Spring 2019 One Room Challenge-Moody Sunroom Retreat

Life is funny. You have grand plans and then life intervenes and forces you to change the path you started. I hit the “duplicate” button on my one and only fall ORC post. It started with an intro on how I left my company and was starting with a new one….how happy I was…..and how I felt like myself again. My goal was to focus more on the blog but life had other plans. I quickly dropped out of the fall ORC for a couple of reasons. First, the fabric I wanted for my chairs was on backorder (and just arrived a few weeks ago!) and second (and more importantly), last fall was the start of non-stop health issues for my two oldest chihuahuas as well as the next steps in our (in)fertility journey. Guess what? 5-6 months later and nothing has changed on either front but I realized that I can’t stop living so here I am.

This will be my second time as a guest participant. I participated previously and transformed my home office space.

This time around, we are working on sunroom. This room is off of our living/dining room and is our main access to the back yard. Having four dogs means we are going in and out of this room multiple times a day. With my husband being OBSESSED with his yard, that also means lots of muddy shoes coming through this space.

Below are a couple of pictures from the MLS listing. The sunroom is right off the dining area and separated by original metal MCM sliding doors.

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A Mid Century purist would probably cringe at the fact that I hate these floors, but I hate them. Our house is a split level MCM style but it isn’t too “mid century’ so I do not feel bad eliminating them.

THE PLAN

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COLOR: Black. Black. Black. The room was inspired by the kitchen area of The Handmaid’s Tale. While most people seem to love bright white, open, and airy spaces, I crave darkness. I find comfort and peace with moody spaces. So while it may seem counterintuitive to paint a sunroom black, I believe this will create a inviting and warm space for us to relax in. Because I value my privacy, all the windows will be covered in flowing sheer black drapery. It will still allow light to filter in but not let our neighbor peek in.

NATURE: Our sunroom has three walls of windows and is north facing. We have a fairly wooded lot so we do not get a ton of bright light but we do get enough to be a thriving place for certain types of plants. The room will have several plants introduced the space. Despite the fact it does not get a ton of direct sun, plants have historically thrived in this room. The one obstacle is watering them in the winter as that has resulted in the sudden unfortunate deaths of several plans due to freezing roots.

FLOORING: Now this is one of the most important aspects of the room due to heavy foot traffic. Two humans + four dogs + a cat who thinks planters are his bed= need durable flooring. Candidly, I do not know what the plan is for flooring. Life and time will determine what we will do. We have funds set aside for the floor but may need it for IVF medicine (thanks insurance) so we will have to wait and see.

FURNITURE: I have sourced a few pieces since the last attempt of the ORC. Two beautiful vintage Alky chairs will be transformed with the above ochre velvet fabric. Every room needs some wood and this room is no exception. A vintage desk will be welcomed into the space and will probably serve as the station for preserving and pressing flowers (my new obsession). I scored a gorgeous black marble plinth coffee table off good ole Marketplace. I still need to determine some additional seating, a rug, and minimal decor.

LIGHTING: We currently have two recessed LED lights in the room. They are bright and harsh. we never use them. I would love to covert these lights into pendants and find some type of textural pendant light (woven, rattan, etc.) Hello Leanne Ford for Target?!? We will see.

Candidly, I am winging this guys! As a last minute registration and a mind full of ideas, who knows what we will end up with. Hopefully you guys will fall along on the journey during the next 6 weeks and see what each week will bring!

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One Room Challenge-Week One

 

Hi hello! I am thrilled (and crazy nervous) to be jumping on board for my first ever One Room Challenge™.  For years I have read hundreds of ORC posts, watched their transformations....would daydream about participating...being a feature designer...fantasizing about the room I would transform.....but then I would go put on Netflix or Harry Potter and sit on the couch. Whaaaa whaaaa.    

Thanks so much to Linda of Calling it Home  and Media Partner House Beautiful for hosting this fab-u-lous opportunity and allowing little ole aspiring design bloggers, like yours truly, to participate.  

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I am new to blogging.  This my second post everrrrrrrrr.  Go big or go home, right?! So I apologize for any mistakes as a give myself a crash course in blogging while I navigate this 6 week makeover challenge.  

Ready to see the ugliest office ever???

Welcome to 1954!

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Now, I know built-ins are totally in right now.  I love them, wish I had some (they don't go with my house though!).  These are not the type of built ins that the design world is gushing over.  

One of my favorite things about renovating an old home is uncovering the story of the life that lived within the four walls before us.  While I am not a fan of the excessive built in basic book shelves on every. single. wall. in this house, I love the story behind them.  

The previous owner was a Scientist.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a real life scientist.  He was an extremely well read man and this home was filled with walls upon walls of books.  I never saw the house in that state (info provided by the realtor) and this "before" picture of mine is actually their after with some help of a stager.  Having my husband agree to remove these has been a battle, but he has finally realized I am right (see that right there? :) ) and that they have to go.  We do not own enough books to even fill one shelf nor are we really avid readers.

The photo below shows the layout and location of the office to the living room.  The living room has already been completely updated and I will be sharing before/after pictures of that in a later post.

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Soooooo...here's a little secret...that's not the current state of the office, but that is where this 6 week design journey is starting.  I have learned from listening to Chris Loves Julia's podcast (if you don't listen, you totally should) that you really do not have to have your transformation in real time.  Yes!!!

The Plan

  • All bookcases removed.  
  • Floors-replaced with espresso engineered hardwood.  This will be running throughout our home w/ the exception of bathrooms and the entryway. 
  • Build out wall.  You cannot see it from this photo but that bookcase to the left is built over a sliding door *insert eye roll*  This closet has another door in the hallway so there is no need for two doors to one small closet.  Oh, 1950s builders, what were you thinking?
  • Let the room ooze with femininity.  You have heard of a man cave, right? Well, this is my woman cave.  Blush.  Florals. Brass. Maybe some unicorns and rainbows.  
  • Functional.  I occasionally work from home and am committed to blogging so I need space to work, store my arts and crafts, and so on.  

Mood Board

I am still determining whether I want the rug to be dark/light, sorting out all the details such as art and accessories, but I have laid out the high level design of the room.  

As I mentioned on my welcome page, I do try and mix high/low/DIY as much as possible and this mood board is a perfect example.  I will dive into more details as the weeks progress on sources and costs.  Full disclaimer, I am going to be an open book about cost.  I feel it is extremely important to those wanting to tackle a renovation to have some idea on pricing.  

 

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I am so excited to finally be tackling this project and creating a private space where I can work. Stay tuned to next week when the bookcases come down and the surprises behind them are revealed.

Thanks so much for following along!

xo

Saher