I am back to attack another room as a Guest Participant in the One Room Challenge with media partner Better Homes and Gardens!
Over the next eight weeks, I’ll be upgrading one of my favorite rooms in the house, the three-season parch, and boy is it causing a bit of a controversy up here in Minnesota!
Minnesotans really love their three-season porches, and they also really love natural wood tongue-and-grove in those porches. (Spoiler alert no an upcoming controversial paint job)! Really, I just want to finally give the porch a little bit of love! All the windows and natural light, the panoramic view of the woods and the location just off the kitchen is perfect. It has been one of my favorite features of this house since day one, s its time to make it a priority!
1. Collect Inspiration
Scandinavian/Woodsy-Hunting Lodge/Mid Century Modern/BOHO/Farmhouse
I’m not trying to go crazy here, I do want the porch to feel like it belongs with the rest of my house and the natural Minnesota setting that surrounds it. With that said, I’m hoping to check off a ton of “style” boxes in this one! As I scoured the internet for my dream porch, I’m came across these photos that really go my creative brain waves flowing. To bring the room up-to-date I’ll be aiming for a “clean+simple+modern” look, but also want to make sure that it remains “warm+cozy+lived-in” to really play off the natural surroundings.
2. Craft Design Board
This is where the inspiration meets the bank account! HA! As an extension of the kitchen the porch will offer both dining and lounging space. Pulling some of my favorite elements from above, this is the initial design direction for this room. But don’t worry, it’s not everything. I have some secret projects that I’m going to hold onto until later.
3. Execute Build-out
Even though the layout and function of the room is pretty much staying the same, the end result is going to be spectacularly different. I will be taking on some bigger projects for the first time, as well as trying my hand at a few dupes along the way.
So, what needs to get done?
- Adjust and level the floors
- Install new floating laminate floor
- Fix all windows so they can properly open and close
- Paint it all white <– The controversy is real!
- Build a very large dinning table
- Replace ceiling fan to include a light
- Hang pendant lighting
- Mount TV on wall
- Build/convert dresser into dog food storage
- Style, Style, Style.
Phew! I think that about covers it. It’s going to be a busy few weeks, but I’m hosting Thanks Giving again this year, so the deadline IS REAL!
Here we go! Feel free to stop back here for weekly updates on my progress, and hit up my Instagram for mid-week stories.
And, of course, please take some time to go check out some of the other One Room Challenge participants! This is the 20th season of the ORC, and its going to be a great one!