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One Room Challenge Reveal :: Family Room

Done. I'm actually done!! While I'm a couple of days late in posting this week, I am so very happy to say that I pushed myself and wrapped up the One Room Challenge on time and am absolutely thrilled with the way my new Family Room turned out. In case you're just now joining us, here's a quick recap - the ORC is a six week challenge that occurs twice a year in the fall and spring. Twenty designers along with a couple hundred guest participants (that's me!) choose a room in their home to remodel and document the process each week. I decided to participate the day before it started, while out of town on vacation, but somehow managed to pull it off.

If you would like to go back and check out the weekly progress, here are the links:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5


So let me back up just a bit to give a little background on this space. If you read week one's post, I was calling this room the Den/Study to start with because honestly I didn't know what else to call it. I wasn't really sure what the space would be. My historic home has gone through a full renovation over the past 18 months including changing the function of every room in the house except one (the living room) and an addition to the back of the house. Because of the way the new lay-out is set up, this room lies dead in the center of the home and is essentially the gateway to six spaces - kitchen/dining room, living room, guest bathroom, stairwell to the attic, master suite, and the screened porch. It's the central station of my home and as I began to style it with all of my favorite things, I quickly realized it will be the space where everyone hangs out, thus the Family Room.

Now let's take a quick look back at what the space looked like when I bought the house...

Then again after major demo was complete and drywall was up....

And then again right before the One Room Challenge began.....

And now I'm so excited to show you the final results!!!!

Y'all, I actually have a finished space in my home!!! Yay!!! Okay, so now I'd love to walk you through what changes were made and how I hope this space will be used for many years to come. Since the space isn't huge, we'll focus on each wall so I can share all of the details.

First up is the stairwell wall where the super chic blue velvet couch takes center stage. I can't really tell you why, but right from the beginning I knew I wanted a blue velvet couch in this room. Actually, I purchased it about this time last year even though I had no idea when I'd get around to using it. Bright throw pillows were added for contrast and I personally love the eclectic look!

On the wall behind the couch are stairs to the attic space which I hope to finish off sometime down the road. During demo and reconstruction, I opted to go ahead and add the stairwell even though I knew I would be closing it off for the time being. I installed and then painted the salvage door a deep red and added my favorite mirror for a touch of glam.

We matched the existing picture molding and basecap with salvage materials and after a fresh coat of white paint, it looks brand new. And last but not least, we sanded, stained, and added a few coats of polyurethane to finish off the steps.

Fun Fact: Under the stair landing is extra storage off of the master closet which is perfect for storing suitcases.

Above the couch I added two picture ledges. I love to display pictures of all of my favorite people and decided that the picture ledge was the way to go so that I can change them out periodically. There's a mix of black, white, and stained frames as well as a vintage piece of dental molding above the top ledge.