Ever since I started this blog, it’s been a goal of mine to participate in the One Room Challenge…and as luck would have it, I actually remembered that goal right around when registration had begun for this current iteration.

Originally, I had planned to turn my basement from the unfinished weird structure it was into the studio for my upcoming project: Reserved Stock.

But then it rained.

A lot.

And that’s how we found out we didn’t have a sump pump (and learned what a sump pump was). Our weird little basement had about a quarter inch of water through it. Add onto that the fact that we’re watching season 1 of American Horror Story and you know…suddenly I’m not so interested in renovating my basement.

So my Plan B had to come pretty fast, and necessity pointed me to the answer: Our kitchen!

(Necessity being that our faucet is kaputz).

So now is the push to get this kitchen in gear! Unfortunately for this challenge, there isn’t going to be a crazy huge renovation since we’ve recently stained the cabinets and bought all new appliances. But I’ve still got some tricks up my sleeve!

One Room Challenge plans:

  • Update laundry room doors (as lamented about in this post)
  • Add succulent wall to hide weird plaster
  • Replace faucet
  • Backsplash decisions
  • Stretch goal: countertops
  • Not happening now but someday: new exhaust fan + light over stove

Our Aesthetic

This will not be a bright and shiny room….well, maybe shiny, but not bright. I love the melodrama and industrial feel of dark metals and old looking things, so a lot of these updates are going to be based on various shades of copper and patina. It’s my goal to make our kitchen look more like an industrial warehouse than a country cottage.

My inspiration pics:


So stay tuned for part 1 of the One Room Challenge beginning next week!

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I'm a 5x award-winning entrepreneur, small business nerd, and home decor newbie. Currently residing in upstate New York with my husband and cats. Hair color subject to change, black clothing...probably not.


  1. Stopping by from the ORC link up! I am doing my kitchen as well (sometimes think I totally lost my senses!!) I am really glad to be following your progress as your style is the complete opposite of my own, but I am really drawn to the finishes you have planned!

  2. Oh wow – that inspiration door is something else! I’ve never seen anything like that… what an interesting texture that’ll bring to the room.
    Good luck!

  3. I LOVE that copper backsplash inspiration photo! I think darker dramatic kitchens are amazing – I can’t wait to follow along with yours 🙂

  4. Huge bummer about your basement! But looking forward to following along on the kitchen makeover. Love your aesthetic!

  5. It’s a shame about your basement, but good on you for finding the silver lining and going for your kitchen! Hopefully it turns out well! Although I’m sure it will 😉

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