Hello friends! Reveal day is finally here and wow, has it been a fun and rewarding ride! Many thanks again to Linda from Calling it Home and Better Homes and Gardens for this design challenge. It’s so funny how the universe works, I decided to participate in this challenge because I needed to get back to blogging and kick start my creative juices again. Throughout the challenge, my husband (Mr. PLD) and kids joined in on the process, so pulling the room together became less about me and more about working along side them. Mr. PLD was my my photographer and took on all the major paint projects in the space. While my son was my extra eyes when it came to my DIY painting and also assisted us with all the prep work related to the fireplace.

The last six weeks have been consumed with everything One Room Challenge from multiple paint runs, to DIY projects, to de-cluttering, to sanding, styling, priming, editing styling and editing some more. Need a full recap of the last couple of weeks? You can check out my progress from Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four and Week Five posted previously on the blog. Now for the BEFORE and AFTER shots.



To the AFTER shots…


The furniturE

Our new sofa now comfortably seats three adults (or four kids), while our old sofa only sat two adults (or three kids). Our new swivel chairs are now front and center in the space so they encourage you to sit down versus before our side chairs were buried under clutter so no one was able to sit in them.


the lighting

Our front porch (which I love by the way) creates a shadow in our living room, so I knew that I wanted to add two new bright sources of lighting to the space. I don’t have a before picture of the lighting but, it was the standard builder ceiling light fixture. The sputnik light that I found on Amazon is now the statement jewelry piece of the room. I also added a table lamp to the nesting tables beside the sofa.


The art

For the art over the sofa, I knew I wanted a large abstract piece that would speak to the blue accent chairs in the space. I painted this piece with the help of my son at the last hour of the One Room Challenge and I am pretty happy with the results. I haven’t named this piece yet, but some may think it resembles an abstract version of a mountain and my son thinks it looks like water flowing across the canvas. What do you see? The art on the fireplace were pieces that I found at one of my favorite stores, ‘At Home’.


the fireplace

The fireplace is one of the biggest transformations in the the space because the paint completely changes the look and feel in the room. Before when we walked into the room, the wooden mantel and red brick screamed “Hello you over there!!!” while now, the fireplace fits cohesively with the design. My contractor cut down the size of the shelf of the mantel which helped scale it down and Mr. PLD painted both the fireplace mantel and brick surround. Painting the fireplace was a “labor of love” and it required several coats of primer before we painted it. My original plans for the fireplace were to paint the brick white but we decided at the last minute, to paint it black. We realized that because the black fireplace insert dominated the brick so much, that we could just paint the brick the same color so that everything would blend nicely together. If you look closely at the brick, you’ll notice all the imperfections but I like the character that they bring to the space so it doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would!


the details

Last but certainly not least are the details! Now you know I couldn’t forget to mention the design details that truly bring life to any space. Don’t be afraid to personalize your accessories with fun and unexpected pieces. Pieces that were either collected following your travels, family pictures and quirky collectible items that will still fit in with your color scheme. The golden hand signing the “I love you” sign is a small tradition that my husband started that we often do right before bed with the kids or for example across the soccer field for encouragement. And last but not least, don’t forget to bring life to your space with lush plants and flowers. Don’t have a green thumb? Invest in beautiful faux floral and plants.


So that is all my friends! This design challenge was a wild ride but one that I am glad I chose to ride! It challenged me as a designer, I got to work along side some of my favorite people and at the end of the 6 weeks I felt pretty damn accomplished. (Sorry Mom!) Thank you to everyone for following along on this journey with me and for all the support from my new and old friends!

Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four and Week Five

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Welcome back everyone and thank you for following along this long! Week five of the One Room Challenge is here and there’s no turning back now! This week my main focus is finishing every painting project on my To Do list.

Starting with the foyer, let’s talk color selection and inspiration for the console table. I’ve decided to paint the console a bold unpredictable color which will be a drastic change from our brown table that easily gets over looked. The color that I’ve chosen from this color palette is the middle teal green color from the bottom of the palette. Last Saturday I made a trip to Lowes to pick out the color and this weekend I will be tackling this one-day project.




Moving on to the most time consuming paint project, the fireplace. Last Friday my contractor Mr. Karl, came by to assist us with our fireplace. The plan is to paint out the brick, paint the mantel and reduce the size of the shelf of the mantel. Mr. Karl is doing the heavy lifting for us. He’s removed the mantel and is cutting down the size of the mantel so that it will no longer over power the room.


This project has required both small and large hands. Last Saturday my 7 year old son assisted me with sanding and prepping the mantel for my husband to paint.


Pictured above is the first coat of paint.


After the second coat is applied, if there were any doubts at all as to whether or not I was going to paint the red brick, now it is even more evident that the grey clashes with the red brick. So while we wait for paint to dry, I have lots of tasks to check off these last few days! And I haven’t even started my DIY large painting. —-Wish me luck and I can’t wait to reveal the entire space to you next week. If you noticed that I was pretty quiet on Instagram last week, don’t worry I will be making up for my mini hiatus this week since there’s so much left to do, so there will be lots to post.

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