One Room Challenge Week 2 - "Mountain Magic"

Welcome back friends! I'm super excited about this week's post because today I'm revealing the space I'll be designing for this fall's One Room Challenge!  Before we get started...if you're joining for the first time this week, be sure to check out my week one post, "Dreams Need Detail" to get caught up.  

This week, I'm taking you inside to get the first look at my Mountain Magic dream home project.  

As I searched for properties to serve as the inspiration for this project, I wanted to find something with built-in character and this property DID NOT disappoint.  Yeah ok, so it's not in the best condition, but the bones sure are good.   Check out the video below to learn more about the space I'm tackling and where the design process begins.  

Get a closer look at the space and our preliminary plans below.


View upon entry

Living Space 

Living Space

Dining Space

The mood for the space is warm, cozy and a little fancy.  I'm a pink girl- through and through- so I want to play those hues up in my getaway without being overly girly.  Juxtaposed with dark rick woods and stone, I think it will work! 


I've not completely settled on the layout for the dining space but I know there will be a table and a settee from my furniture line with High Point vendor, Sylvester Alexander.  

Typically we move from this step to the budget/proposal phase.  In my case, there is no budget (Yay!🎉) so only a needs list was developed during this step.  It will help us as we travel to High Point Market later this week to specify items for the project (among other things).


So there's the plan!  Be sure to follow along on social media this weekend to get all the behind the scenes of our trip to furniture market.  The abbreviated schedule is going to make for a world-wind of a trip.  Stay tuned!

Be sure to check out the updates from the other featured designers this week!

One Room Challenge Week 1 - "Dreams Need Detail"

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!  I'm Cheryl, Owner and Principal Designer here at Dwell by Cheryl Interiors.  I operate a boutique residential design firm that helps busy clients create classic, colorful, cultured and cozy homes that are beautiful, functional and a representation of who they are and their journey to get there. We create homes that allow our clients to live their fullest lives.  I'm so excited to be joining the One Room Challenge as a Featured Designer once again!  If you're new here, be sure to check out my Spring One Room Challenge transformation.  

If you haven't heard already, the One Room Challenge has teamed up with High Point Market, the world's largest home furnishings industry trade show, and this season the featured designers will be tackling virtual spaces with product exclusively sourced through High Point Market vendors.  

Yep, we'll be designing rooms from top to bottom, culminating in week six with beautiful (and very realistic) digital renderings.   Check out the video below to hear more and to learn a little about the space I'll be tackling.  

So, there you have it!  I'll be designing a space in my future mountain getaway...
or at least a stand in for it.  The property even meets quite a few of my dream mountain house getaway wishlist items:
  • It has a great mountain location
  • It's within 2.5 hours from my home
  • It has a mountain view
  • There's enough space from me and guests 
  • The interior has lots of character
(NOTE:  Just so we're clear, I'm not purchasing this home, but it looks like something I'd be interested in if I were ready to pull the trigger.)

Fact is, my dreams need detail and this year's One Room Challenge is the perfect opportunity to paint a pretty vivid picture.   Check back next week when I'll take you inside to see the space I'll be designing and share my preliminary plans and vision for my dream getaway.  

Mountain house I come!

Be sure to check out all of the other featured designer's Week 1 posts and be sure to subscribe to have each week's updated delivered directly to your inbox.  Until next time...

"Cool, Colorful and Cozy Project Reveal"

So excited to be back today to share with you one of our favorite projects this year.  You may remember this project from last year, when we gave the client's master bedroom a new lease on life with a heavy dose of pattern and a new cozy seating area.  You can read more about that in my

Early this year, our clients returned ready to tackle the living spaces on the first floor of their uptown Charlotte home.  The spaces had really good bones and in my opinion, they'd done a great job getting the foundation right.  The paint color worked well with their style, the layout wasn't bad, but overall the space lacked the life and personality that reflect the cool young family who lives there.  

Since we'd worked with them previously and had already gotten to know them, we jumped right into the design phase of the project.  In fact, we actually started it before they ever called us back for Phase II of their project.  Let me explain...

So, we’d completed the first phase of the project last year, but during the initial consult I snapped a picture of an art print they had tacked up in the kitchen.  Honestly, I was just data collecting to get a sense of their style. 

Fast forward several months after their project wrapped and we were out treasure hunting in the NC mountains during our team retreat, when this abstract fell from the sky.  

It was the prefect complement to that print and perfect for our clients (who hadn’t yet hired us back).  We had a feeling they would, so we bought it and held it... and guess what? They called!  That beautiful original art became the basis for the entire first floor of their home. 

We used it as a driver for the color scheme and vibe for the project and made selections to complement the piece. The vibe was cool, colorful and cozy.  

I really loved this one from day one, so to see it in real life was really amazing.  Love it even more!

We kept the original layout and even several of the family's existing furniture pieces.  There was no need to replace the leather chairs, x-benches, storage console or bookshelves.  However, the sofa, window treatments, lighting and decor were definitely due for an upgrade.  The windows got a heavy dose of pattern and color with a red geometric print roman shade, a subtle nod to the fraternity and sorority affiliation of both clients.  

Check out that sconce in the background!  

We opted for family-friendly pieces that would stand up to the play of two little boys and a pup.  Revolution Performance Fabrics to the rescue on both the sofa and new window seat cushions.  I'm also a little obsessed with the pass-through coffee table.  I can imagine the little ones crawling through it when it's not doubling as substantial storage space.   

While we were working on the master bedroom project, our clients expressed the desire to add a piano to their home.  They went for it and we made its placement much more intentional with the addition of lighting and that original art print.  Love it!

In the kitchen we needed to address the dining seating, the obnoxious fan, dated backsplash and under-scaled lighting.  

Again, the paint selection seemed to work, so we left it unchanged and went BOLD on the backsplash.  We knew we wanted to work with the existing cabinets and countertops as they weren't quite ready for a full kitchen renovation.  

You'd be surprised what a good backsplash, new lighting and hardware can do.   Maybe you won't be after you see this.  Check it out...

Crazy right??  So much better.  The graphic print really does make the cabinetry and countertops seem so much more intentional.   In the eat-in space, we added a modern oval table and fab leather chairs that allow for the family to seat six-- essential when they have friends and family over. 

Lastly, wanting to set the tone as you immediately enter the home, we encouraged them to address the entry.  I think it's so important not to leave this space overlooked.  In this case, a modern wool runner and swanky lighting do the trick. (You should see these at night!)

 I love this home and I love this family.  I'm so pleased that their home is now so much more THEM! You can't ask for more than that.  😊

"The White House"

Today I'm excited to reveal our first ever exterior project!  Last year, we were approached by our clients who were looking to refresh the exterior of their traditional brick Colonial home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  

Rendering by: Jackie Ramdin

While there was nothing really wrong with their home, it was time to make a few significant home maintenance upgrades, so it just seemed like the right time to rethink the aesthetic elements as well.  On the the list for the project were the following items:
  • New roof
  • Exterior paint
  • Gutter replacement
  • New shutters
  • Upgraded lighting
  • New door
  • Window replacement
  • New awning
  • Finishing touches

We pulled together a plan to address their concerns and quickly came to a consensus on the next steps.  The most important selection was obviously the paint color for the brick. The client wanted white from the beginning, but picking a white paint for the exterior of a brick colonial home isn't as easy as it might sound.  

We landed on Sherwin Williams' Pure White for the house and Tricorn Black for the shutters and trim.  Keeping things high contrast with a true (but not sterile) white and a rich black with lots of depth. 

Are you ready for this transformation?
Go ahead, scroll back up to that before, I'll wait...

The results are really pretty astounding.  It's a little hard to believe it's the same house, right.  You get a completely different feel when you drive up now.   

This project was truly all about the details.  We selected deep charcoal shingles for the rook and opted for a warm medium stain for the solid wood door.  The oil-rubbed bronze hardware pops against the warm tone of the door stain.  I think it's the detail that really stands out as you pass by on the street.  

There was a small debate about whether the garage door should be painted black and I'm pleased to report that I won that one.  Answer?  It should.  I love the contrast on the side of the home and as someone who has a white garage door, trust me, go dark if you can.  

The gutters were a pretty critical element in tying the look together.  They act as sort of an outline around the home, punctuating the new facade. 

From the moment we arrived at the project's site, I knew the porch lighting needed to be more substantial.  The previous fixtures were barely visible from the street.  These Troy Lighting lantern sconces were the perfect classic touch to add lighting as you approach but also to give a warm and welcoming vide as you enter. 

The homeowner was totally set on the addition of a copper awning.  I'm so glad she pushed for it.  We looked high and low to find the right vendor and finally settled on New Creations Custom Ornamental Copper out of Greenville, SC.  

We worked to get the design and placement just right and then they got busy constructing a beautiful (and functional) piece of art.  

Pretty cool to see it going up.  
Imagine, how fun it will be to watch this piece patina over time.  

With the awning installed, the last element was finishing off the small porch stoop.
  We found these INSANELY heavy vintage urns and went through a few options for plants to flank the entrance.  

We landed on option #2, the spiral guy and I think it looks awesome!  

For as beautiful as the transformation was in the front, the back is just as beautiful.  I love how much brighter it seems.  Totally a space I'd like to hang out (and I have actually 😊 ).

I couldn't love this transformation more.  It feels so fresh and welcoming.  It literally beckons you to come in...

Photography by: Cameron Reynolds

What do you think?  Painting the brick was a bold move and one not everyone in the client's circle agreed with.  In the end, I think we all agree though that the house looks so much better.  In fact, it looks a whole lot more grand.  

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