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2016 Fall One Room Challenge: Week 1

Sharing This Round's Mission & Revisiting Favorite Shots from Past Rounds
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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

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ADDITIONAL CREDITS:

Jana Bek | Chris Loves Julia | Shannon Claire | Coco.Kelley | The Curated House

Driven by Décor | The English Room | From the Right Bank | Sherry Hart

Hi Sugarplum | House of Jade | Hunted Interior | The Makerista | Making it Lovely

Marcus Design | Pencil & Paper Co. | Megan Pflug | Place of My Taste | Suburban B’s

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  • I look forward to seeing you work your magic in these two apartments! You are an ambitious one!-
    xoxo-
    Holly @ The English Room

  • So many perfect spaces to drool over, and I’m sure the next two will be the same! I’m excited to follow along!

  • You are the ORC queen! Can’t wait to see!

  • Mandy you always have the best ORC transformations! I can’t wait to see what you do this time around! Good luck girl! You gots this!

  • Your spotted office is still my fave of all time. Can’t believe you’re tackling such a big space this go-round. Oh wait, yes I can, because you’re AMAZING!!!

  • You’re styling and attention to detail are always impeccable, and I can’t wait to see what you do this go around!

  • Go big or go home! WOW!!! I stand in awe! Can’t wait to see how this all goes down over the next 5 weeks! Wishing you avoid all those ORC pitfalls. Can’t wait to follow along!

  • Holy moly this is going to be a huge project!!! I can’t wait to see what you do!
    I’m honored to be playing along side you this round 🙂 xo

  • Hurray that you’re doing this within the 6 weeks time frame! I can’t wait to follow along. Having a nice blank canvas will definitely help. Merge 2 spaces into 1…that’s going to be interesting. Good luck!

  • Sounds so fabulous and fun! Can’t wait to see what you do with TWO spaces! I would love to participate in the ORC one day….how does one do that? Inspired by you all with every post….Thank you! Kathy

  • So excited to be joining such great talent as a guest participant and to follow everyone’s transformations! I don’t know how I’ll get anything done today – all I want to do is read through everyone’s ORC!! We’re in the middle of renovating a 1930 bungalow that was previously abandoned for 20 years, so essentially I’m renovating all the rooms simultaneously, but for sanity’s sake only documenting the living room for the ORC. I cannot imagine transforming TWO WHOLE APARTMENTS in the course of six weeks!!! But your work is always amazing and a huge inspiration, so I know it’ll be fabulous! Can’t wait to see what you do… XO

  • Whoa, this is a surprise! And I think you are crazy to attempt this, but know you can. Good luck with all of this and I can’t wait to see the details.

  • I’m really enjoying this shadow box styled Ribba frame, from IKEA. It’s already matted with a 4″ x 4″ opening, a perfect size for the butterfly prints I’ve made for you. Just trim the extra paper, pop it in the frame, hang, and enjoy!

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