Weekly Roundup

I officially started the One Room Challenge this week! Have you already checked out my before photos and plans? It's pretty much all-consuming, but I've rounded up a few goodies from the internet for you.

Kelsey's treehouse kitchen kills me. You have GOT to see the before. She kept the original ceiling and updated the rest. I adore it all!

I just added the book Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid to my Amazon cart and can hardly wait the two days it takes to get to me. You can preview a bunch of the diagrams on Amazon and I'm already eating up the guidelines.

Speaking of house rules, Emily compiled all of those dimensions I can never remember like how high sconces should be or how far from the wall a rug should be.

I'm a rule follower (and rule breaker!) as well as a clean freak, so I love Sarah's spring cleaning checklist.

While Ross and I were admiring the beautiful architecture of Boston, I was reminded of this 99% Invisible podcast episode that takes a look at the history of air conditioning and how it dramatically changed the way we design buildings and how we live in them. It's so interesting.

You can spend HOURS going through the 20 featured and 209 guest participant posts for week 1 of the One Room Challenge. There are some really exciting ones to tune in for over the course of the next five weeks, so find your favorites now!

I moved out of the master bedroom for the ORC so I'm writing to you now from the pull out couch in the den. It feels like an upgrade in here because I can now watch TV from bed! This is dangerous because now I really want a TV in the master. Are you for or against TVs in the bedroom?

Happy Friday!

The Master Bedroom Is Getting An Update! - One Room Challenge Week 1 - The Before and The Plans

I'm back for my third round of the One Room Challenge! I considered taking a break from the 6-week design challenge after I painted that mural last time, but I just love putting pressure on myself, so here I am again!

If you found me through ORC, welcome! I'm Ashley and for the past three years, I've been restoring a craftsman bungalow in San Diego, CA. Learn a touch more about me here, preview the before-and-after room transformations here, and see my previous ORC rooms here and here.

We're supposed to keep which room we're working on under wraps, but I accidentally gave out clues when I asked for your input on the layout changes for the back of our house. If you guessed I would do the kitchen, then bless you for thinking I can tackle that in 6 weeks. If you guessed dining room, sorry! If you were hoping for a master ensuite, so was I, believe me! BUT, the master bedroom it is!

The Before

The room right now isn't bad! I coated the walls in Behr's Silver City, replaced half of the hardwoods due to termite damage, moved in all of the same furniture we had in our old house, then added a few new things. If you're into the before sources, here they are:

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The Plan

First things first, I'm going to remove the door into the kitchen. While it's convenient to grab a snack before crawling into bed, having the door there prevents us from using the wall for furniture or art. Plus, when we remodel the back of the house later this year, this door is going to be in a different spot, so let's get it outta there now!

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While I'm removing a door, I'll be adding one, too. I'm SO excited to have backyard access from the master. Since the bedroom isn't that big, by adding a door, it will open up the room to our (future) outdoor living space. When we remodel the backyard, I imagine a nice sitting area with a fire pit and lots-o-plants.

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Also, how great will the view be from the den and the rest of the hallway when there's a view to the outdoors there? Swoon!

When these doors get removed/added, it will change the configuration of the furniture, too. Here's what I have in mind.

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Along with the new orientation, the room will get all new bedding, furniture, light fixtures, window treatments, a rug, paint, and art. While I promise I'm not painting another mural, I will still be adding interest to the walls.

I'm a total sucker for board and batten, so that's what the master is getting! While wall treatments are currently trending - shiplap, anyone? - I'm adding a detail that has been in this house for the last 103 years. Tucked behind the room dividers in the living/dining room is some pretty, subtle board & batten that I'll be mimicking. Yay for old-house features and dimensions for inspiring new rooms!

For the room transformation, I'm going for a subtle, moody vibe with neutrals and simple finishes. I'm still sourcing products because I'm plagued with indecision, so keep coming back for more updates! In the meantime, I give you a shoppable mood board.

the Future Products

I can't wait to share more with you as I finalize the finishes and pull the whole look together!

Come back next Wednesday for a progress post. I'm going to start putting holes in the wall this weekend to run new electrical, and I'll probably need your help picking paint, so keep an eye out in Instagram Stories! I'm also going to do videos throughout the process, so subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss out. If you aren't already subscribed to the blog, you can do that here.

Check out progress from my fellow featured designers below, and don't miss out on the guest participants!


Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive
Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design
Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators
Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living
Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC


Weekly Roundup

Greetings from Boston!

I'm a big planner and pride myself on not being very forgetful, but I left one of the most important travel items at home. My winter coat. It's 40 degrees here, so my San Diego cardigan won't cut it. We immediately went shopping and picked up this jacket which is super comfy, warm, and lightweight. Win win win. I've learned my lesson - from now on I will sleep with all of the most important travel items on my person the night before I depart.

I recently came across the Sea and Gather Instagram account which is a collection of beautiful photos of plastics that end up in our oceans. The feed full of pretty images of unfortunate subject matter visually reminds me of this book. If you want an Instagram account of hysterically bad images, this account has photos of horrid home DIYs. This one is painful.

A few weeks ago, I got a new yoga mat and it's changed my yoga practice. I previously used a cheap mat and a yoga towel on top. Without the towel, the mat was a slip-n-slide. With the towel, it was a tangled mess at my feet. My new Suga mat is San Diego local, and made out of 100% recycled wetsuits (yay for sustainable products!!) and is perfectly grippy so I can skip the towel.

My March playlist is the heftiest one yet. Enjoy! If you don't have Spotify, you'll only be able to preview these tracks, but you can make a free account easy peasy to hear the full-length tracks.

Ross and I just started watching Baskets and we're loving it. I keep a reaaaally long list of movies and shows to watch (I use Evernote to keep track of them) and I regret not starting this one sooner. We're only on season one, so no spoilers!

The Still We Rise auction benefiting organizations working to end gun violence (the one where I auctioned my tree mural print) raised a whopping $44,773! Did any of you win any items??

I recently ordered a custom blind contour portrait drawing of me and Ross from artist Caitlin Metz. I found her through Bri Lamkin, another artist I adore. Caitlin doesn't always do custom commissions, but she's open through the end of the month, so order one of you and your special someone for $50 now. I'm also eyeing this sweet print of hers.

With warmer weather (although, I live in San Diego, so who am I kidding), I want to do more outdoor projects. I have some vines to add to a fence, a backyard to redesign, an AC unit to conceal, garage doors to rebuild, and so on and so on. Adding exterior lighting is definitely something we've wanted but I keep putting it off because we would need to have an electrician add an electrical outlet to the outside of the house. Alison put together a great outdoor lighting tutorial and broke down some of the confusion about electrical. So, maybe I should have her install outdoor lighting when she visits me in San Diego. Who thinks that sounds like a great vacation for her?

I have a few more days in Boston, but I'll be back in town to start on my next round of the One Room Challenge next week!