It’s that time again, friends! The 2016 fall One Room Challenge officially starts TODAY. I’m absolutely thrilled to participate, and as an ORC vet, I’m feeling good with a few past projects under my belt (my home office, upstairs loft and the WOM team office). Though vet or not, I assure you, there are unforeseen disasters that are just waiting to happen during the 6-week whirlwind that is the ORC. But disaster be damned, I’m betting big and promising to make this my best and by far the biggest ORC challenge I’ve done to date.
So how exactly will this be our biggest? Because this go around I’ll be taking on not one room, not even one home, but I’ll be designing TWO “homes” (surprise Linda) in just six short weeks. Our 2016 fall One Room Challenge official mission: make two model apartments feel like home. The goal: ridding the space of impersonal, nondescript details and bringing in warm, welcoming design full of textures, motifs and decor that anyone would want to call home.
Luckily for me, both apartments are brand-spanking-new with gorgeous fixtures, flooring, and spare no expense kitchen and bath areas. Plus amazing natural light (hallelujah), with floor-to-ceiling windows. But this won’t be a cake walk by any means. Both spaces have extremely tricky floor plans and NO allowance for my standard big statement moves such as wallpaper, dramatic light fixtures, and bold paint. Remember these beauties are about to be for rent, so it wouldn’t be fair to have tenants fall in love with details they aren’t allowed to implement.
In true ORC form, I only have six weeks to transform both apartments, and just to clear up any misconceptions, these apartments aren’t even fully completed yet. So if you think I’ve had months to work on them, you’re wrong. I’ve only been allowed in to measure and it was a complete construction zone, so when I say we’re doing this in 6 weeks, I mean we’re doing this in 6 weeks!! And the reason we’re sharing this transformation all in one ORC is while they’re two distinct homes this really is one large project.
Next week, I’ll be sharing my mood and inspiration boards for the spaces, and who exactly I had in mind when I designed them. But for today, I thought I’d just hit replay on a few of my favorite moments of ORC‘s from the past. Truly, MKR