I’ve spent the past few days enjoying my newly designed family room space. It’s been really nice to take a little breather now that the craziness of the One Room Challenge is over. I’ve actually been able to take some time to relax on the new sofa and admire the new space put together as a whole. During this veg-fest, I’ve spent a lot of time checking out other fabulous One Room Challenge spaces and I’ve earmarked a few favorites I want to share with you,. But, before we dive into all that beautiful goodness and your mind goes haywire, I wanted to address some of the lessons I learned during my first One Room Challenge.
One Room Challenge Lessons
Having a budget, identified material sources, design concepts, and even post ideas for each of the 5 weeks laid out in advance was a total life saver. While I didn’t have every detail nailed down, a majority of it was, and it did really help me stay on track overall.
Plan for Plan B
Something is bound to go awry, it did for me a few times. But there’s no time to cry over spilled milk. So always be prepared to pull the trigger on another option – and if at all possible have that option lined up in advance.
Procrastinate Less, Stress Less
Putting things off until week 5 is probably a bad idea. This might seem like common sense, but somehow week 5 sneaks up on and you are left to scramble to enact Plan B. I would say this is especially true when it comes to attempting last minute DIY projects, or ordering things that need to be shipped. It really backs you into a corner and causes unnecessary stress.
Make time (or money) for quality Photography
Quality photos are essential to this Challenge. But interior photography is hard to do well, really hard (in my opinion). My photography and editing skills are a work in progress, so I was a little bummed that I didn’t feel the photos gave the room the justice it deserved. Since I have the patience of a gnat to dig and and really learn how to take editorial style quality photos, I might consider using a professional photographer for the next go around.
Make Time for quality Posts
Writing posts at 12:30am the day they are to go live is not conducive to my best work. To me, the content of the post is just as important to this process as the photos. I had great ideas to incorporate into the posts, but never executed half due last minute writing.
Lessons learned and noted – for sure.
My One Room Challenge Favorites
So with all that serious stuff behind us now, let’s dig into the good stuff. As promised, here’s a round up of a few of my favorite One Room Challenge spaces. Each and everyone one of the designers of these spaces poured their time, energy and love into making a beautiful space. And they did a damn good job at it. This is just a small sampling of photos of each space. Be sure to click on the links to check out each respective blog and get all the details on how it all came to be.
This is by far my favorite of all the One Room Challenge spaces I looked at. Bre at Brepurposed nailed every detail of this modern laundry/mudroom space. I’m completely smitten with every detail of it.
A dedicated coffee bar space with carrera marble subway tiles, brass fixtures and wood accents? You had me at coffee bar – and I stayed for all the rest of it. Thank you, Erin Spain, for totally upping the morning coffee game – big time.
Photos Via: Erin Spain
This little nursery by Lauren at Love Lola is one of the sweetest I’ve seen. I don’t have a little girl (only snips and snails and puppy dog tails over here), but if I did- I’d totally want her space to look just like this one.
Photos via: Love Lola
No cubicles here. The modern, bold, graphic mix of textures and materials in this office by Christa Pirl creates a no-nonsense vibe that is bound to spark all kinds of ideas. Inspiration for days. And days.
Photos via: Christa Pirl
Megan Pflug was one of the 20 featured designers for the One Room Challenge. This guest suite space, and all of the designs in her portfolio quite honestly, are completely a-maz-ing. I might have just found myself a new design muse. Bravo Megan, Bravo.
Photos via: Megan Pflug Designs
That last shot is just gorgeous! Remember to check out all the details on these spaces by visiting each of their sites directly. And, there are plenty amazing designs to drool over still on the Calling it Home blog – so be sure to pop over there as well and take a few minutes to find a few of your own favorites!
So with this, I’m putting my first One Room Challenge to bed (lessons and all), and starting to dream up the next…