Spring ORC Challenge

Some of you may be familiar with the ORC Challenge and some may not. For those of you that are like, huh? let me give you the lowdown.

Calling It Home organizes a One Room Design Challenge for interior design bloggers. Everybody loves a before and after and this delivers in spades! The transformations of the participants are amazing. If you are looking for interiors inspiration you should definitely check it out here. There are typically 20 invited designers that have proven themselves extremely talented and successful but if you are a newbie to the industry like me, you can register to participate in the challenge as a guest designer.

I decided to start my own Interior Design business about a year ago in anticipation of my son starting Kindergarten September 2018. I was going to give myself about a year and a half to get my ducks in a row before launching. Take my time, no stress. Then one of my close friends bought a new house and asked for my help. SO, the timetable shifted and I made things official way before I ever intended. Why am I telling you all of this? Because now I find myself trying to launch a business and build a clientele with only 3 free days a week (the days my son is in pre-school).

It’s cool, I got this.

Therefore my first attempt at the One Room Challenge will be a small space. My hallway. An often overlooked space that doesn’t really get any dramatic decor. My hallway is very wide and offers a lot of wall space so I was thinking I wanted to hang a lot of family photos in here; something that my husband really wants somewhere in our house. Here is what it looks like now.

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I should have closed the door before taking this photo but alas I did not and now you get a nice view of my bathroom shower curtain!

When I was hunting for inspiration I just couldn’t find any truly inspiring spaces. Most hallways I found were board and batten, colorless, or too sedate for my tastes. Therefore, I decided to draw my inspiration from an Art Deco sign I purchased last year from Luckett’s. A perfect sign to hang above the bathroom at the end of the hall!

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Since the hallway opens directly into the living room I want to bring in a similar color scheme. I have recently started painting the trim in the living room black so that is going to extend into the hallway.

The teal curtains in my living room also have gold in them and a somewhat Art Nouveau-ish feel so this will be my splash of color.

I will bring the gold with some sparkly new light fixtures and a gold stencil on the walls.

A colorful rug the length of the hall will tie it all together.  I will admit this portion of the plan is still under debate.  The hallway is 16′ in length so do I purchase two 8′ rugs or hunt down a 12-14′ rug that happens to match.  I’m still searching for options!

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I’m super excited to see how it will turn out! Stay tuned to see the progress as I will be posting weekly updates until the final reveal on May 10th.

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