Final Reveal! One Room Challenge
Updated: Jun 26
Woohoo! It is Reveal Day for all the One Room Challenge Guest Participants. Thank you to Linda Weinstein and the One Room Challenge team for creating this amazing challenge and Better Homes Gardens, media sponsor. As of today, I have completed 3 challenges. These challenges are transforming not only rooms, but my entire home.
Lets get on with it shall we? I know you are not here to hear me ramble on, you are here for photos! Right?! A quick brief; we started with a very long ugly all weather sunroom. The room ran the entire length of the backside of our house. In the past it was used as an all purpose hangout, work and storage room. It was literally a mess at all times. It was a total eyesore for the most part.
Here are a few before photos, so you can remember where we started.
The biggest challenge was how to make the space work as a functional room. We decided to put up a wall and reduce the space. This created a better flow and allowed more useful furniture placement. (Yes, now we have an extra room in the house. I'm thinking that will be another room transformation soon). Once the wall was completed we could work on the biggest mess of all: the floor. Thankfully, The Tile Shop had just what I envisioned; the most beautiful faux wood parquet tile. It's porcelain tile, but looks like wood floor.
It is gorgeous, and just what the room needed. We painted the walls Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore, the trim was painted White Rock by Porter Paints. The one wall that got special treatment is the focal point of the entire room. Wallpaper Direct graciously sent me the stunning, most glorious paper from G P and J Baker. The pattern is called Magnolia and its perfection on a wall. I wanted to highlight the wallpaper not cover it up, so I hung a vintage Hollywood Regency Palm mirror and 2 Asian carved screens on the wall. All items were thrifted and received fresh coats of paint. I love how they turned out.
For lighting we used several options, ranging from chandeliers, wall sconces to lamps. I found a dated brown chandelier from a thrift store and painted it a bold orange.
It gives me all the Dorothy Draper vibes, don’t you think? The sconces between the windows are from Crystorama. I placed them on wallpapered panels to make more of a focal point. Since the whole wall is windows, I wanted to carry some of the colors from the wallpaper over. This proved to be the perfect solution.
The furniture we used was a combination of new, old, gifted, and thrifted. With this project (as with every project) I tried to keep cost down. So we used my original dining table, it was about 7 years old. It was super dark wood, so we gave it a makeover with sandpaper. The 2 end chairs came from a local thrift store and the other 4 bamboo chairs I found at Homegoods. I painted all of them the same shade of green (Greenfield by Sherwin Williams).
The Asian inspired console was from an estate sale. It received a fresh coat of blue paint (Good Day Sunshine by Amy Howard). The 2 wicker arm chairs also were an estate sale find. The coffee table was found on Facebook Marketplace. My wicker sectional was saved from the dumpster.
My sister-in-law was moving and no longer wanted it. She was going to throw it out, but my husband tied it to the roof of his car and brought it home instead. (Good save!) I had the cushions reupholstered in a green buffalo check. I of course topped the couch with as many as my favorite kilim pillows as I could.
Lastly, the bench at the end of the room is from The Inside. It is new, and it’s marvelous.
The fabric is from their CW Stockwell collection and is called Coral Solaire. I think the pop of orange on the bench really brings the orange from the chandelier to the other end of the room. Ties it all together, if you will.
Now, lets talk artwork. The painting is by me. I painted it a few months ago and the colors really became the inspiration for this room. Originally it was hanging in my dining room, but as the room came together, I knew it needed to reside in this space. I also hung 15 Blue Willow plates above my windows. I have been collecting blue and white for over 17 years. I love any opportunity to display my collection. The plates are all different manufacturers, and span from the late 1800's to the 1960's.
I love mixing old with new, I think it gives a fresh space a bit of history.
Lets not forget the plants. It is a sunroom after all. I have orchids, ivy, ferns, pothos, caladiums, an olive tree and a fiddleleaf fig.
I am sure I will keep adding because this room gets the best light in the house! Speaking of best light. It comes from the huge 8 windows. We made faux diamond muntins for the windows to add character and charm. This is one of my favorite elements of the entire design. Everyone that enters, has one explanation. "Wow, the windows look great. Such a difference".
So, there you have it. My completed One Room Challenge Sun Room reveal. I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank my husband, Aaron, who without all his hard work and handyman skills none of this would be possible. He's the best, I love him and we make a pretty awesome team together.
Now, I am off to go check out all the other ORC designers and guests participants room reveals. Be sure to check them out as well! Click here.
A few more pics…
Thanks to all my SPONSORS:
Orange Paint: Rustic Orange from Rustoleum
Asian Panels are painted: Dunavant Green by Amy Howard
Faux Bamboo chairs: Homegoods
Coffee Table, mirror, panels: Facebook Marketplace
Thanks to Tyler Applegate from Bluegrass Market for photographing my One Room Challenge space!
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