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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

{One Room Challenge} Week One

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm participating in Calling It Home's {One Room Challenge}! For those of you not familiar, the ORC is an online event that brings together 20 bloggers with a love of design, and challenges them to transform a room from start to finish, while documenting the process along the way.

The kicker? We've only got six weeks to do it!? That's about a tenth of the time it usually takes me! I've been a huge fan and follower of the series for years, but was never brave enough to take on the challenge myself. I'm already questioning why I thought I could do it now!? #whatwasIthinking #whathaveIdone But my name is on logo, so there's no backing out now!

So let's get to it...I waffled quite a bit as to which room to select...after all, I have a whole houseful of new spaces to design! (If you're new to Hi Sugarplum!, you can read about our recent and unexpected move here.) And at this point, only the Kitchen has been given any real attention (see the progress of that renovation here). 

I thought about the family room or one of the kid's rooms, but then I remembered that the very last space to be transformed in our previous home was the Master Bedroom (see it here). That seems wrong, doesn't it?! So this time, I decided to put Mr. SP, myself, and our marriage first...by starting this new chapter in our lives with the Master Bedroom!

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Before

These are true Before shots...since they were taken the day before we moved in last month! It's a large, glorious room with a tall tray ceiling and bay of windows overlooking the backyard and pool. I realize that sounds completely obnoxious, and trust me, I pinch myself every day for stumbling on this house! (Which hasn't been without drama, if you recall.)


Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Before

It's a rectangular room, with the windows on one end, and the door and bathroom on the other. And a big, dark, honking fan in the middle.

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Before

My crude floorplans will give you a rough idea of the space.

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Before

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Before

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Before

You'd think we could just move the old room over and be done. But these new room dimensions are so different, not to mention, the new homeowners insisted on keeping all the drapes, blinds and hardware! And this pale yellow isn't jiving with our upholstered bed and tufted chairs, so we're pretty much back to square one.

Hi Sugarplum | Master Bedrooom Before

Here's some of the inspiration I've gathered for this space...

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You see where I'm going, don't you? Dark walls, light upholstered furniture, wood tones, touches of metallic, and pops of color...that's a lot to bite off in only six weeks! Great, now I'm giddy and nauseous. I hope you'll follow along for the ride!

Hi Sugarplum | One Room 
Challenge

Can you even believe the stellar line-up?! It's going to be so much fun watching these creative geniuses work their magic!

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52 comments:

  1. Ooooh, dark walls will be glorious with all that natural light from the windows. Can't wait to see this come together!

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  2. LOOOOVE your plan darling and I am totally smitten with your layout. All those windows are insane! Love playing along with you :)

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  3. I love the One Room Challenge idea, so creative! Dark walls are so rich looking!

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  4. Yay girl! Love the idea of dark walls....especially with all of those windows!

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  5. Looking forward to watching your progress. Beautiful room.

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  6. What fun! I love dark walls in a bedroom - such a cozy, sleep-inducing vibe. Can't wait to see what you pull together!

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  7. Literally my thoughts as I scrolled down the inspiration photos, "Ooooo dark walls. Yass, girl, yaasssss!" SO excited to see what you do with this!

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  8. I ADORE your previous Master Bedroom design! I don't think I could have parted with those curtains! And this new space is so beautiful already, can't wait to see how you transform it!

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  9. Ohh, it all sounds beautiful and I can't wait to see what you do with the room!

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  10. Love the dark walls!! Can't wait :)

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  11. So excited to see the dark walls, what a great vision you have! I'm loving that you also have a view of your pool!

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  12. Ohhhhh so excited to see these designs. So fun that you have blank canvas to work from and a fun project for your new home!

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  13. I love that you're doing dark walls! That window wall will be the most perfect sitting area. Maggie's so cute checking out her new digs!

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  14. Love the dark walls! I can't wait to see....my bedroom is still a work on progress 12 years later!!

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  15. Any thought on doing an accent ceiling since you have such great structure to play with?

    Love the dark walls and I know whatever you do it's going to look great. Kudos for starting with the master bedroom. You and the Mr. deserve something cozy and relaxing to retire to.

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  16. I love my dark bedroom walls!! Can't wait to see what you do!!

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  17. So glad you are jumping in and doing this. What a space! I know this will be good.

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  18. It's going to be amazing Cassie! I love just about every super dark wall I see lately and I can already tell I'll be pinning your room like crazy. Good luck!!!

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  19. wow! this will be exciting. good thing that the previous owners took everything with them!! it will give you an opportunity to completely transform this room. the dark walls are going to be fabulous!

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  20. Oh, I can't wait Cassie! So excited to follow along with this fab group! xo

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  21. LOVE the dark walls! cant wait to see how it all turns out. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  22. Ooh, the mix of dark walls and your colorful aesthetic is going to be amazing! I love all the inspiration, especially the deardesigner.uk image (floral curtain and neon chair). Clapping in excited anticipation!!

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  23. So excited to see this Cassie! THe dark walls are ooh-la-la for sure! I'll be joining in tomorrow too!

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  24. Those windows!!! Cassie, first I'm SO excited for you that you'll have a gorgeous bedroom in a few short weeks, and second for us that we get to share in the fun ~ this is gonna be good! :)

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  25. Dark walls will sing in there with all that beautiful light. You have such a great canvas. Cant wait to see this space come together.

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  26. Dark walls would be so gorgeous in there! Can't see with what you come up with for the room!

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  27. I've always loved Edie's gorgeous dark bedroom, and I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  28. Oh what a fab lot of inspiration!! This will look amazing with all those windows - your room has masses of potential... (sigh) So nice to be joining you for this challenge! :) xxx

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  29. Ah so fun! Can't wait to see you pull it all together!

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  30. Excited to see what you will do in here! Love that you are going bold and doing a dark room! (I am linking up tomorrow for my first ORC, and it's funny because your plan and my plan are identical as far as our "visions" for our room, and I am doing our master. What's going to be really neat is our styles couldn't be more opposite, so seeing how two people can run with the same plan and really make it their own is going to be interesting!) Good luck these next six weeks!
    -Lori

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  31. Ahhhh I LOVE this. I literally just painted my bedroom navy blue and got a light gray/taupe upholstered bed THIS weekend! And I'm making my hubby install a chandelier asap! Excited to see this space!

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  32. LOOOOOVE THIS FABULOUS BEDROOM!! This will be some transformation, can't wait to see what you are going to do with gorg space :)
    Best of luck!!

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  33. you can not go wrong with dark rooms ever!! It will add so much drama to your space. I cant wait to see what you do!

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  34. Yep, your comment was indeed obnoxious, but you owned it, and that's a good thing. You do know your audience well. I do think a lot bloggers need to tone down the humble bragging. Today's blog entry could have done without that comment. Everyone gets that you are living the dream. You are changing a bit with yiur popularity, and that is natural. I just miss the old Cassie from time to time.
    Andrea

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  35. I already love it! Can't wait to see how the black turns out!! I'm excited to finally be linking up this year...our two-story back porch is getting an overhaul! :)

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  36. Can't wait to see - what a pretty space. Love your inspiration pictures!

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  37. Your inspiration images are dead sexy! Can't wait to see what you do with your space!

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  38. I'm so happy for u and ur family for the new place, and feel the same way when I look out our windows and I feel like I'm in a tree house. I luv luv luv the dark colors but it looks so bright at the same time! i'll definitely be following along!

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  39. Ooooh, this is going to be so good!! Love that you are going all dramatic in the space. So excited to take on this challenge with you pal and know you are going to work your fabulous Cassie magic. #yougotthis

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  40. Loving the inspiration photos an love a dramatic bedroom!! We just updated some exterior paint in BM Graphite…a rich, dark charcoal gray (the same color as in the final inspo photos). I would recommend at least trying this color!!

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  41. Cannot wait to see what you do. I am sure it will be fabulous with those beautiful dark walls!

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  42. Will be fun to see the drama of dark walls come to life! Have fun!! :)

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  43. I totally get putting yourself first! In our house I have designed and bought new furniture and bedding for my kids rooms and now it's my husband's and mine's turn. In our next house I'm totally putting us first! Congratulations on your challenge and can't wait to see how this space turns out!

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  44. Eeeee!!!! **clapping hands and chair dancing with excitement** I can't wait to see what you do, it's going to be awesome!!!!

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  45. I'm so happy you moved and that the buyers wanted to keep your things (duh, of course). Can't wait to see what you come up with!!! With so many spaces to choose from I'm loving that you went with the master bedroom. We moved into our home 8 years ago and our bedroom was the last one to get any attention - which is still a work in progress - so i'm giddy to see your inspiration!

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  46. Ohhh this is gonna be good! Can't wait for you to work your magic on this space!

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  47. Oh, I love it already! And you're so fancy with your home layout software. Best wishes with challenge! I know you will rock it. xo

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  48. so jelly of those beautiful windows!

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  49. Cassie I think it's a fantastic idea to start with your master bedroom! And ooooh I adore dark walls in a bedroom, especially with all that glorious natural light you have. It's going to be gorgeous, can't wait to see your progress!

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  50. I love your plans for the space, it's going to be so dramatic and gorgeous! Can't wait to see how it unfolds :)

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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