It’s reveal day for the One Room Challenge!
Welcome! In case you missed it, my One Room is a catch-all back porch addition. It does have heating and air and a bathroom, so even though we call it a porch, it’s actually part of the square footage of our house. And because of the way our driveway is configured, the door in this room serves as the entry way for 99% of the people who come to our house.
When guests walked into our home before the ORC, they were greeted with our washer and dryer and my cleaning supplies along with a bunch of random stuff. Womp, womp.
Now, you walk into the porch and it truly feels like an intentional part of the house.
We’ve got beautiful, bright white, narrow storage in the form of this lovely library to hide all the randomness. And an invisible table that adds a surface without adding visual weight. The rug softens and warms up the tile floor.
The armoire is the perfect place for jackets, hats extra shoes and random tools that we don’t want to look at.
This room is ALL about the function which honestly, I kind of hated because it was really limiting in my options on what I could use. In a way it was a really good challenge for me to make the smallest, most function heavy room in our house into a welcoming space. This was the most difficult space I’ve ever had to create.
I debated not incorporating our recycling bin until after the ORC because who wants to look at a trash can during the One Room Challenge, but y’all, this is real life, we recycle and the bin has to go in this room. I felt like you deserved to see it. Luckily I found the perfect option here.
If I’m ever invited to join the ORC again, I’ve vowed to myself that I’ll do a bigger room that doesn’t center around storage. But I’m also really happy that I was able to finish this room with such amazing pieces because now, our entire first floor of this fixer-upper is finished! It’s been three and a half years since we moved in and to have the first floor done is a huge accomplishment.
I cannot believe that this tiny space is so cozy and so finished.
Besides the rug, all of the interest in this room is up high. This room has the highest ceilings in our house and since the room is small, I didn’t want to have much on the floor. So I took advantage of the height and added most of the personality of the room above eye level. It’s a great way to work in style without crowding the precious floor space.
So there’s a lot going on in one area of this room, and not a lot on the other side. In person it really balances itself out since it’s so small and you see it as on cohesive space. Plus it’s very bright in this little room, so even though the rug and cedar wall are dark, the room is full of natural light all day.
We moved the washer and dryer into the little bathroom on the other side of the porch–we removed a shower stall that we never used and it was the perfect size to tuck away the laundry area.
I’m in LOVE with this cloud art from minted. I think it’s meant to hang sideways but I needed something tall, and clouds look great from every direction. The little garden stool is from Target, but I can’t find it anywhere online.
We love this amazing cowhide chair from Candelabra who went the extra mile to make sure we had a little bit of country represented in our room when the original chair I wanted was out of stock. It’s super well made and sturdy and easy to move around if you are taking off your shoes or just sitting at the little table to clean out your bag.
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It’s been such fun to transform our little space into something that serves our family so well. I’m eternally grateful for Linda, creator of the One Room Challenge, House Beautiful and the gracious sponsors –without their generous contributions, this room would still look like the cleaning aisle at the grocery store.
Now, get ready to be blown away, it’s time to check out the most amazing room transformations of 2017…