I truly cannot tell you how satisfying it is to see a finished room design after having closed on our renovation house seven months ago! I definitely didn’t think it would take as long as it did, but we also weren’t expecting half the amount of hurdles that we came across along the way! But really, does anyone?!
I wanted to work on our living room and dining room design for the One Room Challenge since it’s the first space that makes an impression when you walk into the new house. I think we can safely say that it is quite the statement with color, mid-century vibes, and a much brighter entrance now!
When we were house hunting, the listing photos of the entrance to the new house immediately caught my eye. It had really unique characteristics like the original terrazzo foyer with built-in planter. The front doors are also original to the house and were custom made out of state and installed when the house was designed and built in the 70’s.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, then you already know that we LOVE our natural light, so all of the windows were a double win! Granted, when we snapped these room photos yesterday it was pouring rain (Houston thunderstorms, yikes!) so it doesn’t quite do the evening light justice. It’s seriously so beautiful in this room in the evenings. Thankfully we have many a future Instagram photos coming of that. Haha!
As for the design process, we knew right away that we wanted to replace the cheap, vinyl flooring with a lighter hardwood. We ended up choosing Stuga Studio Oak Alpine to utilize throughout the house, but we added a little flair to this room by having our construction team, Genesis CP, install it at a 45-degree angle.
We just didn’t know about THAT thing we were going to find underneath the flooring during the demo phase. Once we had the flooring debacle ironed out, the rest was as easy as repainting the entire room and deciding on furniture elements…
As much as I wanted this space to be beautiful and fit the retro vibe, I also wanted to make sure we were selecting pieces that were functional. Especially having a Gwen running around!
For instance, the Loloi rug designed by Justina Blakeney is perfectly soft and subtle but great for disguising sticky hand or footprints thanks to its texture. The American Leather Blake chairs in bison butterscotch are not only STUNNING, but they are such comfortable recliners. You would never even know they recline based on the design!
The coffee tables have a really fun mid-century shape but the rounded corners are great for keeping head bumps to a minimum with a toddler running around.
Admittedly, I was surprised by the deep color of the sofa from Overstock when it first arrived, but it’s really grown on me! This was my original sofa choice, so I had to switch up some of my pillow selections in order to make the new color scheme flow better, but I love the way it turned out! It also has a deep seat which makes for comfortable lounging along with a forgiving color for sticky hands.
I also immediately fell in love with this extendable white dining table paired with the Tia Y chairs from Overstock as well. It easily sits 10 which is perfect for family gatherings and our future styled tablescapes! Especially with our tabletop goods stored in the modern white buffet, and I’m so excited with how it looks alongside this Hudson Valley Lighting pendant light and matching Couture Lamps!
I definitely did some debating when it came to choosing artwork for above the credenza and the main part of the living room. What do you think?! Too loud, too colorful, or just right?
The set of four prints in the living room are from Minted (I linked them all individually below!). As for the dining room, I decided on keeping it simple since the living room had so many pops. I came across this print on Etsy and used photoshop to change the background color before having it printed and framed.
Once all of the large items were in place, it was all about selecting accents and textures to go along with it. I went heavy on the plants in this room since the large fiddle fig that came with the house really set the tone for that. NDI has some BEAUTIFUL pieces like the protea on our dining room table, the tropical leaves on the coffee table, and the other faux fiddle figs in the dining room.
When was did all of the furniture unboxings I realized that we had a hefty sized gap in between the dining and living spaces, so I stumbled on this rattan bench last minute to make a seating area to tie the two together. I think it came together really well considering it was so last minute!
This room feels so cozy, welcoming, and full of personality now. We’re actually moving into the new house this week, and I can’t wait to start using this space!
One Room Challenge Living Room + Dining Room Reveal Room Sources
- Modway Mauve pink sofa
- Tropical faux plant from NDI
- American Leather Blake recliners in Bison Butterscotch
- Justina Blakeney for Loloi Symbology Rug
- Jelly bean modern white coffee table from CB2
- Minted Soft Coral artwork, Minted Going For A Swim artwork, Minted Havana artwork, Minted La Poste artwork
- Rattan bench from World Market
- Large round gold mirror West Elm (above bench)
- Simple Living Tia Y Dining Chairs in natural
- MOON high gloss white buffet
- Quatrefoil Lamps in white and gold (on buffet)
- B Modern White Dining Table
- Hinsdale gold chandelier by Hudson Valley Lighting
- Fan palm in a glass vase by NDI
- Faux fiddle fig by NDI
- Glass protea set by NDI
- Pinky Finger artwork from Etsy (but I edited the colors to make it custom before printing and framing)
- Round oversized vase in white
- Rattan side table from Target
- Flooring – Stuga Studio Oak Alpine
- Wall paint – HGTV Sherwin Williams High Reflective White
- Construction – Genesis CP
And now that we’re on the final reveal week, definitely be sure to check out all of the other participants along with their before and after designs!
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