One Room Challenge Week 2: Design Plans + Layout
April 11, 2018
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We're already in week two of the One Room Challenge and while it might seem like there's still plenty of time before reveal day—it's only 28 days away. Time to hustle! In case you missed it, I shared the inspiration for my office redesign here last week. Today, I'm talking design selections, layout and my progress list. Plus, tips for how to tackle a layout and create a seamless flow in your room. Here we go!
I have to say I'm quite pleased with the progress so far but in all honesty, I'm still nervous about the final result! I suppose the anticipation is what makes designing a room (in six weeks) so exciting. This past week has been a busy one. I made the wallpaper selection, hired a wallpaper hanger, met with our contractor, ordered nearly all of the furniture and painted. Whew! Pulling together my design plan was super helpful and reassuring for some of the final furniture decisions I was going back and forth on. Let's take a peek, shall we?


Step one in transforming the room was new paint and flooring, and boy did that make a HUGE difference! I knew I wanted a fresh white canvas to work with for my coastal casual vibe and I'm so glad I went with Farrow & Ball's 'All White'. It radiates the softest white glow without the blue undertones of a brilliant white—basically, the perfect white!
For flooring, I went with a hardwood laminate which is actually very impressive. It looks like the real deal but it's actually more durable than real hard wood and it's actually less expensive than carpeting, which surprised me! Definitely something to think about if you want the look for less. Take a peek below—can you believe the transformation already?! Let's have a quick peek at the before again. Incredible, right? It just goes to show how a bit of paint and new flooring can instantly transform a space.


The layout was such a challenge in this room. Because this space is a finished attic, it has angled walls which don't leave me much wall space to work with. For that reason, I decided to focus everything toward the center of the room, rather than positioning pieces up against the wainscoting like you see in the before shot. The room will be broken in 3-4 'areas', which I wanted to flow seamlessly together:

  • Desk

  • Seating Area

  • Shelving

  • Kids Play Area

One of the most important (and overlooked) techniques to consider when designing a room is anchoring. You'll want your furniture and decor to work together as a whole, rather than each piece competing for attention. Anchoring a room is a great way to create a visually pleasing flow. A few ways to anchor a room:

  • Area rugs

  • Lighting

  • Statement wall

I'm using all three in this room, with the primary one being the beautiful Braided Jute Rug from eSaleRugs. This stunner will really help pull the space together and let each area flow seamlessly to the next.

The wall above is where the shelving and gorgeous Gray Malin print will go. That photo just transports me, isn't it amazing?!
My desk will be facing outward from the far wall here, which I'm having wallpapered in this design by Serena & Lily. I'll be getting rid of this old IKEA desk to make way for the beautiful Colette Desk from Ave Home. I shared it in my week one post here as well if you need a reminder of it's loveliness! The desk will really be the focal point of the room, set against a fun statement wall. I'm topping it off with Jill Rosenwald's Calypso Cylinder Lamp. This piece is so gorgeous, I can't stop staring at it. Head to our IG stories (@SMPLiving) to get a peek.

In the center of the room, I'll have a small seating area to tie it all together. Eventually I'd like to incorporate a sleeper sofa into the seating area for guest visits but for now, I'm holding off until I find the perfect one.

It feels amazing to have a solid layout and I cannot wait to layer on the decor! I've got a lovely Montego Fringe pillow from Arianna Belle in route and I'm also incorporating lots of fun coastal blues in the mix. More on decor in the coming weeks.

That's it for this week! xo, Melissa

*As many of you may have seen in yesterday's sad announcement, Style Me Pretty and Style Me Pretty Living will be shut down as after April 30th. Although this is incredibly devastating news, I am happy to say that I will be continuing the One Room Challenge (thanks to many of the generous sponsors) over on my personal blog, Bisou Style and my Instagram account @bisoustyle. I do hope you will follow along with this fun transformation. It's going to be a good reveal!

Follow along with all of the other talented designers participating!

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Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design
Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators
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