Thursday, April 3, 2014

ORC Week One

Welcome to the first week of the One Room Challenge! I am so thrilled you are here!

The room I am making over for the next six weeks has a made-up sounding name. In fact, I may have spent the entire weekend sitting in it and calling it by that made-up name so my family could get brainwashed used to the idea. ;)

But, the roots of my room's name date back to colonial days. I'm calling it the "keep," which is short for "keeping room." The pilgrims used this space off the kitchen to gather and to do chores like laundry because of its close proximity to the fire. It is, historically, a warm space. 

In our house, this area off the kitchen near the back door was where the original owners of the house (built in 1959) had their dining room table. Shortly after we got the keys to the house, though, we realized it would not function that way for us. 

from MLS so not our art or cool Eiffel chairs

We tossed our very heavy old brown sofa there and kind of forgot about the space.

Oh sure, I took down the drapes that I broke and re-purposed some colorful Pottery Barn shams for the couch. But, really, pretty much ignored. 

It's where we keep our recycling, and that's about the most action it gets.

Although there is also this large shelf that I salvaged from the previous owner's office (now Bela's bedroom) for additional storage. 

And my grandma's old china cabinet, which I have big plans for as a bar.

My to do list has a lot of little action items, which is good because my budget is tight as a noose. 

1. Style the big shelves better.
2. Add a lamp for reading. 
3. Art.
4. Properly put away things (like the coffee urn, the re-usable shopping bags, etc.). 
5. Get a new garbage can.
6. Outfit the cabinet as a bar.
7. Add some plants. 
8. Window treatment.
9. Replace entry rug.
10. Other decorative touches.

I'm thinking something along these lines. I want it to be a room where I can sit to drink my coffee on a Saturday morning while reading shelter magazines. A place where I can fold a pile of laundry or wait for muffins to come out of the oven. A place where I can cuddle with a melting down kid or re-connect with my big lovey after a long day. 

Now head over to Linda @ Calling It Home's blog to check out the ORC and other linking participants. There are some really great rooms being re-made!


  1. Hi Carrie. I love your plan and cannot wait to see your revamped cabinet as a bar!!! Sounds awesome. Thanks for hooking me up to the ORC too. dana

    1. Thanks so much, Dana! I'm glad you are in it, too. I love your Traditional Modern Jungle Funk look. :)

  2. So glad that you're joining in on the ORC Carrie! That looks like such a cosy space - I bet it will go to being one of the favorite rooms in your house when you're done. Your china cabinet is stunning BTW!

  3. Love your plan! This will be a great one to follow!

  4. What a sweet idea for a room! Love that china cabinet!

  5. Now I want a keeping room! Looks like a great plan and your grandma's cabinet is beautiful! Good luck!

  6. I love your grandma's cabinet, and it will be beautiful as a bar! I cannot wait to watch this transformation!

    The Glam Pad

  7. Using the hutch for a bar is a great idea. Looking forward to seeing you transform this room.

  8. Hi Carrie, I love this space. I would want to sit there on a rainy my PJ's. I think a little refreshing will go a long way. Thanks for joining.

  9. I'm so looking forward to seeing this room transformation. Best of luck!

  10. This is such a pretty plan for a small space. I am excited for the transformation!

  11. I love old keeping rooms! This is gonna be so nice! Can't wait to see the finished project!!


  12. Looks like a great plan Carrie! Good luck!

  13. I love your plan and look forward to following along:)

  14. Your plan is so awesome. I love that book shelf. I can't wait to see this room come together!

  15. Looking forward to seeing your plan come to life! Great space!

  16. I'm loving that rug!!! Such a great plan, and I'm in love with your Grandma's cabinet!


  17. Great plans! Looking forward to following my fellow ORC bloggers!

  18. It's going to look fab and I love that your are repurposing that gorgeous china cabinet!


Thanks so much for commenting! I love to read what you have to say. ~Carrie


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