One Room Challenge Week 4 :: That Chandelier

Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge visit week 1, 2 and 3 if you need to catch up.

One of my favorite ways to add big dose of form and function to a room is with the lighting.

If you have to have lighting, why not make it spectacular?

As a Cozy Minimalist, I want to take full advantage of every item I put in a room and get the most style and impact out of each piece. When it comes to lighting, I’ve learned what to use by using all the wrong things.

In the past I went for small, unremarkable lighting because that felt safe. Especially in a smaller room.

Now, in every room, I like for lighting to be the star of the show. Especially in a smaller room.

And because the One Room Challenge has amazing sponsors, I was able to get my dream chandelier, the queen mother of all other chandys:


via Lamps Plus

Meet the star of our show.

This back porch isn’t fancy, but it’s got the highest ceilings in our house, a dark feature wall and doubles as our entry way for us out here in the country. I’ve had my eye on the Arteriors Whitewash wood chandelier  since we bought this house and I finally had the perfect spot for it. It’s the ideal companion for the rustic pretty porch where we want warm welcoming light and some approachable style.

Here she is off on a dark rainy day.

Here she is lighting the way.

The white whashed sticks against the cedar wall are such a lighthearted, quirky combination.

And, when you are buying a light fixture you are going to walk under, it’s important that you like what it looks like from underneath. It’s kind of like a big firework.

Once the lighting goes up, I always feel like I’m past the halfway point with a room.

Here’s where we’re headed…


The next two weeks are the most fun of the ORC because you can watch everyone’s room quickly coming together now that a lot of the groundwork is finished. This is the best part! Check out everyone’s room:

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity

| The English Room  | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated

| J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place |Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda |

Rambling Renovators  |  Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s |

Erin Williamson

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

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PS, if you and your house don’t seem to be getting along right now, you’re gonna love the Cozy Minimalist Decorating class–it’s open for the next few days, click here to find out more












One Room Challenge Week 3 :: The Cedar Wall

Yee haw, we’re past the boring part of my One Room Challenge!! (see the boringest part here and week one here).

We’ve got a feature wall people, and it’s cedar shingles.

Now for the backstory…

Here’s a way-back-when photo of the room we are working on. I took this photo shortly after we moved in and the reason why I wanted to you see it is way up there at the top of the photo above the washer and dryer–see those wood planks? Those are cedar.

This room is an addition and this house was a cedar covered house when it was first built. Since then it’s been covered in white vinyl siding, but this one little area of the house still had the original cedar.

What did I do with that cedar?

I painted it. Womp. And yep, I do regret that. But at the time, to preserve a three foot high wall of cedar at the top of a 12 foot wall where every other wall and the ceiling were being sprayed with paint was just not something I could deal with. Plus, we had a full cedar bathroom so I was good.

But now that we are focusing on this room again, I wanted to bring some of that cedar back, this time in the form of shingles–we just bought them in stacks from Lowe’s. At first I was just going to do the top part of the wall where the original cedar was, but I liked it so much that we decided to bring it down the entire wall.

So it went from this…

to this

The great thing was that we didn’t even have to worry about the wall underneath, we knew we were going to cover it up so when we replaced what we tore out, we just nailed up some scrap wood that we had.

Meanwhile, I insisted the cedar look imperfect so Sean purposely nailed the shingles up cattywampusly to make me happy. And happy I am.

I want to make a statement even in a small room and this wall treatment is the perfect nod to the old cedar house and quirky character we love. And, it emphasizes that this room is an addition–which I like (and we’re planning on adding some more cedar shingles around the property to tie it all in together). Plus, it was the perfect backdrop for the signature piece of the room that I cannot wait to share with you next week.

Here’s a refresher on where I’m headed–I’m planning on lots of storage!


Now, join me in checking in on the other 19 One Room Challengers:








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