One Room Challenge, Spring 2018, Week 2: We've got a plan, man.

So, "plan" might be stretching it a bit. 

As I mentioned last week, this whole One Room Challenge experience is really going to come down to a series of decisions made on the fly (hence my hashtag #projectontheflydining). Part of that has to do with the fact that I jumped in on this last minute, and part of that has to do with the fact that when I'm designing for my own space, that's just how it rolls. I would love to be hyper-planful like I am with my clients, but it just doesn't work for me. I am VERY Dory when it comes to picking things for my own house ("oooh! something shiny!"). There's just SO MUCH GOOD STUFF out there! The sheer selection of incredible textiles, furniture, and art is boundless -- and given that my style is fairly eclectic, it can be hard to pin down a direction. BUT, given my amazing inspiration object, and my belief in using as much of what you own as possible, I've pulled together the beginnings of a plan. 

BUT, WAIT! Did you read last week's post? If not, go here first and get all caught up.

Hey! Welcome back! So here it is...not a mood board or a formal plan, but a Pinterest board that captures the vibe I'm going for in this redesign. I hope you like it.

At the beginning of a project, I often ask my clients to describe the way they want a room to feel, so I figure I'll take a turn at that. Ready?

Warm, elegant, spacious, cozy, feminine, not too feminine, classic, thoughtful, unexpected, new, timeless.


That's a mouthful, I know.

But it's doable, and I'm on my way. In fact, I got two things accomplished since we last talked. The room has a sweet new coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White, and new drapery (using Waverly's "On Key") is in production. I don't want to give too much away on either front, but here are some sneak peeks.


For anyone who has ever painted a room white after living with a color they've come to despise, I think you can agree that the new coat changes EVERYTHING. I mean, the mere act has made me think I really don't need to go any further with this challenge; it's THAT good.

But I will, and I can't wait for you guys to see where this goes. 

Be sure to check in on all the awesome featured designers, as well as the 200+ guest contributors (like me!) over at One Room Challenge. And thanks again to Linda Weinstein for coming up with this bananas event, and House Beautiful for celebrating the resulting lunacy (and beauty). See you next week!


All photos taken by Paige Lewin, Tess & Ted