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One Room Challenge Week 5: ORC = OMG

orclinkingThanks for stopping by again to see all the chaos that is my  One Room  Entire Townhouse Challenge.  Click here to see Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.  A big thanks to Linda at Calling it Home  for organizing this crazy-fun event.  Click here to see the One Room Challenge participants and here to see my fellow linking participants.

We’ve had a big change of plans since last week.  I have been planning all along to paint the oak part of the existing Kitchen cabinets and then basically leave the Kitchen as-is until we have more time.

Townhouse Kitchen Before.

Townhouse Kitchen Before.

My husband, however, really wants us to renovate the Kitchen immediately, while the townhouse is un-rented, so that’s what we have decided to do.  I’m designing the Kitchen now and it should be complete around the New Year.  It won’t be part of the reveal, but I’ll post about it’s progress after the ORC is over.

The progress on the townhouse is going well.  We’ve had the main level (Kitchen, Family Room and Dining Room) painted one of my favorite colors, Benjamin Moore’s Titanium (think David Guetta & Sia crossed with a lovely warm gray.)  In fact, here’s a photo of my old home with Titanium walls and ceiling.

Benjamin Moore's Titanium

Benjamin Moore’s Titanium

You can also see in this picture the Sanela Light Brown velvet panels from Ikea that I’m making into striped panels (along with Ikea’s turquoise velvet Sanela panels.)

I’ve also painted the Master Bathroom Benjamin Moore’s Grey Cashmere (love that color too) and the Guest Bedroom Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan.

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Guest Room in Manchester Tan

The Manchester Tan is actually very similar to the existing color for the Guest Room, but I didn’t know exactly what it was, and the room was crying out for some touch-ups, so I matched it as closely as possible (which ended up being very close.)  This room is going to be totally neutral–just shades of beige, white, gray, and black.  I NEVER do neutral.  EVER.  I love color too much.  So this is taking me out of my comfort zone, but I think it’s going to be fun.  (Tune in next week to see if there’s a purple pillow and a chartreuse shag rug in this space.)

You may remember from Week 3 that I’ve been on an unsuccessful hunt for a bench for the townhouse.  I actually want two benches–one at the end of the bed in the Master Bedroom and one in front of the long window (with the lake view) in the Family Room.   Well this week was bulk garbage week in my neighborhood.  Apparently, bulk garbage actually means bench.  My neighbor five house up the street was throwing away this:


Bulk Garbage

Bulk Garbage

I’m very into recycling and reusing, but I didn’t want to just take this from my neighbor’s curb, so I rang their doorbell and explained my need for such a bench.  They were so nice!!  The husband, who had just run the Marine Corps marathon the day before , loaded it on his dolly and rolled it down the street for me.  I’m planning to paint it and give it a new cushion (in the next 7 days!)

My last find for the week is kind of ironic.  If you read my Week 4 post, you know that  I was originally going to have coral and white striped curtains in the Family Room, but scrapped that idea when the panels that I  was sewing were too beautiful to be anywhere but my own house.  I changed plans and decided to have light brown and turquoise striped curtains from Ikea Sanela panels.   Then I found this West Elm duvet and shams set at my local thrift store (while looking for a bench!)


West Elm striped duvet.

It’s coral and white stripes,and while I don’t really have a clue at this point what I’ll do with it ( or if I’ll have time to do anything with it,)  the set was $4.00!  So I bought it, and we’ll see if it shows up in the reveal.


Have a Happy Halloween and happy decorating! And Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter, or as I like to call her, my OCC –One Child Challenge! 🙂


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