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One Room Challenge - Fall 2019 - Week One!

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

I am really proud to participate for the first time in the One Room Challenge (ORC) as a guest participant! It is not a competition but a great way to show you all the process of a make-over in six weeks for one room!

One room challenge logo with guest participant interior designer Samia Verbist

The One Room Challenge (ORC) was started by design blogger Linda Weinstein several years ago. It was a way for her and a group of fellow bloggers to focus on decorating a room in their homes over six weeks. The Mission Statement of the ORC is to provide participants with a supportive, enthusiastic forum to share the process of transforming a room. The ORC is not a competition but a celebration of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas. The designers document their process every Wednesday while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts.

So, now you know a little more about the ORC, let's start with my first room for this challenge: my kitchen. My husband and I just bought our first house in California six months ago, and of course, I tried to find a home I could remodel and found it in Huntington Beach, close to the beach! We have several rooms to update, and we decided to start with the kitchen.

First remodel project: the kitchen.

This house was built in 1968. Only one owner before us, and the kitchen was more than 20 years old! Here are some photos:

As you can see, I have to change everything, but I like the floor plan of this kitchen. I love to cook, and this space is functional for me! I can cook and new countertop because of the large countertop I will create. And I'll be able to discuss it with my husband, and my friends simultaneously! It is fantastic!

Interior design blueprint of new living room and kitchen remodel in Huntington Beach

To give you a better understanding of the space, here is a floor plan I created. As you can see, the kitchen is open to the dining area, and the living room, which is an extension made 20 years ago by the previous owner! I bought this house because of this living room. There is something special in this room, but I will show it to you another day!!!

The budget is limited, so I decided to keep the existing cabinets. They were made of solid wood, but everything else will be brand new: A new countertop, a new (calacatta quartz), backsplash in marble mosaic, faucet, sink, and the appliances will be unique too! I will add two pendant lights above the countertop, and I will add cabinet handles (there are no handles to the cabinets right now)!

This is my concept board for the kitchen: coastal with this beautiful greenish/turquoise color from Benjamin Moore (Bali 702) and chic with all the faucet, cabinet handles, and lighting in gold! I love gold!

Kitchen remodel appliances and fixtures for interior design inspiration board

It is time to start working on it, and I will see you next week with the first step: Demolition!

See you next week!

Your Dedicated French Interior Designer


One room challenge logo with Huntington Beach interior designer Samia Verbist

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