ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FALL 2017 // WEEK ONE: THE BEFORE SHOTS

Hey guyzzzzzz! It's One Room Challenge time up again in this piece!

I had so much darn fun the last time around, I thought: WHY NOT GO THROUGH SIX WEEKS OF MAKEOVER HELL, CAUSE IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT AT THE END CRAZINESS again. So, yep here we are. 

If by chance we're not already bff's on Instagram, hiiii! I'm Erica Reitman. I'm a tell-it-like is, smart-mouthed, interior designer who lives in Los Angeles with my husband Greg and our senior rescue Basset Hound Gus. I love bad reality TV (it's kind of a problem), political podcasts, and videos of Paul Rudd dancing. I dig sharing super duper easy design hacks and advice, and am committed to helping as many ppl as I can figure out how to kick their house's ass.

I'm crazy super duper excited to be participating in the Fall edition of this  6-week makeover party that is the One Room Challenge this Spring, and am so grateful slash shocked and awed that I was included in this group of talented, super killer designers and bloggers.

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LEMME CATCH YOU UP ON OUR LIL' HOUSE

Ok, so we bought a 1955, teeny, tiny MCM post and beam house three years ago, and then renovated the crap out of it before moving in. The house was already kinda renovated, but the trick was, it was "renovated" by some srsly crappy flippers with no taste, and no budget (case in point: they painted the entire interior of the house baby blue). You can see some of the crazy before and afters in this lil video that my husband Greg made:

The rad thing about our property is that we have a main house (where we live) and then a little separate guest house (that we airbnb). For the last One Room Challenge, I completely switched up the look of our guest house. Afterwards, I was like: CRAP! NOW THAT JOINT IS NICER THAN OUR JOINT. 

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So as soon as Linda from Calling it Home asked me to participate this Fall, I was rarin' to go with a makeover that I could really sink my teeth into and enjoy: so we're doing our living/dining/kitchen. 

When you walk in the front door of our house, you're in our living room...which is also our kitchen. Right now there is no dining room (nope, our coffee table doesn't count), and so I want to try to make the room a bit more functional and add one. 

Now, truth time: I'm not looking to do a full on, head to toe, throw it all at the wall makeover. There are many things in our space that I still totally dig: the neutral palette, our couch, lounge chair and coffee table, and some pieces of existing art (like this pretty painting below from our apt in Brooklyn). 

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So I'm calling this one: our skinny makeover. I'm not knocking any walls down, taking on any large scale (read: PAINFUL) DIY projects, or moving around the layout much. 

BUT, I want the space to feel a bit more glam and sophisticated than it currently does, and also I want to erase any and all signs of boho (minus our giant wall hanging). I know there are many out there still on the boho train, and believe me, I had my ass parked in the boho train dining car for a few years now, so #nojudgment. But I just feel like it's time to move on for me. 

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Here's a view of the room from the other side facing our front door. 

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When you walk through the front door, you're looking straight ahead at our kitchen. I love that the cabinets are white, but I hate mostly everything else about it...especially the sparkles in our quartz countertop which, again, was courtesy of our craptastical flippers. 

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I also hate that we have no backsplash...and our janky "island" which is actually a craft table. 

I'm dreaming about a california cool, meets snotty Parisian model's apartment space. I want to keep the palette neutral, but want more sculptural pieces, way better lighting, and a small dining space for me and my husband to enjoy. 

If you're thinking that you'd like to do a makeover, but you're also convinced you want to keep it as simple and manageable as possible, welcome to the skinny makeover. I'm going to show you how I totally switch things up, without crying, fighting, or yelling at everyone on my iphone favorites list. It's gonna be fuuuuuun.

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So here's what I'm thinking for my ORC Makeover: 
+ A refreshed kitchen. I want to switch things up a bit, but I don't want to spend a million dollars doing it. So I'm going lean and mean on that front. 
+ I pretty much want to burn all of our current light fixtures down to the ground. So we're going to do all new lighting all up in hurr.
+ A more minimal, simplified, NO BOHO allowed space. It's not you, boho...it's me. We're breaking up and I get to keep all the good shiz.
+ Sexy new pieces mixed in with my current faves. The space will hopefully feel zesty and new, but keep some of the california cool vibes that I still dig. 

Ok, so now I've ranted on and on about myself, but I'm DYING to hear more about you! Can you relate to my boho hate parade or are you still on the train? Do you like my idea of a skinny makeover? Are you totally bored by my neutral obsession? Can you believe that THREE Kardashian sisters are all having babies RN???

If you want to keep up with my daily ORC shenanigans and listen to my Insta Story rants, you can follow me on Instagram.

This was fun-n-all, but now you GOTTA go check out all of the other participants and see what sort of magic these crazy kids are cooking up. Click all the links below to hit up the other One Room Challenger's snoop bloggy blogs: 

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love |  The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *

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