One Room Challenge Spring ’17 Edition

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Time for the Spring One Room Challenge! Which room will we choose? We are going outdoors to create a Courtyard with character!

Hello Friends!!

I am so excited! It’s that time of year again… Are you ready for inspiration overload from hundreds of insanely creative bloggers and designers?!?  Yep! It’s time for The One Room Challenge – Spring 2017!!


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The One Room Challenge is the brainchild of Linda who blogs at Calling It Home. Twice a year 20 featured bloggers and a couple of hundred guest participants take on a 6-week challenge that yields all sorts of emotions, creativity, camaraderie, and beautiful spaces.

This will be our 4th ORC guest participant and we are excited to take on the challenge! So, what room are we jumping at the bit to go after?

We’re taking it outside! We have a neat little area that is officially called a motor court area. I have been dreaming of raising it up to a full-blown courtyard with kitchen garden.

Via The Ritz Carlton New Orleans

With a floor kinda like this…

via Pinterest

Doesn’t all this beautiful inspiration just make you happy?  I also dream of this space becoming an outdoor theatre during the two to three weeks of cool weather here. While we are at it – I would love to have impromptu dinner parties that may or may not have the night ending in karaoke, limbo or a good jitterbug.

via no clue but if you know,share
photo: Andrew Ficus

Ah, so dreamy! Now,let’s look at reality and how we are going to recreate a reasonable version. I realize I dream big, like really big. Then, I filter it down to the budget friendly. Ok, so I will quit talking and let you see what we are dealing with.

one room challenge spring outdoor aspiring home4

There you have it, our challenge! Over the next 6 weeks we will:

  • Paint the doors
  • Stain the concrete
  • Come up with a ceiling treatment
  • Install a garden
  • Create an outdoor projector screen
  • Stain the fence
  • Update the lights

The list doesn’t seem that long but it is crazy how fast the next 6 weeks will go by. Just watch.

Check back next week for progress! In the meantime, have a look at our past ORC challenges.



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Till Later,


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  1. Hi Joy,

    You always create an amazing transformation for the ORC. I can’t wait to see what you do with your outdoor space! Look forward to following along!

  2. I love to see outdoor spaces! After the ORC we will be looking to update our outdoors. I really love your style and your vision and look forward to following your progress!

  3. What a fantastic area to work with! I think you should turn that ceiling into a twinkling night sky!

  4. Have you ever seen the show Parenthood? The outdoor dining space they always use reminds me of this!!! It is a dream of mine to have a space like this… so excuse me while I drool!! ha! I can’t wait to see how this goes for you… Cheering you on!

  5. I cannot wait to see how that stained cement turns out- I’ve always been interested in attempting that myself- if you do a tutorial, maybe I’ll finally give it a try!

  6. I love your planters. They are gorgeous! Outdoor retreats are the best. We so enjoyed ours we made over for a One Room Challenge a few years ago. Then we moved. I’m actually kind of working on that simultaneously, to prepare for a May graduation!! Never a dull moment.

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