If you’re new to BITM, welcome! We’re Catherine & Bryan Williamson, a husband-wife design team based in Columbus, OH. We invest in real estate, own an interior design studio, and have a couple of Airbnb rentals. We share it all on our blog & Instagram. You can find out more about our story here, the big Victorian home we’re restoring here, and our interior design studio here!
Last week, we announced that we were participating in the One Room Challenge along with 19 other talented designers. We’re tackling the living & dining room at Pearl duplex and are so excited about it because it’s been a neglected space in our home for over 2 years!! If you missed the first post, you can catch up here.
Here is the floorplan of the duplex we’re living in (we’re on the left side), and the blue highlighted area is the living/dining space we’re working on for the challenge.
Since last week, we made major progress clearing out all of the stuff we had been storing in both rooms. The best thing we found while clearing stuff out was old photos of Bryan when he was little. He was so cute!!
This is what the living room looks like now. The plan is to remove all of the ledger stone from the fireplace wall, but keep the mantel in place.
The duplex was built around 1900 and the mantel is original. We previously stripped all of the white paint off of it & love the way it is now.
The natural light in the living room is amazing, especially in the morning because the house is east facing. It’s one of our favorite things about this space.
As for the dining room… our biggest challenge in the dining room will be to figure out a way to add a hidden door into the basement. It looks like a hobbit door in this photo but it’s really about 6′ tall. We’ll be making something custom, but what and how is still up in the air 🙂
We are using Metrie molding, which is going to make a huge impact on the space. We worked with Metrie before on The Vic (stay tuned for those photos – it’s going to be goooood), and are really excited to be working with them again on our Pearl space. We chose to go with the Fashion Forward line this time, which has a fun twist on classic panel molding.
For the floors, we’re working with Mohawk to lay new TecWood engineered hardwood floors in both spaces. We chose the Midtown Oak color as part of the Metropolitan Collection — we love that it looks close to what might have been there originally, and what’s in the rest of the home. We’re opting to do nail-down installation (vs floating) because we’ve found that nail-down feels more sturdy.
FIREPLACE HEARTH tile
For paint & wallpaper, we’re going to be working with Farrow & Ball. We’ve been admiring their wallpapers & paint colors for years and are so excited to install it. We’re leaning toward one of these, which are all different but SO BEAUTIFUL. It’s going to be hard to choose just one!
Also, wallpaper sidenote, this photo is stunning & makes me want to go bold. This one is Hegemone BP 5705. What do you think?
Farrow & Ball has suggested paint colors on their website that coordinate with each wallpaper, so we’ll let you know which ones we choose next week.
Next up, after we clear the rest of the furniture & other stuff out, we’ll demo the fireplace ledger stone (not the mantel!) and finish all of the drywall so we have a smooth surface to work with. Then we’ll paint & start installing molding! We’ll be back next week with mood boards & other furniture/decor selections. Can’t wait!
Check out everyone else’s Week 2 progress here. There are some amazing transformations happening!!