Drum-roll, please! Today is a monumental moment in my career. For this is the day I leap into the world of blogging. I have had my WordPress domain for over a year, but too busy, too distracted, too untech savvy, too insecure. You name it, I found an excuse. So, why today? October 5, 2018, you ask? Well, ironically because I chose to take another exhilarating, but vulnerable career step forward and
expose share with my fellow designers in a collaboration sponsored by Better Homes & Garden and others, called the One Room Challenge. One of the criteria when I applied was “Do you have a blog?” Of course, I replied “Uhh, suuuree…” click enter. Fast forward to my inbox where an invitation to the One Room Challenge sat which now meant that I had not only taken one challenge but I had really taken on 2 challenges, to design a room in 6 weeks and start a blog. BAAAAHH! Challenge 1 to tear down walls, move plumbing, select materials and implement an amazing design all in 6 weeks, no problem! Challenge 2 learn WordPress, pick the perfect template, widgets, catchy blog name…did I say I would rather do a 2 room challenge in 4 weeks? 😒 Well, here I am and now that I have ripped the proverbial band aid off the sting.is.not.that.bad. But seriously I hope that I am able to peak your interest, provide you with helpful tips and you enjoy my tongue & cheek humor along the way.
So let’s get this party started! I am so excited to be a guest designer in the One Room Challenge sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens, Fabricut, Lamps Plus and many more. This amazing platform was created by Linda Weinstein in 2011, out of her own need to design and complete one room in her own home. She decided to take her challenge to her fellow friends in the industry online and it quickly became a viral hit. And now today it has become a bi-annual event where designers come together to support and inspire one another to complete one room in 6 weeks with amazing sponsorship’s and opportunities for designers to shine. I urge you to check out the past years featured designers amazing rooms at www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog . Maybe you will take the challenge in April for the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge.
The goal for my first One Room Challenge is to turn my tired, builder grade bathroom located in beautiful sunny San Diego, California into an updated hip young adult boys/ guest bathroom in 6 weeks. This particular bathroom is off the hallway upstairs which my 19 year old son primarily uses then throughout the year our east coast extended family visits a couple times a year to stay in our older daughter’s old bedroom/guest bedroom thus sharing this bathroom with him.
In San Diego, our communities are riddled with new and older track housing that are primarily Spanish influenced with stucco finishes. So in updating my track house I want its interiors to reflect the architectural style of the exterior of the home. Plus, I love Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, with its landscape and architecture. Quite honestly I love giving a nod to our cities rich cultural heritage when appropriate for the homes aesthetic. As the bathroom takes shape you will recognize the Spanish Colonial Revival vanity and the age old en-caustic cement floors. Although the foundation of my designs are consistently influenced by history somewhere in all my designs there is my need for symmetry, clean lines and balance between timeless looks and progressive modern trends. So the bathroom will have a modern vibe with 12 x 24 polished white tile, angular sharp fixtures and layered with geometric shapes.
For my readers who have not visited San Diego and had the opportunity Balboa Park. Here is Balboa Park on a sunny day in San Diego, California. How beautiful is this? I cannot wait for you to see the materials I found for this project.
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Warning! 🚨 VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK!
This is my builder grade, track house bathroom that for 16 years I said “Some day…” Well, today is the day…
In the next 6 weeks these selections will transform this mediocre hallway bathroom into my Modern Spanish Retreat!
There are so many other details as you can imagine. I am pumped to share with ya’ all next week old walls torn down, new walls framed and bridges built to probably get over some unexpected hurdles. Cuz we all know whose Uncle always shows up uninvited… Murphy. That’s right! Murphy’s law is the first law of design and construction. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”-Murphy’s Law
Until next week…
If your head’s not in the clouds I hope your toes are in the sand,