Easy Elegant Family Room - ORC Week 1
Today marks a new blog series! I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be participating in the One Room Challenge, along with other Designers and Bloggers across the country. I’ll be working on the Family Room in our 1863 Victorian House, and sharing my progress with you over the next 6 weeks, with a final big reveal on Thursday November 7th. Be sure to check back weekly to track my progress and see photos, or subscribe at the bottom of this page to receive blog updates delivered straight to your inbox.
Welcome to those of you who found me through the One Room Challenge! I’m Lauren, and my husband and I recently purchased our first home, a Queen Anne Victorian. You can find out more about me here, and read more about our Victorian home here.
Our Victorian House Renovation
My husband and I purchased our Queen Anne Victorian just one and a half months ago, and the Family Room is the first room we’re tackling. With around 4000 square feet of space, 3 acres of land, and 156 years of patina, there’s a whole lot of restoration to be done. Note that I say restoration, not renovation. You won’t find us taking down any walls, ripping out original plaster and lath, or anything of that sort. Our goal is to restore the home to it’s original grandeur while incorporating my own old meets new, easy elegant aesthetic.
So let’s talk about this family room! It took us about 3 days of living in the house, to narrow-in on the Family Room as our #1 project and priority. For starters, the room was covered in a layer of smelly old carpet. We ripped that out on day 3, so I guess we cheated a bit and started early. Here are some before photos of the room, from the real estate listing.
As you can see, the room was pretty dark and dank when we found it, with deeply cracked plaster walls covered-over by layers of old paint. I’ll emphasize that the room was DARK. Outside of the lovely double windows were 6 or 7 gargantuan overgrown holly bushes (I’m talking 25 ft tall ) that were completely blocking the sunlight from entering into the room, as well as breaking through the glass in the windows upstairs. Taking down the holly bushes was project #2 and took the better part of a day. The room is already so much lighter and brighter than it was before. Adios holly bushes!
My goal for our family room is to create a cozy and serene oasis where we can lounge and unwind at the end of the day. I plan to use a color palette of cream, blues, and greens, and I’ll emphasize wood tones and natural textures to create a relaxed yet elegant space. I love layering antiques and heirlooms with newer pieces, and plan to do that in this space as well. Here are some images that have inspired my design:
I love how James Farmer’s designs are so warm, elegant, and intrinsically southern. I think these two images capture that mood perfectly.
Mark Sikes is a perennial favorite of mine. I love the casually elegant feeling of these rooms, as well as the interplay of different textures and the European undertones.
At the other end of the spectrum, this recent casual contemporary design by Studio McGee caught my eye. I love a balance of new and old in any space, and plan to incorporate some of this aesthetic into my design.
Next week I’ll be sharing my furniture layout and design boards, so be sure to check back. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and scrape some paint. Until next week!
PS: You can check out all of the other great designers and bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge here.