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One Room Challenge - Fall 2019- Week 2 - It Takes A Village

Welcome to week number two of the One Room Challenge! Thanks for entering my crazy world! Haha.

Well, if you know anything about the One Room Challenge (ORC), you will know that I have embarked on an intense 6 weeks of making over a room in my home and blogging about the progress each week.

If you are not familiar with the ORC, stick around for an exciting next 5 weeks leading up to the big reveal on week 6, which will be on November 6th.

You definitely don't want to miss Reveal Day, when the 20 featured designers including myself will be showcasing our finished spaces. You can check them out and follow along through the links below

It really is a media sensation at this point, and our media partner Better Homes and Gardens is along for the ride

There will be no shortage of design goodness and inspiration as around 200 - 300 other design participants will makeover rooms as well and share their progress along the way, and show off their finished spaces on November 7th

I imagine that when Linda Weinstein of Calling It Home, the mastermind behind this amazing challenge started this back in 2011, she had no idea what an impact it would have on the design community. This is my 8th time doing the ORC, so I definitely caught her vision from early on, and of course I was very excited when she asked me back for the second consecutive season to be one of the featured designers. Check out the ORC website to see some amazing past projects

Now that we are all caught up, today's post is all about my amazing sponsors. Yes, some of the biggest brands in the industry get involved each season, and it's through their amazing generosity that these beautiful rooms come to life

This time around I am doing my laundry room, but don't let its size fool you. It is a gut job and a lot of work involved.

In case you missed last week's post with the design plan you can check it out HERE, and please don't miss those before shots. You will see what a long way we've come in just one week

Here is what the room looks like now, post demo

The dreadful builder basic 13x13 ceramic tile is gone and I can say that the subfloor actually looks better than it ever did.

Here's more from the space

My contractor Stephen with SHR Remodeling made sure the plumbing was good since the laundry room is on the second floor and I did not want that dreadful pan underneath it.

He also took care of the electrical to make sure my fabulous clothes steamer - the LG Styler was in good shape. I cannot wait to use it. This is the part of the finished space I am looking forward to most!

This is the concept board for the laundry room. You can see that it is not your everyday space. It is small, but I am hoping to get a lot of function and gorgeousness out of it!

Let's just say that this laundry room will be far from utilitarian. I may just be inspired to actually do laundry in there.

It all started when I spotted the amazing Cranes wallpaper on Milton and King website. I knew I had to have it in my laundry room or anywhere for that matter. It is not a huge space for wallpaper, but I wanted it to have major impact! I cannot wait until it is installed!

Then I decided to do the built-ins with the caning on the front. I made that decision for two reasons: 1) to make the space feel a bit more casual and 2) to be able to air dry some of my clothes without having them visible.

I got the caning material from Vandyke Restorers, and my carpenter Getze will do the built-ins in the next couple of weeks, followed by Francisco, my painter.

Can I tell you how excited I am to be working with The Tile Shop for the marble flooring?

The beautiful Streamline Stone Mosaic is stunning. Pattern mixing is my jam, and the flooring with the wallpaper will be super gorgeous

Tile installation is tomorrow! Yay!

Of course you can't forget about the gorgeous little details that will add the luxury touches to the room. The gorgeous light fixtures are from Hudson Valley and the fabulous cabinet and door hardware from Emtek

You have to check out their new pocket door mortise locks. Just check out their whole website! I promise you will be inspired! Amazing stuff!

The electrical switches, outlets and wall plates are on their way from LeGrand. I am going with the adorne Collection again. I call them my sexy electrical parts, and every laundry room needs a little sex appeal. haha

I am hoping to work with April and her team at Creative Style Furniture again, this time for Rufus' dog bed. They pulled out all the stops for me last time with my bedroom. Who can forget that amazing red sofa, custom desk and cheetah chair they did for me?

Come back next week to see what we have accomplished. Hopefully the tile will be complete and most of the millwork done. Time to shop for the countertop. I am still not 100% sure if it will be marble, but I need to go shop for some remnants to minimize cost.

Head on over to Instagram to follow the featured designers and the ORC hashtag so you won't miss a thing






















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Oct 11, 2019

GAAAAH. All of my favorite things. Except doing laundry. The materials and product brands are some of my favorites. This is gorgeous already and it's not even done.

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