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    Maximalistic French Powder Room Renovation: One Room Challenge Week 1

    It’s hard to believe that the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge is already here! I feel like our power tools are still cooling off from our last renovation – our laundry/mudroom makeover from the Fall 2018 ORC!

    The laundry room renovation was pretty special in a couple of ways. First, it was the very first space we renovated in our new home. We had just moved into this home at the end of August that summer and barely a month in, we decided to launch into our first reno!

    The second reason it was special is that it was our first ever gut job! While we’ve renovated many rooms in our previous homes and participated in three previous One Room Challenges (the boys bedroom, our master bedroom and the living room), those were all mostly cosmetic. The most “renovating” work we ever did was add some board and batten to the walls and swap out light fixture. The rest was pretty much surface level with some fresh paint and new home decor.

    But that laundry room ended up being a complete demolition and rebuild. We not only brought it down to the studs, we actually MOVED some of those studs. If you were following us along the journey then, you’ll know that we decided to expand the laundry room ever so slightly by “stealing” a few square feet from the adjoining powder room. That powder room had a double wide vanity, which just seemed ridiculously unnecessary for a powder room and we realized that space would be much better used in the laundry room.

    So you might be asking yourself why I’m still talking about last years ORC four paragraphs into this years? Well, it’s because it sets the scene for WHICH room we are tackling now!

    And that my friends is our POWDER ROOM!

    You see, after we tore down the wall in between the laundry and powder room, we only rebuilt it on the laundry room side. *insert monkey covering his eyes emoji* Our plan wasn’t to leave it this long to fix the wall on the powder room side, but the reality of busy life, travel and work has just kept us focused on other things.

    Until NOW!

    I’m going to save all the gory pictures for next week to show you what we are actually working with in that space and this week, I want to share with you my design inspiration!

    The powder room is the smallest room in our home measuring at a whopping 25 square feet! So when I was trying to decide what to do in there, I started feeling that even though it was small, it could totally handle a bold design. Sometimes I think small, independent spaces like this actually allow for more risk when it comes to design.

    And so that’s how I’m tackling the design of this space – minimal space, maximum design!

    Now when it comes to what we will classify this design as, no surprise here, I’m really not sure. I think I’ve said that in just about every room I’ve done! I think it’s because I really have a transitional design aesthetic. I love old and I love new. I love metals and I love woods. I love cold and I love warm. I love classic and yet I love contemporary. So I often find that my rooms have a little bit of all of those elements in it, and this space won’t be any different.

    You will find a French vibe paired alongside some Victorian pieces in between some modern treasures and more! I *think* it will all look amazing in the end and I can’t wait for you to come along the journey with us! We are going to go with the name “Maximalistic French” for this space!

    To give you a little sneak peak, here are some of the items that have already arrived! We are partnering with Wayfair.ca for this makeover and have ordered almost EVERYTHING online! I will talk about that more later (I never would have pictured myself ordering a vanity online, but here we are!)

    As the boxes have been arriving and I’ve been opening, I’ve found myself SQUEALING with excitement as honestly each and every piece has been BETTER than I imagined it would be!

    We have a lot of work to do in this tiny space from ripping up the flooring to replacing the drywall to installing a new toilet and vanity and then all the pretty pieces on top of that!

    It’s going to be an exciting journey and I can’t wait to share it all with you – the highs, the lows and everything in between! Come back every Thursday to see what we’ve done next! We will also be sharing this journey on our YouTube channel so stay tuned for our first video, hopefully later on Thursday or Friday of this week!

    Love & Blessings,


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  • Reply Jewel April 3, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    You know I LOVE the maximalist vibe you have going on here. Can’t wait to see

    • Reply Christine April 3, 2019 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks so much girl! It’s gonna be fun!

  • Reply Joannie April 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Love the combinations and colors! This is going to be such a beautiful room when you’re finished, I can’t wait to follow along!

    • Reply Christine April 4, 2019 at 9:34 am

      Thanks so much Joanie! We are so excited to see it all come together!

  • Reply Jen @ Jenron Designs April 4, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Fantastic design choices and great inspiration board can not wait to see it come together.

    • Reply Christine April 4, 2019 at 9:34 am

      Thanks so much Jen! I’m getting so excited!

  • Reply Emy April 4, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I love your choices!! So fun!! Looking forward to following along!

    • Reply Christine April 4, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Thank you Emy!I’m excited to see it all come together!

  • Reply Mary K Hunnicutt April 4, 2019 at 10:14 am

    I am dying over your inspiration board/pieces! The black and white tile is gorgeous! Good luck, I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • Reply Christine April 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you so much! Just ordered all the tile…it’s expensive but I think gonna be so worth it!

  • Reply Teri Moore April 4, 2019 at 11:30 am

    oh my yes!!! Everything about this vision board is making my heart sing! Can’t wait to see it come to life!

    • Reply Christine April 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you so much Teri! My heart is singing right along! lol!

  • Reply Tee at Beauteeful Living April 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    This is going to come out so gorgeous! I love all of your picks so far. Looking forward to following along! Good luck 🙂

    • Reply Christine April 4, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so excited to pull it all together!

  • Reply Melissa April 4, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I’m so excited to see how your powder room comes together!

  • Reply Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge April 4, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    You had me at maximalist! I love the colors and design choices you’ve chosen and can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • Reply Christine April 4, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      haha YES! I’m so glad maximalism is back in because I’ve been dying with the minimalism trend! Just could NOT get on board!

  • Reply Tash @ thedreamhouseproject April 4, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Love the colour scheme! Excited to see this one unfold. We’re doing our powder room as well and incorporating a bold pattern wall for the first time. There’s just something to be said for tiny spaces with big impact isn’t there?

    • Reply Christine April 4, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      Absolutely! That’s what I keep saying – small room, big impact!

  • Reply Libbie April 4, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I love that beautiful design plan! This is going to be beautiful, I’m excited to see how it turns out. Have fun!

  • Reply Casey April 5, 2019 at 9:02 am

    THAT is a great sneak peak! Everything you’ve selected is amazing – I can’t wait to see it all come together 🙂

  • Reply Diane Rath April 5, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I absolutely love the direction your taking this space in! So chic!

    • Reply Christine April 5, 2019 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so excited!

  • Reply Mary@ I Like it Lovely April 5, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    This is lovely. Can’t wait to see the final reveal!. Good Luck.

  • Reply Elizabeth Vlug April 6, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    I love your design inspiration board. Looking forward to the reveal. 🙂 and those gory before pics too.

    • Reply Christine April 11, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Thank you so much! And the gore is up on the blog for Week 2! Brace yourself! LOL!

  • Reply Marcie Millholland April 6, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Love all of the inspiration items!

    • Reply Christine April 11, 2019 at 7:33 am

      Thank you! We are excited to pull it all together!

  • Reply Lindsey April 8, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    In love with the design board for this room! Especially that wallpaper – can’t wait to see how this comes together!

    • Reply Christine April 11, 2019 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Lindsey! Ya the wallpaper is going to be a showstopper!

  • Reply Leslea - A Heart Filled Home April 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I love your plans! The floor tile is so beautiful and similar to one that I have in my bathroom design. Excited to follow along with your progress!

    • Reply Christine April 11, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Thank you! I can’t wait to see how the floor looks in the space!

  • Reply Nicole Q-Schmitz April 9, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    The design board and items you have received look good, excited to see how it comes together!

  • Reply ariel April 10, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Love the inspo!

  • Reply Amanda - Life at Cloverhill April 10, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Such fun patterns, texture and finishes – I am so excited to see this all come together! 🙂

    • Reply Christine April 11, 2019 at 7:35 am

      Thank you so much! I can’t wait!

  • Reply Nicole torres April 12, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I love it and your color choices are so pretty and dainty. Good luck!

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