ORC Rooms to Watch

Are you guys familiar with the One Room Challenge?  If not, you totally should be! Linda at Calling it Home started this biannual phenomenon 5 years ago and it's been getting bigger and bigger ever since.  There are about 20 designers/design bloggers who are part of the official 6 week room transformation challenge, but hundreds of other bloggers join in the challenge on their own.  I've been aware of it the past few rounds and greatly enjoyed seeing the reveals after 6 weeks, but this time around, I'm enjoying all the weekly progress as well!  I would have joined in as an unofficial participant since my dining room could use a bit of love, however the timing didn't work out this time.  So this time, I'll just sit back and enjoy! The participants are just past the make over half-way point and I'm eager to see where everyone takes it!  A few of my favorite bloggers are part of it and I can't wait to see their results!

I am constantly jealous of Nicole Balch's Victorian home.  She always seems to achieve the ideal balance between historical architecture and modern elements, so why should this make-over be any different?  On Making it Lovely, for the One Room Challenge she's taking on her bedroom AND den and *gasp* painting the previously stained woodwork white.  I'm totally on board with the white woodwork- freshen it up while still highlighting the architecture.  I can't wait to see these 2 spaces come alive!!

ORC MakingitLovely QuincyMockup

ORC MakingitLovely SittingRoomPaintColorsMockup


I've got my eyes peeled to see what Gwen at The Makerista can pull our for her basement 'man cave.'

ORC The-Makerista-Mancave-Design-Blue

She's done some pretty spectacular make overs elsewhere in her '80s colonial, so I have no doubt that the final result will make all of our jaws drop.  Just check out her dining room!



Guys guys guys!  Orlando of Hommemaker is making over a tree house!  Like a real life tree house with a tree in the middle of the space!!

hommemaker treehouse-7

He's going for a cool and kid-friendly space and has shared 4 different design options that he's debating.  I'm voting for option #1, Desert Safari.  Whichever plan he goes with this is going to be one stunning space in the end!

ORC Hommemaker treehouse-design-9

Are you following along with the One Room Challenge?  I'd love to know which make over is your favorite so far!  Tomorrow they'll all be posting about their week 4 progress, so it should be exciting to see how they've progressed!  I just love a good room transformation, don't you??

High-Low Challenge

You guys had so much fun with the last High-Low Challenge, let's make it a regular! Here’s how it works.  In each category, one item will be higher priced and one more budget friendly.  Can you guess which is which??  Leave your guesses in the comments and let me know how you scored!!

Funky Brass Chandeliers:

High Low Challenge Chandelier


English Roll Arm Sofa:

High Low Challenge Sofa


Fun Floor Poufs:

High Low Challenge pouf

Chandelier- 1/2, Sofa- 1/2, Pouf- 1/2

Well?  What's the verdict?

Whether you guessed right or completely wrong, hopefully this goes to show that you can have style at any budget!

High-Low Challenge

Before we get to the fun stuff I have planned for today, I want to invite you to join me in a happy dance!  3 years ago this week was the biggest leap of my life.  I quit my job at an architecture firm and bought a house for the sole purpose to flip.  It still seams unreal.  3 years has been a blink of the eye and simultaneously a lifetime.  5 houses in 3 years ain't too shabby.  I'm also pleased to say that Dori is finally about to be handed off to her new owners and soon we'll focus on finding a house full of character to be my next flip challenge.  And now on to the fun!  

High/Low Challenge! 

Here's how it works.  In each category, one item will be higher priced and one more budget friendly.  Can you guess which is which??  Leave your guesses in the comments before you click any source links- no cheating!!

Let's start small.

Marble table lamps:

Lamp High/low challenge via Year of Serendipity

Fun and flirty tassel pillows:

pillow High/low challenge via Year of Serendipity

And how about some gorgeous

Danish modern side chairs:

Chair High/low challenge via Year of Serendipity


Lamps- 1/2, Pillows- 1/2, Chairs-1/2

Well, what are your votes?  Which are the more expensive pieces??  I may have tried to stump you just a little bit, but great proof that great style doesn't always have to break the bank!!

Have a great weekend!