Hello and welcome to Week 1 of the One Room Challenge. My name is Brenda, founder and Lead Designer of BD Interior Design, an Interior Design Studio here in Toronto, Canada.

This is my second One Room Challenge (ORC) and I am happy to connect with other creatives as we all pick a room in our home to transform. If you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it is a biannual event where designers (re)design one room over a six week period and share weekly progress of our journey. And the icing on the cake; BETTER HOMES & GARDENS IS THE OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER OF THE ORC! Click here to check out my room reveal for the Sprig 2020 ORC! For this One room Challenge, I will be transforming the family room into a sitting area.

How about some INSPIRATION . Although this inspiration is a dining area, I love the color palette of the rich earth tone colors and the idea of connecting the space with the outdoors.


This is the space i'll be transforming, it's the first room you see following the entryway. The sliding door leads to the balcony a gateway to the outdoors and a view of greenery not pictured in this image.

Task List

Remove Carpet and change to Luxury Vinyl Tile

Stain the stairs to match new flooring

Add blinds for privacy

Layer blinds with custom drapes

Change Ceiling Lighting

Add Bar area in nook to the right-

Lower Cabinet (Bar Area)

Countertop over Cabinet

Backsplash and Shelving

Wallpaper Wall treatment

Furniture items- Console Table , Occasional Chairs, Coffee table , stools for added seating, Rug, Custom Artwork and accessorizing

Design Concept :

Inspiration for Concept: Ghanaian Origin

I was born in Ghana, formerly known as the Gold Coast. Ghana is well known for its natural resources, being one of the world's top 10 largest gold-producers, and the second largest cocoa producer. I call this Space the Cocoa Lounge- the Design is rooted in culture and symbolizes the rich resources of Ghana. The color palette is rich and vibrant, inspired by nature and natural elements as well as the rich textiles in Ghana. This space is bold, elegant and a mix of modern mixed with natural elements. This space represents Culture, Family, Luxe Living and most importantly Connectivity.

The artwork is one of the Adinkra symbols, which represent popular proverbs , this specific symbol is called Kete Pa a symbol of "good marriage".

I don't want to give too much away as I want you to come back weekly for the next 6 weeks as I update you week by week on the Transformation of the Cocoa Lounge.

There you have , Week One of the ORC.

That's it for now.....

For more on my one room challenge- Lets get Social while distancing of course. Follow along on my Instagram Bdinteriordesign for behind the scenes.

Until next week!

XOXO Brenda