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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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Before & After

One Room Challenge: Week 6 | The Reveal

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Just like that, 6 weeks came and went… which means it’s final reveal time!  If you missed our week 1-5 One Room Challenge posts, you can catch up here:

Week 1: Before Photos & Inspo

Week 2: Progress & Reno Plans

Week 3: Decor Plans (round 1)

Week 4: Trim, Paint & Decor Changes

Week 5: Cutting it Close

Week 6 was definitely the most eventful and trying week of the entire challenge.  With shipments arriving up until yesterday, we were scrambling to get it all done in time.  On top of that, when we were having our electricians install our new light fixtures last week, they discovered that our wiring was really messed up and that our panel was about to fry.  We went without power for a few days last week while they got everything fixed, which put us behind even more, but it all worked out.

We’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the One Room Challenge, and if we’re being honest, if we hadn’t, our living & dining rooms would still resemble a partially renovated storage unit!

Without further ado, let’s see some after photos, all taken by the talented Allie Lehman of The Wonder Jam here in Columbus.  All of the sources are linked at the bottom of the post.

Here’s what the view from the front door looks like now!

Here’s the view from the dining room looking into the living room.  We love how the panel molding and artwork add formality, while the furnishings make the space feel super relaxed.

We created a sitting nook with blue velvet accent chairs, the modern floor lamp, and artwork from Chairish.  We love how it fills this little corner in the living room.

We added a small console table and mirror right by the front door, as well as some hooks for hanging our coats (because this old house has no coat closet).

About this sectional from Lamps Plus… it’s ahmazing.  It’s on the larger end for the space, but because this isn’t just a photo shoot (we actually live here), we knew we needed something that was actually comfortable vs something that just looked good for photos.  We envision spending a lot of time in here!

Moving into the dining room. Remember when it used to look like this?

Here’s what it looks like now.  Muchhhh better.

We love the way the chandelier looks mixed with the vintage furniture & rug. It really elevates the space and adds a fun design element.  Also, we love the piece of statement art from Minted.  We were super excited to find that the artist, Kirsta Benedetti, is from Columbus, too!

We chose to wallpaper the bottom half of the walls, and leave the top half white.  We had some weird ceiling lines going on, so we wanted to avoid highlighting them.  Having white space on the top half of the wall also allowed us to incorporate some fun artwork with a neutral backdrop.

Here’s the dining room looking into the living room from a different angle.

Another favorite: the rug! We have gotten so many compliments on the rug already.  It really grounds the room & adds some bold pops of color.

We chose to go over the old floors with new ones for a few reasons, but the main reason was that the existing oak floors were really thin & not in the best shape.  We chose Mohawk’s TecWood Metropolitan Chic engineered hardwood floors in Midtown Oak.  They’re a classic medium/dark brown, really similar to the tone we’d be looking for if we had been able to refinish the old ones.  They’re perfect for the space, and were easy to install!  They look different in different light — here they are in our really well lit living room…

And here they are in the darker dining room.  They’re pretty!

That’s all for now, folks!  Here’s all the links to the amazing products we used to transform the space.

Both Rooms:

  1. Floors: Mohawk’s TecWood Metropolitan Chic in Midtown Oak

2. Wall Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Wimborne White

3. Trim Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Railings

4. Curtains

Living Room:

  1. Sectional Sofa from Lamps Plus
  2. Blue accent chair from HomePop
  3. Wall Molding from Metrie
  4. Flush mount light fixture from Bellacor
  5. Artwork above blue chair from Chairish
  6. Artwork above couch from Minted (Artist: Catilustre)
  7. Floor lamp from Bellacor
  8. Brass curtain rods from Bellacor
  9. Hooks by front door from Bellacor
  10. Striped Throw from Bellacor
  11. Wood & Rattan Entry Table
  12. Ruched velvet ottoman (available in multiple colors)
  13. Round Gold Mirror above entry table
  14. Wood & Rattan side table next to couch
  15. Black & white rug – we had this previously, but this and this are similar
  16. Potted snake plant

Dining Room:

  1. Bubble Chandelier (Update: no longer available on Bellacor’s site.  The brand is Dimond Lighting.  You can find the gold bubble chandelier here  and also a frosted glass version here. Looks like they’ll both be back in stock this summer.)
  2. Vintage rug from ESale Rugs
  3. Wallpaper from Farrow & Ball
  4. Chair rail from Metrie
  5. Large artwork on back wall from Minted (Artist: Kirsta Benedetti)
  6. Landscape artwork from Minted (Artist: Emily Jeffords)
  7. Art between windows from Minted (Artist: Angela Simeone)
  8. Brass curtain rod from Bellacor
  9. Dining chairs – vintage
  10. Dining table (similar here)
  11. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

 A HUGE thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for organizing the ORC, and for all of the amazing sponsors who made this project possible! Make sure you check out everyone else’s reveals today too!!

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. Congrats on completion and some fabulous new spaces! Bravo!

  2. Danielle says:

    It turned out beautifully!! I love the dark painted trim in the living room and that dining room light fixture is to die for! Now go relax on that new cushy sofa and enjoy your gorgeous new spaces 🙂

  3. So pretty!! I love the sectional…I’d plop down and never leave!

  4. This turned out so beautifully! Love how the spaces flow one into the other. The chandelier is stunning. Congratulations!

  5. Chantal says:

    Congrats on this project! I just started following you, admiring the blond vic. Could you clarify; is the blond vic your eventual home or an investment property? Is this new ORC space your current home? Sorry, I’m somewhat very confuse ..!!

  6. this looks incredible! you totally deserve a nap on that amazing sofa 😉

  7. This is lovely – and the chandelier is fabulous. Enjoy!

  8. So beautiful and collected! It was so fun playing along with you this round!

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  11. Debbie Tavares says:

    Love the view from the front door thru to dining room what a transformation. Love the floor color . Excellent choices. Great job!!!!!

  12. Elizabeth Reid says:

    Wow! Great job! I’ve really enjoyed following you guys on this journey! I tried the link for the beautiful dining room chandelier but it took me to general chandelier section- and a bubble search didn’t find it. Could you tell me a better way to find it on their site? Thx!

  13. Congratulations on this beautiful space! I love the lighting fixture you choose above the dining room table and the blue chair in the living room! Enjoy your space, you deserve it!

  14. What a cozy room and such a transformation! I love that you wallpapered the BOTTOM of the walls because I’m so used to seeing it on the TOP. I’m also a sucker for dark accents, so the dark trim and fireplace with the white walls is bliss! You two are geniuses.

  15. elizabeth says:

    Love that small ottomon in front of your sectional. Where did you find it, please?

  16. Wow! What a big transformation in such a short time! I LOVE that chandelier! And the dark trim is awesome. You must be happy to have it all done 🙂

  17. Linda | CIH says:

    I can’t believe how far this room has come. The transformation is incredible! Love all of your attention to detail. I think the rug and those floors are one of my favorite features. Although that sectional looks really inviting. Great job.

  18. Louise says:

    Congratulations both rooms look great! Can you provide sourcing info on the chandelier, i couldn’t find it on Bellacor’s website. Thanks so much!

  19. Laurie says:

    I love this! So many great traditional elements, with lots of modern pops of style and color. Really lovely. And I love that it looks like a real home, not just a showcase of design. Well done and inspiring!

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  21. Reenie says:

    Beautiful! (found your Blog from Better After) 🙂

  22. Very good brief and this post helped me a lot. Say thank you I searching for your facts. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  26. Molly ferr says:

    Really awesome blog, your blog is really useful for me. Thanks for sharing this informative blog.

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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.

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