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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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One Room Challenge: Week 3 | Decor

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It’s week 3 of the ORC (it rhymes!)  And guess what… we have no new pictures of our space to show you.  But, we have made some progress with decor plans for both the living room and dining room.  There are so many fantastic sponsors and we want to choose everything, but the tight timeline has forced us to make some decisions.

In the living room, we’re going to be choosing some colorful art from Minted and Chairish, a bold vintage rug from eSale Rugs, a mix of neutral and colorful furniture, brass accents, and plants.  We’re planning on painting the trim dark (at least the windows) and the walls a light neutral.

For the dining room, we’re going to continue the bold, black & white theme.  We’re still debating what wallpaper to do!

We’re excited to get our final selections nailed down & see it all come together. More next week!


PS – you can catch up on our Week 1 (before photos + inspo) here, and Week 2 (progress + reno plans) here.

PPS – Don’t forget to take a peak at everyone else’s progress.  Links are below.  Happy browsing!

Apartment 34 | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

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  1. Anne says:

    This is going to be SO BEAUTIFUL. All the spaces you put together always are. 🙂

  2. Love how this is coming together. Those quilted ottomans and mossy green chairs are fabulous!

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  4. I adore the green dining chairs and black + white art. It’s all going to look fantastic!

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  12. Absolutely love all the pieces you have chosen! My favorites are the rug for the living room and the lighting fixture for the dining room! So excited to see more updates!

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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