One Room Challenge: Small Swanky Sitting Room Week 1 of 6

Oh yes! It’s that time again, the Fall installment of the One Room Challenge (ORC) hosted by Linda over at Calling It Home Blog!!

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

What is the ORC you ask? This is where a group of 20 Bloggers and Designers are invited to complete a room in their home or a client’s home over the next six weeks and blog about the progress each week. Each Thursday, hundreds of other Designers and Bloggers like myself are invited to join the ORC linking party, showing off the progress of a room that we are also completing during these six weeks!

Sounds like fun, right? It is! But it is also a lot of work. The great thing is, at the end you will have a gorgeous finished space, and one less to decorate in your home!

Maybe you remember the room I completed in the Spring for the ORC? Here is a look back.

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Having moved into a new home last year, as well as a new design studio, I have more than my fair share of empty rooms in need of makeovers, so it was really hard to decide. The choice was between:

  • The formal dining room in my home.
  • My 12 year old son’s bedroom (his 13th birthday present)
  • The kitchen in my design studio
  • The “classroom” at my design studio

Which did I choose? Drum roll please………….. πŸ™‚

I chose none of the above! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Well technically I chose the formal dining room, but because we never use a formal dining room, I decided to make it into a small sitting room that doubles as a library.

The room is very small at ony 10’x12′ and is right off the entry. Here’s is the floorplan with furniture layout

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Furniture Layout For Swanky Small Sitting Room – Casa Vilora Interiors.com

Can you see how open and weird this room is? And really, really small. Here is the BEFORE of the room

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BEFORE

Katy Interior Designer

BEFORE

The room has a few great things going for it:

  • The beautiful wood floors I had installed during construction
  • The wood shutters that I added right after I moved in
  • The existing furniture pieces that I own (all pretty high-end)
  • The gorgeous area rug that is the inspiration for the room. I will share pictures of all the existing pieces next Thursday.

The negatives of the room:

  • The low 8′ ceiling
  • The small size of the room
  • The ugly light fixture that came with the home
  • The room doesn’t get a lot of natural light
  • The opening to the room is somewhat awkward, but it was better than putting in a wall (which was standard with the dining room option)

The Plan of attack

  • Painting the room in a light gray and marry gold tones with the gray/blue tones that will be present throughout the rest of the house
  • Bring in small scale, very tailored seating
  • Change light fixture to a chandelier with some great texture
  • Add custom drapery and pillows to add the swankiness to the room
  • Accessorize and add art and greenery.

The color scheme and inspiration

The color scheme is influenced by the existing area rug. A beautiful silk blend rug in golds and dark grays. I love that it has a slight traditional feel with the rug’s pattern but still has a contemporary look. The room will mirror this feeling of dressed up but livable.

The Area Rug and Inspiration For The Room

The Area Rug and Inspiration For The Room

The fabrics will definitely take the room to the swanky level. Most of the fabrics are by the late great Charles Faudree, whose work I love and admire, and I really wanted to bring in a few from his collection.

The Fabrics

The Fabrics

The two pillows to the left are existing, the yummy leopard silk fabric by Charles Faudree will be the custom drapery. The floral and striped fabrics, also by Charles Faudree will be made into pillows. Currently there is no stock on the leopard fabric, so I’m a bit nervous. Fingers……and toes crossed!

Benjamin Moore Pelican Gray

Benjamin Moore Pelican Gray

The paint is actually a bit darker than it appears in this photograph. It will be a nice neutral backdrop for the room. I am playing with the idea of doing large scale horizontal stripes on all the walls. I also have been thinking about doing wainscoting, but that may break the budget, so we will see.

So next week I will share the existing furniture pieces with you and any progress that I have made to the room. Hope you come back and join me for this awesome adventure! πŸ™‚

You can check out the main participants listed below

Β Abby M. Interiors

Because It’s Awesome

Bijou & Boheme

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

Thanks for hanging out with me today! I hope you follow along each Thursday as I create a Swanky Small Sitting Room. Check out the link party by clicking here.

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
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106 Comments on One Room Challenge: Small Swanky Sitting Room Week 1 of 6

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    October 2, 2014 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

    I chuckled because ALL the houses in new england have 8 foot ceilings. But then again, most of our houses are old AND we don’t want higher ceilings on the newer houses because heat rises and no one wants to be cold in their own house πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:36 am (2 years ago)

      Here in Katy it is really unusual to have anything less than 9′. I guess it’s a matter of what you are accustomed to. Lol πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. Heather D. (@GirlGoneMom)
    October 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I have the same tan-blue-brown-and some green scheme in my house. I love those colors.

    Reply
  3. Paula Schuck
    October 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

    That rug is to die for! I enjoy this blog all the time. You have some gorgeous ideas. I need the inspiration!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Paula! So great to have you follow my posts!

      Reply
  4. Christine Dovey
    October 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Loving that leopard fabric and your overall layout/furniture plan…that inspiration shot is heavenly. Can’t wait to see the final result!

    Reply
  5. mrs. V | Chez V
    October 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Those fabric choices are gorgeous. Everything crossed that the leopard fabric comes through!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:34 am (2 years ago)

      Lol. I just found out it’s discontinued but I have a few more options that will work great too

      Reply
  6. memoirmom
    October 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love the inspiration for the room, at the BM paint color may become my new obsession.

    Reply
  7. Jessica Cali
    October 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m excited to see the finished project!!

    Reply
  8. aimee fauci
    October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the idea of converting the dining room to a sitting room/library! Ours always stayed with a dining table but no action.

    Reply
  9. becca112971
    October 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds like a fun project. I would love to have a sitting room/ Library in my house.

    Reply
    • Pam
      October 2, 2014 at 11:19 pm (2 years ago)

      When my daughter moved out, we considered turning her room into a library type room. We used it as an office, but it would be nice to have a reading room!

      Reply
      • Veronica
        October 5, 2014 at 6:29 am (2 years ago)

        That’s awesome! Great idea to make it into something you’ll use

        Reply
  10. Jaime
    October 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

    What a fun challenge! I have got to do something with my office space/guest room. I’m looking to you for a bit of inspiration! πŸ˜‰

    Reply
  11. yumeating
    October 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that gray. I can see how frustrating an odd-shaped room would be. Looks like a fun challenge though. I would love a little reading room /library space.

    Reply
  12. Lois Alter Mark
    October 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that you used the color scheme from the area rug. So beautiful.

    Reply
  13. Erin
    October 2, 2014 at 8:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness how I love your blog! Absolutely gorgeous as usual.

    Reply
  14. Amber Nelson
    October 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm (2 years ago)

    You do such an awesome job. I love the colors!

    Reply
  15. Lady Lilith
    October 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Amazing. The layout is great. I love how you used the space.

    Reply
  16. Helene Cohen Bludman
    October 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I always love the look you pull together no matter what the space or challenge. You have such great taste.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:32 am (2 years ago)

      I appreciate that. Thanks Helene

      Reply
  17. Shop with Me Mama (Kim)
    October 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I just might do this challenge too. I have a room that NEEDS to be cleaned out and turned into a bedroom again. Can’t wait to see how your room transforms!! So fun!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:31 am (2 years ago)

      You should do it! Great way to stay on track!

      Reply
  18. Pam
    October 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the room you did in the spring. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:31 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Pam!

      Reply
  19. Alana in Canada
    October 2, 2014 at 10:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I am perplexed–how is an 8 foot ceiling low? That’s pretty standard–around here, anyway. πŸ™‚ You have made some truly gorgeous decisions so far. Looking forward to following along with you.

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    • Veronica
      October 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Alana. 8 foot is a low compared to the standard nine foot ceilings here in this part of the country, sometimes even 10 or higher. So here 8 foot ceiling is a negative.

      Reply
  20. Beth@KCMompreneurs
    October 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see the progress of the room. I bet it will look beautiful.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:30 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Beth. Looking forward to you following along each week

      Reply
  21. Joanna Sormunen
    October 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm (2 years ago)

    The room you did looks AMAZING! I’m really looking forward to see the new room!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:30 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Joanna!

      Reply
  22. Danielle Stewart
    October 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the fabrics that you’ve picked out! Looking forward to the “after” πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:30 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Danielle!

      Reply
  23. lauraingallsgunn
    October 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm (2 years ago)

    What a lovely sitting space this is going to be. I cannot wait to see your progress and how it all unfolds.

    I too am participating in the One Room Challenge. My challenges? I just moved to a completely new state (Texas) last week and therefore have no idea where to source things other than Wal Mart and Home Depot. πŸ™‚ I am currently battling strep throat and just want to lay around and eat soup as opposed to painting a 30 year old polyurethaned oak coffered ceiling that has never before seen paint. The accompanying powder room rivals the worst gas station stall ever. But a bonus is that the previous owners installed a wine glass and bottle holder on the ceiling of the bathroom. I kid you not. Come take a peek.

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    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:28 am (2 years ago)

      Welcome to Texas. I made the big move 8 years ago! It sounds like you have your hands full! There are wonderful resources for furniture shopping that I’m sure you will discover. Good luck with everything!

      Reply
  24. danisdecadentdeals
    October 2, 2014 at 11:41 pm (2 years ago)

    ORC Sounds like it was a really cool opportunity! Great color schemes & gorgeous designs as always!:)

    Reply
  25. chrysa
    October 2, 2014 at 11:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d LOVE to have a Swanky Small Sitting Room for sure! Love the concept and can’t wait to see everything you do. Sounds like a good fit for such a small area.

    Reply
  26. Ann Bacciaglia
    October 2, 2014 at 11:50 pm (2 years ago)

    The room looks fantastic. Great way to turn the formal dinning room into a room you will use.

    Reply
  27. Sarah Bailey
    October 3, 2014 at 12:18 am (2 years ago)

    What a gorgeous layout – I love how you have been able to work with such a small room beautiful. x

    Reply
  28. connie
    October 3, 2014 at 12:37 am (2 years ago)

    I just love those fabrics. So excited to see what you do next.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:26 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Connie!

      Reply
  29. Elaine
    October 3, 2014 at 12:44 am (2 years ago)

    Veronica – I am looking forward to seeing your room transpire. Love the colors you are going with. I am a fellow participant and redoing my foyer. Let the fun begin!

    Elaine
    http://www.OMGlifestyle.com

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:26 am (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! Let the fun begin πŸ™‚

      Reply
  30. Kim
    October 3, 2014 at 1:17 am (2 years ago)

    The fabrics you chose are wonderful. It is amazing how much you can do with such a limited space.

    Reply
  31. Maria
    October 3, 2014 at 1:25 am (2 years ago)

    I just redid my bedroom but I’m looking to work on closets soon!

    Reply
    • Maria
      October 3, 2014 at 1:26 am (2 years ago)

      I love the selection of fabric you chose! The color scheme and the layout makes the room complete!

      Reply
  32. Melissa
    October 3, 2014 at 1:45 am (2 years ago)

    That is a bit of an odd room. I can’t wait to see what you have done with it.

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  33. Nicole
    October 3, 2014 at 2:06 am (2 years ago)

    The challenge sounds fun. Love the room, it turned out really beautiful.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 3, 2014 at 2:38 am (2 years ago)

      Nicole are you referring to the room I did in the Spring? This new room is not yet done

      Reply
  34. Debbie L.
    October 3, 2014 at 2:57 am (2 years ago)

    I love the color scheme – grays & golds. Looking forward to following your progress to the final room!

    Reply
  35. The Positive MOM
    October 3, 2014 at 3:40 am (2 years ago)

    Nice layout and gorgeous fabrics. I would like to have my room re-done for my birthday (your son is blessed!).

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:24 am (2 years ago)

      I decided not to do my son’s room just yet. I may still be able to get it done in time for his birthday

      Reply
  36. mrsmomx6
    October 3, 2014 at 3:45 am (2 years ago)

    I wish I was creative like that. Heck, I wish I had a desire to do things like that. You seem very talented and I am totally jealous.

    Reply
  37. Lori Gunn
    October 3, 2014 at 5:39 am (2 years ago)

    I am always glad to get back and read your articles. This fall I want to paint my bedroom walls, but was puzzling on what color to choose besides the traditional cloud, cream, and shimmery white. Thank you for mentioning the soft gray. I think it will work quite well. Your fabrics are fantastic. I hope you’re able to get the leopard fabric soon.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:22 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lori! I am so happy that you enjoy my posts and get inspiration from them.

      Reply
  38. Kiwi
    October 3, 2014 at 6:02 am (2 years ago)

    Super great layout! Wow I always look forward to all of your ideas and decor…I want to have a small room to decoration one day!

    Reply
  39. Travel Blogger
    October 3, 2014 at 6:18 am (2 years ago)

    You totally nailed it! I love these. I wish you could redo my entire home.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:18 am (2 years ago)

      I can anytime

      Reply
  40. Nicole
    October 3, 2014 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

    Looking forward to see how it would turn out. Really cool challenge.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:10 am (2 years ago)

      It was created by Linda at Calling it Home and it is such a great idea!

      Reply
  41. Erica
    October 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

    The One Room Challenge is always so fun to follow! I love that Pelican Gray color!

    Reply
  42. Amy Desrosiers
    October 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so excited to see your before and afters! I love the color schemes too! Very amazing job!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:09 am (2 years ago)

      Well it’s not done yet. A lot of work ahead. But thanks for the encouragement.

      Reply
  43. Rosey
    October 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ll be back to see more. I like that pelican gray, and I like the idea of changing an unused area into one that’s going to get used!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:08 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Rosey. It’s been sitting there for a year. Time to use it!

      Reply
  44. Linda @ Calling it Home
    October 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm (2 years ago)

    You made me laugh when you said you are not doing any of the rooms on your list. I understand! This one looks like it will be beautiful, just like your other one. Good luck. I also completely get it about 8 foot ceilings.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 5:29 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Linda! I am so excited to be doing this again!

      Reply
  45. Christie
    October 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Can’t wait to see what you do with it! The dining room came out great last time

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    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:08 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Christie!

      Reply
  46. mburbage
    October 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Fun, can’t wait to see how this turns out. Lots of choices, I would never be able to decorate.

    Reply
  47. chrissy4gordon24
    October 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the color concept you used. All neutral but the pop of blue in the pillow and rug, love it!

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    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:07 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Chrissy!

      Reply
  48. prettyopinionated
    October 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see what you do with that room. It’s tiny, but it sure has character!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:07 am (2 years ago)

      Yep. I love the intimate feel.

      Reply
  49. kate@willowinteriors
    October 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm (2 years ago)

    You nailed the last room so I know this will be great! And those fabrics…love the leopard! Can’t wait to see more!

    Reply
    • casavilorainteriors
      October 5, 2014 at 5:13 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Kate! I can’t wait to follow along to see your progress as well

      Reply
  50. thechattymomma
    October 4, 2014 at 1:24 am (2 years ago)

    I love small sitting rooms. They can be so cozy and comfortable.

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    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:06 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I know it will get used

      Reply
  51. toughcookiemommy
    October 4, 2014 at 1:35 am (2 years ago)

    I would love to have a quaint sitting room like this one. It reminds me of when gentleman suitors in olden movies came calling to court women.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:06 am (2 years ago)

      Lol. Maybe I should use it for that purpose

      Reply
  52. mmgmom
    October 4, 2014 at 3:13 am (2 years ago)

    Turning a formal dining room to a sitting room that is a stroke of genius. I love the fabrics that you have chosen.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:05 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks. I figured I would create a room that I will actually use

      Reply
  53. Tracey
    October 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    What a fun project! I love the leopard fabric.

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    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:05 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Tracey! I just found out that it’s discontinued πŸ™

      Reply
  54. Melissa Smith
    October 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great way to transform that room! I can’t wait to see what the finished project turns out to look like!

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 5, 2014 at 6:04 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Melissa! With only six weeks to get it all done it is a bit nerve racking, but I’ll get it done!

      Reply
  55. Pam @ Simple Details
    October 5, 2014 at 3:32 am (2 years ago)

    Veronica, such beautiful fabric choices, and what a great room to finish before the holidays! Looking forward to doing the ORC with you! πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • casavilorainteriors
      October 5, 2014 at 5:15 am (2 years ago)

      i am too Pam. I always love following your blog posts and I am sure your room will be fabulous!

      Reply
  56. Vanessa@Decor Happy
    October 5, 2014 at 4:30 am (2 years ago)

    Small rooms can be fabulous and I can’t wait to follow along and see what you do and what furniture you bring in.

    Reply
    • Vanessa@Decor Happy
      October 5, 2014 at 4:36 am (2 years ago)

      And just my 2 cents, I wouldn’t do the stripes on the walls. I would let the gorgeous fabrics be the star. Stripes look great in a kid’s room, mudroom or laundry room but may not create the swank you are after.

      Reply
      • casavilorainteriors
        October 5, 2014 at 5:12 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks Vanessa, I did decide against the stripes. I would have dressed it up though using one metallic and the other color non-metallic. I have successfully pulled it off in a study, a powder room and a living room in the past. But yeah, it gets to be too much work and I agree the fabrics will be the show stoppers. I will be following along with your room as well πŸ™‚

        Reply
  57. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition
    October 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see how this challenge progresses for you. I love seeing the before picture and knowing your plan of attack. It will be interesting to see how the entire process works!

    Reply
  58. Debbie Denny
    October 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the layout of these rooms. The fabrics and design are great

    Reply
  59. Eliza Ferree
    October 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the cream and tan pillow so anything that would go with this. I was kind of wanting to see your boy’s bedroom. With three boys I’m interested to see what you will do.

    Reply
    • Veronica
      October 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm (2 years ago)

      I was so close to choosing his room. I will feature it in a blog post when I start working on it soon

      Reply
  60. theblueeyeddove
    October 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the color scheme you chose…and especially that animal print fabric! Can’t wait to follow along and see how everything turns out. Good luck πŸ™‚

    Reply
  61. Lori
    October 7, 2014 at 1:49 am (2 years ago)

    I am really stoked to see what you do with this space. It is an awkward layout, but I’ve seen you do some brilliant things, so this will be a treat for all of us. Great color selection as well!

    Reply
  62. April Smith Decheine
    October 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the dining room, first picture, so warm. We are moving into a furnished two bedroom condo at the end of the month, I see myself adding in little touches to make it my own.

    Reply

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