10.02.2014

One Room Challenge: Living Room -Week One

I'm back for my third go round at the One Room Challenge link up. For those of you who are new to this phenomenon, here's the deal: Hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, bloggers come out of the woodwork to transform one room into something fabulous, in six weeks. Everyone checks in each week to show their progress. It is great fun. Really. Never mind the blood, sweat and tears, people. My last two projects are here and here.

I am planning on kicking my living room into shape. 

Whereas I like the general vibe of my living room, I plan to do some fixes that have been bugging me for a while. Some involve fluffing, others are pesky details. 

First off, there is some nitty gritty that needs to be dealt with. This is what happens when your dog lets herself out as necessary, like fourteen thousand times a day. 


Both sets of triple doors need to be repainted. The walls need it too but I'll probably just clean them up because painting isn't really an option right now -huge room with no clear stopping points.

I really like all the furniture in this room, which I have acquired over time but I plan to change things up a bit to make it wear and look better. I'm aiming to sharpen things up a bit here, without losing the laid back vibe. So the transformational attempt will be a little less boheme, and a bit more staid and gentlemanly, without looking like a cliche (I always have to say that -no cane stands, riding boots or fake books).  

These chairs are in for a major overhaul. I want to return them to their original mid-century roots by changing out the scale of the cushions and toning down the fabric (goodbye shabby chic overstuffed puffiness!)

Here's my little analog master list of everything I plan to do. I will be doing this challenge in real time so I can't wait to get started.

Make sure to check out all the linking participant here. I can't tell you how many new blogs I've found to stalk from the ORC!

15 comments:

Jane Bernard said...

Can't wait to see your living room take shape! I'll be following ;) I'm participating for the first time, so I'd love for you to stop by.

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Those pesky four legged fiends. I have very similar marks on my french doors! I already dig the cozy feel of your living room as is so any updates will be icing on the cake. I'm doing mine in real time too. Here's to another 6 crazy weeks...

Alana in Canada said...

What, people don't do this in real time? A shame. I enjoy reading posts written in blood. As for painting: I can see obvious stopping points. I'lljust e obnoxiousand mention them. 1. At the jut out beside the big steel kitchen cabinet. 2. at the corner opposite--paint the corner as part of the living room but not the wall with the doors. Would that work or would it be too choppy? I followed your transformation of your hallway office. That was a beautiful space you made even better. Looking forward to this, too. You have such lovely light.

C a i t l i n said...

lol. Too funny. Yes I could technically stop at those two points but I'm worried about difference in sheen at the ceiling cut in and at those corners. Feels risky to me because if it doesn't match I'm $^#@ed. Thanks for following along.

aquahaus said...

Man, I love your very cool, eclectic style. I already love the look of the room. What color are you painting the doors? I know it'd be tough with a dog, but gosh, black doors would be stunning.

C a i t l i n said...

You are so right on the black. I have black doors though out the house, with white trim and baseboards. I wonder if it would look funny to have the doors black in the back with white windows at the front -the room is 1500sq ft of open space? You've got me thinking...

C a i t l i n said...

Cheers to you. I'll be checking in ;)

Melissa @ A Prudent Life said...

I'm in love with your before pics, so I have a feeling I'll be overwhelmed at the awesomeness of your afters. Can't wait to follow along!

C a i t l i n said...

You're too sweet, and I assure you it looks better in photos now than it reality.

Erin Dove said...

Love this space! Can't wait to see what you do with it throughout the challenge. Good luck :)

Anonymous said...

Caitlin - it was great bumping into you on sfgate - the site and house look amazing. Hi to O, E & K.

george manolis

C a i t l i n said...

GEORGE!! So nice to hear from you. Hope you're doing great. My best to you and yours. -Caitlin

Jessica said...

I'm in love with the rug! And is that a concrete shelf for the t.v.? Do show, please!! I can't wait to see what you're going to do!

aquahaus said...

BLACK!!!!

kate@willowinteriors said...

How did I miss you last week!!!??? And what a gorgeous room already! You have a such a great eclectic eye so all of your pieces are amazing. I'm sure I will be impressed when it looks even better in a cpl of weeks! BTW, thank you for reason #427 why I don't need a dog in my life right now. :)