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VENI VIDI VICI | Joyful Designs®️Studio - Week V One Room Challenge Spring 2021

I came, I saw, I conquered! Well, not exactly but we do have drywall - Yippee! Week V of the One Room Challenge™️ is upon us and time could not be moving faster in these design streets. You can catch up on the prior weeks’ blog posts below:

While we still have a lot to accomplish in the remaining 3 weeks, we feel proud to at least have drywall. Still no kitchen, no bath and no flooring whatsoever, but drywall we have! LOL. If you followed my updates on Instagram Stories, then you know #TheBabe was front and center and our team #MVP this week. He built and shipped the dining nook forms, built a whole fireplace, and installed the millwork I wanted for the living area. If you hadn’t guessed by the title, there will be a bit of a nod to modern classicism in the design plans. Here are some pics of this week‘s progress:

Fireplace surround #TheBabe built. It would have taken far too much time and work to fix the original fireplace that was there given our time constraints so this was our compromise. Believe it or not, we have only been able to travel to our apartment and work on it every other weekend. We try to get as much done from Chicago as possible by planning and preparing well before we get there. We also were unable to start the work in earnest until the ORC started. Hence, shipping whole forms and kits to Georgia after making them here. I handle all of these kinds of moving parts remotely for many of my clients so it's not completely foreign to us. Just part of making it work!

The #diningnook bench and cabinet platforms were built and flat shipped from Chicago but arrived in tact. We also had pre-ordered the only two cabinets we will have in the kitchen, and those had to be assembled as well. As you can see here, we are co-opting part of the dining nook for the kitchen space.

The bathroom was drywalled with blue board all around because it is a very small space. We wanted to change the layout but budget and space (the 6 foot window was an issue also) more so than time constraints hampered those plans. However, this #Kasbah patterned Fireclay Tile promises to be a showstopper.

Can the church say ”Amen!” Yesssss - ding dong the wall is gone! Main goal here was to move those sight lines length wise upon entering the apartment and we removed as much of the wall separating the kitchen and living room as we possibly could. There was some janky electrical work that #TheBabe had to overcome all weekend, but he did it. We also raised the ceiling as much as possible and I have to say that I am pleased. This is what this space looked like before:

You couldn’t even see the kitchen upon entering and it was dark dark. Welcome to the light! Oh and that’s an old side shot of a fireplace surround that is apparently very popular in these parts.

The new fireplace will have a nod to modern classicism too but with millwork. Stay tuned. These floors could not be saved, unfortunately. We will be using a laminate and those will be installed professionally.

Finally, here’s a sneak peek of the tile I purchased for the kitchen backsplash. It’s gorgeous tile, but we had several broken pieces that we will need to have replaced. So another line item on the to do list as time barrels forward.

Before I go though - how is it that I had no guesses as to what this was?

It’s a fabulous light fixture from our Hudson Valley Lighting sponsor via Corbett Lighting of course!

As always, a very special thank you goes to my sponsors:

Thank you for following along. Please leave comments and questions below. We appreciate you rooting us on. Please also check out the other featured and guest designers at the One Room Challenge Blog. Better Homes and Gardens is the media sponsor. See you next week!

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