One Room Challenge: Week 1 – Say Hello to My Room!

Today is the official start to the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge and I’m excited to finally share the space I’ll be transforming as a featured designer. I’ll also go into some details about how I begin the design process for a space and where I’m drawing my inspiration from.

Before I share the space, I want to give you a little history of how we ended up purchasing our current home. We were in the market for a home at the beginning of 2017 and the housing market in Smyrna, GA was HOT. Houses were flying off the market. Homes were going up for sale and going under contract the same day. After losing out on an offer for a home we put an offer on our current home, sight unseen. The house was listed around 8 AM and we had an offer in (multiple thousands of dollars above asking price) before lunch time. We didn’t even see the house until hours after we had an offer in. Obviously we ended up getting the house but there was one room in the house that I wanted to renovate from the moment I laid eyes on it, and it was the… Kitchen.

I’ve been dreaming of transforming the Kitchen for 4.5 years and I think it’s time! So I’m happy to share that the room I’ll be transforming for the fall 2021 One Room Challenge is the KITCHEN!

Current Room

Our home was completed in 2003 and there’s a lot in the kitchen that’s original to the house including the cabinets, flooring, lighting, and some of the appliances. The previous homeowner replaced the cooktop, tile, counters, sink, and cabinet hardware. Since moving in we’ve re-tiled, and replaced the dishwasher and refrigerator.

Design Process

Inspiration

The first step in my design process is seeking out inspiration. I’m in the process of really transofrming the style of my house and I know that the direction of my home will be shaped by my kitchen since its central to our living spaces.

I combed through photos and videos of kitchens to pull inspiration from. Some things that really stood out to me were soapstone counters, green cabinets, gold hardware, natural colored floors, and square tiles. I used those pieces of inspiration as a jumping off place for my own designs.

Brainstorming

After finding inspiration the next step in my design process is brainstorming the project. I do my best to evaluate a variety of fixtures, paint, hardware, fabric, and other materials. I think through the layout of a room, and the emotions I want someone to feel when they walk into the space.

I want my kitchen to give anyone who steps into the room the following feelings:

  • Warmth
  • Coziness
  • Comfort
  • Relaxation
  • Safety
  • Happiness

Moodboard

Once I determine the look and feel I want I create a moodboard. They typically start off very simple (like the photo listed below) and change and evolve into something much more beautiful over time. The purpose of the mood board for me is to visualize how pieces go together and to make sure there’s cohesion.

My design and moodboard has changed quite a bit since this one and I can’t wait to show you my full mood board and materials more in depth next week.

To Do List

This kitchen project will be jam packed with hands on decorating, designing, and DIYs. Some of the upgrades include:

  • Extending the upper cabinet height to the ceiling
  • Building new cabinet doors and drawers
  • Adding in open shelving
  • Replacing the window treatments
  • Replacing the flooring
  • Adding in additional lighting
  • Replacing tile backplash and countertops
  • Wallpapering some of the space

Be sure to check out all of the other featured designers below and make sure you follow along with their progress too.

Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward Interiors

From House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest

Jeweled Interiors| Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & Honey

Pinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor

Media BH&G | TM ORC

My Journey to HERE – One Room Challenge Featured Designer Announcement

Today is one of those Pinch Me moments because it feels like a dream coming to life. I’m excited to announce that I have been selected to be a FEATURED DESIGNER for the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge. Starting on September 29th, for eight weeks, I’ll be transforming a room in my home. There are 19 other talented interior designers, decorators, and home DIYers who have been selected as featured designers alongside me. Come back here on September 29th to see what room I’ll be transforming and to see my overall plan.

If you’re not familiar with The One Room Challenge you can learn more about this design event by CLICKING HERE.

I participated in the One Room Challenge as a guest in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

As I sat down to write this post I started thinking about what it was that led me to this moment (don’t tell anyone but I might have gotten a little emotional).

I remember being a kid and falling in love with interior design and decorating. One of my most favorite things to do when I was younger was visit decorated model homes with my mom. I loved seeing how the designers took a boring blank slate of a home and transformed it into something aboslutely stunning. Opening the doors to each room was like I was opening a gift — I couldnt wait to see how each room was decorated and designed and transformed into something magical. I loved seeing the colors, the flooring, the textiles, and the creativity that went into each room. I was SO inspired to be an interior designer when “I grew up”.

As a pre-teen and teen my parents were always so supportive of my creative interior decorating endeavors. They let me paint my room whatever colors I wanted. I got to pick out my own decorations, pillows, and art. I was given the freedom to make any changes I wanted to my room as long as picked up the paint, brush, hammer, and nails and did my best to do it myself. I know my parents were intentional of their support for me… but I honestly don’t think they understand how much their support has given me the confidence to be unapologetic in my design style. They saw that God gave me a quirkly little gift for making pretty things out of the ordinary and they always encouraged me with my talents and interests.

As I grew older, my love of interior design never went away, but I think my pursuit of it dwindled a bit. I graduated high school not really knowing what I wanted to pursue and as I moved through college I figured a career in design might not be that profitable in the middle of the great recession… So I pursued other things. I got a formal degree in communication which honed my writing, speaking, influence, and graphic design skills. After working a few years, I got a masters degree in adult education which helped hone my teaching, training, and analytical skills (I even had to take a business course which I’m so thankful for now that I’m looking back).

I had a career outside of interiors for almost 8 years. I was good at what I did, but my love for all things design and interiors never went away.

Fast forward to January 2020. I quit my career to purpose a new career path — to primarily be at home with my baby girl “McFly” and to pursue a part time job working in social media. Two months after quitting my “career job” the world turned upside down as humanity began to face the threat of a global pandemic.

After spending probably a month at home I realized that the house we’d purchased 3 years prior wasn’t living up to it’s glory. I never got to the design projects I dreamed of doing in our home and I began to realize that I had a perfect opportunity to truly turn my home into my absolute favorite place to be.

In that moment of realization, I got to work. I picked up some paint and a paintbrush and I upgraded the bathroom vanity in our owners suite bathroom. A month later I built some outdoor furniture and decided to document it on my instagram channel. I realized that I wasnt’ only good at the DIY, and design, and building, but I also was able to pull all of those skills I learned in my degree programs (writing, speaking, teaching, and training) and use them on a social platform to teach and encourage others how to turn their homes into their favorite places to be too.

That LOVE I had as a child for design, and decorating, and creating all came rushing back and for the last almost year and a half I’ve been getting to live my dream as a DIYer, decorator, and designer (and share it with the world via my social channels). I’ve transformed so many spaces in my home and this spring I took on a design project at my parents house.

I’m so excited about the One Room Challenge this fall and I hope you are too! My younger self would be so proud!

Be sure to check out all of the other featured designers below and make sure you follow along with their progress too.

Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward Interiors

From House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest

Jeweled Interiors| Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & Honey

Pinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor

Media BH&G | TM ORC

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