One Room Challenge – Week 1

The O'Donnell Collective: One Room Challenge

Hi there! Well it’s been a hot minute (try two months!) since I last blogged, but I am about to embark on a six week journey that will have me posting about the latest adventures of The O’Donnell Collective every Thursday. I am incredibly excited (and mildly terrified) to announce that I will be joining in on the One Room Challenge for my very first time!

For those of you who are new to the One Room Challenge (ORC), let me fill you in. The ORC is a design event put on twice a year by Linda at Calling it Home. 20 designers/bloggers are selected to participate and they each have six weeks to fully transform a space, either a room of their own or that of a client. Over the course of the six weeks, each designer will provide a weekly update of their design transformation every Wednesday on their blog. We’ll call these designers the “Varsity” team. Every Thursday, I’ll be playing on the “Jr. Varsity” squad – a group of designers/bloggers that will be joining the ORC as Guest Participants.

I have greatly enjoyed watching this event unfold over the past few years, as the talent level is incredibly impressive, so as much as I am a bit intimidated, I am looking forward to finally joining in on the fun…and the stress. If completing a room in a mere six weeks weren’t hard enough, I’ve decided to make it extra insane by using a real, live client project! [Heart palpitations.] Oh yes, you will get to follow along with me as I attempt to transform this empty little box into something amazing:

The O'Donnell Collective: One Room Challenge - Week 1
The O'Donnell Collective: One Room Challenge - Week 1
The O'Donnell Collective: One Room Challenge - Week 1
The O'Donnell Collective: One Room Challenge - Week 1

I have a completely blank canvas to work with, besides needing to incorporate the existing night stands, so this should be pretty easy, right? Wrong! Six weeks sounds like a long time, but getting all the pieces to fall in place during that time frame can be a challenge for even the best and most bulldoggish project manager.

Luckily, I have a great client to work with and he’s very open to my ideas. He’s a young NYC transplant working in the music biz and has only been in this place a short time, hence the mattress on the floor. His apartment is a rental, so we’ll be limited on what we can do, but here’s what we’re thinking so far:

• Purchase a legit bed!!!
• Flip the floor plan – make it a little more feng shui friendly
• Paint walls a darker shade, likely a medium blue
• Add new window treatments
• Install a wall mural or cool large-scale art arrangement

I’ll be back next week to share the design plan, but until then, here are a few pics that we’re feeling for design direction:

The O'Donnell Collective: One Room Challenge - Week 1 (Elle Decor Inspiration photo)
(Elle Decor)

The O'Donnell Collective: One Room Challenge - Week 1 (Inspiration Photo)

(Celebrate & Decorate blog – original source unknown)

The O'Donnell Collective: One Room Challenge - Week 1 (House Beautiful Inspiration Photo)(House Beautiful)

Be sure to stop by Calling It Home to check out Wednesday’s designers and the rest of the Guest Participants!

One Room Challenge - Week 2
Minimalism for the Win

Comments

  1. LOVE LOVE the design direction- can’t wait to follow!

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