One Room Challenge Week 2: Furniture and Accessories

Ye haw! Things are swimming along with Mary’s 6 week kitchen renovation (gah!). As you may know, any renovation is challenging to complete in 6 weeks, but kitchens are particularly tricky as there are more elements than normal: electrical, HVAC, windows, appliances, you get the drift. And because Mary has bigger plans, this also included moving walls and windows. Ain’t no thang! 

Last week we showed you our vision for this round’s One Room Challenge and this week we’re talking about what exactly is going IN the space as far as decor and furniture goes. Let’s take a look!

Kitchen Decor

Mary has always been more interested in creating dimension and variety through finish, texture and material than color and this space is no exception. In selecting different pieces for the space, we kept the palette simple to achieve her overall feel, which is whites and blacks for a bit of drama, but a pop of color here and there. Additionally, she is drawn to a mix of velvet, linen, wool, wood, leather, and metal.

To achieve this feel she picked for the space from the One Room Challenge sponsors

  • Area Rugs from Loloi (to protect the wood floors)
  • Furniture in different textures from Overstock
  • Pillows to add support and additional texture from SWD Studio
  • Plant accessories from NDI (because you know we can’t stay away from flowers)
  • Artwork from Minted

Going from the ground up, here’s what we did:

Area Rugs from Loloi

The home contains hardwood floors in the kitchen and living room.  Since we are knocking out the wall between the two spaces as part of the challenge, we wanted to tie the spaces together with area rugs.  Their addition makes the larger space less echo-ey and more cozy. Loloi has a wide range of sizes and styles. Their rugs have impressive quality and will hold up well in this highly trafficked space.

She chose:

Image via Hotel Panache

Furniture from Overstock

One of Mary’s initial design requests was a banquette seating for the kitchen area. She was inspired by a picture of a Parisian restaurant that she had copied and saved for her one day kitchen. The time was now! The kitchen is small so we needed something to fit the space appropriately, but she also works from home and wanted a nice, comfortable place to work.

With these two purposes in mind,  she chose an oval kitchen table to accommodate the practical needs of a kitchen as well as a home office, leather dining chairs, and a fabulous green velvet settee from Overstock. She snagged some pretty gold serving utensils, you know, for all the dinner parties that she’ll will be throwing for us! Wink wink. Overstock is a great one-stop-shop for all our furniture needs. They have a large selection of different styles and colors which allowed us to have a bit of fun.

She chose:

Pillows from SWD Studio

To add even more depth and texture to the space, we added a mix of velvet and linen pillows to the space from SWD Studio. We chose varying sizes to add even more diversity. The patterns were bold yet simple enough to go with the design elements.

She chose:

Plant Accessories from NDI  

She chose fabulous flowers and greenery from NDI.  They offer a comprehensive assortment of flowers, greenery, branches, and pots, so you can find the perfect centerpiece for your table, accent for an open corner, or wreath for your door.  They look incredibly lifelike, and the fact that they won’t ever die on you and require zero maintenance makes them perfect for everyone.

Mary said, “My grandmother is Sicilian and she cultivated the most beautiful patch of peonies in her garden.  I selected an olive tree and a peony arrangement in her honor. I love both for their soft palettes, their unique textures, and all the memories they incite.”

She chose:

Artwork from Minted

Mary picked artwork from Minted.  She wanted artwork that was well curated, aligned with her aesthetic, and had personal meaning. She started her career at Sotheby’s and has continued to follow and support current artists.  She also loves traveling, and visiting the Taj Mahal on one of her trips was a highlight. Her Minted selections provide a nod to both of these personal experiences.

Minted offers a broad selection of prints in a variety of sizes and framing options that support any style.   

She chose:

We can’t wait to see the whole room come together! Which piece is your favorite?


Check out the rest of our friends who are doing the same to their respective houses.

One Room Challenge Participants

At Home With Ashley | Casey Keasler | Dorsey Designs | The Farmhouse Project | Home Made by CarmonaHouse of Funk | House of Jade Interiors | House Seven Design | House That Lars Built | Inspired by CharmJana Bek | Jessica Brigham | Kelly Golightly | Murphy Deesign | The Pink Pagoda | Sarah GunnSherry Hart Designs | Sugar & Cloth | Veronica Solomon | Vintage Revivals | Media Partner BH&G | TM by ORCMedia Partner BH&G | TM by ORC

Thank you to all of our One Room Challenge Partners.  All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow Lars to create unique and inspired content for you.

Amsco Windows | Bertazzoni | CliqStudios | Daltile | Delta | Emtek | GE | Hudson Valley Lighting | Legrand | Loloi | Metrie | Minted | NDI | Overstock | SWD Studio  



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