It’s that time of the year again! Can you believe it? It feels like the Fall ORC was just a few weeks ago! If you’re not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it is the genius of Linda from Calling it Home, and it is a design challenge where the participants makeover an entire space in only six weeks. Last round, I was asked to be one of the 20 featured designers, and I made over our living room, dining room, and entry area in our small, 800 sq. ft. condo (see the final reveal HERE). This time, I’m playing along as a link-up participant, and will be sharing my posts weekly on Thursdays! If you’re new here, welcome! I’m Shannon, an Interior Designer and blogger living in Washington, DC, with my husband Nick, two cats, and fluffy Pomeranian, all in a one-bedroom apartment. I’m a firm believer that size should not influence the scale of design, and that is what I try to execute in my own and my clients’ homes every day.
Last May, we purchased our own little slice of the city in the form of an 800 sq. ft. condo in the heart of DC. I began making over our living room, dining room, and entry way for the last ORC (start here if you’re new!), but haven’t really touched the rest of the space since purchasing it almost a year ago.
While we plan on more major renovations for our kitchen and bathroom in particular, I plan to tackle our bedroom this round! It’s a small bedroom directly off of the living room, and I hate walking into the unfinished space from our beautiful living room. It feels so thrown together, with pieces that have carried over from our last place and placed haphazardly in our new bedroom. But first, let’s get down to the “Before” photos. Here’s what the bedroom looked like when we purchased it, staged with the staging company’s furniture:
As you can see, it’s very small. And not only does this function as our sleeping space, but I also have my desk in here, since I work from home. I told you…there is not a lot of space. BUT, that’s part of the challenge! If you look past the plain Jane big box store furniture and minuscule rug, you will see the blue gray walls, the orange floors, the giant metal radiator, and the plantation shutters on the windows. When we moved in, we knew immediately that we wanted to change the floor finish, and the wall color. So, we attacked the apartment with a few cans of “Simply White” by Benjamin Moore, and refinished the floors with a pretty ebony stain. Here’s what the bedroom looked like the day we moved in, before we filled the space with boxes:
Since then, we threw our previous bedroom’s furniture in the space and called it a day. But now, I stare at that headboard that almost but not really ended our relationship, and I want to burn it down (or you know, something a little less drastic than that). At least Max seems to like it!
And that’s it.
To be honest, I’m not even really sure what I want the direction of the bedroom to be. I have several ideas in my head, but they change by the second. So, lucky you- you get to follow along on this choose-your-own-adventure project as I decide on items literally day by day! Are you excited? Do you have any ideas? Seriously…I’m taking submissions.
Follow along on this crazy adventure every Thursday as I link up to Linda’s blog! And follow along on Wednesdays to see the fabulous makeovers of the 20 featured designers.
See you back here next week!