• Samia Verbist

One Room Challenge - Fall 2019 - Week One!

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

I am really proud to participate for the first time to 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 a six week period for one room!

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 a six week period. The Mission Statement of the ORC is to provide participants with a supportive, enthusiastic forum in which to share the process of transforming a room. The ORC is not a competition, but rather a celebration of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process 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 own kitchen. My husband and I just bought our first house in California six months ago and of course, I tried to find a house I can remodel and we 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 build 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 really functional for me! I can cook and, because of the large counter top I will create, I will be able to discuss with my hubby, my friends at the same time! It is fantastic!

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! To be honest with you, 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!!!

Budget is limited, so I decided to keep existing cabinets, they were made of good quality solid wood, but everything else will be brand new: New counter top (calacatta quartz), backsplash in marble mosaic, faucet, sink and the appliances will be new too! I will