One Room Challenge

ORC Week 2: Setting the Mood (Board)

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Follow along with me and the hundreds of others participating in the biannual One Room Challenge, where we (re)design one room over six weeks and share our progress as we go… 

Is it just me, or do you feel like you’ve already run out of time and it’s just week 2? Yikes! I’m basing so many decisions on lead times but am also hesitant to click that “place order” button because WHAT IF I HATE EVERYTHING? Pause. Breathe. OK…

I’ve finalized my mood board and I am digging how it’s shaping up. There are a couple of items on there that I worry may be a bit too ambitious with the deadline and my current schedule, but it’s a room in my home at the end of the day so I want to do it well. If you haven’t already, check out week 1 to see what I’m working with.

The first and biggest question mark is whether I should paint the walls… Libraries (lounges?) should feel super dark and moody IMHO and the white-gray walls we have right now aren’t quite right. What do you think?

Black or white walls?
Terrible Photoshop work aside: do I stick with white or do like the Rolling Stones and paint it black?

Secondly, I plan to wallpaper the dog’s den and while there is a multitude of amazing designs available, I would really like to design my own because a.) I will get exactly what I want, b.) it will cost less than the super high-end stuff, and c.) I really enjoy surface pattern design. In order to get the wallpaper produced and shipped in time to install it I need to complete the design ASAP. I know I want to do something botanical and I want to weave in hints of our mischevious pooches. This will be the likely topic of my week 3 progress post. To be continued…

Last issue? The rug. I am determined to do this room on the smallest budget possible, but I am having trouble committing to a cheap affordable rug. We have a few nice rugs and one inexpensive rug and the difference is very very apparent. The cheap one bugs us every damn day. I got a really great couch for less than $300 (woo!) so maybe that frees up some moola? I still have a little time on this one so TBD.

I’ll buy some art and accessories as I come across them, but having this mood board is a great map that will point me in the right direction and keep me on track when deciding what to get and what to pass by.

Until next week friends! And in the meantime, check out all the amazing work done so far by the 20 featured designers and the hundreds of guests participants.


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  1. Paint it dark! And PLEASE design your own wallpaper because I am overly excited to see what you come up with!

    1. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it paint itself 😀

  2. As a lover of Oriental Rugs, I am shocked at how they are not as popular as they once were. They are classics and often a huge investment. We have several and I am completely redoing my great room in this ORC based around our rugs. Auction houses (many are on-line only) and consignment shops sell these fabulous rugs for pennies on the dollar. Baby boomers are downsizing and selling their possessions and their kids don’t want them. Looking forward to seeing your final reveal.

    1. Those are great tips as far as where to look for good deals. I found a couple on Craigslist but the sizes and colors weren’t quite right and the one on my board was a fabulous deal but ultimately, a touch more expensive than I feel comfortable going with right now. I did find a good compromise late last night though — woo hoo!

      That said, we eventually need two more rugs for other rooms in our house and I will definitely look around a bit more with that advice in mind.

      I can’t wait to see how your great room turns out!

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