One Room Challenge: Week 2, here we go

Here we are at week 2 of the One Room Challenge! Quick recap - the One Room Challenge is a 6-week design challenge put on by Linda at Calling it Home. Every Wednesday, 20 featured designers share updates on the one room they are transforming in the 6-week time frame. Every Thursday the guest participants (including ya girl!) update until the reveal week! I am pretty tickled to be joining as a guest participant on this rodeo.


I shared last week that I will be make over-ing our joined living and dining room. Click here to read all about that.

But on to the update!


Replace dining room light - DONE! I picked out this light from Lowe's a month or so ago, when we had a coupon for a discount on all lighting. I scoured their website for several days to make a decision. This was one of the first chandeliers that caught my eye, and I must say I'm glad I went with my gut. It might not look like much now, but I really think it will look so good one day! You know, like in 5 weeks. Imagine with me. We also added a ceiling medallion, just because I think it looks fancy. Our house was built in 1960, and there is not a lot of charming character. I don't want to be adding details that look out of place, but I have been chomping at the bit to add something special to this space, AND to get that old light outta here. 


Brandon took care of replacing the light one night after dinner last week. I didn't do too much to help, aside from holding it in the air as he did something with wires, for long enough to leave me with sore shoulders the next day. I went to the basement to run on the treadmill (marathon in 9 days!!!!! It's OK I'm just freaking out.) and came upstairs to an almost-completed project.


THANKS BBY LUV YA. See ya, candles with fake drips.


As far as progress, this light is the only thing I have to show for myself! I've done of a lot of internet work, ya know? Still on the hunt for a slim table for the TV and art for the wall above the sofa. I thought today I'd share some of the furniture and things that we won't be replacing.


The sofa and love seat. I'm gonna say it - I think this space would look better with a sofa and two chairs. But that just doesn’t seem practical for us. Aside from the additional seating, we use these guys for lounging, napping, and watching movies. All things that, to us, are more comfortable on sofas. I mean, our Sunday-Night-Movie-Night tradition with my brother is so established that he always gets the love seat (feet hanging off the end of it. Over 6’ tall probs) while Brandon lets me drape over him to find the perfect comfy spot on the long sofa. How can you mess with that?


Besides all that, we just purchased this furniture in December when we moved in. So our thrifty inner-Scrooge's wouldn't allow ourselves to buy new furniture to replace perfectly good sofas anyway. But for the sake of dreaming, wouldn’t this Article sofa look dreamy? I have been seeing Article pop up on social media more and more, and with good reason! Stunning stuff!


Side and coffee table. This cute marble topped table is from Target. I visited it every time I was in the store (so, once a week at least) and my stalking paid off when it went on sale!

The coffee table was a lucky Craigslist find for about $150, if I remember correctly. This is not a bad price AT ALL for a sturdy coffee table, but it seemed like a lot at the time. This was right around the time we moved in, and so we had just spent the last several weeks tearing our new house apart and putting it back together. It felt like we were throwing money everywhere!

The lamps, or at least one of them, are staying as well. I really like both of them, and I think it’s cool how the styles contrast. However I’m not sure two standing lamps look great here. Since we don’t have any overhead lighting in the living room, simply getting rid of one isn’t an option. However I am open to getting a small table lamp for the marble table and moving one of the lamps elsewhere.


The table. I mentioned this is last week’s post, but this table belonged to my grandma. After my oldest sister (and my grandma’s first grandchild) got married, she gave it to her. My sister Tonya has had it ever since, but recently has become disenchanted with it. It’s beautiful old wood top, while stunning and full of character, is not the most kid friendly. Food can be hard to clean due to the ridges and bumps in the top. It’s also a bit wobbly, but hopefully we can remedy that. When we moved and needed a table, Tonya graciously offered it to us. Brandon and I are kid-free and so we can deal with the imperfections with a lot less worry than she can. I was (and still am) thrilled! It’s so incredibly special to have this actual, physical thing of my grandma’s. Especially since she passed away in January. I am sure this table will always stay in the family.


So that's where we are after one week! Here's to hoping I can conquer my indecision and buy some important pieces this next week. Including my sister's birthday gift, which might be the hardest decision of them all.