It is that time again for the One Room Challenge!!!

I am a glutton for punishment yet, it seems it may be the only way to actually motivate me to do anything in my own house.

I have done our Home Office,  Bo’s Bedroom and The Ping Pong Emporium in past ORC’s.  

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This One Room Challenge Fall 2015 I am tackling my playroom.  It is basically a wallowing pit of destruction. I am ashamed to even show it but, here goes. 

The negative to this overused room is that my husband, children, and 3 dogs use and misuse it all the time and I never really decorated it either. You also enter this room directly from the back door and I hate what guests are forced to see upon entering this oversized dog bed of a room. It is the leftovers from other spaces. The sectional was the wrong color when I bought it at the Mitchell Gold Outlet but I loved the lines knowing I would recover it in the future. The time is NOW and that is where One Room Challenge comes in.

ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

Most of the art will stay in this room with some additions.  It is still off the wall from my showhouse with Traditional Home last spring…I never rehung and have moved things around. Expect a killer gallery wall if nothing else. 

ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

These people are a mess…

ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

Wow…how disgusting are those bookshelves…I cringe walking through here! 

ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

These are part of the problem…Maple

ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

and Waffles…

ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

But how can you say no to that face? #sucker

ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

Notice all the mismatched and lack of pillows…Maple was kind enough to spend her entire puppy year (she is now 15 months) chewing through the corners of every pillow in the playroom.  She is a real charmer!

ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

The table that was put in there by default and is a collector of daily junk.  Regardless of the amount of cleaning, EVERYONE drops their daily piles as they enter. It drives me insane! 

It has a tent made of a box currently…nice designer touch.

 ORC Fall 2015 / The English Room BEFORE

One Room Challenge for those not in the know,  is a semi-annual event where 20 bloggers, made up of Professional Designers, Diy’ers, and Interior Design Bloggers, transform a room from start to finish hosted by Linda of Calling it Home.


 For the next six Wednesday’s, we will be giving you updates on our room progress.

Check in next week for my plan and sponsors I will be using. I am frantic to get this room turned around. 

The great group of participants that you MUST follow:

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

Do you want to participate too?  Head over to Calling it Home for details on how to join the One Room Challenge as a Guest Participant for the next 6 Thursdays. 


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30 Responses to One Room Challenge Fall 2015: Kickoff
  1. I think we all have that one disaster room in our house. I am excited to see how you tackle this.

  2. I thought I had problems with 1 dog…..but the room has great bones and I know you will pull it together with all of your talent!

  3. Looking forward to this … know you are going to make it fun!

  4. Can’t wait for that gallery wall! You’ll do great, we can already tell! 🙂

  5. OH I can’t wait to see. The last room you did was over the top awesome. Looking forward to following along.

  6. We all have that “room”…. the one where the lost furniture goes and everyone makes a mess of. I can’t wait to see how stylish yours becomes! It will be amazing, I’m sure!

  7. I would let that darling family and pups do anything in my house, too! but oh yes, this is going to be good! I absolutely adore everything you do, and can’t wait for this one. Best wishes to all our UPS drivers! 😉 xo

  8. LOVE your style and can’t wait to see this!

  9. My dog is the reason why I don’t have nice bedding. Such cute babies. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

  10. You have such beautiful bones to work with-I’d kill for a giant playroom like that! I can’t wait to see what you do and know it’s going to be fabulous!

  11. From your description, I was expecting the first image to be really awful but it wasn’t at all. A lot of great pieces to work with. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  12. Super excited to see what you do Holly. I know it will be fabulous as always!

  13. Awww, those dogs!! This will be amazing. And the wall of art — CAN’T WAIT!!

  14. Fun! Can’t wait to see how you recover the sofa. A room that is stylish and practical is always pretty genius in my book

  15. Oh, dogs! LOVE our German Shepherd, but boy does she manage to mess up things around the house. Can’t wait to watch the transformation of your room!

  16. The lines of the sofa are amazing! I can’t wait to see what color you end up doing and how you change the room!

  17. Your dogs and family are adorable! It’s a lived in room and now it’s gonna be an extra gorgeous family room! Those are some lucky peeps!

  18. I cannot wait to see what you do with this space..One thing is for sure…it will be pet, kid and family friendly and it will be GORGEOUS!!!!!


  19. tobe | because its awesome October 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm Reply

    I’m still reeling from your last challenge results. Seriously buckled at the knees when I saw that you were participating again. Just LOVE your style! Looking forward to seeing the transformation. ox

  20. Also – please send all of that art my way so you can start with a clean slate 😉

  21. I agree, this is really not nearly as bad as the worst space in my house (with kids and a dog, also). I look forward to seeing how you make this playroom fabulous and family friendly!

  22. My dear, your family is just wonderful. I can feel their fun energy flying off the screen in those photos. Now I can really see where your exuberant use of color comes from – you are surrounded by high energy, loving people all day. How nice that must be! Anyone who can make a ping pong table into the coolest dining room of all will have no problem at all with this room. The only question I have for you is are you going to hang the TV on the wall? Of course, that begs the question – will you also get a bigger one? I just went through this with my playroom and we ended up spending most of the budget on a 65 inch 4K TV with 3D. We love it, though! Looking forward to watching your journey in the ORC.

  23. I will happily follow along to see you make this space incredible just like all your other spaces! Excited to be on this journey with you! xo, Paige

  24. Your family is so cute, reminds me so much of my own brood. I’m right on the fence of wanting/getting a dog and Maple and Waffles are beyond cute…but the pillow chewing thing is a bit scary! Anyway excited to see you fabulous room unfold and transform!

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