Wednesday, June 27, 2012

One Room Challenge!

Every Wednesday, For the next six weeks you are in for a treat ... Linda from My Crafty Home Life is doing it again!  Remember the One Room Challenge?  Well this time there are 20 DIY-ers and Designers to complete one room in this short span!  I hope you will join us all as we journey through 20 rooms!

My ORC is a Keeping Room.  I have been enamoured by the idea of Keeping Rooms forever.  That is a strong statement ... it's a fact.
The original definition of the Keeping Room dates back to Colonial times when families would actually sleep in this room off the kitchen to keep warm when the weather was not so friendly!  It is truly the pre-cursor of the family room of today. I still prefer the smaller cozier Keeping Rooms as opposed to the giant open spaced Great Room.  

The fireplace is generally the focal point.

Here is our Focal Point ... Before!

The whole idea of a keeping room is to have a family gathering place that is near the kitchen. And even though we don't have to sleep here to keep warm, children still play and families gather to read, talk and often keep warm by the fire. 
My love for the Keeping Room revolves around our family gathering together in the evening to share stories of our day, preparing dinner and the laughter and loudness that ensues. 

I don't have the space for a keeping room ... but my client does ... And she was game! 
More "Before"  ...

I am not a Tiffany Chandelier lover ...  I really know nothing about Tiffany Glass.  I hedged around this one with kid gloves till I figured out it wasn't a sacred piece ... whew ... we will be moving it along!  Too heavy and brooding for this little space.

Please join me as we move through the transformation of this kitchen drop zone into a beautiful Keeping Room ... where this family will Keep for a long happy life!

And please pop over to my ORC friends and see what they have drummed up for this fun challenge!


Beth - Chinoiserie Chic                    Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Sherry - Design Indulgence             Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge                   LisA - Lisa Mende Design
Tiffany - Living Savvy                       Jessie - Mix & Chic
Linda - My Crafty Home Life           Alison - My Little Happy Place
Danylle - Nana Moon                       Nicole - Nicole Scott Designs
Julia - Pawleys Island Posh             Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Bethany - Powell Brower Home      Lindsay - The Pursuit of Style
Emily - Rue de Emily                         Lindsay - Sadie + Stella


  1. They slept in that room? I am not a fan of Tiffany glass, either. The stone on the fireplace has great potential. Looking forward to next week.

  2. Can't wait to see the progress. Going to be very cool!

  3. I am glad you are 86ing the Tiffany the fireplace...and love the idea of a keeping room! I am excited to see where this goes!

  4. Love your keeping room ideas! It is a lovely space and gorgeous fireplace! Good luck!

  5. The thought of a keeping room is awesome! It will be a great 6 weeks!

  6. Love the idea of a keeping room. Looking forward to following along!

  7. How exciting to be working on a clients space for this challenge. Nice to not be alone in this. Looking forward to following along!

  8. Cool never disappoint. I thought it would be kind of a butlers pantry where you "keep" your stuff. Looking forward to seeing the progress!!

  9. Love the idea of the Keeping Room and look forward to seeing more.

  10. Very excited to see you take this room from dining room to keeping room. Welcome back to ORC :)

  11. Ha Ha...hedged around......I have done that many a time :)

  12. The fireplace looks lovely! Looking forward to next Wednesday to see more updates!


  13. I've wished for a keeping room, too! The way my house is configured makes it so that whomever's in the kitchen is a bit isolated. I have a Colonia Revival built in 51 and it's compartmentalized. Someday I'd love to knock down walls and open it up more to the breakfast room. A keeping room would be so nice as I could have family close by and comfy while I work in the kitchen! I can't wait to see what you do. Your work is always so beautifully done!

  14. Never knew about a Keeping Room - glad to know! Also glad your client is on the same page regarding the Tiffany chandy ;)
    Looking forward to the updates!

  15. oh wow - learned something new. love that name - keeping room. cant wait to see your progress!!!!

  16. What a great project! So much potential! I'm excited to follow your progress on this room.


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