M.RED DESIGN – One Room Challenge: {The Living Room} ROOM REVEAL


Well well well, WE made it! – Welcome to the official week SIX of The One Room Challenge, aka Reveal Day.  Hang on while I get through my announcements, I know you are anxious to get to the pictures. I would like to thank all the little people that helped me get to this moment…no seriously, I really would like to thank Linda at Calling It Home and media partner, House Beautiful for sponsoring the challenge + my Instagram BFF’s who cheered me on with words of encouragement during my frequent breakdowns and rolled with me anyway. For those who don’t have a clue about the challenge –  it is where 20 invited badass home design bloggers (+ ME!!! and my fellow guest participants) transform a space from ‘hell no’ to extraordinary in just 6 very short weeks. Although I probably went through 6 or 7 cases of Pepto Bismal + vodka and lots of heartburn – it was totally worth it to finally be done with this sore spot in my own home – The Living Room. Sometimes I get so lost in making my clients’ homes amazing – I don’t spend as much time as I would like to creating spaces for my own family. This was an attempt to fix that.

If this your first time following my very first One Room Challenge journey, have a look back at –

WEEK ONE: I showed off my design plan here

WEEK TWO: Some progress and we kick it off by discussing those wonderful multi-color velvets by Harlequin

WEEK THREE: The custom navy Chesterfield sofa project starts here and also when my stress levels hit a new high

WEEK FOUR: More progress and we got a new and much improved marble subway fireplace surround

WEEK FIVE: Big ole lamp decisions

So why choose The Living Room to turn my life upside down for 6 weeks? Simply put, my wife (The Love) and I hated this space and therefore rarely used it. My first attempt at designing the space was during a postpartum baby fog and I just put it together way to quickly without regard for how we actually live or even considering our personal style. Yea, go figure since that’s what I do for work and all. I made a few too many new mommy #teamnosleep designer fails all around. Hey, it happens…As a result, we rarely spent time in the space, it was way too formal, it was too ‘blue’ if that’s possible…and on and on. The Love wanted the room to feel like an extension of our bedroom since it was right next door and it backs up into the kitchen (where we often visit). The end goal was to design a kid-freeish space, very functional, super comfortable, moody with bold saturated colors like I dig, a modern mix of vintage and the new (cause that’s how I roll anyway) and more.

Just so you know, I will give a run down of the sources I used for the project after all the pics (stay tuned for that part)

Alright, enough talk – here ya go!

THE Before (listing photos from before we bought the house):




M.Red Design - Living Room Design


M.Red Design - Living Room Design

The shelf holds some of our special treasures: a sculpture I did while in art school, A glass box that holds the dried roses from the funeral services of The Love’s Mama and Brother who left us recently, a green box that I inherited from my late maternal grandmother, a honking boulder piece of Rose Quartz which brings love and caring energy into a space and a Heart Chakra singing bowl (a Valentine’s gift to me a few years ago from you know who).

M.Red Design - Living Room Design

Art: Original piece by American artist Frank Frazier ‘The Purple One’

M.Red Design - Living Room Design


M.Red Design - Living Room Design

A rare limited edition signed copy of Kelly Wrestler’s book ‘Hue’ – a gift from a client.


M.Red Design - Living Room Design


M.Red Design - Living Room Design


M.Red Design - Living Room Design


Original oil paintings ‘By the dock’ by M.Red – inspired by a relaxing lake retreat I went to last fall.


M.Red Design - Living Room Design


M.Red Design - Living Room Design


M.Red Design - Living Room Design

Photography: Megan Weaver 


The Furniture 

Custom – remember the frame was a garage sale find. I sourced the perfect navy mohair from Fabric Carolina. The good folks over there are giving my readers 5% off your orders if you use discount code: mred5off
It ships straight from the manufacturer to your door. That’s awesome right?
Not into custom? – just grab the inspiration sofa.

Accent Chairs – AllModern.com | An official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
I love these chairs because I originally wanted vintage Parson chairs – and these have a very similar profile with the right amount of sparkle on the bottom.

Lucite Chair
Scout Design Studio

Asian Ming Credenza
Vintage: pre-owned
I found a very similar one listed here

Burl wood Asian side tables
Vintage imports: pulled from our inventory

Large Rug
Vintage: spotted at a local antique shop.

Zebra Rug
Rugs USA
An excellent go-to for new rugs and they even offer free shipping.

Lucite Tray Table
I am in this store at least 3 times a week, you never know what you might find – so go often for the good stuff. I found this side table and pounced.
My other option for a lucite table had I not stumbled on that one was this one.

Marble Tulip Side qTable
A reproduction inspired by Eero Saarinen’s pedestal collection – but who cares, its still a solid heavy aluminum base, with Carrara marble. It totally works.

Bergère chair + Ottoman
Vintage Thomasville: it came with a sinfully ugly original floral pattern so it was practically a giveaway at a neighbor’s estate sale, but the frame was in fab shape. Fluffed up the cushions with lots of down feathers and new upholstery and it’s golden now.

Coffee Table
Vintage brass Mastercraft: pulled from our own inventory. Was originally sourced for a client, but you know how the rest of the story goes…
Search for ‘Greek Key Brass Mastercraft table’ on Charish or 1stDibs to get one for your very own.

The Accessories 

Scout Design Studio – see week FIVE post discussing why I choose these particular beauties.

Greek Key, inlaid bone from the folks at Wisteria.
It has been discontinued, but they have other bone inlay mirrors ready to go. Or if you are set on the greek key pattern – here’s a smaller option.

Light Fixture
LBL Lighting 

Acrylic Framed Art
Original piece ‘The Purple One’ by Frank Frazier
Acrylic Frame – Wexel Art

Framed Art
Original oil ”By the dock…’ by M.Red
Canvas Frames: by my good friends at pictureframes.com

Vintage Burl Box (on coffee table)
Dress My Room Interiors Studio
It happened to be the perfect size to hold our square malachite coasters!
I’m obsessed with this place – my friend Ariene has a super good vintage furniture and treasure shop in North Carolina. Check it out. You will definitely find what you are looking for. They ship too.

Brass Bowl (on coffee table)
Vintage: pulled from our inventory

Asian man statue
Estate sale find: I’m told it is hand-carved black jade. Either way, I dig it.

Woman Sculpture (on bookshelf)
Original sculpture by M.Red

Animal Print Pillow
Custom using Scalamandre ‘Le Tigre’ silk velvet fabric.

Multi-color Throw Pillow
UK based TheCushionShop.com – using Harlequin Amazilla velvet

Throw Pillows

Throw (on back of chair)

Crystal Vase (on mantel)  + Whiskey Decanter (on coffee table)

Fireplace Screen

Candle Holders (on the mantle)
Vintage and preowned

The Finishes

Wall Paint
Benjamin Moore – Eggshell (low sheen) Mysterious AF-565

Bookshelf Paint
Benjamin Moore – High Gloss Mysterious AF-565

Trim and Ceiling Paint
Custom Color by Benjamin Moore –  very close to Swiss Coffee with a tad more yellow.

Tile (around fireplace)
Cararra marble subway tiles 

Hardwood, 5inch hand-scraped stained in deep Ebony


So, this is officially a wrap!

How did I do?


About the Author:

Hey folks! M.Red here. Welcome to my blog. I am hooked on damn good design, vintage loot and my paint brush. I'm a super busy working mom and wife - having a deep love affair with color and high contrast patterns. Stick around for my antics and a few treasure hunts. There is some pretty auto-magical stuff going on around here.


  1. Vee May 11, 2017 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning.

  2. Maggie @ Maggie Overby Studios May 11, 2017 at 5:36 am - Reply

    A girl after my own heart, Love this room and love that it is full of vintage finds!

  3. Tara May 11, 2017 at 5:55 am - Reply

    Love love love love it CONGRATS

  4. Jackie May 11, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Love this finished look!! It’s designed with elegance but not so formal that you can’t use it everyday. Great job !

  5. Kim May 11, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Absolutely amazing!

  6. Jessica Brigham May 11, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    This is one heck of a transformation!!!! I’m dying over the moody wall tones and pattern extravaganzas. You remind me to pour scotch in my surplus of decanters … absolutely love this space. I just want to cozy up!!! ??

  7. Melissa May 11, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Beautiful space! My favs are the wall color, those throw pillows you ordered with the bold saturated colors, and the sofa.

  8. Vanita May 11, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Congratulations this room is stunning. Stay AMAZING your AWESOME.

  9. Denetra May 11, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    LOVE IT!!!! A drastic change from before!!

  10. Veronica Solomon May 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    All I can say is WOW! You rocked this room out in such a major way! The transformation is like night and day! Amazing job! It looks so high-end, rich, layered, luxurious, and a room that I want to spend time in. The wall color, rug, sofa, and the drapery are totally my faves, but then again, everything seems to be my fave. Congrats to you! You finished this space LIKE A BOSS! 🙂 <3

  11. Sarah May 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    It turned out beautifully. Such rich color and truly unique design!!

  12. Summer May 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Mercy! This is stunning in every way, VERY very well done, Micaela!!!

  13. cindy espinoza May 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    this is gorgeous! love all your finds, such a good mix of old and new! the brass chairs are awesome!

  14. Christina May 11, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Love the rich color choices, the velvet sofa, the rug, the built in nook, lucite chair – basically love it all! Great job!!!

  15. Roslyn May 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love how you integrated multiple patterns, textures, and colors…all in a way that is not contrived: deliberate but not obvious!! I love the wall color and the lucite chair has me salivating….Love the accents and how seamlessly you blended traditional with modern!! SUCCESS on every level! I am going to have to check out that “inventory” LOL! So proud of you 😉

  16. Tirinda Hixon May 12, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Definitely a fan of the color choices. Blown away by the tiling on the fireplace/mantelpiece and the Greek Key mirror. The sofa looks amazing! Everything just looks so damn good.

  17. Susie May 12, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Love this so much. It doesn’t even look like the same room! Love the moody wall color and color popping floor rug. Everything is just perfect. Congrats on a great makeover! Susie from The Chelsea Project

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    • Sassy Mom June 16, 2017 at 12:52 am - Reply

      This Room is breath taking. Your selection of beautiful colors, patterns and textures flows so naturally. That sofa …is a MUST HAVE! I love the meaningful display of accessories. I could go on and on. I’m just happy I’ll get to see this in person real soon. So proud of you. Job well done!

  19. Brenda May 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous room!

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