Hi everyone - thanks for stopping by! If you've been following along with me during the One Room Challenge, welcome back! And if you're new here, I'm Rachel Dunham, an interior designer based just outside of Boston, MA. I've been a guest participant in the ORC this Spring, which is a blogger challenge put on by Calling it Home to transform a room in a home in 6 weeks. Six short weeks!
As a refresher, my client had recently moved into her new home with her husband, daughter, and now a new puppy and wanted me to help them put the finishing touches on the first floor of their townhouse, which is an open concept kitchen, dining, living room, and entryway, as well as make it more functional for the family. They had a some key pieces of furniture that they had recently purchased (a sofa, dining table, & chairs) so we worked with what they had and added some accent furniture and accessories to really make it feel more like home.
As a reminder here is the before:
And here is the after. Doesn't it feel so much lighter and brighter? The sofa and dining table/chairs are the same. I just shifted them to opposite sides of the room, added some accessories, and of course some pops of color.
In the "living zone" I chose a wool broadloom carpet in a minty green color that we had cut to a custom size to anchor the space and provide a soft place for their daughter to play. The peekaboo acrylic coffee table from CB2 provides a place for drinks, books, and toys, but since it's clear keeps the room from feeling heavy. Pillows in navy blue and mint green from Serena & Lily, Minted.com, and Schumacher add some interest on the sofa and provide a cozy spot for napping. Finally, a white end table provides extra shelving on one end of the sofa while the floor lamp provides more task focused lighting for reading on the other.
They had been using some of their extra leather dining chairs at the counter, but I swapped them out with these bright yellow Marais style chairs to bring some color into the room. And they're already using the counter more to eat breakfast and hang as a family. Win win!
I shifted the "dining zone" to the opposite side of the room. To lighten it up, I added the Parsons slipcovers from Ballard Designs (which worked great despite the sizing being a tad off). I also chose a modern chandelier above the table to help define this as the dining zone. Luckily we got this installed for the reveal but we really cut it close (like 12 hours close!)
We had hoped to create a gallery wall but my client is having some of her pieces reframed so once that's finished, we'll get everything up on the walls. That was one thing we could not get to in 6 weeks.
And sadly, the custom grasscloth console table will not be here for a few more weeks so I'm not able to share the after, but I'll aim to snap a pic for social media once it's installed so make sure to follow along with my Instagram account.
I'm so happy I was able to participate in the One Room Challenge this Spring and had it not been for this awesome client, I wouldn't have been able to do it. She was very excited about my ideas, patient when it came to timing hiccups, and in general great to work with. Thank you A!
And a huge thanks to Linda over at Calling it Home to putting this challenge on twice a year! Make sure to check out the other guest participants over at Calling it Home.