10.01.2014

One Room Challenge -- Week 1 #swankycolonialproject

WELCOME!
I am so glad you're here.
It's Christmas morning in blog land!  Today marks the first week of the One Room Challenge, started by Linda of Calling it Home.  Every Wednesday morning the invited group of us have six weeks to complete a room and share the entire process with you.  This is no small task.  Last Spring was my first time participating and I am thrilled to take part again! I dare say I never would have finished off our main bathroom without this challenge. 
Thank you, Linda!

Although I would LOVE to be doing a certain, unmentioned room in my own home for the ORC, one of my favorite clients has graciously agreed to allow us into their home instead.  You may recognize their dining and living room in the photos below.  I affectionately refer to this home as the #swankycolonialproject.  If you follow me on Instagram, this is not new to you.  (Instagram is my favorite...we should be friends.)  And now we are starting on the upstairs of their home.  Because it's fair to say that it doesn't match the main floor...and they are ready. 
Lucky us!

As you can see below, they are neutral lovers, but not afraid to go bold with me.

This couple is married with children.  They're both attorneys in town, and they are ready to make their whole house reflect their style.  


I'm designing their Master Bedroom for the One Room Challenge!  
Very excited.  The ORC is an intense process, and since we have already worked together, trust each other, and have even become friends, this is a special project to me.  I know how vulnerable my clients are when I put their unfinished homes on the world wide web.  But man oh man, when we're done, it's so fun.  I think they call that a designer's high.  AmIRight?!?
Want to know a secret?  Not only is there the challenge of the time limit, but challenge of going all neutral.  I love to use color.  But this bedroom is going to be a mix of black, white, beige, and gray.  So I'll be looking for other ways to make the room gorgeous besides color.

Let's get right to it!  This is a judge free zone...just take a look at the before photos of my bathroom from the last ORC. I am so thankful she took these shots before she ever knew we would do this, because it will make our after shots much more dramatic. You know how it is.  

NEEDED:
-King upholstered bed ordered
-nightstands
-bedding
-window treatments
-lighting
-carpet
-paint
-art
-accessories

NEEDED:
-update dressers.  New hardware?
-new carpet is already installed.  woo hoo!

NEEDED:
-Seating area 
-Redo floorplan

NEEDED:
-New tv stand that better fits the space and their style
-Art
-Art
-Art

I asked my clients a couple questions to share with you.  I'm hoping to make this a regular part of my ORC posts, because it's all about the process.  
And don't you want to know what the clients are thinking as we go?  I do. ;-)

Q: How would you like your bedroom to feel and/or look?
A: We'd like a room that feels relaxing, calm, and comfortable.  Elegant/Classy...not sure the word I'm looking for.  Sophisticated. (him)

Q:Any must haves?  Anything making you nervous?  
A: Must haves- pillows.  I love lots of pillow!  I have always had a bedroom where all the furniture matched exactly.  So I am a little nervous how it will look with different pieces, but nervous in a good way!  Maybe a little nervous about the crane fabric- but I love the cranes in the dining room, so I know I'll love them in my bedroom! (her)

 Can you relate to my clients?  I'm sure it's so hard to pass the planning over to a designer.  But I always say it's not about me.  It's about helping my clients live in the best version of their own style.  I think I can make that happen in this bedroom.  
(brushes hands together and gets to work)

My clients had already ordered this beautiful, grown-up bed before we got started.  I adore it. In fact, it's being delivered today!

And because I love you, here is a glance, truly just a glance at where the bedroom is headed for the moment.  Normally I wouldn't share my plans for the room with my clients until I had the whole scheme put together, but the ORC is special.  So I'll share as I go! 
My personal goals for this room are to make it special, rich, and unique to my clients.  
All in six weeks.
I'm sure it will be no problem.
Please come back and check on our progress! ;-)

Linda has really outdone herself with the group this season.  
Two words: heavy hitters.
I'm not nervous at all. (cough)

If you would like to participate, anyone can join in as a Linking Participant on Thursdays. 
 Click here for details on how to link up.  But plan on visiting our group every Wednesday!

You will want to click through to every blog to see what they're working on, because dang, there are talented ladies here.  And a special shout out to Jana Bek who is a fellow Michigan designer.  So happy that our state is represented well!  Best wishes to all of us.  xx
           



















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56 comments:

  1. Abby! That fabric for this plan is to die gorgeous. I loved your bathroom from the last ORC (totally insane) so I can't wait to see what you do with this bedroom. Good luck, it's going to be amazing to watch!!

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  2. The bed and the overall design are fabulous Abby, I can't wait to follow along!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I hope you come back to see the progress.

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  3. This is going to be so much fun to watch! I love the bed and the color scheme, its going to be beautiful! Good luck!

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  4. Oh wao!! I love your plans and the clients seem to be ideal. The bedroom will look so amazing when you are done with it. I can't wait to follow along.

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  5. I'm so excited!!! I absolutely LOVE where you are headed...those fabric choices! Good luck and I cannot wait to see more!

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    1. Thanks Kate! Fabrics are my love language. :-)

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  6. I LOVE your colour scheme - a little blush and animal print is sooooo my favourite. And that wallpaper is SOOOOOO good! I can't wait to see this happen!!!! xx

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    1. Thanks Christine! What could possibly go wrong when blush and animal print is involved? ;-)

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  7. I LOVE what you did downstairs -- can't wait to see what happens here!!

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  8. Shut up. Yes this is going to be "abbyfabulous" I just know:) Work your magic girl!

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    1. No, YOU shut up! Thanks love. I can not wait to see your sister's room!!

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  9. It's going to be amazing, Abby…can't wait to see the bed - so gorgeous!! Like you I love art and it makes any space!!

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  10. What lovely clients, you have! Love the plan, and that bed....so great.

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    1. Thanks Linda! It's all very exciting. Thank you for including us!

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  11. This is going to be awesome. Love the Q&A part too.

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    1. Thanks aquahaus! Is you have any ideas for Q&A let me know! xx

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  12. You're taking your clients on quite a ride. Un-matching the furniture will take it to a new, fresh space for starters. I admire the husband for agreeing to the wallpaper. My husband would never go for it. No matter how much I begged!
    I know for certain this will be an amazing space.
    BTW...I copied one of your ideas from your kids/guest bath from your last ORC. I guess we'll see what idea I take away from this one. Can't wait!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I hope you are inspired from this room as well!

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  13. Excited to see more of your work on the Swanky Colonial project! Love your design board!

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! We have a long way to go. ;-)

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  14. I love your design board! I know this room will be look fresh and elegant when it's finished. Looking forward to see the transformation!

    P/S: I am also making over a room in our home, check it out if you like!

    http://www.mixandchic.com/2014/09/our-guest-bedroom-work-in-progress-part_30.html

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    1. Thanks Jessie! Best of luck with your guest room! xx

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  15. Lovin' the mood board already especially that wall paper, excited to follow along!

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    1. Thank you! It's actually fabric, not wallpaper, but I still love it. ;-)

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  16. wow, what a great canvas you have to work with. BTW, I LOVE those white/gold herons on their buffet. You are going to do a tremendous job! Excited to see the transformation. I'm doing the ORC as a linking participant tomorrow. What a fun challenge! cheers.

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    1. Thank you Heather! I'm looking forward to reading through all the linking participants. I'll be sure to check out yours. Best wishes! xx

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  17. I love your vision for the room! And that bed.....gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see the transformation, I'm sure your clients are so excited as well!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I'm a huge fan of your blog and have been a reader for years. Yes, my clients are excited. They're very sweet. Best wishes with your room! xx

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  18. Love your moodboard for the bedroom doll...can't wait to see it all unfold! Cheers to an exciting 6 weeks xo

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    1. Cheers back at you! I'm looking forward to following along and getting to know you better. xx

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  19. you are so awesome! I cannot wait to see what you do!!! I love master bedroom makeovers!

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    1. Thanks Krystine! This is going to be a challenge for me! ;-) I appreciate the encouragement. xx

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  20. Love the Q & A- such a good idea!!
    I'm glad you are pushing yourself on this one. I too, tend to be a color girl, but sometimes my neutral projects are the most fun :)

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  21. Love, love, love that you are doing another room! These will be the luckiest clients to have you working on their space!! Just adore you friend!!! xo

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  22. Ooh, love the fabric. The bathroom you did was so good. Looking forward to this room

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  23. Love this plan. I know it will be gorgeous as are all your projects. The cranes! And animal print! Yes! Joining the fray tomorrow - back for more torture!!!

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  24. Everything you have done for them so far is GORGE! Can't wait to follow this next phase! XO

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  25. haha! You are so right. It IS like Christmas. I have been dying to visit everyone's posts all day. This project is going to be spectacular. I love the neutrals. So sophisticated. Please try not to show me up too hard since we're both doing bedrooms :) ox

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  26. Oh.my.goodness! I can tell already this is going to be an amazing room! I love the headboard - I'm participating in the linking event and we are going to try to make a headboard that is similar to the one that the owner purchased! I look forward to watching your progress! It'll be a beautiful room!
    Shelia @ House of Highlands

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  27. Oh wow, love the bed! And all the ideas you have here...can't wait to see the final reveal:)

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  28. Love all of your plans, it is going to be fab and I cannot wait to follow along!

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  29. The Q&A is such a good idea. Your styleboard is beautiful. LOVE those pink pillows! So exciting! :)

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  30. This room will be gorgeous with all those layers. I'm excited to see your progress. Love your style!

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  31. "It's about helping my clients live in the best version of their own style." Wow- says it all. Looking forward to this.

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  32. happy to have found another michigander in the challenge! love the feminine touch of the pink pillows and those quartz or stone details. dana

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  33. You know I love all that you do. Nerves are not an issue my dear - you've got this. xo

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  34. I loved how your bathroom turned out. . . so I'm super stoked to see how this room evolves! The beginning mood board is gorgeous. Hooray!

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  36. Dying over that crane fabric and the blush pink, Abby! Good luck talented, friend!

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  37. I was so excited to see your talent back in this round Abby! Love following you on Instagram and seeing your personal and professional design projects, this one included! I did our master in the last ORC and updated our existing upholstered headboard. Although, I would die to have this one! Love the inspiration and mood board! Can't wait to see what you'll do in 6 weeks, especially for a client! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I appreciate your kind words so much! Sending you a big hug. :-)

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  38. First of all, you have some lucky clients - their new space is going to be gorgeous! I love that you shared the design Q+A and that they let you share before pictures...the neutral scheme you have planned is so layered and pretty. Can't wait to see it take shape!
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    Molly

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