Thursday, October 2, 2014

One Room Challenge: Fall 2014 - Week 1

One Room Challenge Linking Event....Get Ready!
 I'm back....

A lot has happened over the last several months while I took a break from blogging.. The big thing is we moved into a bigger house! Yippee! A second thing is I became a writer for Tipsaholic, a great blog that shares tips on all kinds of subjects. When you have a moment, check out some of my featured tips on moving, camping, starting conversation's with kids, flower arranging and laundry.

While there is a lot on my plate right now, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to once again participate in Calling It Home's One Room Challenge. For those of you who don't know, this is a six weeks event with the Linking Participants sharing their progress of decorating a room each Thursday. In the end, a whole room is redone. This will be my third time joining in. In the past, I redid my laundry room with a Greenbrier/Dorothy Draper theme and the kid's mud room in bright primary colors with a big dash of organization thrown in.

And this time the room in my home I am going to do for the ORC is.....

The library
Red, White, and Blue


It's actually our formal living room, but we don't really need a stuffy room where no one can sit on the furniture, and it only sees the light of day when guests come calling. What we do need is a place to curl up with a good book after the kids go to bed at night or somewhere where we can read the Sunday newspaper while sipping a strong cup of coffee before the kids wake up. See a pattern here ;)

I will be reusing a lot of the furniture pieces from my old house, (they are in good shape, so no reason to buy new), but will be adding new accessories that better fit this new space.

And of course the bookshelves will be the star of the room. I'll be sharing my tips on organizing and styling them.

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Slim Aarons blue bookcase with colorful accents

First thing on the list though is getting rid of the white carpet on the floor of the room. It is actually a beautiful snow white expanse through the space. The thing is....I have kids who are very messy, no matter how hard I try to keep them tidy. Meaning that white carpet will have a stain on it in no time flat. So we my husband will be replacing it with hardwood floor. Be sure to stop by next week for more on that progress.

And to keep busy, in the meantime, you can check out my Pinterest boards where I will be pinning my design inspiration. (I might have a huge slight Pinning addiction.) If you want to track my pins, be sure to follow me. I always follow back, and find the best design ideas that way.

I am also contributing to the One Room Challenge Linking Party Board on Pinterest, where I will be pinning the design progress of my fellow ORC Linking Participants through out the next six weeks. So many great ideas to feature!

Now I am off to see what everyone else is doing for their ORC project. Such creativity out there. Thanks to Linda for putting all of this together. The One Room Challenge is so much fun!!!!

Organized Bookshelves with quote


  1. Best of luck with your library makeover!

  2. Good luck Frances! My dream is to have a library one day :-)

  3. Oh how lucky you are to have a roomyou can devote to a library! I'll be following along with great anticipation.

  4. What a lovely library space this is going to be. I cannot wait to see your progress and how it all unfolds.

    I too am participating in the One Room Challenge. My challenges? I just moved to a completely new state (Texas) last week and therefore have no idea where to source things other than Wal Mart and Home Depot. :) I am currently battling strep throat and just want to lay around and eat soup as opposed to painting a 30 year old polyurethaned oak coffered ceiling that has never before seen paint. The accompanying powder room rivals the worst gas station stall ever. But a bonus is that the previous owners installed a wine glass and bottle holder on the ceiling of the bathroom. I kid you not. Come take a peek.

  5. I just love the sound of the word library - it really does conjure up a feeling, doesn't it? I look forward to following along with you. Best of luck.

  6. can't wait to see how this comes together! love the idea of turning a formal living room into a library....looking forward to following along. xoxo.

  7. I would love a library. Your plan is great and I am happy that you are able to pin up to the board. Thanks!

  8. We built a library last year. It's a BIG undertaking but we LOVE it. I love your inspiration images. Can't wait to see yours!

  9. Oh my gosh, how lovely to have a library! I can't wait to see more. Love your inspiration!!

  10. All those bookcase inspiration photos are dreamy! Can't wait to see your reveal.

  11. I bet you will use the library much more frequently than a formal living room - great call! I look forward to following your transformation!
    Shelia @ House of Highlands

  12. I love a good library! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

  13. That sounds like a great plan! I love your inspiration photos! :)

  14. I'm so jealous that you have space for a library, Frances! What a great idea. Looking forward to following your progress here and on Pinterest :)

  15. Ok, this is right up my alley. I'm planning a mini one in my sunroom so I'm excited to see how this comes out.