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One Room Challenge- Week ONE: The Intro

Hey Friends! Guess what? It is that time of year again where I join a community of talented designers to participate in The One Room Challenge!

Plot twist, the last two fall seasons I've been a guest participant of the challenge, while this time I'm so super excited to announce that I have been one of the 20 featured designers for the fall 2020 edition! No pressure or anything **insert breathing heavily into a brown bag**

I've been a guest participant for this challenge twice now, most recently being my laundry room makeover below. You can read more about that fiasco here.

What is The One Room Challenge you might be asking? Well, allow me to tell you just that! The One Room Challenge (ORC) was started by design blogger Linda Weinstein of Calling It Home blog several years ago. It was a way for her and a group of fellow bloggers to focus on decorating a room in their homes over a six week period. Each week they blog about the progress and the pitfalls, and on week number 6, they all celebrate their beautiful finished rooms. It grew from there into a nationally recognized event within the industry every Spring and Fall.

This season she's shaking it up a bit. Due to Covid-19 and the strain it placed on the industry at large, this will be an unprecedented ORC where we will have a "reveal" of finished areas but instead of real rooms, they will be 3D renderings of the space!

Why is this fantastic? Well, I'm so glad you asked. For those of you that follow along on this event, you will get front row tickets to what it is like in the mind of a designer, the process, and the final product from start to finish. Believe me, when I say, 3D renderings are so realistic, it's hard to tell if it is a photo or a real space!

Let me tell you a bit about what I'm cooking up.

I was recently contacted by a lovely couple that lives in California and is in the process of building a lovely home. While our meeting was over zoom to discuss preliminary planning options, I couldn't help but fall in love with the charming floor plan and the architect's attention to detail. I knew after seeing this plan, it would be the perfect one area to transform. (Even if just virtually).

Behold the area I will be designing for all of you wonderful people to ride along and see how the spaces unfold as well as the behind the scenes process of design.

Take a look at this floor plan. The Living and Dining room open up to each other so beautifully. The large picture windows are too yummy to overlook.

But, wait for it, take a look at this ceiling plan and all the lovely features it will bestow!!

If you know me, I'm a sucker for well placed architectural enhancements. This home is full of them.

During our virtual consultation, this couple explained that they loved two of the dining rooms I designed, and couldn't decide on a favorite. Below are the two rooms.

I'm slightly torn on if I should design a room if the two above had a beautiful child together or go out on a limb and design something wild and out of my comfort zone, knowing this will be an imaginary reveal anyway.

Help me decide! What do you think I should do?

This will be an awesome season of the One Room Challenge. This season High Point Market is sponsoring the ORC!! We will be sourcing all the wonderful upholstery and case goods when visiting High Point, NC on October 15-18.

Follow along with me and these 19 incredible designers to see what we come up with!!

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