Apr 5

An Exciting Announcement

Cozy living room

While I’ve gotten much better at saying no to things that simply don’t suit me (and not feeling guilty about it), every once in a while an opportunity arises and, though timing may not exactly be perfect, it’s simply too good to pass up. I’m not sure if this is the worst decision I’ve ever made for myself, or potentially the very best, but I’m erring on the side of the latter because – you know – eternal optimist and all that jazz. I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be participating in this season’s One Room Challenge for the first time ever. For those of you who haven’t heard of the ORC, it’s essentially a blogging challenge wherein you fully redesign one room of your home in six weeks (all while documenting the process along the way).

cream lavender room
After mulling it over with Justin, we decided that we would be tackling our living room. It’s one of the first rooms you see when you walk into our home, and it’s not exactly the worst, but we literally plunked all of our condo furniture within it the day we moved and haven’t touched a thing since. It’s a space that isn’t utilized to its best possibility, the existing state is frumpy and lackluster, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on it since the day we got the keys.

loft living room
We’ve already started planning and scheming, a few items are currently en route, and I will be sure to share every last little bit of information with you guys every Wednesday as we go. But before I do, I thought it’d be fun to start with where we’re at in terms of inspiration. 

modern traditional living room
The vibe: casual elegance. Clean lines, timeless silhouettes, and just a little bit of oomph as a nod to the Victorian bones we’re blessed with. Stay tuned in the coming weeks – and definitely check out the rest of the participants (below). 

white living room



A list of all the ORC participants – I’m in VERY good company:

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room

Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH


IMAGE SOURCES | Creamy Living Room: My Domaine | Lilac Cream Living Room: Coco Republic | Loft Living Room: Unknown | Grand Living Room: Metrie | Cozy White Living Room: Originally Featured Here

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  1. Lori says:

    So excited to follow along! Love those inspiration images :) I started following your blog right before you moved into this house, and have been enjoying the progress so far.

  2. christine says:

    Beyond excited to see you on this round’s list and can’t WAIT to see the beauty you pulled together- the inspiration is gorgeous!!!

  3. Michelle says:

    me too!! can’t wait to see what you do!!

  4. loving the serenity of your inspiration!

  5. Amy Carrillo says:

    Amazing! So happy to see 3 fellow Canadians on the list. I love your work and can’t wait to see what you create for your living room. I’ll be joining in on the challenge as a guest participant. Cheers to 5 weeks of complete madness :)

  6. Tina says:

    How exciting!!! I just saw The Nester’s announcement as well and was so happy to see your logo on there! Happy for you and so excited to join in and watch the journey!

  7. Betsy Perry says:

    Congrats! I love your inspiration photo’s! Take a peek at our rugs at The Local Vault as we have a bunch of hides at great prices! We also have plenty of inventory that match this very peaceful palette. I can’t wait to watch your progress!!
    Cheers! Betsy

  8. Susan says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do! It’s go time!

  9. Jen says:

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with Jacquelyn! Casual elegance describes your style so perfectly and looking forward to seeing it in living room form.

  10. Carol DeGroot says:

    So excited for u !!

  11. Holly says:

    Can’t wait to see this! It is going to be beautiful I know!

  12. michelle says:


    Where is the grey sofa from? It looks like Restoration Hardware. It’s the third photo.

  13. Stunning inspo photos! I need a living room update too, so I’ll just live through yours!!

  14. Karen Smith says:

    It’s gonna be good, so good! I can feel it!

  15. I love your plan. I may have to copy this. I know it will be stunning.

  16. I love all of your inspiration! Can’t wait to see this space evolve.

  17. Andrea says:

    The first inspiration pic is one of my all time faves! I can’t wait to see what you do. Is there anything you’re going to keep in the new room?

  18. You style is so gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the end results. Your inspiration looks so inviting yet elegant. xo

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