One Room Challenge: Week 1

Although I am very new to blogging (can we say about two weeks into it) I came across the One Room Challenge Linking Event and couldn’t wait to be a part of it!

Basically, I have to choose one room in my house to makeover in 6 weeks and document my progress.

I have chosen the laundry room.  The reason is because when we moved into our house a year ago we decided not to pay the upgrade fee to the builder to have this space finished and so today it is a room bare down to the studs!

Other than the obvious (drywall, ceiling, door) I plan to add colour, storage/shelving, functionality and some pretty decor fit for a chic laundry room.

For inspiration I turned to none other than Pinterest.

I love the dramatic dark grey, but the space I’m working with is not that big and doesn’t have a lot of natural sunlight, so naturally I’m leaning towards something light grey, or a fresh sky blue or maybe even a sea foam green.

I like the airy, fresh and clean look–after all is it where you clean your dirty laundry.

So stay tuned and come back every Thursday to see my progress!

{to view week 2 click here}

 

 

To Paint or to Wallpaper?

When we moved into our home a year ago it was a blank slate.  In fact it still very much is.  Our walls are still white and we have next to no wall decorations.  We’ve been tackling our home room by room.  Starting with the very important kitchen– they say it’s heart of the home.  And I must agree.  Next we focused on our living room.  A BESTÅ TV wall unit from IKEA made all the difference.  Our bedrooms are still a work in progress.

But we figured we should move on to the foyer as it is the first space you see when you enter our home.  We are looking to paint the walls (or wallpaper) and they lead up the stairs to the kitchen and living room, which are partially finished spaces.

In our foyer we currently have a rustic bench that we found in an antique shop (love it!), a beige rug and the shelf we made from skid pallets (please see Skid Shelf on how to make).

As you can see there is a lot of white! While I was never a huge fan of bright or dark colours on walls (I much rather have colour in my accent pieces) I can’t wait to paint this area and get rid of all the white.

Lately, I’ve been into metallic wallpaper and I hope it’s here to stay.  There are some really nice neutral wallpaper with delicate shimmer accent or patterns available at a variety of retailers.  And I do think that the bigger patterns work well even in small spaces, so I am not opposed to considering them.

    My conservative and calculated side tells me to stay within my comfort zone and stick with what I know.  Which means neutrals.  I love “cooler” tones (grey with blue undertones).  These type of colours are soothing, they go with anything and they make the space feel fresh and clean.  And in my perspective you can always warm up a space with greenery –seasonal flowers and plants.

I love the Harbor Gray and hopefully I can build up enough courage to paint one accent wall Steel Wool.

Ideally I would like to incorporate both paint and wallpaper into our foyer.  I feel comfortable with a grey paint colour but would like to combine the texture of a wallpaper.

It may take a while before I decide what to do with this space, but I’ll be sure to show you the finished product!

Domestic Bliss

My fiancé and I have been living together for about a year (in fact it’ll be exactly a year March 28th) and we wasted no time in furnishing and decorating our home.  It was a blank slate.

It was quite simple when we started talking about what we envisioned in our kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathrooms –as we have similar tastes.   And when that was not the case, we learned that our styles were complimentary.  He liked clean lines, dark natural wood finishes and I liked rustic and vintage with a modern flare.

Our home is no where near being done (as you can see we still need to paint and replace the carpet with hardwood), but here are a few things we have tackled so far.