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  • Writer's pictureAshley Harrison

One Room Challenge- Week 1

I've been out of the design, decor, share, post, and interact game, for a few weeks. I needed a break from social media, and the constant stimulation. The commitment I felt to my instagram page, and my followers consumed my time, and my family paid the price. That said, I feel refreshed, better prepared to handle the enticing feeling (of wanting to be on my phone all day) and I'm ready to get started on another space in our home.

Our house was built in 1858, and the sunroom/conservatory was most likely added on in the early 1900's. It's a beautiful, light filled room with original wood windows, terra cotta floors, high ceilings, and original wood doors leading to the side yard.

Original doors, windows and tile, leading to the side yard.
The listing photo of the conservatory (taken just before we purchased the home).

It's a space that I can envision working in, drinking coffee in, or sitting in to watch the kids play in the yard. It's a usable space, and one filled with tons of potential. Unfortunately, since we began the restoration process, this room has been a storage center for us.

These cute doors in the parlor, lead to the sunroom

It's time to give the sunroom the attention it deserves, and start the transform. I see this room as a dual purpose space. I plan to create a space to have an actual desk (because I think I could be inspired in here) but I also want a cozy nook to curl up with a book, and just gaze out the windows. To me, a sunroom should be a place that we go to, to slow down, take a breath, relax, and find joy in the peaceful moments. That's my hope for this room, and my vision for it's purpose.

I put together a design board, to try and hone in my ideas, but I'm not certain I'll stick to it. The overall vibe is still my ultimate goal, but I've had a change of heart with a couple of the items, so it will be interesting to see what I end up with.

I hope you'll join me each week as I share more about the process of creating a cozy, dreamy space, in our sunroom. Click HERE to check out all the amazing designers who were selected to share for the One Room Challenge. I love that guest participants are welcome to piggy back on this awesome event, and create something special to share with the design community, and other like-minded people. I'm continually amazed by all the creative talent in this Instagram community.

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