[ORC Challenge]: Living/Dining/Entry Combo - Week 2


So week 2.. We are working on our living and dining space opening up on entry and somewhat enlarged hallway. Space is very open and it only makes sense to tackle of them together.

Last week I went through some before pictures both when we purchased the house and used it for some time as well as some inspiration photos.

During past few months, we have gutted and remodeled our whole main floor. One of the results of our renovation is that we opened a sight line from one side of the house to another and there is now direct access from kitchen to new dinning room. When I say "new" dinning room, it is not that that we have done too much new development on this room, but that we have switched living and dining room.

Here is where things are at now. New entry door:

View from larger hallway onto our living room (still looking for main purpose, most likely little library area).

Here is view onto new dining room with new windows.  We have moved this big table and rug from basement to this room. Light fixture is new.

Finally, adding some existing pieces to both spaces.

What still needs to happen:

  • Curtains (existing and new)
  • Bookcases
  • Couch/armchair
  • Bench under window (living room)
  • Bar cart (existing)
  • Sideboard (existing)
  • Art (existing and new)
  • Coffee table (new)
  • Side table (existing)
  • Dining room chairs (not keeping these ones in the image above)
Check out other ORC participants. Until next week.

[ORC Challenge]: Living/Dining/Entry Combo - Week 1


This is my third (third and half to be exact) run at One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home. It is a great motivating tool to get you to work through those pesky projects that just never seem to be on top of the priority list as well as those bigger challenges (new kitchen!) that are so hard to predict and even harder to pull off. 

My previous two spaces that I managed to complete could not be more different. First one (or actually the last one) is our master bedroom where I've managed to execute as close to what I envisioned as possible. Piece of furniture (glass table acting as make up table) I could not find at the time, but I found since. One big activity that did not get executed is adding more visual interest and dark paint to long wall where our bed is, but let's focus on what did get done.

Second (or really first) space that got done is a dual (triple) purpose space.. It is our craft room, guest bedroom, my office and painting studio.

So what are we working on this time around? As usual, one room is not enough, and in this case with somewhat open concept, it is impossible to draw boundaries around where to start and stop.  That means that spaces we will be tackling are: main entry (foyer), dining room, living room and small space off living room (hallway).

Here is how that space looked when we first saw it:

This is what we had done with that same space:

The plan for the rooms includes some work we have already done (gutted/replaced electrical/window/flooring/etc) which I will detail next week and much more work still to be done, that I am yet to really sit down and plan out.

This time around I don't have a definitive inspiration photo to work off but more some ideas in my head. I've searched for a few images on Pinterest that would convey what I am going for and I created a board with them. I am sure I will keep adding to it as I focus on more detailed execution.

In the meantime, check out all the participants of this challenge including twenty featured designers. I am so looking forward to seeing these finished spaces.