One Room Challenge Spring 2020 – Week 1: Operation Outdoor Oasis Refresh

Outdoor Living & Dining Inspiration. Design Tips & Tricks. Plus Resources

Hello Friends,

So, I did a thing late last night…I decided to join in on the One Room Challenge Spring 2020 fun as a guest participant.

I’ve been wanting to update our outdoor living spaces for a while now, so when I saw that the ORC Guest Participant registration was still open, I jumped at the chance to register. I know myself well enough to know that I thrive in pressure cooker conditions and under tight deadlines, and the ORC is the kick in the pants I need to get things done around my own home. Without an imposed deadline, I continually tweak and perfect the hell out of design plans for my own house. I seriously aggravate myself sometimes (and my husband too!).

Does anyone else ever need a set deadline to get their rear in gear to finish a project around their house?

Another motivating factor is that we’re all spending much more time at home these days, so we might as well enjoy ALL our surroundings. Am I right? Plus, I really want my outdoor living spaces to be pretty and functional, and I’m not ashamed to admit that, lol!

Here’s Where Things Are Starting

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As you can see from the photos above, our outdoor living & dining spaces combined is fairly big – approximately 35′ long x 16′ deep from the wood posts to the top step. I’m going to try my best to adhere to a $2,500 budget, so I’ll be reusing our current outdoor furniture as part of the refresh. We’ve had this furniture for about 12 years and it’s still in relatively good condition, so it only makes sense to use it. All of the pieces are in dire need of a good cleaning and new cushions, but I’m super excited to be giving our outdoor spaces the much needed TLC they deserve.

The Short Story On The Original Cushions

When are now four year old Great Dane, Truman, was about a year old, he destroyed the outdoor sofa and chaise lounge cushions one day when he was outside alone for a couple of hours. Our outdoor dining cushions were deteriorating and recently took a trip to the garbage.


The Other (Adorable) Reason Why I’m Limiting My Budget


This is Lincoln, our Great Dane pup. He’s about 9-10 weeks old in this photo, but a little over 3 months old now, and is growing like a weed! By the end of the year, he’ll be pretty close to Truman’s size. And if he’s anything like his older brother (they literally are brothers!), I’m sure he’ll want to lounge on the sofa or chaise lounges too. I just hope they won’t tear up the new cushions. A mom can hope, right?

What To Expect In The Following Weeks

Each week as the challenge progresses, I’ll be sharing links for the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants.

The Featured Designers for Spring 2020 Week 1: Is here

The Guest Participant Link Ups for Week 1: Is here

My current ORC post – Week 1: You’re here!

For Week 2, I’ll be sharing my design concept, game plan/check list, and my budget breakdown per item so stay tuned!

A Quick Overview of The One Room Challenge

The ORC is the brainchild of Linda Weinstein. It’s humble beginnings all started back in 2011 with Linda’s desire to finally finish one room in her home. She gathered a small group of online friends, set up the 6-week challenge, and together they worked along side one another cheering each other along the way.

Today, this much anticipated bi-annual event showcases 20 Featured Designers/Influencers, and invites anyone with an online presence to be a guest participant. You can learn more about the ORC here. The media sponsor for the ORC SPRING 2020 is Better Homes and Gardens.

A Little About Me…

In case you’re new around here and not familiar with who I am, here’s the short edited version…

I’m an interior designer specializing in residential interior design. I love helping my clients tell their story by creating beautiful and functional spaces that honor their style and color preferences, their lifestyle, their timeline, and their budget. Being approachable and keeping the entire design process as enjoyable and stress-free as possible is how I roll. And having a very detailed process keeps things rolling smoothly, and keeps all of us sane.

The vast majority of my clients are local to me (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX), however I do service clients throughout the United States via online design.

I’ve been an interior designer for nearly 30 years, and this August I’ll be celebrating my 16th year anniversary as the owner and principal interior designer of Kristy Mastrandonas Interior Design & Styling (KMIDS). If you’d like to learn more about me, please go here. If you’d like to learn about my design services, you can find that here and here. I share sneak peeks inside my personal home over on my Instagram feed, just in case you’re interested.

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