I’m participating in the “One Room Challenge,” which is again taking the design blog world by storm this spring (thanks to founder and hostess-with-the-mostest, Linda at Calling it Home). Basically, between today and six weeks from now (Thursday, May 7), I, along with loads of other bloggers, will be transforming a space in my own home – and you get to come along for the ride! So not only do you get the “befores” and “afters,” but the “everything-in-betweens,” as well. I’ll be posting each Thursday between now and then with project updates – all of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs. I’d love it if you followed along with me on the journey as a linking participant!

It’s possible that my space will be the smallest of the bunch. I will be working on my 4×10 vestibule. For those of you who are wondering what on earth a vestibule is, it’s basically an in-between room connecting the front door and foyer or front hall – most often found in homes of a certain age (mine was built in 1896). I basically decided to throw my hat into the ring two days ago, and before then had done zero pre-work or thinking about this space. So I’m really feeling the time pressure! This week is all about the “before,” as well as my design inspiration and vision (which is, quite frankly, still a bit of a work in progress).

So…the before.

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I am blessed to be working with seriously good bones in this house. Unfortunately, beyond the bones, everything’s a bit lackluster. I just never got around to dealing with this space – not even a bench, which my husband has been bugging me about for months!

One Room Challenge 4/2015 - "Before" | Interiors For Families | Kelly Rogers Interiors

A view from inside the foyer. The interior door and windows mirror those on the exterior, and let much needed light pass through into the center of the house. You can really appreciate how tiny the space is (and completely closed off!).

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Classical details for miles. The interior windows, leaded glass exterior windows, and columns on the front porch all line up in perfect symmetry. The fluted pilasters and crowned headers are found throughout the “original” parts of my first floor – though most of the rest is painted white. Spoiler alert – I am NOT painting this wood! That would be too easy…

IMG_5215 One Room Challenge 4/2015 - "Before" | Interiors For Families | Kelly Rogers Interiors

So, there’s the mailbox I’ve had since the beginning of winter. Time to install that puppy. The old old and gross carpet/door mat is really overmatched here. Oh, and then there’s the quartersawn oak floors. Gorgeous…until our dear visitors mar them with wet/muddy/salty boots. Everyone feels bad walking in on this floor. I feel bad because they feel bad.

One Room Challenge 4/2015 - "Before" | Interiors For Families | Kelly Rogers Interiors

…and a nearly 4-foot wide front door! Very handy for furniture deliveries, by the way.

One Room Challenge 4/2015 - "Before" | Interiors For Families | Kelly Rogers Interiors

10-foot ceilings? Check. Original crown moldings? Check. Period-appropriate lighting? Hmmm…not so much…

One Room Challenge 4/2015 - "Before" | Interiors For Families | Kelly Rogers Interiors

Are you picking up on the theme here?

I’ll leave you with two “teaser” images that summarize my initial design inspiration for this vestibule transformation (well, three if you count all of that lumber…):

Blue & White Temple Jar

Green Tufted Leather Wing Chairs - via 1st Dibs

If you’re not subscribed to this blog, the best places to follow along with my One Room Challenge are:

1. Facebook (Interiors for Families)

2. Instagram (#KRIProjectVestibule, #oneroomchallenge)

See you next week!

And don’t forget to check out all of the other amazing transformations about to take place!

One Room Challenge Spring 2015

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Posted by:Kelly R. - Interiors For Families

24 replies on “One Room Challenge – Week 1

  1. I am so envious of your older home … such details and structure. I am desperately trying to add character to my 1968 Cape!! This is going to be gorgeous!

  2. Your house has so much character, I love it! I am so excited to see how this space turns out! I will be sure to follow along. Good luck! (By the way, I heard about this challenge the day before it started, so you’re not the only one trying to figure out the process last minute- just makes it a little more crazy and a lot more fun)

    1. Phew, so glad to know I’m not the only last-minute joiner to the ORC. After I linked up on Thursday, I saw post after post with detailed design boards, fabric selections, floor plans and even some elevation drawings/diagrams! I’ve actually made a lot of progress over the past couple of days, and will have some more “eye candy” type content for next week’s post. 🙂

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