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Tweaking the Living Room {the One Room Challenge Begins}

I have decided to do a living room makeover or perform a little tweak to the room! Come see all the details.

When do you get the most accomplished in your life?

When you have lots of time?

Or when life it so busy it feels like you don’t have a single extra second?

Strangely enough, it seems like I always accomplish more when I am busy.

Which, I guess, is a good thing because I’ve decided to tackle a little room tweaking makeover over the next six weeks while, at the same time, doing a big makeover on our basement.


Let’s not question my sanity at this point.

Let’s just focus on how pretty the living room is going to be once it’s “tweaked”!

Living Room Tweaking One Room Challenge Design Plans graphic.


Have you heard of the One Room Challenge before? It is a fun blogger challenge hosted twice a year by Linda from Calling it Home…. Bloggers try to makeover a room in their home over six short weeks!

And really, it’s four weeks, because the first week is where we share our plan and the last week is our reveal.


Maybe you followed along last fall as I did a makeover on our main bathroom?

Main Bathroom Makeover Reveal.

Or two rounds back when I made over my craft room for the ORC…

Square Colourful Cheery Craft Room Tour.

As I said, for this round of the One Room Challenge I am going to focus on our living room!!

It’s not in dire straights.

It’s just not…. quite… where I want it to be.

A little too much going on.

Especially this TV wall which could use some editing…

A living room with a wooden painted sign that says Lakeshore Cottages on it.

You can see more of our most recent living room in our spring home tour here.

To tweak the living room, I want to:


Get new blinds!

Our blinds are BROKEN! And can you believe that we didn’t even realize that until we tried to put them down one day (we don’t really have neighbours so we leave them up ALL the time). And, not only are they broken, but I have been drooling over rooms with bamboo roman blinds for months now. Like this beautiful one…

New bamboo blinds in room.


I am loving this colour for the blinds… these are called Aruba Camel (from blindster.com)

bamboo blinds


We have ordered a new couch!! I am so excited about this neutral couch from Wayfair – the Josephine tufted sofa. I ordered it in a light grey-beige linen fabric. Isn’t it stunning?!?!

Josephine sofa in white

Now if you have been reading for a while, then you might know that we actually just got a new sectional – the Ikea Ektorp sectional, last summer. BUT!! We are also redoing the basement right now and have decided that we really want a sectional downstairs – so rather then order ANOTHER sectional, we have decided to go with a new sofa for the main floor living room instead.


The bookcases! I am going to finally make a decision about these. You may have seen them during the original “refresh” of our living room this past winter. Since then, we have moved them. I have to decide to either STAIN or PAINT them – and then we are also switching around our media cabinet. It’s a serious case of musical furniture around here with the basement project going on at the same time…

A wooden bookshelf.


Switch up the gallery wall!!

I’m a huge fan of the gallery wall above our seating area – and with the switch-aroo of the sofa that’s happening – I think that the time is perfect for a few changes to our gallery wall. And I can’t quite get over how much I am IN. LOVE. with Minted these days. It’s like an addiction. I keep adding more and more of the images to my favourite. I actually have no idea how I am going to narrow it down!! But here are a few of my favourites so far…

Blue, green and soft yellow painting.

This beautiful artwork in soft tones of blue, green and yellow.

Minted Art Inspiration in blue.


Such a beautiful shade of blues.

A watercolour in soft pastels.



MAYBE?!?! And this one is a maybe – I’m not sure if I will have the time to get to it… but maybe paint the walls with Simply White by Benjamin Moore. I’m still not 100% certain – but we have used this colour a few times recently, and I love how fresh and crisp this white shade is.

What do you think?!? Would you do it??

Simply White OC-117


Okay, wish me luck!

Maybe I will get there.

Maybe I won’t.

But either way, I will be a whole lot closer to the final goal, right?!?!

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  1. If you’re still on the fence about painting, I say go for it! Even though you’re only tweaking the space, a new colour will make it feel completely transformed. I just used BM Simply White for my bedroom ORC – it is the perfect white (and I’ve tried many). Looking forward to following along!

  2. I can’t wait to see how your living room turns out in this challenge. You do an amazing job at redesigning your spaces, Krista! (Thanks for the feature Wednesday, by the way. I really appreciate it!) Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks, there are so many amazing art pieces to choose from that I think that task may be the hardest part!

    1. Thank you Michaela! I do like it now… but moving our sectional downstairs means I might as well do a whole revamp, right? (wink wink)

  3. Love your inspiration and direction and I loooove white walls except for my current ORC deviation 🙂 Can’t wait to see and still loving that bathroom redo!

    1. Hi Marcie! I have slowly been changing over more and more of our walls to white. I love how colour pops against it! Good luck with your project as well!!

  4. Oh Krista, this is going to be gorgeous!!! I absolutely LOVE the new sofa and I have to say, I can’t believe you’re thinking white for the walls!!! Can’t wait to follow along my friend!

    1. Thank you Kristi! I know, right?!?! But I have done white walls in a few rooms now with hits of colour and I love the way it pops so crisply with white. I can’t wait to follow along with your ORC project too!!

  5. Those watercolor paintings! I am in love. They are perfect. I might be inspired to do something similar. So cute.
    As for the white choice, I am using Designer white from Benjamin Moore. I love it too, but it is really, really white.
    This is my first ORC challenge and I am super psyched about participating. good luck!

    1. I just noticed Designer White in my HGTV magazine yesterday, and it is a really pretty, crisp white. I bet it will be stunning!! I can’t wait to check out your ORC project!

  6. I love the direction you are going with this space Krista! Sometimes a little refresh is all a space needs to feel new again. It’s going to look so beautiful!!

  7. I can already tell it’s going to look amazing Krista! That couch is gorgeous and live the blinds and shelf! Will be fun to do this together again… good luck, friend!!!!

  8. Krista, your inspiration is so up my alley it’s not even funny. I CANNOT WAIT to see this tweak! This is my first time participating in ORC and I’m so nervous that I decided to undertake a complete powder room reno. Yikes! Fingers crossed for me 😉 Good luck!

    1. Thank you Jenna! I did my very small main bathroom last time and it was the perfect size. I hope I manage to get this living project done!!

  9. Hi Krista! I’m a newbie at the ORC and I’m loving checking out all of the spaces of you pros you have done it before! 🙂 I already love your living room space, so I can’t wait to see how you bring it over the top with your changes! Good luck!

    1. Thank you Kristin! I am hoping these tweaks will be as good in reality as they are in my “vision”!

  10. This is exciting!!! I love your living room so I can imagine that it is going to be even more stunning. I joined too for my first round. Yikes!!!

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