ORC: Family Room makeover week one

It’s go time! Today is day one, week one, of the now famous One Room Challenge. Hosted by Linda of the popular blog Calling It Home, participants have six weeks to transform a room from start to finish. The twenty invited bloggers started yesterday and the link up participants start today.

ORC Guest Gold

I have chosen to makeover our family room. Since I turned our living room into my studio/office last Winter, the family room is now the only room in the house to sit, read, watch TV and entertain guests. It’s a big room and a crazy tight deadline but I think baring it all might be the only way I will ever get this room decorated. Accountability baby!

As I had mentioned in my last blog we gave most of the original furniture in the room to my son when he moved into his new apartment with ambitious plans to completely redo the room. Then life got in the way. I was busy with client projects and then was diagnosed with breast cancer (that’s a story for another day). It’s now been over a year and we haven’t done a single thing except drag some old furniture up from the basement so we at least have a place to sit.


yes, I know, I know it’s a hot mess!

view out to deck

Look at the pathetic table we have been using for a coffee table. It basically holds the TV remotes and that’s about it. Not that long ago we also had a rug. Sadly, an elderly dog and then an incident involving a large platter of bright red sweet and sour chicken took care of eliminating that.

antique corner cabinet is staying

I cringe every time I look at that French country pine bench shoved up next to the early American corner cabinet. It’s only there because we needed extra seating one night and I was too lazy to move it back to the basement.

Since I plan to put a big part of my budget toward custom drapery and a high quality sofa, some of the furniture you see must stay. I plan to reupholster a comfy green chair and two Indonesian wood chairs. An antique Korean chest and cherry corner cabinet will also remain as they are sentimental pieces from my husband’s family. I inherited a ton of blue and white china (seriously, over a hundred pieces!) that will need to tie in color wise along with the 90’s forest green serpentine fireplace surround.


Everything that is staying in the room

Definitely a mishmash of items but here is my design board to tie everything together and create a functional and comfortable family room.

ORC inspiration board

ORC inspiration board

OH! I forgot to mention that I have a lovable although crazy rescue dog who loves to dig holes, roll in smelly dead things and thinks of the sofa as his own personal dog bed. I have to design with him in mind as well. Don’t let his cute face deceive you, he is like the character Pigpen in Charlie Brown. Everywhere he goes he leaves a trail of dirt and dog hair.

Mr. T. Nevers… AKA Boo

The clock is ticking so off I go. Be sure to come back next Thursday to see my progress and updates. Also, be sure to check out the twenty designers who started yesterday as well and the link up participants who started today. It’s inspiration to the max!

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31 Responses to ORC: Family Room makeover week one
  1. christine dovey Reply

    Love your bold colours and pattern mix!!! Excited to see this happen!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Christine. I know the board looks pretty wild but the room will have plenty of neutrals too to balance the very bright colors and patterns.

  2. Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke Reply

    love all your print mixing and textures! It’s going to be great!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Lianna!

  3. Meredith Bohn Reply

    I am so excited to see this come together!! I know how long you have been wanting to make this room beautiful and it is going to be SO bright and lovely! Happy to be following the journey with you…Cheers!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Meredith. So happy you are in this with me for the moral support I will certainly need.

  4. marcie Reply

    Love the fabrics and colors and lucky girl on the blue and white china.!!! And I too have a rescue dog who is the lovable reason we have a sheet thrown over our couch most of the time :

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Marcie. Truth be told we had a sheet over our “junky” sofa too until very recently when I just gave up. I bought a nice thick dog bed for the room and am going to try my best to train him to stay off the new sofa. I also am going with a darker fabric and plan to have it stain treated.

  5. Nancy Powell Reply

    It’s going to be fabulous! I love all your family treasures which will make your room unique. Love your pup, too. Miss you! Xo Nancy

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Nancy. I still remember you and Kim talking about one of the earliest ones that you both did. Hopefully I can pull this off! Miss you too and can’t wait till April when I see you at HP!

  6. Siobhan Farrer Reply

    Good for you for taking this on with so much on your plate. But a deadline is a wonderful thing!
    Nice big room. I personally think it’s important to keep those old family pieces, they are ‘one of a kinds’ that add special interest.
    Enjoy and have fun. We’re rooting for you!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Siobhan. I so appreciate the comment and support!

  7. nirma Reply

    Looks like a terrific combination. Love the blue and green combo with the cherry accents. Going to look perfect!
    Have fun!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Nirma. I am so happy for your encouragement and support. I just hope I can pull it off on time!

  8. Anna Reply

    The colours and patterns are stunning and the dog is so sweet to:)

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Anna. Yes, dog is cute but sometimes I am just a dog hair away from loosing it completely!

  9. Michelle Reply

    I love the china and the corner cabinet! I am excited to see how the rest of the space ends up.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Michelle! I love the china too and am happy I can incorporate it into the design.

  10. Jil Sonia Interiors Reply

    Oh I’m so excited for you Linda this is going to be amazing! Do we vote for you.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Jil, no voting (but thanks for asking). The challenge is whether or not you can pull it off in six weeks! Fingers crossed I can make it happen.

  11. Emily, Our house now a home Reply

    I love the greens you are going to incorporate into the room. All of the natural light in here will be gorgeous! I am also taking part in the challenge and am excited to see all of the transformations.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Emily. This is my first time participating so hopefully I can pull it off. What room are you redoing so I can check it out?

  12. Kelly R. @ Interiors For Families Reply

    I absolutely love your scheme – the colors are so fresh and happy. I am a blue/green girl at heart! You are so lucky to have all of the blue and white to incorporate – what a blessing! A timeless collection with both beauty and sentimentality; what could be better?

  13. Cheryl Juba Reply

    We share a love of blue and white china. Love your design board. Looking forward to seeing it unfold. Your dog is precious!

  14. Annie Stickney Reply

    What a great start Linda! I can’t wait to see how it turns out… The greens are fun, yet calming. The pop of royal blue and pink is fresh. Good Luck!

  15. Hollie Cooper Reply

    I love you fresh colour scheme & the pair of wood chairs you have are so so good! I too have taken on this ORC. Good Luck, Hollie

  16. Karolina Reply

    you have some really stunning pieces of furniture Linda. Love the antique Korean chest and its detailing. Your fabrics and the colour scheme is excellent. Can’t wait to see the progress.. Karolina x

  17. Brenna@DomesticCharm Reply

    I absolutely love your design board! You have done a great job of incorporating the green (to match the fireplace) and the blue (for the immense china collection). And I adore those Indonesian chairs! Can’t wait to see how this goes!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Brenna. I can’t wait to wait to see how it turns out too! Fingers crossed I can pull it off.

  18. Always Rad Reply

    Such a bright space! Love your design board! So excited to follow your progress over the next few weeks!

  19. Carol A. Caggiano Reply

    Linda BRAVO,BRAVO. only you could possibly come up with something so unique and so you. ENJOY

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