Living Room: One Room Challenge – Fall 2020 Week 2

It’s week 2 for the One Room Challenge, and I’m giving you all a very bad example of how this process should go. Why? Because I’m doing it all out of order. I’m basically decorating and styling, knowing very well that we will be removing everything to redo the floors in the next week or two. So don’t do as I do, instead be smart and get the big messy remodeling done before you bring in the new rug and rearrange the furniture.

I’m determined to spend very little money on this room. Partly because we have already spent plenty on new flooring (we are DIYing all the Stuga wood flooring in our home and have already completed our upstairs and the playroom), a new rug (got a great deal on it though!) and the not pretty but really important new chimney damper. That means most of the furniture, art, decor will be DIYed, shopped from my house, and my shop, Domov.

This week we did finally get a new damper on top of our chimney! We may have to relocate the wire hook in the firebox when we get an electrical insert, but otherwise it’s done. We hired out for this and I think its making a big difference. I have an extremely sensitive nose and unfortunately the previous owners didn’t take good care of the chimneys- they obviously enjoyed many wood burning fires, but maybe never bothered to clean them. With the poorly sealing damper, I was smelling smokey burnt smells any time I was near the fireplace. We even had it cleaned and it did little to stop the smell. Then we learned that the poorly sealing damper was actually creating pressure and pulling air in through the chimney into the house causing the smell to disperse. So while there isn’t a pretty after pic to show, this was an important part of the room.

The rug came and I really like it. It is a loloi rug, the printed kind, so not fluffly or really soft, but we added a pad and I’m someone who enjoys this style of rug. The colors are lovely, and I know it will look great with the new floors.

I have decided to repurpose our coffee table, which is too small as a coffee table for the space, as a low large side table. It works well for the space between both couches. I put up the new curtains and love them! They are super long and I really should hem them, but I may not get to it. Our blinds are battery operated with a remote, which we LOVE, so they are what we close and open, the curtains are just for decoration, but they add so much.

These Studio McGee blankets from Target are the best. My kids love a soft nicely weighted blanket and so they each have one, but this gorgeous brick colored one is mine.

And now the fauxdenza. We have had this guy for over 10 years now. Back in the day when blogging was everything, Anna of Door 16 shared her fauxdenza made from ikea cabs and we made one too. This one is made of ikea kitchen Akrum cabinets (their old kitchen line prior to sektion) with Veddinge doors and wrapped in stained plywood. It has been in every home and survived so much abuse from the kids and all our moves. Now as much as I love this piece and its durability, I’m not sold on it in here, but remember I’m trying to shop my home… so I removed the mid century legs that we had on it and replaced the knobs. None of it feels right yet, so more changes will probably come.

But the coffee table struggle is real- I believe I have had this issue in most every home. Other parents with young kids probably get the coffee table struggles too; it needs to be DURABLE, not too sharp or dangerous, and take up just the right amount of space for kids to move around freely. The other big hurdle, I refuse to pay a lot right now. And “a lot” is relative, but under a couple hundred dollars is my budget. So I’m checking facebook marketplace and nextdoor, and thinking of hacks or DIYs. Don’t get me wrong, I have found plenty of gorgeous perfect ones, besides the price and finish durability. There are some great options out there right now. But I would cry if I spent $900-$2000 on a table that my kids scratched up after the first week.

So thats where we are this week. Next week we will be starting on the floors!

Living Room: ORC- Fall 2020 Week 1


Here we go again! Its my third time participating in the One Room Challenge, I did in Spring 2019 before we even knew we would be selling our house when I remodeled the hall bathroom. I registered for the winter 2019 ORC, but life was not wanting that to happen, so I made the choice to sit it out. Then I registered and completed (but without any sharing!) the ORC for Spring 2020. I will have to do a post on thast some time. So I’m a little inconsistent and we will see how well I do this time with posting.

For those unfamliar with the ORC, you will get to watch me make a space in 6 weeks! Yes, only 6 weeks. I’ve been mentally remodeling and planning for much longer than that, but the work and finishing touches are happening fast.  The ORC is great because it allows you to see the full process designers use to create a space, planing, mood boards, selecting finishes, budgeting, etc.

We will be working on our living room. It has great bones, but needs some updating to be up to my taste. Definitely replacing the floors. We will already started replacing all the carpet in the house with Stuga wood floors and we LOVE them. So next is the laminate.

Here’s the before from the listing when we purchased the house:

See, good bones. Staged in the traditional way homes are staged, baby blue walls? Don’t ask me.

Here’s when we did what we could when we moved in over a year ago.

It’s been cute, but the room felt like it didn’t have structure. Its a large space and most of it was open. The kids liked it, but it didn’t feel cozy, I think we can do better. That rug has since been moved to our playroom, we do love that rug.

We did attempt a few things to try and make the fireplace work, adding a mantle and a mirror. And while I liked the look for christmas, it wasn’t my style year round, it was too busy and farmhouse-y. The stone looks much prettier in the photos than it does in person. Its very pale pink in person.

Heres the Living Room Mood Board:

Pretty huh?


  1. Replace the floors.
  2. Update the firsplace? First and foremost we are replacing our damper. It doesn’t seal well and we even had bees enter through the top in spring. We also plan to add an electric insert. No need to burn real wood (allergies and the environment). The new face lift may not be completed, but I will try!
  3. New Baseboards
  4. Figure out ideal layout
  5. The rest will all be decor, furniture placement, and styling!
  6. Paint touch ups
  7. Enjoy!