One Room Challenge:The Design Mood | Raising A Farmhouse

Thursday, April 6, 2017

One Room Challenge:The Design Mood

Hello! I'm so excited to be participating as a guest, in the One Room Challenge!
If you are new to Raising a Farmhouse, here's a bit of background...
I'm an Army wife, my husband is an Active Duty Army Soldier, but he is full time with the Oklahoma National Guard, so we are lucky in the fact that we don't move around!
We bought our 3rd and hopefully final home in 2012 and have slowly been designing it out of the 'taupe madness' that was 2007. I hate taupe. Like really hate it. But I love greige, just throwin that out there... we have five acres in the country and I'm slowly creating a farmstead, my husband is not too sold on the idea... but I think it's brilliant:)

The One Room Challenge design event is a bi-annual 6 week challenge to makeover a space in your home. Twenty designers are chosen to participate and every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts. 
In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, is welcome to join the fun as a Guest Participant and will post their results the following Thursday for the next 6 weeks.
I decided for the ORC, that I would make over our upstairs living room. I feel like this room is going to be the most challenging of all the rooms in the house... for one, it's huge and two it's L- shaped. It has a kitchenette, a built in entertainment center... that we don't use cause the L shape keeps us from sitting a sofa in front of it. So, I need to come up with something that looks good but functions as another purpose, but who are we kidding... mainly looks good!
 It has a living room area, a built in desk and a window seat, I also need to include a small dining area. It has wall to wall carpet...which I like the carpet, but I'm concerned about painting ceilings with carpet.... I know I can put down drop cloths.. but it never fails, 
I walk in a splatter and then it's done for, paint is everywhere...sigh....
But back to the plan...
I also need to include an extra area for a guest bed... We have a guest room, but I want more accommodations in case we have a family gathering of sorts. 
Basically, I'm designing it as a studio apartment.
The other challenge is, my husband is gone, he's currently stationed at FT Leonard Wood for a school training. I can do a lot, but he does the heavy lifting, especially carrying things upstairs for me, it also means the truck is gone.... so I'm really going to miss him...and the truck... this go around.
But I'm not going to let that stop me... I am up for the challenge.


I'm going a bit darker and masculine for the upstairs. My go to design is typically light and airy. But I'm looking to change up, move past my comfort levels...{{a bit}}, and try something new.
I'm planning on mixing modern, farmhouse and industrial to create a new look for the house but one that still ties in with the rest of the décor.

The Before

I'm honestly horrified to show this in it's all a-nat-ur-al state... but it is what it is....
This room has been a catch all...
it's basically where all the old décor goes to collect dust...
and cat hair...
Currently the overall feel of the room is dark, but not in a good bold way,
it's in a taupe way and not much light coming through.
So I'm going to do a bold accent wall (the back wall with the kitchenette) in a dark color.
 I'm also going to paint the other walls and ceiling in a bright crisp white
so I can try and get some light reflection.
I'm going to paint the built- in dark, along with the kitchenette cabinets.

We installed the pipe shelves right before Thanksgiving of 2015, I love them, but I am going to redo the shelves by shortening them and making them a better quality of wood.
I also plan to do a subway tile back splash to give a modern look to the area.
I'm going to use most of what I have furniture wise. I'm just going to add to it with new accent pillows throw blankets etc. I will have to buy a new guest bed and mattress, and bedding... but I am going to attempt to do it as cheaply as possible.
See what I mean about the taupe? This whole house was painted in this color...EVERYTHING!
For the last two years I have been painting, painting and more painting...
I'm so ready to be done painting it's not even funny!
I had planned to do some shiplap accent walls, but I remembered my husband took the portable air compressor so I'm not sure the stationary one's hose is long enough...
so that might be out of the question and might have to be added later.

I'm going to really try and keep myself on a budget of $1k...I really want to strive for less, like really really... that number... while may not seem like a lot just sounds excessive to me...
but you know how that goes...
somehow the little things add up, and this room is huge...
But my must haves are:
New Paint
Tiling
Guest Bed Area
Re-purposing Entertainment Center
Chandelier in Sofa Area
Art Work
Small Dining Table

Like to Haves:
Accents...like new pillows and throw blankets etc.
Shiplap
Painting the window frames black.
Ceiling Fan Makeovers

I think with the must haves, the room will have a dramatic makeover.
Plus I can always add things later on down the line.
Six weeks to get  all this done is going to be pushing it, plus I will be leaving the end of April to attend the Ball up at FT Leonard Wood, so I am going to have to adjust and compensate 
for that time lost...
Oh and just in case you are curious... 
I have been purging since these photos were taken, 
and will purge more excess crap as this goes along:)
No time to waste friends! I'm off to get started.

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