ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK NO.2

One Room Challenge: Week no. 2 — The Plan • via @SavvyHome

 

It’s week 2 already, time to reveal the master plan…

 

One Room Challenge: Week no. 2 — The Plan • via @SavvyHome

orc-inspiration-julia-leach

One Room Challenge: Week no. 2 — The Plan • via @SavvyHome

This is what I’ve learned from the One Room Challenge so far: I’m an OCD perfectionist. This means that I’m more comfortable with featuring picture-perfect things on SHB, than my own “perfectly imperfect” life. BUT seriously you guys, nothing beats sharing a picture of my living room in a state of disarray on move-in day, and get flooded with your comments and emails.

There’s not a more rewarding feeling than to get to know each of you better: from your love of Frank Sinatra to your dreams of purchasing pre-war apartments overlooking Central Park. You’re an awesome bunch! I truly feel like we’re all part of this mini-community of awesome gals (and guys). The internet amazes me sometimes.

One Room Challenge: Week no. 2 — The Plan • via @SavvyHome
1. Since I’m not painting the walls, I need art. And since I’m notoriously pretty bad at committing to pieces of art, I thought it would be better to install a gallery ledge so I can switch things around as I please while I build my collection. Eva Chen’s office was the main point of inspiration.

2. My dining “area” is only big enough to accommodate a round bistro table—so I want to make it multi-functional by turning it into a library table when not in use. The plan: stack coffee table books and anchor with a large vase filled with silver eucalyptus branches.

3. I traded my bulky desk for one that would accommodate small space living. A few friends asked: are you going to have enough space to work? The truth is, it’s forcing me to keep my desk really tidy. So it’s a win-win. I’m getting a large bookshelf to store all the office clutter that used to be on my desk and creating a setup similar to the one in Victoria de la Camara‘s Brooklyn apartment. So far, so good.

4. Since my “lounging” area sits right across from my desk, I need to make it extra inviting and cozy so I don’t get tempted to get up and work while I’m off-duty. I’m fixing it up with a floor lamp, pillows, throws and side tables to create the feel of a reading nook.

That’s it for now! Tune in next week for more updates, or re-read Week 1.

 

shop the inspiration

Floating Rainbows by Jan Sowarby | Hood River Boats by Shari Margolin | Brahms Mount Surf Throw | Wishbone Chair | Cabot Bookshelf | Real Good Blue Dot Counter Stools | Purple Cotton Pillow | Kuba Cloth and Batik Pillows | Cara Linen SofaAerin Charlton Lamp | Limited Edition SHB x Oomph Tini Table | Natural Woven Side Table | Braided Abraca Rug

 

Follow the One Room Challenge

Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis  | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Kraus | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design | Jill Sorensen | Swoon Worthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman | Trademarked by Calling it Home.

[thefeedproducts style=’two’]

Images via Eva Chen, Julia Leach, Victoria de la Camara, Peter Dolkas.

One Room Challenge: Week No. 1

One Room Challenge: Week No.1 • on @SavvyHome

 

What I have in mind for my little white box in the sky, is a multi-functional space that’s laid-back but tailored.

I’m envisioning a cross between a cutting-edge boutique hotel suite, and a yacht cabin (since the space is so small, and also for my love of coastal homes).

 

One Room Challenge: Week No.1 • on @SavvyHome
One Room Challenge: Week No.1 • on @SavvyHome

 

I’m so excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge!

When I moved into my new place last month, I went from 1,350 sq. ft. to just a little over 500 sq. ft. I like to call this “convenience over capacity” (convenience of a downtown location with indoor parking garage, fitness centre and rooftop deck with pool and spa). But after the movers had piled up my boxes to the window (to the wall) and to the ceiling, I knew I would have to make some pretty drastic decor upgrades to accommodate my new micro-living situation.

Above is the room in its initial state. The “before” shots on move-in day. As I was unpacking that first day, the issues surfaced: bookcases that didn’t fit, an oversized desk space, ill-fitted rugs, a dining room table as big as my entire living area (that one went straight to storage, sniff). Then, I got a call from heaven Linda of Calling it Home, inviting me to join the One Room Challenge. This was the perfect opportunity to make this living space my own (in the time it takes to say One Room Challenge, or almost)!

The One Room Challenge is an online bi-annual challenge that brings together 20 talented bloggers to achieve the near-impossible: to completely transform one room in just six weeks. The six week constraint is only part of the challenge in my case… The other one is having to fit a living room, dining room AND office into a 11 x 17 space (after this, Manhattan, I’ll be ready for you)!

For those of you who have just met me through this challenge, O my god, hello how are you welcome to my aquarium errr, home! I’m an interior stylist/blogger based in Montreal. I’m thrilled to have you here. You can get to know me better in this post, or by stalking my Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest.

You can also let me get to know YOU better by telling me a fun fact about you in the comments below (examples including but not limited to: John Legend or Frank Sinatra?; What would be your last meal? and; If I gave you an unlimited budget to buy a property anywhere in the world, what would it be and where?).

 

Let’s do this!

(tune back in next Wednesday for the masterplan)

PS: Follow along the players participating this round: Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis  | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Kraus | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design | Jill Sorensen | Swoon Worthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman | Trademarked by Calling it Home.

PPS: Is it weird that while writing this post, I googled “to the window to the wall” and stumbled upon The Proposal’s alternate ending? #winning #attentiondeficiency