My Top 5 Favorite Reveals | ORC Spring 2016 Featured Designers

This was my first time really following and participating in the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. Even though I didn't finish my room by "Reveal Day", I've had so much fun following the Featured Designers projects and connecting with other participating bloggers through Instagram. There are so many amazing makeovers that came from this spring's challenge. Today, I'm sharing my top five favorites out of the 20 Featured Designers. Starting with...

There are a several reason's why Kevin from Thou Swell's makeover is one of my favorites. First off, his design for this Master bedroom (his father's) is just so FRESH looking to me. Sure, he's borrowed from some classics and trends, but the way he put everything together feels very unique to his style. I am in love with the white walls + high gloss navy ceiling combo! If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember I've been sampling shades of green/teal to do this same look for our guest bedroom. It looks so amazing in this room that I want to do it this weekend! (Chill Stevie, you still have YOUR One Room Challenge project to finish...) I actually had never heard of Kevin's blog before the challenge, but now I know he is one to watch! My mind was completely blown when I found out that he's a high school senior. Kevin has a bright future ahead of him, I'm sure of it!

4. Making It Lovely

Nicole of Making It Lovely gifted us with a double whammy, making over not only her master bedroom but also the adjoining den. I really like what she did with her bedroom, but I LOVE the way her den turned out. First off, her paint color scheme is just fantastic. Pale blush in the bedroom, a teal-navy in the den with white trim and black doors throughout? Yes, please. The thing that really takes her design over the edge for me is the DIY Insect Artwork she made! Seriously, who would think that blowing up illustrations to 6 feet long and mounting them on foam core would make such an elegant statement? I'm a sucker for rooms with a little quirk and designs that don't take themselves to seriously. ALL THE GOLD STARS TO YOU, NICOLE!!

3. Sketch42

Nicole from Sketch42's makeover is just WOW. Never in a million years would/could I have put this combination together, but now that I see it, I'm obsessed! Nicole made over her younger sister's room at their parent's home, but the one stipulation her mother gave was that they could not paint over the bubblegum pink walls. Nicole ran with it, giving this formerly sweet room a salty edge with black accents and modern details that are anything but precious. Nicole created an awesome, floor to cieling gallery wall using her own art and photography. If you look in the bottom right corner of the photo above, you can see that she included a photograph of pink doors that are actually on the other side of the room. Again, interior design with a sense of humor! I'm all for it! This room screams COOL GIRL. The minute I saw it, I thought of my rockstar, social media wiz kid little sister. Maybe because she's really cool and has bright pink hair? 

2. Design Manifest

Naomi from Design Manifest's kitchen remodel is full of all the things I love. Neutrals, classic yet modern and minimal design...but she really sets this kitchen ablaze with the colorful accents of coral-orange on her bar stools and in the custom roman shade. Which is a genius idea, because if she ever wants to switch up the accent color, these are two easy things to change! This room just makes my eyes happy. It's Naomi and her father Andrew run a design-build firm in Philadelphia, just a couple of hours away from us. Definitely adding her blog to my follow list!

1. Claire Brody

And my number one favorite makeover has to be Claire Brody's. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know this isn't the first time I've mentioned Claire's work. I am such a fan of her unique, collected style and her blog is one of my favorites to read. For the One Room Challenge, she tackled her parent's formal living room. This is one where you MUST see the before. It was pretty, but super traditional and a little dated looking. With gallons and gallons of white paint and a clever mix of antique and mid-century furniture, Claire created a room that dramatic, refined, neutral and bold. Every time I look at her photos, I notice new details. You killed the ORC, Claire!

What are your favorite reveals from the One Room Challenge? 

See the other 15 featured designer's makeovers here:

Claire Brody  | The Curated House  | Design Manifest  | Driven by Decor  | Honey We’re Home  | Hunted Interior  | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | My Sweet Savannah |  Pencil and Paper Co. | The Pink Clutch | Savvy Home  | Simplified Bee  | Sketch 42  | Jill Sorensen | Orlando Soria  | Thou Swell  | The Vault Files  | Waiting on Martha  | The Zhush 

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Our Guest Room | Vintage Nautical Home Decor Inspiration

Howdy friends! If you've been following me on Instagram, you probably caught on to the fact that I spent last week in beautiful southern California! It was a fantastic vacation that Anthony and I got to share with 6 of our closest friends. Now that we're back in PA, we are ready to kick our home improvement projects into high gear! Today, I'm sharing some before photos and my design inspiration for our guest room. 

Now I bet you're asking, why is the guest room one of the first projects we are tackling? Wouldn't most people want to start with the master bedroom? Well, yes but since we are planning to upgrade to a king size bed in the near future, I decided we would just set up our current full size bed in the guest bedroom and sleep there for the first few months. This way, we won't have to take it all apart again to move it later! Once we do move into the master,  I'm looking forward to having a nice finished room to offer our out-of-town guests. Plus, we already have all the big pieces we need for this space, so it should be a fairly quick makeover to complete!

Guest Room "Before" - Stevie Storck Design Co.

It's a decent sized room, with plenty of windows (which I love!) and the same basic beige carpet that runs through the rest of our house (which I'm not crazy about). I have big dreams to replace it with hardwoods someday, but for now it's staying. Here's a few more "before" photos:

Guest Room "Before" - Stevie Storck Design Co.
Guest Room "Before" - Stevie Storck Design Co.
Guest Room "Before" - Stevie Storck Design Co.

My vision for this space really took shape after I found this midcentury oil painting while thrift shopping. The large scale is perfect for the space and the colors are gorgeous! It's oil on canvas-- not a print, so at under $20, I couldn't pass it up!

Guest Room "Before" - Stevie Storck Design Co.

TIP: If you are looking for some statement art, check thrift stores first! You can often find large-scale, unique pieces for way less than what you would pay for just the frame at a craft store. 

My idea is to create a vintage, nautical-inspired room without making it feel too "theme-y" or too "thrift store-y". I want the room to feel decorated, but also minimal so guests will feel like they have room for their own things when they come to visit. I put together this little inspiration collage to illustrate the look I'm going for!

Vintage Nautical Home Decor Inspiration

Sources: Chair | Dresser | Plant | Curtains 

Colors: Rainstorm | Blue Peacock | Raging Sea | Repose Gray

I've chosen some of my favorite colors for this room's design: navy, dark teal and jade green. 

Click here to see my top picks for dark teal home decor & accessories! 

I'll be painting the walls a very soft, pale gray to give the room a boutique hotel feel. The nightstands I found on craigslist earlier this year will finally be getting a makeover with some navy paint! For bedding, I'm picturing crisp white linens with pops of pattern, texture and jade green. I'm so excited to see this room come together! 

Everything in this room design will complement the ship painting. I find it's way easier to start envisioning a room once you have a "jumping-off" point to serve as inspiration!

How do you find inspiration for your decorating projects? Do you start with art or do you find your inspiration elsewhere?

The Cabin: Progress Update #1!

A few days later than promised, (I accidentally left my computer at work on my main blogging night!) I'm bringing you updates on the renovations at the Cabin! If you don't know which Cabin I'm talking about, I invite you to first read The Little Cabin by the River and The Cabin: Making the Best Use of Limited Square Footage to learn the background and some of my plans for this project. Beware: This post is photo heavy!

I'll start you off with a little reminder of what the outside of the cabin looked like when my parents bought it. 

Log Cabin Exterior - Before

After a new roof, removal of the damaged screening, here's what she's looking like today. Much improved, but as you can see, still a construction site.

The Cabin Exterior - In Progress

The picture below shows that the new roof was built at a higher pitch. The pitch of the old roof was so low, it was nearly flat. The new, higher pitched roof should help to drain water and snow off better. In this photo you can also see that the garage is actually a real garage now! No longer a bunch of sticks on a concrete foundation that had been stripped by robbers. My parents originally wanted to do the garage siding in red and they asked me what color I would suggest for the roofing for the garage and the cabin. I convinced them to switch the siding color to a chocolate brown to match the cabin and accent both building with a red roof. You don't see many red metal roofs, but I think it looks great!

The Cabin Exterior - In Progres

Here's a little reminder of the garage we started with:

The Cabin Exterior - Before
A close up of the new garage siding and door. 

A close up of the new garage siding and door. 

The garage is currently home to a mess of building supplies and a corn planter. There's nothing a farmer loves more than another empty garage at his disposal. 

The garage is currently home to a mess of building supplies and a corn planter. There's nothing a farmer loves more than another empty garage at his disposal. 

Here's a few more photos of the exterior. All of the windows have been replaced. One of the changes in my plans were reframe a few windows to match the size and placement of the another window on that same wall. Creating symmetry does so much for both the exterior facade and the interior design. If you start with a beautiful, balanced building shell, you will not have as much to overcome when it's time to place furniture and decorate!  This is why I love space planning, it all goes hand in hand! 

My father-in-law, John working on the electrical for the kitchen. Anthony Storck hiding behind a tree, I MEAN helping.

My father-in-law, John working on the electrical for the kitchen. Anthony Storck hiding behind a tree, I MEAN helping.

Standing at the back of the cabin and looking towards the front of the lot. The concrete steps used to lead to a back door, which was eliminated to make room for a laundry area. They used logs from where they moved an opening in the interior to patch the door opening closed. From this angle, you can hardly see it and once the cabin has been restained, it will disappear even more. 

Standing at the back of the cabin and looking towards the front of the lot. The concrete steps used to lead to a back door, which was eliminated to make room for a laundry area. They used logs from where they moved an opening in the interior to patch the door opening closed. From this angle, you can hardly see it and once the cabin has been restained, it will disappear even more. 

The small utility shed that was rebuilt and now houses the hot water heater. The steps were repurposed from an old trailer. 

The small utility shed that was rebuilt and now houses the hot water heater. The steps were repurposed from an old trailer. 

Another shed on the property.

Another shed on the property.

Standing by the utility shed looking up towards the front of the property. Of course Anthony was hamming it up for the camera. 

Standing by the utility shed looking up towards the front of the property. Of course Anthony was hamming it up for the camera. 

And here's one more exterior shot before we take things inside. This is the view from the front porch, and why I call it the cabin by the river.

That's the Susquehanna River and the banks of Lancaster County to the left of the lefthand tree.

That's the Susquehanna River and the banks of Lancaster County to the left of the lefthand tree.

A closer view.

A closer view.

Ok, now we'll take things inside. What has been completed to this point:

  • Wall paneling and linoleum floors have removed
  • All non load-bearing interior walls have been demo'd
  • Removed old insulation and replaced with new
  • Rewired and roughed in new electrical
  • Installed new HVAC system
  • New plumbing has been roughed in
  • New interior walls have been framed
  • (Some) drywall has been hung

Onto the pictures!

The view as if you were standing at the front door. Living room to the left, kitchen the the right, hallway, bathroom and bedroom straight ahead.

The view as if you were standing at the front door. Living room to the left, kitchen the the right, hallway, bathroom and bedroom straight ahead.

The kitchen. The bathroom is on the other side of the wall with the breaker box.

The kitchen. The bathroom is on the other side of the wall with the breaker box.

Straight on view of the kitchen/dining area.

Straight on view of the kitchen/dining area.

The living room. Loving the symmetry!

The living room. Loving the symmetry!

The new laundry nook! 

The new laundry nook! 

The new, spacious three-piece bathroom.

The new, spacious three-piece bathroom.

The toilet flange and the wall the vanity will go against.

The toilet flange and the wall the vanity will go against.

The view from the hallway into the bedroom. This is where the drywalling has begun!

The view from the hallway into the bedroom. This is where the drywalling has begun!

View of the bedroom, as if you're standing with your back to the closet.

View of the bedroom, as if you're standing with your back to the closet.

The opposite view, the bedroom as if your back was to the stacks of drywall. 

The opposite view, the bedroom as if your back was to the stacks of drywall. 

So there you have it! The progress on the cabin up to this point. Next will be finishing the drywall, flooring and painting and then it's onto cabinetry! 

What do you think of the progress so far?