackle the flooring. Right now there is existing dark laminate wood flooring. I had that put in 8 year ago...and one of my biggest design mistakes. Dark wood flooring is the WORST!!! It always shows dirt and NEVER looks clean. Besides it is so dark, it just darkens up the entire space. I want to just paint over it with left over flooring paint from my recent girls bathroom project. It turned out AMAZING! Although I have never attempted painting laminate wood flooring, but it can only get better, right?!?
Next I want to find a fun area rug to add some texture and warmth to the space. I have an idea of a company I want to use. I just need to reach out to them to see if they would like to collaborate!
I would like to wallpaper the lower half of the wall, creating a wainscot. Above I would like to paint a yellow/mustard color, with accents rectangles of small trim painted pink. I want to add texture and interest above the fireplace wall since it is so high. But it needs to be something I can handle on my own, since I can't count on hubby help this time. I think I can handle designing and cutting and installing small trim accents. These are the colors Im going with! Don't worry I got this guys!!!!
I would like to hang a custom lighting feature down the center of the room. I love this one below from Sazerac Stitches!!! It will add a GREAT design element and make the living space feel more intimate. However I have NO idea how the heck I would even get all the way up there to install?!? Any suggestions....send my way peeps!!!
Im thinking a pink sofa would be amazing!!!! However Im not sure if I can swing that. Might have to use my existing gold sofa. We will work that out soon. The look I'm going for is art deco with a 80's vibe and modern decor! I plan to DIY a coffee table in TILE! YEP I SAID IT...and its going to be FAB! I love the vibe of this amazing tile table below from Anthropolgie.
I have my eye on side chairs but that would be a purchase. And my budget is extremely limited. So we have to see how that turns up as well. We are just going for it friends. Im letting go of my fears of perfection and just doing WHAT I CAN WHEN I CAN. And that is that!!! I hope you are excited to follow my journey along. WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!!!!