Welcome to week 6 of the One Room Challenge! If you’ve been following along since week 1 you have seen me update a small crowded room into a cozy and bright reading/guest room. Since it’s the last week of the One Room Challenge, this is usually where I’d show you the big reveal and the finished makeover…as you can probably tell I don’t have pretty and dramatic after photos to share. Major sad face. I know, it’s upsetting to me too. I ran into some big delays when ordering the final products which ended up setting me back, and thus why I don’t have after photos to share with you because it’s not quite finished. I was really hoping everything would come through and get here in time, but when Tuesday rolled around and the stuff wasn’t here, I gave up hope and quit stressing about meeting the deadline. Yes, I’m mad that I’m not able to partake in the celebration of finishing a room in six weeks, however, the amount of stress I have saved myself from by letting go of the deadline and accepting that I will have to wait until next week (or whenever my rug arrives) outweighs it. You win One Room Challenge, you win.
In last week’s post I shared the rug I purchased (image above). It arrived the next day and I was SUPER excited. Until I laid it down in the room. It clashed with the ottomans and just looked too busy for the small room. I ended up returning the rug to West Elm this past weekend and searching for a new replacement. I was still convinced a white shag rug would look best and really make the room feel cozy and inviting, so I had to convince my sister they were pet-friendly and easy to clean. I finally found this shag rug at RugsUSA with fantastic reviews. One said it looked even better after vacuuming (my sister needs to be able to vacuum the rug weekly) so I knew this was the winner. I ordered a 3×5 for $33 because it was 75% off! Cannot wait for it to arrive.
I also tackled the giant gallery wall. After talking with my sister about the gallery wall photos, we shifted directions and decided on an all black and white gallery wall. I used Alaina Kaczmarski’s gallery wall as inspiration. We picked out the photos and even had my brother in law draw a few designs, and I went to IKEA, West Elm, and Aaron Brothers to pick up different frames. I ended up getting about 12 frames in different shapes and sizes. The frames are all neutral (black, white, silver) but we wanted different frames so I sourced from three different stores to make sure they had enough variation to keep it interesting. I used the paper trick while arranging my gallery wall on the floor to make it easier to hang them on the wall later. Bebe was helping me out with the arrangement. In the photo you can see how the frames are different, but they still have similar characteristics so it doesn’t feel too busy or overwhelming. I’m loving how it looks so far, now I just need to frame the photos and hang them on the wall! I’ll show my little trick to hanging a gallery wall next week. If the rug arrives in time for next week (fingers crossed), I can share the full reveal!
Did you look at any of the One Room Challenge reveals yet? I’m obsessed with this drastic kitchen makeover by Design Manifest and this modern and quirky bedroom by A Piece of Toast. The little details get me!
Check out more ORC reveals here.