The ORC: Family room makeover reveal!!

If you have somehow stumbled upon this blog post for the very first time, this is a very big day. For the past six weeks I have been participating in an online design blog event called The One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. I had six weeks to completely makeover my family room and I finished just under the wire. The photographer rang the door bell just as I was placing the final touch on the coffee table.

Not that long ago, the room was kinda sorta decorated. It all started to fall apart though after an elderly dog made toast of the carpet and then we gave most of the existing furniture to my son when he moved into his new apartment. I had big plans to redo this room but over a year later, I hadn’t done a single thing. It was an ugly mishmash of random furniture that was brought into the room simply for a place to sit when we watched TV.

In all honesty, it took a diagnosis of breast cancer to finally kick me into gear to get this room decorated. Now that it’s done, my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. Then I wouldn’t have spent the majority of the Summer laying on the sofa while recovering from chemo in a depressing, mostly bare, undecorated room.

I know you don’t care about any of this and just want to get to the AFTER photos so here we go.

To refresh your memory, this was the embarrassingly sad state of the room BEFORE.

Family Room BEFORE

Family Room BEFORE


Eric Ross photo

Eric Roth Photo

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Eric Roth Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

If you have been following my weekly updates you know I found the above campaign chest at the Habitat for Humanity restore for $95.00. It was in rough shape but I had my cabinet maker lacquer it in Sherwin Williams Indigo and I found someone local to refinish the rusted brass hardware.

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Eric Roth Photo

Linda Holt one room_003aThe budget was gone when it came time for art work so I enlarged a few of my own photos and added in some of my favorite plates and glass trays.

The above photo is just to the left of the back wall which is all glass and leads to the deck. The photo below is to the right of the back wall. The antique Korean chest has been in my husband’s family since the early 1900’s and the square ottoman is where I sit to put on my sneakers every morning when I walk the dog.

Eric Ross Photo

Eric Roth Photo

The skirted table below is hiding a secrete which I will reveal in an upcoming post.

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Eric Roth photo

I have had this sea lady head for at least twenty years and I still love her.

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The room is so much more happy now don’t you think? Now we spend all our free time in there and I just love looking at everything. Before, all I could think about was how ugly the room was and how embarrassing it was when anyone came over. Let’s face it, how long could I keep saying to my friends, “I am about to redo this room”. Now it’s done and I couldn’t be happier.

I want to give a huge thank you to all the vendors who came through for me and did fast (in one case 24 hour) turn around times so that everything could make it into my room.

Walls, Ceiling and Trim: Farrow and Ball Satin Slipper

Sofa: Kravet with Kravet fabric

Indonesian chairs: existing. Malabar fabric

Club chair: existing. JF Fabric

Coffee Table: David Francis

Window treatments: Duralee

Carpet: Landry and Arcari

Window Hardware: Window Imaginations

Small green side table: Oomph

Gold side table: West Elm

Bamboo shades: Smith and Noble

Artwork over sofa:Linda Holt

Small art on easel: Pamela Copeman

Birch trees over Korean Chest: Laurie Leavitt

If you are interested in my weekly progress you can read the previous posts.

week 1

week 2

week 3

week 4 

week 5









52 Responses to The ORC: Family room makeover reveal!!
  1. Meredith Reply

    Aaaand, we have reached the finish line! it all looks smashing and I have already oohhed and awwwed over it in person – I know you don’t believe me, but it is gorgeous and I love every bit of it!! I was so glad to do this along with you and Kelly, and I am going to figure out a way to all have that glass of champagne in celebration!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Meredith. A big huge sigh of relief it’s over and that I finished on time. And about that champagne…YES!

  2. Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke Reply

    I love everything about this room. The layering, the curtains, the dresser pop of color, the corner cabient! It’s gorgeous – you must be so happy!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Lianna, I so appreciate the nice feedback.

  3. Kim Macumber Reply

    Linda! Your room is beautiful! I love all your fabric choices and the trim and details.. You and Jim must be loving this new space … and hopefully Nevers has taken to his dog bed!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kim. Nevers still won’t go near the dog bed but that’s a whole other story.

  4. cassie @ primitive & proper Reply

    beautiful!! that blue campaign chest is the stuff of dreams!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Cassie! I felt pretty proud of myself to score such a bargain.

  5. Kelly Rogers Reply

    Where do I begin? There are so many beautiful moments in this room, but on the whole it looks to me like a new beginning. It is a symbol of your triumph and your determination to live your life your way. Now you and Jim can just enjoy it. I couldn’t be happier for you – congratulations!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Kelly. I wouldn’t have achieved it without your encouragement and support throughout this entire process.

  6. Jill Dippman Reply

    What a beautiful room, Linda, you are such an inspiration. I am surprised at the difference the jute rug makes on that beautiful wooden floor. I love your blue and white collection, Lady’s head planter and that glass end table, green accents around the room, however to me the show-stopper is that refinished blue campaign chest matched up with the painting and accessories. You do everything so well!

  7. Designs By Katy Reply

    Stop it with your perfect blue cabinet. It makes the room! I love it.

  8. Katie Reply

    Oh my gosh it’s stunning! I love your use of bright colors and all the little details. The trim on the drapes and that chest!!

  9. Sarah Sofia Knepp Reply

    Wow Linda this is just a stunning room! What a major transformation! I love the blue campaign dresser! Like you I found my campaign piece at Habitat for Humanity and painted and lacquered it coral for my ORC Glam Office last ORC round. I love how creative you are with your gallery wall and it turned out beautiful! So many great pieces like the Oomph side table that I’ve been crushing on for some time! BRAVO on a job well done! XOXO, Sarah

  10. Allyson Paris Reply

    Amazing, lovely, fun, joyful! I love your fabric and art choices, your Indonesian chairs look wonderful, and I think my favorite piece is your Korean chest, although the artwork is a close second. Great choices! Enjoy it.

  11. Jil Sonia Interiors Reply

    Oh Linda, this is absolutely perfect and so YOU! So bright and colourful and happy. I can see the attention to detail in every nook and cranny.
    How absolutely wonderful, you can know feel proud and happy and enjoy your beautiful new room for a beautiful new woman 🙂 xoxo

  12. Marianne Millikan Reply

    I love it Linda, and we do care to hear about your motivation. The blue is divine. I can not believe that the campaign chest is repurposed. Stunning. I love the surprises I find at the Habitat for Humanity restore’s. Great job!!!

  13. ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus Reply

    Oh my, I LOVE the sea lady. How cool is that? Also, I really like the bright blue of the space. Gorgeous!

  14. christine dovey Reply

    I’m OBSESSED with the head with the plant- love!!! You did a beautiful job! This room is so layered with colour, pattern and texture. My favourites are the head (obviously:) and the drapery. I also love the little chair vignette and your colour palate. Your room is so so pretty!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Christine for all the nice feedback!

  15. Jessica Reply

    wow, what a difference. I love all the blue in the room, it adds another element to the space. Love it.

  16. Kelly Reply

    Yay! All of your hard work really paid off! It is just beautiful Linda. Love your colors, new chairs, artwork, everything! So happy you finished, you should be so proud! Miss you, hope to get together real soon! Xo

  17. Merlyn Reply

    I kept scrolling back and forth from the before to the after, delighting in all the thoughtful and colorful additions which make this room so polished. Love all the vignettes! You’ve designed a very pulled-together room which won’t feel dated for years to come.

  18. Heather Peterson Design Reply

    What a fun result! I especially love all the little details–that head and shell planter is to die for!

  19. marcie Reply

    Such beautiful areas that collectively create an amazing room. So inviting and interesting. I’m in love with so many things about this room

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  21. Ellen Reply

    Your room looks incredible, and the blue cabinet is a showstopper. I have that same sea-lady head! Mine is in my bathroom, and holds my clarisonic and suscreen. (I also put some false eyelashes on her!) I hope you are feeling better now and all is well.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Ellen that i so fun that you have you have the same sea-lady head. Also, yes, now that chemo is behind me I feel 100% better! Almost done radiation and then I am good to go!

  22. Sheila Reply

    I want to hang out in this room! I love that you were motivated to finish this room after lying on the couch recovering from chemo — this gave you something to dream about. This room represents a fresh start.
    I can’t wait to see the reveal under the skirted table. Quite clever that the book on top of the table is titled, “Parisian Hideaways.” Well done!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Sheila! I’ll give you a little hint about what’s under the table and let me just say…it “ain’t” pretty!

  23. Anna Reply

    Great choice of colours and patterns. The room looks bright and fresh now, well done:)

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Anna!

  24. Erin @ The Organized Life Reply

    WOW! What a huge difference! I love that blue campaign chest, and that you got it for $95 awesome. You have such amazing items in this room. Beautiful job!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Erin!!

  25. Susie Reply

    Linda, your room looks amazing!! So cheerful and full of visual interest! Of course, love the indigo campaign chest, too! How can one not be happy in this space? Fabulous job!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so very much Susie. I so appreciate such a nice comment.

  26. Sarah @ 702 Park Project Reply

    Fantastic! I love the bamboo shades, and that campaign dresser!

  27. deborah main Reply

    Congratulations Linda!! I am BLOWN AWAY!!!! Your room is absolutely a complete transformation into a beautiful serene family room that I could hang out in for hours. I am just so incredibly struck by what you did!! I mean I knew you were a great designer, but nothing like a before and after picture to REALLY demonstrate what a FANTASTIC interior designer you are!! I am so proud of you for taking on this challenge. You have inspired me to get to work on my home, because I want that fresh updated look in ALL my rooms. And you know me w/color and texture. LOVE all the color. LOVE all your pillows. LOVE the artwork. LOVE the blue cabinet. LOVE The furniture. LOVE your collage of framed pics. LOVE all the details and your fabric choices. LOVE that shell head….how fabulous is that piece of sculpture. Congratulations, as you did an outstanding job!! It is soooo purty, seriously!! And now I hope you can take some time off to rest, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor in your new beautiful room. Surely this room will promote healing within and help knock that cancer out! So proud of you!!! Sending much healing love your way. Enjoy!! xoxo

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Deborah you are just the kindest friend. Thank you so much for such a glowing comment! I wish you lived closer and we could sit in the room and have a glass of champagne to celebrate its completion! Cheers to you!

  28. Laurie Leavitt Reply

    Linda! You have done a magnificent job! But I expected no less from you. Every detail is so rich with detail and such a feast for the eyes! Thanks so much for including me in your vision! Love it! Now sit back and enjoy 🙂

  29. Kate Collins Reply

    I love this!! What a beautiful room to sit and relax and to entertain in. That vase that you’ve had for 20 years is gorgeous, as is your husband’s chest. Well done!! Congrats and something big to celebrate a job well done!!

  30. Corinna - A Designer At Home Reply

    Linda! Of course we care about your health. That part you could have elaborated more on for new to your site visitors. The room is breathtakingly beautiful! I hope youre making lots of memories in that space. I’m taking noted for my own living room.

  31. sherry hart Reply

    Beautiful transformation! Love the mix of family pieces with the new… definitely reads like comfortable space to spend time in!

  32. Holly -hcb interiors Reply

    What a fun and lively room! You did a great job; seems like a wonderful place to relax and recover. Best wishes for good health!

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  34. McKenna Reply

    Linda, it looks fantastic! I love that sea lady head, and all the bright color you added. What a happy space.


    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much McKenna!

  35. Sherry Daniele Reply

    That’s SOOO pretty, Linda! Great job! I didn’t think it was so bad before, but the after looks great :>

  36. Linda - Calling it Home Reply

    Hi Linda!! Wow, wow, wow. Yeah for the Boston girls. You did an amazing job. I wish you love, health, and happiness in this stunning room. Great job.

  37. Beth Frede Reply

    What talent you have, Linda- your room is gorgeous!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words Beth!

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