One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

Ladies and gentlemen, the One Room Challenge reveal is finally here!

In the last six insanely overwhelming fun weeks, we've taken our living room from blah to beautiful – and today I'm taking YOU on a tour to see the fruit of our labor.

But first: a quick story, because it's cool and quirky and fun – all the things I strive to be, but alas, am not.

In July 2015 the husband and I happened upon some investment property – nearly seven acres of property, to be exact. On that property stood an abandoned bungalow, originally built in 1930 and left to rot for the last 20 years.

Like any rational and sane couple, our immediate reaction was, "Can you imagine the fun we'd have renovating this house?"

Oh, how young and naive we were... Ha!

Fast forward 17 months, during which we gutted and renovated the entire house. We moved in a mere two months ago, despite the barely livable state of the house. Then October rolled around, and I had made zero progress with the decor. The One Room Challenge was just the stressor I needed to help me move past my DPS (Decision Paralysis Syndrome – I promise it's a thing!).

Okay, cool background story over. Let's take a tour, shall we?

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

If you’re new to the blog today and have no idea what’s going on, check out the weekly living room progress here:

Week 1  |  Week 2  |  Week 3  |  Week 4  |  Week 5

My goal was to create a space that felt honest – a space that didn't take itself too seriously, because if this article is any indication, that's just not who we are. Think modern, clean lines effortlessly combined with traditional pieces in a polished way but with a touch of playfulness so as to not look too formal.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

Until the very last minute, I envisioned a particular layout, but when the furniture finally arrived and was arranged as planned, I realized the flow of the room wasn't, well, flowing.

Cue last-minute panic and furniture rearranging into the wee hours of the morning.

Choosing a favorite feature of the transformation is like choosing a favorite child (I don't even have children, so what do I know, right?), but I am particularly pleased with the fireplace makeover and could not have done it without the husband's mind-blowing talent and dedication.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

Gone are the days of seeing a decrepit, crumbling heap of discolored bricks the minute you step into the house. Now, whether you're in the entryway, hallway, kitchen, dining or living room, you have a clear view of the fireplace in all of its fresh and renovated glory.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

The design began with the chrome Sputnik chandelier. It was installed long before I even knew about the One Room Challenge – or that I'd risk losing what's left of my sanity to join it.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

I had pinned enough images in my lifetime to know that a bold light fixture, like "The Sol" from PureModern, was destined to hang over a traditional Chesterfield sofa. Coincidentally, I ordered said sofa way before the One Room Challenge – and good thing I did, because it took nearly seven weeks to arrive.

Oh, the stress of it all!

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

The decision to flank the sofa with black side tables on either side came very much at the last minute, but I love having additional storage – not to mention more surface to re-arrange my tchotchkes on the daily like a crazed woman on a mission.

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I turned the velvet barrel chairs ever-so-slightly away from the dining room and kitchen area to create a sense of space in the open concept layout.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

Off to the right stands a newly painted console table that houses our record player and growing collection of vinyls.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

The double-shelf design provides extra storage for pillows and the mandatory pretties.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

In the center of it all is a pretty yet functional leather-bench-turned-coffee table – the perfect piece on which to prop up your feet after a long day.

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The neutral color palette throughout the room is punctuated by a generous dose of brass and chrome, adding major visual interest to the space. The cool chrome of the barrel chair frames, the Sputnik chandelier and the leather bench legs lends a bit of polish to the space, while the brass of the floor lamps, mirror and various accessories around the room adds warmth.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

With each piece of furniture I selected, I wanted to incorporate a new texture into the room. Thus, we have the Chesterfield tufts, tack trim on the sofa arms, velvet fabric of the barrel chairs, leather from the bench and record player, rattan from various baskets and planters, and, of course, the brickwork from the fireplace.

These elements help create a lived-in, cozy aesthetic that feels like it was curated over time.

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Moving on to the artwork, I installed large, geometric prints on both walls perpendicular to the sofa for major visual impact – far less commitment than wallpaper, not to mention so much easier to install. I designed the prints myself and printed them as engineering prints at Staples for a whopping $3.59 each.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

Bold, beautiful and budget-friendly? Sign me up!

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

To the left of the console table, we installed a custom gallery wall from framed & matted that showcases some of our favorite destinations from our three-month trip across Europe a few years ago.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

Notice how the frames wrap around the perpendicular wall, keeping the arrangement from feeling too formal, as is common with a grid layout.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

To balance out the straight edges in the room, I added a cowhide rug over the re-finished hardwood floors. The organic shape and texture adds the perfect dose of masculinity and ties in the other black and white elements in the room.

One Room Challenge, Week 6: Living Room Tour and Sources

Okay, wow – that was a lot!

Apparently, I have a lot of feelings about this room, and I am clearly not afraid to share them.

See below for a complete list of sources, and if there's something I missed, let me know in the comments section, below!

Speaking of comments, I would love to hear what you think of our transformation! Did you enjoy the tour? Don't forget to pop over to Calling It Home to see the other participants’ room tours.

Curious about what else we've done to the #StrelkovBungalow, as I've lovingly nicknamed it on Instagram? Browse the full “Our Bungalow Renovation” series to read all about it!

A Note of Thanks: 

Major gratitude to Linda from Calling It Home and House Beautiful Magazine for making this amazing design event possible. I'd also like to thank the sponsors of my One Room Challenge, who so generously donated products to our living room renovation: PureModern for our Sputnik-style chandelier, framed & matted for our beautiful, custom gallery wall and Umbra for the modern table clock.

Shop the Room, by Category: 

FURNITURE: CHESTERFIELD SOFA, Structube (Similar available at WayfairOverstock and Target)  |  BARREL CHAIRS, Coaster Furniture (Similar available at Cymax Stores and Overstock)  |  CONSOLE TABLE, Wayfair  |  LEATHER BENCH, Overstock  |  GOLD NESTING TABLES, Wayfair  |  SIDE TABLES, ATG Stores (Similar available at OverstockTarget and Wayfair)


WALL DECOR: CUSTOM GALLERY WALL FRAMES, framed & matted  |  LARGE SCALE ART, Designed by me, printed at Staples  |  LARGE PRINT FRAMES, IKEA (Similar available at Overstock) |  BRASS MIRROR, Target

FABRICS, THROWS AND RUGS: COWHIDE RUG, Overstock  |  SHEEPSKIN THROW, IKEA (Similar available at Design Within ReachOverstock and Chairish)  |  FAUX FUR BLUSH THROW, HomeGoods (Similar available at West Elm and Wayfair) |  SHEER DRAPES, IKEA (Similar available at Wayfair


VASES: RECTANGULAR VASE, Kate Spade  |  GOLD ONE-STEM VASE, Bloomingville (Similar available at Bloomingdale's)  |  OMBRE GLASS VASE, HomeGoods 

CANDLES AND CANDLE HOLDERS: SILVER CANDLE HOLDERS, Hobby Lobby (Similar available at Pier 1 Imports and Pottery Barn)  |  WHITE TAPER CANDLES, IKEA (Similar available at World Market)  |  BLACK CANDLE, HomeGoods  |  GOLD CANDLE, Bath & Body Works  |  GOLD CANDLE HOLDER: Target (Similar available at Overstock)  |  GOLD CANDLE HOLDERS INSIDE FIRE BOX, DIY project |  BLACK CAGE HURRICANE CANDLE HOLDER, HomeGoods (Similar available at Crate & BarrelTarget and Overstock)  |  BAMBOO CAGE HURRICANE CANDLE HOLDER, HomeGoods (Similar available at Wayfair

MISCELLANEOUS ACCESSORIES: GOLD TRAY, At Home (Similar available at West ElmCB2TargetBed Bath & BeyondWorld Market and Pier 1 Imports)  |  TABLE CLOCK, Umbra  |  GOLD VASE, At Home (Similar available at OverstockBellacor and Wayfair)  |  WOVEN STORAGE BASKET, HomeGoods (Similar at West Elm)  |  RECORD PLAYER: Wayfair  |  FRENCH PRESS: IKEA (Similar available at Macy's and Wayfair)  |  TEACUP SET, Bed Bath & Beyond (Similar available at Overstock)  |  SHADOW BOX, DIY project using shadow box from Michael's Stores (Similar available at Wayfair)  |  AMPERSAND SCULPTURE, Etsy (Similar available at Wayfair and Overstock)  |  NOTEPADS ON GOLD TRAY, See Jane Work (Similar available at The Container Store)  |  BLACK CURTAIN ROD, IKEA (Similar available at OverstockPier 1 Imports and Kmart)  |  ASSORTED NOTEBOOKS IN BLACK, GOLD AND WHITE: TJ Maxx, Target and HomeGoods (Similar available at Macy'sBloomingdale's and Nordstrom

One Room Challenge, Week 1: The Living Room Renovation

About the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge (ORC) is a wildly anticipated design event hosted by Calling It Home in partnership with House Beautiful.

Twice a year, 20 featured bloggers along with hundreds of guest participants are challenged to transform any room they so choose, but they must complete the entire project in six weeks.

Learn more.

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  9. Love your work! I’ve been struggling to complete our open concept living room for months! This is so motivating and just the inspiration I needed to get the job done!!! Love the gray tone on the wall! What color exactly is it? It serves as a perfect canvas. Curious to know the gray you had before and disliked. Thanks for sharing every detail :)

  10. I was wondering if you could mix chrome with brass but your room proves how fabulous and interesting that looks! Tremendous job on this room.

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  12. It is coming along so beautifully! I love the modern touches. The rug is so fun! Can’t wait to decorate a space of my own.

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  14. Girlfriend, you knocked it out of the park. Your fireplace may be my favorite child – I mean feature! haha ;) Seriously, I can’t pick a fav either but your wraparound gallery wall is something I will absolutely steal. I have never seen that before and I can’t quit going back to look at it. Can’t wait to do this with you again in the spring. xoxo

  15. I’m absolutely obsessed with this! You need a show on HGTV or something, it looks straight out of a magazine! Come decorate my boyfriends house now, would you? ;)

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  17. Oksana, I was initially attracted to your One Room Challenge project because of your name (I have a grand-daughter named Oksana), but then was so impressed by the photos of the reveal that I had to go back & read from Week One all the way through. Your room is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. And the bungalow renovation! You are clearly very talented, both in design and writing. Now, I will have to start from the beginning of your blog to see what other gorgeous & inspiring projects you have done.

  18. Oksana I am so blown away by this. Your attention to detail is just UNBELIEVABLE. Every single thing is done to perfection. I’ve had so much fun following along with you on this journey! Hope to do it again in April!!!

  19. Hi Oksana,

    Your style is as stylish as your name. Love the elegance in the setup.
    Loving the fireplace recreation….magical and the ottoman bench is beautiful, I will look up the source from your pin…Love, love your work.

    P.S. Appreciate you stopping by at your convenience and your opinion does matter:))

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Lakbir! The ottoman was a total steal, too, and it’s so versatile that it’ll look fabulous with just about any style of decor! I could’t find your ORC reveal on the blog – were you not able to finish in time? The kitchen looks fabulous thus far, and I’d love to see the end results! XO

    • Thanks Kristin! I do have a slight obsession with gold and brass so our house is full of it. But I also like mixing metals like I did in the living room – gives the space dimension and visual interest! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! XO

    • Karen, thank you so much! I was a bit anxious about the gallery wall – it was a totally last-minute decision to wrap it around the corner, but so far most of the responses have been positive! As for the sofa, I’m always nervous to order large pieces of furniture online before seeing them in person, so I was very pleasantly surprised (and relieved!) by the high quality of the sofa!

      Your nursery reveal is incredible and makes me want littles of my own even more than I already do. It’s totally normal to want children so you have a nursery to decorate – right? Right? (I’m totally kidding!) But really, what a precious space for your baby boy! I just adore how the ORC brings people together – I feel so emotionally invested into other people’s makeovers as if it’s my own home! LOL

  20. Great room until I realized something. The cowhide rag thing is disturbing. I once saw a video of a cow being skinned ALIVE for its hide (primary goal was the hide, not meat) – since then whenever I see a cowhide I start to feel very sad, and start to wonder if people could picture the act of a cow being skinned alive and associate their uber stylish new rag with it, if they would still want that in their house:(..

    • Hi Dasha! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! You bring up a good point, and to be honest, when I was ordering the rug, I was 100% certain it was faux hide. Not only was the price incredibly low, but the product description was all “handmade!” and “eco-friendly!” So imagine my shock when the rug arrived with a letter of authenticity, describing how the cows are European-bred and so on. Immediately I recalled growing up in a Ukrainian village and seeing with my own eyes how the cows would cry as they’re being lead to the slaughterhouse – and of course I wanted no part of that. The husband and I talked it over, however, and made a decision that works for our family – and that’s what it ultimately comes down to. If we return the rug then we better return the leather bench, the leather record player (just from the living room alone) and, of course, boycott steakhouses, ban meat from the fridge and so forth – otherwise we’re being total hypocrites. I do appreciate you sharing your opinion even if it’s different than mine and hope that the rug doesn’t cloud the main point of this post.

  21. Oksana!!! You nailed it. I knew you would. That fireplace is EVERYTHING! Bravo!!!! I love the intimate setting next to the fireplace with your barrel chairs. So chic and glamorous. Styled to perfection! Happy Reveal Day and get lots of rest knowing that you have completed this stunning room!

    • Ha! I was waiting for you to comment on the barrel chairs around the fireplace! ;) Thank you for that idea!

      I do have grand plans for the weekend of doing absolutely nothing, save for lounging on the sofa – but I’m the type that needs to feel productive 110% of the time, so I’m sure by Saturday morning I’ll be working on another room. LOL We do have out-of-town relatives coming in a week – and both of the guest rooms are stuffed to the ceiling with packed boxes from our move, so I think I’ll tackle that next! What’s your next big project?

  22. It is so beautiful!! I love your sofa – I did our living room in the last ORC and ordered the same sofa but in a linen colour. Such a beautiful piece!! Fantastic job on this makeover!

    • Thank you SO much Krista! I appreciate you taking the time to tour our ORC! When the sofa arrived, I was surprised to find it much lighter than I anticipated. But I like the lighter color; otherwise the room would look too dark. But I don’t know if I could handle a linen-colored sofa – the cream barrel chairs are hard enough to keep clean (and we’ve only had them for a few weeks!)

      Your master bedroom makeover is incredible and gives me all sorts of inspiration for (finally) finishing our own. Will you be participating in the next ORC? I adore how the challenge brings people together – I’m so emotionally invested into everyone’s makeovers as if it’s my own house. Ha!

  23. Oksana, it’s BEAUTIFUL! There’s so much I love about the room – the way you mixed metals so skilfully, that unique console table, the rug … and that wraparound gallery wall is inspired! And I love how you styled everything. I bet you’ll be glad to relax in there this evening after all your hard work. So glad your couch finally arrived so that you can do that in comfort! ;)

    • Oh yes, now that the challenge is over, the husband and I are like, “Um, what do people do in the evenings after they come home from work?” For six weeks straight every evening was dedicated to the ORC, but it’s so nice to finally have some free time to, just like you said it, relax on the sofa.

  24. Girl! You rocked the challenge! I love your simple modern room! The textures are evident and the brass makes the neutrals pop! Who doesn’t love a Chesterfield sofa?
    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay

    • Believe me – the decision to install the frames that way was totally out of desperation, but I am so glad you like them! I originally planned to hang them over the sofa along the longest wall, but as you saw, that layout wasn’t working well so had to think of an alternative at the last minute. Thank you so much for checking out our ORC and for leaving such a sweet comment! XO

    • So glad you like them, Ashley! The gallery wall and fireplace are my two favorite features as well! Can’t wait for the winter to get the latter going and cuddle up on the sofa to watch falling snow from the window…. Okay, who am I kidding – it never snows in Tennessee. LOL

    • Thank you so much, Kristine! We’re definitely on the same wavelength – what with the tufted sofa, velvet chairs, fireplace makeover… Although I must say, in the few weeks that we’ve had the cream velvet chairs, I can understand why you decided to go with gray instead – those things are impossible to keep clean!

      Will you be joining the next ORC? How hilarious would it be if we end up designing the same space again?! LOL

      Heading over to see your reveal! XO

    • I’m so glad you like it, Katie! Trust me – a lot of very, very late nights had to happen to pull it off! Take the fireplace, for example. We had to stay up until 4AM on Tuesday to finish painting it. To say that I’m glad it’s finally finished would be a MAJOR understatement. :)

    • I’m so glad you like it, Rachel! I was a bit concerned it might come out wonky, but I am OBSESSED with the end results of the gallery wall! Have you seen the before photos of our fireplace? Makes the reveal THAT MUCH better! XO

    • Thank you so much for the sweet words, Bre! I think many of us bloggers/designers can relate to DPS – especially after a 17-month renovation where you’re having to make a million decisions a minute… I believe the technical term is decision fatigue, but I thought I’d be cheeky with the name. ;)

    • Oh Danielle, believe me, 7 acres just sounds good on paper. In reality, it’s a completely wooded, overgrown area so massive amounts of labor (not to mention finances!!!) has to happen before it’s useable. But it is in a booming part of town, so if nothing else, the resale value will hopefully increase quite rapidly! But oh, my head is in the clouds again… I have to finish renovating and furnishing the rest of the house before I can think of another project… Thank you for stopping by and leaving love! XO

    • Thank you times a million, friend! Means so much to have the support of and encouragement from fellow ORCers! Your laundry room is so cozy – I can’t wait to tackle mine! Will you be participating in the next ORC? XO

      • Yes! This has been a blast and I’ve been so inspired by everyone’s spaces!! Thanks for you sweet compliment. I’m actually enjoying doing laundry now! LOL

        So glad to connect – you have amazing talent!

  25. Everything looks just beautiful…. and oh, your name! It was the name of my first and very dear paper doll when a little girl growing in a far away country! I loved her so much, I still remember after all those years, ;) So lovely.


  26. So sophisticated! The gallery wall is pure perfection. I love how it wraps around the corner. The overall room and styling is polished and beautiful! Love it!

    • Oh Jess, you’ve no idea how much I appreciate your comment! The gallery wall wrapping around the corner was a total last-minute idea, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t question my sanity at that point in the process. Ha! So glad you like it! XO

  27. Love it! One of my favorite ORC makeover so far!!!
    The fireplace is just perfect as the colour palette!
    And sorry for your husband but I really want to see more room makeover now :)

    • Oh wow! That’s quite the compliment, Nadia! And you made me chuckle with the husband comment. There was one night we stayed up til 4AM painting the fireplace, and afterwards, as we were going to sleep, I asked him if he’d ever agree to another ORC. I don’t know if it was the sheer exhaustion talking or what, but he actually said yes! So you are in luck, my friend! I’ve got 95% of the house left to finish (and furnish). XO

  28. Oh how I love your new space! I know you worked incredibly hard to get it done and it shows….so amazing! Your sofa, your barrel chairs, the art….your selections are so stylish and perfect for your home. What a gorgeous room you’ve created. Now go to bed!!! Lol! xoxo

  29. WOW! I’m still impressed with the story of the house and how much work it took to get to this point. I can’t image how awesome it will feel tomorrow when you wake up and a room is totally done and decorated. I’m still obsessed with the sofa, and the barrel chairs, and every other thing in the room! The furniture arrangement looks like it was your plan all along! And now I’m off to pin everything in your room!

    • Not going to lie, every morning as I round the corner into the living room, I exclaim, “Oh look! It wasn’t a dream!” LOL

      I so appreciate the Pinterest love, friend! And of course I couldn’t have done the ORC without our little support group!!! I keep telling my husband, “I found people who actually understand me!” Hahaha

      Should you ever make your way down to Chattanooga, you’re invited for a private tour of the Strelkov Bungalow! :)

  30. Oksana, ok where do I start?!! The furniture placement is perfect and I love the fireplace! Oh my gosh, it was totally worth the late night last minute painting bc it looks awesome! Your style has me swooning and I love all of your details like the travel photographs that wrap around the wall. That is genius! Thanks for sharing your beautiful talent and style with us. I’m so glad I got to know you better through the ORC! PS: please teach me how to take photography like you!! I’m in awe!

    • Yuni, that is quite possibly the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me! :) You’ve got such an uplifting personality – I honestly don’t know if I could’ve finished this project without your constant encouragement! If you ever make your way up to Chattanooga, I will happily teach you my photo skills. XO

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