Week 1 of the Spring One Room Challenge - Welcome to our Home

Week one of the One Room Challenge is equal parts excitement that it's actually moving forward despite the pandemic we find ourselves in currently, and panic that it's actually moving forward because we don't have all of the materials quite yet. Luckily we have 8 weeks this time around and this is our third One Room Challenge (so let's hope that means we know what we're doing).  A year ago we tackled our main family bathroom and then last fall we made over our twin daughters shared bedroom. This spring we are tackling the armpit of our home - our entryway. And here's the deal... our entryway welcomes you into our home and involves two ugly staircases, three doors, a laundry area and hideous tile flooring. So welcome, come in but please close your eyes until you get upstairs.

If you're wondering what the One Room Challenge is, it's a biannual event that encourages designers to share the process of a total room transformation in just six weeks (8 weeks this time). Each round highlights twenty featured designers (you can view their updates every Wednesday), and every Thursday you can view the guest designers updates (that would be me!).

Here is our entryway area as it stands right now:

The entryway before

front entry renovation

When we moved in six years ago we had our entire home painted in my favourite white paint Farrow and Ball Wevet. It's bright and a clean pallet but I've realized over time that I don't want our entryway to be this basic. After redoing our daughter's room last fall for the ORC I am slowly adding more drama and colour into our home and I can't wait to inject a good dose of personality into this space!

White Entryway Design

Our entryway space leads right through our "laundry nook" and out to our screened in porch (a future project I'm sure).

Black Painted front door

I painted the exterior of our door "All Black" by Farrow and Ball when we moved in but the inside looks sterile as it's white. 

Laundry room in entryway

The tile is a real pain point for me (and has been since we first walked through the home with our real estate agent). I am so excited for the tile that Andrew just picked up today. 

The Entryway Laundry Situation

Laundry in Hallway

While we aren't changing the footprint of the floor plan, we do hope this space will look completely different. Things that are staying include the doors, the panelling, the laundry (unfortunately). Everything else is due to change.

Shelves over Laundry Machines

Staircase Plans

Staircase Carpet Stickers

We are so excited to be tackling both sets of stairs. I will blame it on the quarantine but I failed to get a before photo of the stairs leading to the basement that were covered in the ugliest beige carpeting. Andrew already took that off, removed all the staples, sanded, filled holes and added trim down these stairs. I am excited to share the stair plans with you in the coming weeks (hint... it involves paint and runners).

Staircase Carpet Stickers

I remember a while back someone on Instagram sent me a message saying that I should stop hating my staircase carpet stickers because apparently Chris Loves Julia installed them somewhere and they were the new big thing..... I promise you that person never lived with carpet stickers. They're nasty and ugly and I find them downright embarrassing.. but it did take us 6 years to work through the package of them the former homeowners generously left us in the storage space. 

Staircase Makeover

The Plan

Herringbone Tile Entryway

This is the part of the post where I normally present to you a complete design plan... I'm not doing that this time. This time around I am giving you a sneak peek at the tiles we will be using and I will share more of our plans in my Instagram Stories (there is an ORC highlight so you can see everything up until this point and you can WEIGH IN by voting in my story polls). Let's tackle this plan together!

Wonderful partnerships that are making this renovation possible:

I am so grateful to the following brand partnerships that are supporting this One Room Challenge project!

Hudson Valley Lighting // Loloi Rugs // Clare Paints // York Wallcoverings // Schlage Canada

The plan breakdown:
  1. Rip out the tile and replace sub flooring and tile
  2. Paint doors and panelling 
  3. Wallpaper
  4. Replace lighting
  5. Build a console table
  6. Replace door hardware
  7. Add new rugs
  8. Refinish staircases and add runners
  9. Add accessories

What's next? Follow along to see all of the projects shared by the featured designers and guest participants

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  1. I can't wait to see how this turns out! I also feel like this counts as a few rooms with stairs AND laundry in the mix haha you got this!

  2. There is so much potential in this space! I can't wait to see everything you have planned for it.


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