One Room Challenge Fall 2016 {Week One}: What are we Thinking?!

I honestly can’t believe I’m saying this…

We’ve got SO, SO much on the go right now, we’d have to be absolutely mad to add something else onto our plates.

Especially an entire room makeover.

Like top to bottom and everything in between.

And all in just six week’s time.

Yep, absolutely mad.

Yet, that’s exactly what I’m doing here today.

After taking part in the One Room Challenge three separate times now, you’d think I’d be somewhat of an expert by now. We’ve taken on some BIG challenges, and created some incredible spaces.


I know the dedication, organization, stamina and hard work it takes to completely make over one room in our home in just six weeks. This isn’t something you just jump into without at least something resembling a plan.

Yet, here I am. Again.

We’ve been so caught up working on my office space (which turned out amazingly might I say!). And our front porch. And replacing our windows. And decorating for Fall. Not to mention real life of course.

Here we are committing to a total room makeover and we’re only just figuring out our plans for the space.

Because making over an entire room in just six weeks isn’t enough apparently, we have to go and do it with our eyes closed, so to speak.

Do I sound a bit overwhelmed by it all? Because I am.

Seriously, what are we thinking? You can bet I’ve asked myself this more than a few times as we started talking about all of this.

But, here’s the thing I keep coming back to – this One Room Challenge is overflowing with support from so many other people just as crazy and overwhelmed as we are. It’s an incredible feeling to not only make it through this challenge alive, but to have another room in our home completely and totally finished. Not to mention, we’ve got some AHHHHHHMAZING brands we’ve partnered with to create a design so gorgeous that I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s all real.

So, before I get into all of the wonderful things we have planned for this space, let’s just take a quick peek at which room we chose to take on.

Welcome to our Family Room friends! Cozy, isn’t it?

One Room Challenge - Family Room - Before

Honestly, there’s not really much I like about this room, which makes it a great candidate for a makeover I suppose.

This is the view as you enter from our kitchen and mudroom area…

One Room Challenge - Family Room - Before

I love that it has it’s own door that we can close off from the rest of the house when we want to, although, I’m not such a fan of the glass panels in it that are constantly full of Carson’s fingerprints.

That ugly brown door on the right leads to our garage. Because it enters into our family room instead of the mudroom right next door (seriously, who planned that?!), we never, ever use it and instead, have to walk around to our front door each time we enter the house. SUPER handy, right?!

One Room Challenge - Family Room - Before

Between all the doors and that corner fireplace, we’ve definitely found this room to be really difficult and awkward to arrange furniture in.

One Room Challenge - Family Room - Before

Which is why there’s a big wall of nothing to the left.

And then again to the right.

One Room Challenge - Family Room - Before

It’s not SO bad when you just look straight ahead.

One Room Challenge - Family Room - Before

You know, if you don’t mind that it’s all so dark, there’s not an ounce of charm or personality at all in the entire space and well, that texture on the wall is pretty awful too.

One Room Challenge - Family Room - Before

And how ’bout that ceiling fan! Lovely right?

One Room Challenge - Family Room - Before

Now, I bet you’re wondering about all that painter’s tape all over the floor – she hasn’t hung a single picture, or even a set of drapes, but she’s decorated her floor with green tape? Nope, that’s our attempt at choosing furniture for the space (more on that next week).

Obviously, it’s going to take A LOT of work to make this a cozy and functional space for our family. But you know we’re always up for a challenge!

This family room makeover is going to be one crazy, wonderful, exhausting overwhelming, beautiful ride … are you ready?

Be sure to follow along with us on Instagram for all sorts of updates and sneak peeks!

Now, you’re going to want to pop over to the One Room Challenge page to check out all of the other incredible room makeovers that are just kicking off too!

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!

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60 thoughts on “One Room Challenge Fall 2016 {Week One}: What are we Thinking?!

  1. Oh Kristi this is going to be such a great space when you’re finished with it! Like you, I have way too much on my plate, but your bathroom last round inspired me to update mine! Let’s do this! XOXO, Sarah

  2. So glad you’re jumping on the ORC train again! I love the outpouring of support that comes with it too. We are tackling our home office space this time – looking forward to making it more functional. Can’t wait to see what you do in here Kristi!

  3. hey girl can’t wait to see the big reveal! (P.s-we have a fan similar to that one ha) good luck and have fun!

  4. Why is it I can see millions of possibilities in rooms of other peoples’ homes and when I look at my own rooms, I’m immobilized? Yes, it’s a big project but it will be gorgeous!

    1. It can be SO hard sometimes to figure out exactly how to turn something that feels so wrong into something amazing Pam! Coming up with the plan is the hardest part for sure!!! Thanks so much!

  5. I am sure you will get everything done with grace, you have such a laid back feel to you even though you said its crazy to take it on because you have so much going on. Look forward to seeing the progress.

  6. Kristi! Your Family Room will be so lovely once you are finished! This will be a lot of work but, in the end, it will definitely have been worth it! You and your family will just love your new space.

  7. I cannot wait to see what you soo Kristi! I just know it’ll be amazing!!! I’m here to cheer you on till the end!

  8. Okay, I’m actually loving your green tape idea and I’m stealing it. I’m trying to figure out how big I want the buffet table in our kitchen, and I love this idea of taping off the approximate dimensions you want and measuring it out. Brilliant! You always do such a fabulous job with your ORC rooms and I’m sure this will be now exception. Always a pleasure to follow along with you.

  9. I totally feel you with the corner fireplace. We had one like that in our old house and it make it SO hard to set up the furniture in the room. This room has a ton of potential and I can’t wait to see what you do with it! Sometimes i think we’re crazy for taking on our fixer upper too, but just keep swimming!! Happy Friday!

    1. Yes! Who ever thought of this as a design element anyone would actually want?! Thank you so, so much Chelsea! You’re always SO sweet and encouraging!

      Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming … we sing that in our house more than I’d like to admit! 😉

  10. I am sure you will make a gorgeous space, you always do, but I am overwhelmed for you! I thought about trying to do the ORC this fall but I knew it would just be too much. Maybe spring…

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