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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 4 | Trim, Paint & Decor Changes

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It’s Week 4 already, and time is flying.  It’s hard to believe that this time 2 weeks from now, we’ll be sharing our FINISHED living & dining spaces!! If you missed our previous ORC posts, you can catch up here:

Week 1: Before Photos & Inspo

Week 2: Progress & Reno Plans

Week 3: Decor Plans (round 1)

We are definitely going to be cutting it verrry close on this one because we ( = I) were late in getting our orders finalized.  But, we did it.  Here’s what we chose.

Paint & Wallpaper

Dark trim + white walls in both rooms, and wallpaper in the dining room.  We chose Farrow & Ball Railings (No. 31) for trim, which is a really pretty greyish/blueish/ off-black.  We went with a creamy white called Wimborne White (No. 239) for the walls, and Brocade (BP03) for wallpaper.

      Brocade BP 3203 - Farrow & Ball

Our plan is to install the wallpaper on the bottom half of the wall in the dining room instead of the top.  There’s 2 reasons for that:

1- The staircase cuts into part of 2 of the walls, which creates some interesting ceiling lines that we don’t really want to highlight.  Wallpapering the bottom allows us to paint the walls & ceiling above the wallpaper white so it all blends together seamlessly.

2- We like the way the art we chose looks against a solid wall color vs pattern.

Here’s what the living room looks like after 1 coat of paint.  Progress!!

We decided to keep the stone on the fireplace because we were afraid demoing it might create more work than we have time for.  Our compromise is to paint it & fill in all of the cracks to give it a subtle, monotone texture that blends in with the walls.  This way, the mantel is highlighted instead of the stone.

Here’s a reminder of what the dining room ceiling looks like on the left.  I caught Bryan in action patching more drywall in the basement 😉


We started installing our Metrie panel molding in the living room, and weren’t sure whether to do three rectangles or two.  We layed them against the wall to try to get a feel for what each option would be like.  Here it was with 3…

And with 2.

We decided to do 3 — it felt like it filled the space better. To get the right measurements, we took the entire wall length (130″), subtracted all of the spaces (40″ – 10″ space btwn. fireplace + rectangle 1, 10″ btwn. rectangles 1+2, 10″ btwn. 2+3, and 10″ btwn rectangle 3 + the right corner), and then divided the remainder by the # of triangles we wanted.  130 – 40 = 90 / 3 = 30″ wide per rectangle.

Like this…

As for the height, we decided to mirror it to the window, which was about 80″ tall.


We shared mood boards for our decor in our Week 3 post, but are making some changes.  We chose a rug from eSaleRugs, which is a company we learned about through the One Room Challenge.  They have so many wonderful rug options at affordable prices.  We’re excited to see what it’ll look like with the white walls & dark trim!  We also chose mid-century blue velvet accent chairs from HomePop, a fun art print from the new Chairish print shop, a light fixture for the living room, and chandelier for the dining room (which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT) — both from Bellacor.  

We’re also leaning toward purchasing this dining table — it has a deco vibe that could be really great in the space.  Also, the size is perfect!  We’ll update you next week on whether we go for it or not.

We’re expecting to receive lots of goodies this week & can’t wait to share it all with you!  Before our next post, our goal is to start installing our new Tecwood floors from Mohawk, finish our trim install, and finish painting & installing our wallpaper.  So much to do, so little time, but we are SO thankful for this opportunity.  It’s encouraging to be included with such a talented bunch of designers — it kind of feels like we’re on a team and gives us the accountability we need to get this project finished (3 years later!).  Be sure to check out the other designers’ progress & see what they’re up to — everyone is linked below.

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

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  1. you’ve done so much!! and that black trim is calling my name… sooooo pretty.

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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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