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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: New Photos!

White Cape Cottage

Psst: Our project was featured on Domino!  Click here to read the feature article!

Three months ago, we revealed our One Room Challenge space to the world.  Since then, we’ve finished for real and have a whole new batch of photos to share! The suite looks SO GOOD and my parents have been loving it.  Are you ready to see what it looks like completely finished??


Since our June reveal, we had shower glass installed by Artisan Shower (they were so awesome to work with!), installed a few cedar beams on the ceiling to add warmth & texture, built a mini-storage tower, and finished our punch list of all the little things.  You can find all source links in our reveal post here. This bathroom wouldn’t have been possible without the dormer we added (keep scrolling for more on that!).

All of the wall and floor tile was provided by The Tile Shop.  Overstock provided the gorgeous wood double vanity for this space, and WOW, the tone of the wood adds a rich warmth that compliments the marble tile so well.

We decided to keep the window trim and baseboards simple and low profile.  We sourced 1×4 and 1×3 pine boards from Novo Building Products for the project, and used the same wood for the new windows in the bedroom as well.

The mini-storage tower is only about 9″ wide, but holds a bunch of things that don’t fit in the vanity, as well as towels.

Original BTC provided the Extra Narrow Pillar Lights that we have flanking the mirror.  They’re 3″ wide x 11″ tall, so they’re perfect for small spaces (there is also a larger version available).  These fixtures add a touch of modern to this bathroom and couldn’t be more perfect.  All of Original BTC’s lighting is handmade in England – we were so excited to discover them and LOVE their lighting designs.

We purchased the arched mirror from CB2.  It’s actually a mantel mirror meant to go above a fireplace, but works so well for this double vanity because of its size.

Hansgrohe and Axor provided the plumbing fixtures in our bathroom.  They all have a polished nickel finish that is warm and classy and looks equally gorgeous against the wood vanity and the marble.

Here’s a shot of the finished shower! We love that The Tile Shop has several different shapes and sizes of each type of stone, so it’s easy to know what’ll match and what won’t.  We ordered the same type of marble that we used on the floors for the walls (Firenze Carrara). It’s   f  a  n  c  y!


Ready to see the bedroom portion of the suite? Since June, added beams, finished the built-in bench storage (it’s Ikea BESTA), installed extra wide blackout velvet drapes (LOVE THEM), swapped the rug, and set up the rest of the furniture that arrived.  It’s a new & improved version of its June self, and we’re digging it.

Here are a few of the before photos we shared in our One Room Challenge posts (if you missed them, start here!)

This was the entrance into the suite.

This is what it looked like through the little door.

And this was the reading nook.

During renovations, we added a big dormer to the back of the house that created space for the bathroom and a much more functional bedroom.

We created two arched openings entering into the bedroom area. In between the two is a closet and the entrance to the bathroom.  The sconce in the hallway is also from Original BTC and matches the sconces in the bathroom.  This space is tight, so we needed something small and low profile, but still classy.  This one fit the bill perfectly.

Looking through the archway, we finished the storage bench by adding brass knobs from Emtek, installing a toe kick, and wrapping the baseboard around to make it feel more built-in. We used the same Fabricut fabric for the closet and Roman shades in the bedroom.

Going on in… BEAMS! I love the warmth they add in here.

The vertical post here is actually structural, so we decided to add more non-structural beams to the ceilings and walls to integrate it with the design.

One big update in here is the window treatments.  We purchased extra wide velvet blackout curtains, as well as a ceiling-mounted curtain track that we concealed with one of the beams.  They add a soft elegance to the room that wasn’t there before, and they’re so easy to slide back and forth behind the bed (which was provided by Apt2B and is stunning!)

This dresser and mirror were Overstock finds and are both so beautiful!  The dresser has a marble top and fits perfectly into the nook we planned for it.  We chose a round mirror to play off of the arched opening and flow nicely under the slope.

We shared these gorgeous lamps from Troy Lighting in our June reveal, but love how they look on the new nightstands.

Onto the reading nook.  We smoothed out the ceilings and painted everything Sherwin Williams Alabaster.  What a difference!  We found this modern gray accent chair and rug from Overstock, and the brass reading lamp from Hudson Valley Lighting.  We purchased the cutest basket from Boxwood Avenue, and the rust velvet sofa was my Grandparents’.

This black desk was perfect for this space (also an Overstock find — linked here) and the brass desk lamp from Hudson Valley Lighting.  It fits right in the slope and can be dimmed!

That’s all for now, friends.  What do you think?

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  1. karin says:

    Beautifully done! The dormers made all the difference–you made a good space out of a tiny space. You guys work so hard. 🙂

  2. Molly says:

    I don’t understand how the desk, sofa and grey chair relate. Are there two front dormers?

  3. Kelsey G says:

    It’s beautiful ???? Well worth the wait!

  4. Karen Morales says:

    Stunning in every way! Great job to you and Bryan!

  5. Michelle R says:

    So pretty! I love the nooks! Can I ask, did you buy the ivory or the off-white color for the blackout drapes?

  6. It turned out beautiful. Your hard work paid off!

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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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