One Room Challenge: Week 1
I’m excited to announce that for the first time, Lesley Myrick Interior Design will be participating in the One Room Challenge! If you’re not familiar with this bi-annual design event, interior designers and design enthusiasts commit to not just designing, but completing a one-room makeover in 8 short weeks. (Follow along with all the One Room Challenge 2023 posts here.)
The One Room Challenge provides participants with a supportive, enthusiastic forum in which to share the process of transforming a room. The ORC is not a competition, but rather a celebration of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas.
8 weeks is a very short timeline to make over a room (and is more HGTV magic than reality) but it’s a fun motivator to redo a room in my home that’s needed attention for a while – my living room. I wish we didn’t have to redo the room, but our sweet new kitten has done some serious damage to our sectional and it’s beyond saving. We also have a hazardous mantel that we’re dying to rip out and replace with one that’s more suited to the architecture of the home (and won’t go up in flames when we use the fireplace).
Here’s a look at my living room as it looks today, unstyled and shot very quickly on my phone:
Lesley’s Living Room, Before
We love the natural brick around the fireplace, but it feels heavy and tired with the massive farmhouse-style mantel and giant black TV. This is one area I’ll be putting a lot of attention into in order to lighten and brighten it.
Oh, and that dated ceiling fan’s gotta go, too.
You might think that all of the furniture is the same as it was in my Texas living room, and you’d be right! We were fortunate that our existing pieces fit the new living room nicely, but I’m looking forward to the change this spring. The area rug is looking worn out, and while the leather accent chairs look great, they’re not terribly comfortable to spend time in.
Over the next 2 months, you’ll see weekly blog posts and Instagram posts and stories documenting the progress of my one-room makeover. And even if the space isn’t totally completed by May 28th, the progress will be massive and the finish line will be close.
Next week, I’ll be sharing the moodboard for the project and some of the initial design selections. I’m excited to share the vision for this space…and an old “friend” may be making an appearance.
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