Another exhilarating season of the One Room Challenge has officially ended and you all already know the spring 2021 participants did not disappoint! After following along for the 8-week challenge and seeing everyone’s amazing reveals, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites (featuring Emtek hardware, of course) to highlight:
First up, we have Jewel Marlowe of Jeweled Interiors who tackled her laundry room for the challenge. Who said a small laundry room couldn’t be glam? As Jewel likes to say, “The smaller the space, the more bold the design.” And so the maximalist laundry room of her dreams was born!
In Ariene’s words: “Hardware is an integral part of a room’s design theme and I love the versatile design of the Brandt Knob by Emtek in Satin Brass. This knob is the perfect bridge between the traditional elements of my cabinetry and the sleekness of painting them black. I paired the Brandt Knob with the clean transitional elements of the Jasper Pull in Satin Brass to complete this look.”
Edgy but classy! We love Ariene’s design choices here and greatly admire the way our knobs and pulls shine in this space.
Providing insight into her creative thought process, Sachi wrote, “With all the newness in the space I wanted something that added an aged, classic feel. We used the Emtek Conical Knurled Knob in Unlacquered Brass for our utility door and our laundry doors… For the doors to the bedrooms and bathroom, we used a matching Emtek L-Square Straight Knurled Lever also in Unlacquered Brass. I am SO excited to see how these age and turn, it’ll be a perfect addition to the handmade, natural feel I have going on with the shower and floor tile.”
We so appreciate the thought and intention behind this choice in hardware and it makes the project all the more special.
That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who chose to use Emtek hardware in their One Room Challenge renovations. Seeing our hardware shine in all these beautiful spaces each season is always a treat. We hope to continue the tradition of partnering with ORC participants for many seasons to come.
For additional information on our hardware and where to purchase please be sure to visit emtek.com.
My design loving friends: finally, we’ve come to the final renovation reveal day for the One Room Challenge (or in this case, the much delayed several room challenge). While any homeowner will tell you the work is never done, we’re feeling pretty pleased with where we landed in 3 short months and a lot of long days. Through this blog only covered the main kitchen and bathroom renovations, in the last 3 months, my husband and I also renovated a basement, a shed/office, reroofed the house, reinforced the chimney, refinished the wood flooring, painted all the interiors, added a 2nd half bath and laundry room hook ups….among other things. Deep breaths.
While we’re on the subject, let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
All of which leads us to today. I’m so thrilled to share the final renovation reveal (so I can take a nap)!
Let’s start with the kitchen. Remember the before? That wall came out to make way for a giant island, a large support beam was added and the sink and oven positions were swapped.
And here’s how it looks today:
The BRASS! Swoon.
I thought about photoshopping that dishwasher gap but decided to keep it real. Currently, the dishwasher is not working properly and we’re awaiting a backordered replacement part, and thus, it is not fully installed. So please imagine that the gap doesn’t exist but also know that sometimes things don’t work like you imagine and you gotta just roll with the punches, ya know? We can’t all have flawless homes all the time, RIGHT?!
Now back to the before…This poor window and sink across the middle of the kitchen….
NOW, looks like this:
Deep sigh of relief. That space on the left is perfect for prep and the kitchen now receives so much light. We ordered a basic insert cabinet ventilation hood then covered it in drywall for a seamless look.
Viking Range is a dream. My mom is a professional chef and I had very vivid memories of when she installed her, albeit much larger, Viking Professional Gas Range in the 1990s…it was a real full circle moment for me.
You can see a glimpse of it here, but we decided to have the cabinet installer also add in a beadboard backing behind the bench cushion and I love how it turned out. Here’s a better view:
We kept the original cabinets here because I couldn’t bear to part with them and I loved the warmness that the wood brought in but there is definitely some wonkiness in how they open and close. A project for another day. 🙂
There is now a pantry where the fridge was in the original images, as well as a microwave nook. This may be temporary but I’ve found a microwave to be essential for takeout leftovers during COVID (ya feel me?).
Moving towards the hallway, we have our first peek at the 2nd main space: the bathroom!
These pulls on the linen closet are also from Schaub & Company’s Chemin de Fer Collection in a Britannium finish. Britannium is a pewter alloy first produced in 1770 and that was used commonly to manufacture cast silver household items. Fun fact: until 2016, Britannium was the core material in Oscar Statuettes! And like unlacquered brass, this is an unlacquered material that is mean to age and patina over time (but can also be polished!).
It’s got some really fun texture and details. Truly one of my favorite items Schaub offers!
I painted the wainscoting Gray Owl from Benjamin Moore and the upper wall is Decorator’s White. Unfortunately, it’s not the original paneling that I had wanted to salvage… it was a mess after we demo-ed the bathroom. But here’s a flashback to what we were working with before:
So I’d say that’s an improvement.
Welcome to the new space!
Now let’s pan out a bit. While the living room wasn’t formally part of the challenge, I figured we could do a little intro to the space from the front.
This EMPowered smart lock with the Franklin Grip in Satin Nickel was a lifesaver when we were under construction. We could set up separate keys for each contractor and grant permission to certain phones. I am not super tech savvy but I couldn’t recommend enough! A great alternative to re-keying.
I’m still trying to find the right fit for the counter stools and couch but baby steps. Thinking maybe some grasscloth wall paper in that dining room too? To borrow from Winston Churchill–“Perfection is the enemy of progress”. I will almost certain compulsively swap art too. In fact, I already have another piece mounted here behind the dining table. A constant work in progress.
And that’s a wrap for now! Here are some candid shots of me in my new kitchen(!) with appearances from my sweet parade of dogs and cats.
Thank you so much for following along with my final renovation reveal and the journey to get here. This was so much fun so participate in and I’m so relieved to have a place to share the trials and tribulations of a pandemic move and renovation.
If you haven’t already, please check out the final reveals from all the featured designers here:
Today, November 30th, marks the official end of the One Room Challenge and suffice it to say that that is a statement I make with humble regret. We really gave it our all, but my wish list and the extent of the structural renovations was far too long and extensive to have been realistic even for the 8 week challenge this year. But alas! I assure you the renovation will be major when you do finally see the full reveal next week. That I can promise. And we are in the FINAL STRETCH of this ORC home renovation with Emtek on our way towards the reveal!
Regardless of my time management failures, the time is almost here. I spent the holiday weekend moving from our rental to our now-home during the midst of the final stages of construction but we’re functional and now firing on all cylinders again– including and most importantly, new internet service.
To say this renovation has taken blood, sweat and tears is as cliché as it is accurate, but I will spare you the current state of my personal mental health for now. Despite my best efforts to make it mostly about “design” (as someone untrained but appreciative of it!), we have still solidly been in the construction phase up until this point. I am so proud of how far this little bungalow has come in just 2 short months. I will save most of my before and after reminiscing for next week but here we go. A little of what’s happened over the last 2 weeks:
So that’s where I’m going to leave this seemingly endless saga for now. We are making the final finishing touches then getting this beauty shot by a real professional and not a marketing manager with an iPhone. Much love and respect to all the One Room Challenge featured and guest designers, past and present for their impressive and (more timely than mine!) beautiful work. Emtek and Schaub & Company are always so thrilled to be sponsors for this wonderful bi-annual event and we’re even more thrilled to try our hands at it!
I’m saving the best for last though: the final hardware selections. I may be biased but I think you’re going to love them as much as I do. Thank you so much for following along on my ORC home renovation journey!
Cheers until next week but in the meantime, please check out the final reveals from all the featured designers here:
When they said renovations are no joke, boyyyy did they mean it. Apologies for skipping last week—I really needed to get a handle on all that is happening on this project(s). But we did get the walls out and the structural beam up and he’s the current floorplan view (there used to be two walls across the majority of this):
Not quite the same angle but you get the point. 🙂
You see, my friends….I have been holding out on you. Not only are we (perhaps stupidly) taking on the bathroom and kitchen renovation at this time in the 2 months before we move in (now 1 month!), but we’ve also managed to tackle a few other simultaneous projects ourselves and with some specialty contractors. These projects include but are not limited to:
-Building a deck -Building a fence -Finishing a basement -Insulating a shed and turning it into a workspace for yours truly -Replacing an entire roof -Reinforcing a 100-year old chimney on the verge of falling down -Installing AC -Refinishing floors -Painting the entire interior -Re-dry walling around the bay window -Completely rehabbing the fireplace/mantle -Building custom bookshelves around said mantle. -Installing 3 skylights….
The list goes on. While fixing up a house before you move in might be commonplace, we probably underestimated the workload and the timeline…just a little bit. So while most of the above projects have been completed (!!) or are near completion, the work they have required has pushed back some of our own work as they relate to this challenge. Construction timelines are always fluid, am I right?
I think we’re still going to feel a deep sense of relief in a month when (hopefully) most of the big stuff is done.
No matter—I only preface today’s post with this to ensure that while progress on the kitchen and bath are not as advanced at this point in the challenge as I’d like, it hasn’t been because of a lack of effort (or planning, or logistics). Gratefully, Linda and the wonderful team at the One Room Challenge have graciously moved back the deadline to account for COVID delays and poor time managers like myself. Still keeping my fingers crossed that we can tidy things up enough for a full reveal at the end of November.
Here’s the current kitchen, patiently awaiting drywall, new water and electrical lines and a gas line:
And for what its worth… some more demo images:
So….that’s sort of where we’re at. The house is definitely still a construction zone, but the main walls are OUT to make way for a kitchen island and to make way for more light into the center of the house. The structural support beam is in and functional. Skylights still need to be framed but they are installed. Framing has begun in the bathroom for the shower and tiling should be happening over the next week. Cabinets are being built and constructed. Appliances have arrived and await their final destination.
Electrical is going in as we speak.
Oh and the roof, chimney, AC, deck are finished! Here’s Dakota modeling the new deck and fence:
The mantle is still a work in progress but its coming along with the help of our friend, Kurtis, and my very patient husband, Wes. They are a dry walling/framing super team. Here’s some of the before and in-progress shots….
And the current situation (with dog model Leia):
I say this with the utmost optimism but I think the next couple of weeks will be a full sprint from drywall to cabinets to tiling to countertops and lighting and appliance, oh my!
Thank you for sticking in there with me and hoping I have some truly exciting things to show you next week. Cheers to the weekend (and more projects!). And please be sure to check out some of the other wonderful design participants:
Hi there Emtek visitors! Amy here again—it’s Week 2 of the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge and due to the rules of the game and the Thursday posting schedule, I am mostly ready to share our plans for this 2nd space. While not as large as the kitchen plans from last week, the bathroom is no small task to take on simultaneously. In an effort to maximize the next 5 weeks of the challenge and every available waking moment I have left on the countdown clock, I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet so it doesn’t cut into my ambitious construction time too much.
First, the before/current situation:
Note the western coyote bathtub tile. It’s truly something.
And here’s a bit of inspo of where this is headed:
I haven’t quite decided on the orientation of the muted green subway tile yet. The vertical feels more modern but still trying to stay true to the era of the house in some small ways. Do you prefer the vertical or the staggered?
Currently the space is a 1.75 bath that is 7’x7’. There is a shared bathtub/shower and a small storage closet that reaches from the outside of the hallway into the bathroom. We’ll be installing a pocket door with one of Emtek’s many great pocket door lock options to help maximize the limited space (probably something like this. And will of course be utilizing a variety of Emtek bathroom accessories like our Transitional Paper Holder and Towel Bar.
To honor the 100 year old history, the floor will be a classic Carrara 2” hexagon tile and we’re hoping to salvage the headboard wainscoting already present in the room but will paint it a creamy white. The remaining upper part of the wall will be a neutral gray. We are also adding a separate clawfoot tub at the back of the room under the window and a large-ish walk-in shower behind the existing swing door and across from the vanity.
Because one of the 4 walls is currently half closet and half bathtub/shower, we will likely need to continue the green tiling all along this wall, unless we can match the existing beadboard. Will this look odd? It’s possible! Will I know before it’s too late? Unlikely! So this is a TBD following demolition later this week but keeping my fingers crossed we can make something work.
We are trying to stick with a mostly neutral metal theme of Polished Nickel with a few variations in the cabinet hardware and the bath fixtures.
The 36” vanity was on sale a few weeks back via Joss & Main and comes with a marble top (but will be getting a Schaub & Company cabinet hardware upgrade yet to be determined—but that I hope you’ll help me decide on):
I think that’s it for now! There is still a bit up in the air as we determine what the situation is with the existing plumbing and what’s behind the walls. I’m sure next week will be a journey all its own— stay tuned for demo on both spaces in Week 3 and thank you for following along!
Hi there and thanks for stopping by! Amy Switzer here, the Marketing Communications and Social Media Manager for Emtek and our sister brand, Schaub & Company. My husband and I recently purchased a home in Pasadena, CA and are in the midst of a slew of major renovations. Given the timing, we thought it would be fun to hop on board for the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge as a guest participant to share our renovation with the Emtek audience!
Emtek and Schaub are long time sponsors of the bi-annual event and our team always has a blast watching the featured ORC designers create magic over the course of the 6-week challenge. We are so excited to be tangentially involved this go-around!
Because of the toxic combination of terrible impatience, unrealistic expectations, and unbridled optimism that lives within me, I have committed to renovating not only my kitchen but also the only bathroom in the home over the next 6-8 weeks. All while also attempting to have a variety of other major projects completed simultaneously… Think everything from: new roofing, an AC system, floor refinishing, basement finishing, patio construction, major demolition of most available spaces, plus an actual move. *Deep breathing*.
We have not yet moved in to the space (phew) but we are hoping to settle in by Thanksgiving. Naturally and humbly, I could use all the well wishes you are selflessly able to provide on my behalf. 🙂
Small caveat before we get started…While I consider myself a design enthusiast/rapid fan and a personal cheerleader for a large number of design bloggers, I myself am certainly NOT a design blogger, nor will I purport to be one here. This is a rather large project so I’m going to split these rooms into separate blog posts with respect to the challenge. Maybe that way, I can also spare you some of the more dramatic future details on whatever is certain to go wrong over the course of the renovation.
Which brings us to the before:
This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage near Eaton Canyon was built in 1925. While it does have some original features (Floors! Built-ins!), most of the home has been through its fair share of less-than-fully considered renovations over the years.
She’s cute right?
The current kitchen is small and awkwardly arranged. The entryway from the front door, into the kitchen feels cramped and claustrophobic. The cabinets are handmade by the previous owner but not terribly functional and– moreover– they ain’t gonna cut it for this cookware fanatic.
We are hoping to reuse them elsewhere, as a workbench in the garage- and we will attempt to salvage some of the components in the new design.
First order of business? The wall behind the oven is COMING OUT! In its place, we will be installing an island that opens into what is now a small bedroom, which will transition into a larger living space/dining room. Part of the wall, on the right of the oven shown here, will remain for the refrigerator with a surrounding cabinet unit. A tall pantry unit with pull out shelves will replace the current fridge situation.
Here’s a peek at what that should look like:
In this window rich corner, we will be building a breakfast nook with additional drawer storage underneath. Hoping to keep the glass storage cabinet on the left to showcase pretty plates and serving trays.
Like so (with a tall pantry unit where the fridge is currently located):
Here are the new line drawings, starting with the new island space at the top and the entrance into the kitchen from the front door on the left.
(Nook on the left under the double windows, then cabinets and sink on the right).
Admittedly, I can’t get enough of the Southern CA sunlight. The house is rather dark at the moment so we are also sprinkling in a few skylights for good measure—both in the kitchen, bath and the living space. You can just call me the “Oprah of skylight placements”:
So where are we planning on heading with this? I am so glad you asked! Here’s an inspo shot from ORC alums, Coco and Jack:
We will be using a combination of unlacquered brass hardware from Emtek, including the Cabinet Latch. Hoping everyone can help vote on the best cabinet hardware to pair it with—stay tuned for IG Story polls over the next several weeks!
2020 has been anything but ordinary and the One Room Challenge is no exception to that. When the featured and guest participants alike signed on for the 6-week challenge, little did they know the rollercoaster of an experience they were in for.
From a delay in commencement, to COVID related shipping delays and restrictions, to navigating weeks of social unrest, these interior designers displayed an abundance of flexibility and grace as they made their way towards the finish line. After 8 long weeks, the results are in and they were definitely worth the wait! Below are a few of the participants that we’ve selected to highlight:
Danielle and Michael of Clark + Aldine are super stars! They tackled their first floor open concept kitchen and dining space and the end result is spectacular. The french doors that lead to their office features Emtek’s Round Knob with Modern Rectangular Rosette in Satin Brass as well as the 6″ Flush Bolt in French Antique.
Tim Lam of Design Maze really blew it out of the ball park with his open concept kitchen and living room makeover. He created a soothing and tranquil modern space topped off with Emtek’s Helios Lever and Cabinet Edge Pull both in Flat Black which contrasts beautifully with the neutral colors throughout the space. Also, who wouldn’t mind that incredible view?
This season of the One Room Challenge was definitely one for the books! We congratulate everyone who participated and look forward to seeing their work circulating the web.
Seeing Emtek hardware out in the world bringing joy into people’s lives is always a delight. So if you spotted an Emtek item that you love or want to further explore our catalog head on over to Emtek.com for additional information on where you can purchase our hardware. We hope that you’ll consider Emtek for your next big renovation!
It’s been a couple of months since the Fall 2019 One Room Challenge officially ended, but we’re still not over these jaw-dropping renovations! We were so blown away by the season’s transformations, we just have to keep showing them off. So sit back and enjoy while we look back at these iconic spaces:
First up in our blog series of One Room Challenge recaps is Megan of Undecorated Home. She completely reinvented her daughter’s bathroom, which doubles as a guest bathroom. She started out with a space that used to be a source of insecurity…
…Then, fast-forward six weeks, one covered up door, one closet removed, re-tiling, and a whole lot of interior design magic later… and voila!
A new and improved bathroom from interior design heaven! Megan simultaneously added so much to this space while also making this space feel significantly bigger and brighter.
Megan also integrated a double vanity, new lighting fixtures, and a transom window to boot! However, the part that we’re most excited about is the hardware, of course. In this case, we are especially thrilled because this bathroom is completely decked out in Emtek hardware!
There you have it! Undecorated Home’s bathroom renovation is truly an Emtek wonderland. For more door, cabinet, and bath hardware inspiration and technical information visit emtek.com. Be sure to keep an eye out for the newest season of the One Room Challenge coming soon!