It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! Six weeks fly by when you have a remodel and a gaggle of virtual partners to keep you company. I am seriously excited to show off my Great Garage Overhaul. What a difference it makes to come home to a healthy, happy little back entrance (a space this cute deserves a better name than ‘garage’).
If you're just now catching up, here is the weekly play by play:
Now, I realize garages are not exactly the peak of chic, or the best rooms to showcase a fabric story or get creative with luscious fixtures and hardware. These are hard working rooms, but they too deserve to look nice, and even get dressed up once in a while. With an extra fridge and a well-positioned little nook, ours had the potential to be a handy little quasi-butler’s pantry when we entertain. And let’s be honest, we needed something more inspiring than this to come home to each night…
The vision for the nook came from a wedding we attended years ago in Tuscany. Makes perfect sense for a garage, right? Well, our room had the world's cutest blue Smeg. So random, but it added a memorable touch of retro whimsy to a beautiful country estate. That memory inspired us to buy our mint green Smeg, and for the ORC, I wanted to replicate the feeling of that villa (at least in the nook). Even without the aged stone and giant lavender hedges, I knew we could get to a similar clean, rustic-vintage feel. Here is the original design board:
So, if timeless and organic met clean-lined vintage with a little shot of Italian chic on the side, I’d like to think this is what it might look like. I should also mention that we largely limited ourselves to using things we already owned or could purchase with leftover gift cards. A girl’s got to save her pennies for the next ORC! But enough talk. On to the tour.
First things first, we brightened the whole space with new paint for a crisp, sophisticated, clean slate. I love how the two greys soften the functional areas. That long workbench finally feels like it lives in a home, rather than a barn.
The far wall still feels more workshop-y than I’d like, but at least the chaos has been corralled. The kids can get to their toys, we can get to our tools, and we found discreet homes for all our large sports equipment. Minor miracle, that one.
Now, the good stuff.
There you have it! Did I deliver on a retro-rustic-chic Italian butler's pantry? I hope you’ve enjoyed my first One Room Challenge as much as I have. Please leave me a comment with the verdict, I love the feedback.
A big thanks to our fearless leader Linda from Calling it Home for creating this wonderfully motivating program, and to my fellow guest participants who commented, liked, and shared their thoughts along the way. I have loved meeting you! You can check out their final reveals as well here. One last thank you to Cutting Edge Stencils for sponsoring our Week 4 giveaway.
I’ll list a few key things below, but come back next week for a full rundown on resources. Let me know if there is a specific piece you’re curious about and I’ll be sure to include it!
All photos by Two Little Limes.