• Reem Hassaballa

Alas, the time has come to finally reveal my One Room Challenge space. Better Homes and Gardens has sponsored this One Room Challenge this year and I have had an absolute blast as one of the 20 feature designers. It was truly an honor to be chosen and I feel like this was a true turning point for me. I have taken a room that I thought was hopeless to a space that my kids do not want to ever leave everyday and that is the best gift possible. I would like to first start by thanking all of my sponsors. Here is the list of my sponsors below. First, if you missed any of the 7 blog posts for every week of the One Room Challenge, here is a recap... Week 1 and Week 2, Week 3 , Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6, Week 7 . Also, I wanted to do this particular space because it was the worst spot in our house and hopefully that can inspire everyone to tackle their least liked space in their home.

Since I have covered all the above brands in previous posts, I would like to focus this reveal post on the furniture from Jonathan Louis. All my other sources are covered in weeks 1-7. I have been hiding this sofa and ottoman for more than two weeks now and I cannot wait to reveal it. It is the focal point of this entire makeover and it is just gorgeous.

My Sponsors

  1. Tempaper Wallpaper

  2. Loloi Rugs

  3. Minted

  4. Hudson Valley Lighting

  5. Jonathan Louis

  6. Kelly-Moore Paints

  7. Castlery

  8. Wovenbyrd

  9. Spoonflower

  10. HomePop

Mood board recap

Video Gaming/Lounge Space-Jonathan Louis


This post is sponsored by Jonathan Louis.

Jonathan Louis is a family-owned and operated furniture manufacturer based out of California. They are one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the United States. They are a group of passionate artists, designers, creators, and builders. They have countless configurations, colors, styles, and fabrics to help bring out each person's individual style.

The brand has a fully customizable collection called Jonathan Louis Design Lab, which was perfect for my project since I could tailor every choice based on my individual style. I designed a loft sofa with a left-facing chaise in Thrillist Pearl fabric, track arms, Gel Plush seating, and walnut cone legs. I layered on a set of custom pillows – their Maximalist Plus package – in Jubilee Steel, Pewter Plaything, Chunky Monkey Pewter, and Groundwork Indigo fabrics.

The icing on the cake is the Bell Storage Ottoman in Jubilee Pearl that has a swivel top opening. This is such a great solution for storage. Needless to say, this sofa,ottoman and pillows from Jonathan Louis Design Lab turned out fabulous!!!!

I talked about Jonathan Louis Design Lab extensively in Week 7. This collection truly takes the guesswork out of ordering and choosing your dream sofa. I love that you can customize the size, layout, arms, depth, legs, and comfort with an in-store app! And the fabric selection that Jonathan Louis offers is second to none. I chose Thrillist Pearl because of its durability since this will be in the basement. It is stain-resistant and that gives me peace of mind. In addition, their "Sofa Pop" program allows you to complete your entire look with accent pillows, ottomans, and chairs customized in your choice of fabric. My pillows and ottoman were part of Sofa Pop and definitely complete my space.

I couldn't be more excited and pleased about this sofa. The comfort level is so inviting as well. My kids and their friends have been lounging on this sofa since we got it and it has given my husband and I a comfy spot to watch our kids play the latest level of Super Smash Bros.

Here is a link where you can learn more about Jonathan Louis Design Lab and find retailers near you.


Lounge Area/Window reading nook


Board game area



In this area, I also painted the ceiling using Kelly-Moore paint in the color Harrow's gate to match the 6 closet doors and the board game closet.

Closet Doors

Closet doors before

Kelly-Moore Harrow's gate

Desk/Crafting space

Let's move on to the desk area. My kids use this to do their homework, draw, and do crafts. I knew these cups of markers and colored pencils were no longer going doing the job. They fall over and they look extremely messy. At first I wanted a floating shelf to put these cups on, but then I thought of s super simple, inexpensive solution.


These cute hanging baskets now hold pens, markers, colored pencils, and they are out of sight out of mind. This is such an easy and effective solution. This shiplap was begging for something like this!

And that is a wrap! I am so blessed and grateful to have had this opportunity and I would like to thank the One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens for choosing me to be one of the 20 feature designers! And, of course, I have to thank my sponsors one more time. They are all mentioned above, but this post has been dedicated to Jonathan Louis Furniture. I have learned so much from this process. But, the best lesson I learned is to never give up on any space. Every space has potential and it is up to you to discover the greatest potential of every space in your home!

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  • Reem Hassaballa

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

I have made so much progress in my One Room Challenge this week. If you missed Week 1 and Week 2, Week 3 , Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6, please make sure to take a look. Next week is the final reveal for the One Room Challenge and I can hardly wait. So many sleepless nights thinking about my design dilemmas for this space.... the perfect wallpaper for this space, the right tone of blue paint, a black or white sofa, plain ottoman or printed ottoman, what type of rug, should I add light fixtures, is this room good enough to share? Ahhh, I am finally done and I am so proud of my achievement!

One of the final pieces of my One Room Challenge, is the gorgeous sofa and ottoman gifted to me from Jonathan Louis. First off, I'd like to show you how I brought all the swatches together to create a cohesive design plan. I had an absolute blast choosing my fabrics when customizing my pieces from Jonathan Louis Design Lab. But, I also added some drapes with the help of Spoonflower.

Jonathan Louis Design Lab

When I heard about Jonathan Louis Design Lab, I wondered where this had been all my life. It is a designer's/homeowner's dream. It has made designing a sofa/sectional an absolute breeze. You can customize your sofa with the following options (images taken from the Jonathan Louis Design Lab website) using an in-store app, and then place your order directly at the store. There are retailers all over the U.S. that carry Jonathan Louis Design Lab.

This is absolutely brilliant considering how difficult it is to choose furniture. They take the guesswork out of the equation for you.

Once you have selected your sofa style, you are ready to order swatches and add some "Sofa Pop". This means you can customize your space even more by adding fun throw pillows, chairs, or ottomans to complete your entire look!

Here are the fabrics I chose for my sofa, throw pillows, and ottoman. As you can see, I used my wallpaper as inspiration for the rest of the design. The smaller fabric swatches are all from Jonathan Louis. These will be used for the sofa, ottoman, and throw pillows. It didn't take me that long to land on this design. I looked on their website and tried to stick to tones in my wallpaper. I am very excited about this design because it ties in so well with the rug, wallpaper, and paint.

I think it makes the most sense to reveal the Jonathan Louis sofa and ottoman during the final reveal, which is next week. So, you will have to wait just one more week!


I also finished off the basement space with the help of Spoonflower. Spoonflower is a great brand that is "revolutionizing the textile industry with their on-demand digital printing technology and eco-friendly sustainable and scalable manufacturing processes." I love that you can order wallpaper, throw pillows, tablecloths, drapes, and other textiles in the same fabric. I chose some gorgeous drapes and throw pillows from Spoonflower using the light grey dandelion fabric by Fritzin.

Dandelion really caught my eye because I was looking for something with the slightest pattern as to not clash with the wallpaper, but I didn't want a plain fabric. The subtle dandelion pattern is perfectly whimsical and playful. Not too young, and not too serious and it has just a touch of a coastal pop. It is just perfect!

I love that you can see the pattern on this fabric up close, but when you pull away, the pattern almost disappears and this is perfect because I did not want it to compete with the wallpaper. It adds just enough interest to the eye.

The Spoonflower drapes and three throw pillows completed this reading nook and made it a cozy place to hang. I just love it. The drapes perfectly frame the windows. The quality of construction on the drapes and the stitching on the pillows are truly outstanding.

Make sure to check out Spoonflower for an abundance of printed fabrics, textiles, and wallpaper. You can even order your wallpaper and textiles in the same print which would be super fun for any space.

Alas, next week is the final reveal! The completed space will be shared! From the painted ceiling and doors, to the rug selection, to the gorgeous new sofa. I am besides myself and almost in tears as to how I got this far.

See you next week for the final reveal. Please head on over to these other talented designer's blogs to see what they are up to for week 7 of the One Room Challenge.

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  • Reem Hassaballa

I am just about finished with the One Room Challenge. The rest of the furniture was delivered Friday morning. If you missed Week 1 and Week 2, Week 3 ,Week 4, Week 5, and make sure to take a look.

When I agreed to join the One Room Challenge as a feature designer I started to regret my decision very quickly. The basement playroom lounge used to be a very dingy, uninviting, mismatched space and I seriously did not think I can turn this space around. It has lower ceilings than the rest of the house and it just didn't seem like it was possible to get this space looking better. It was "cringy" as my kids would say. But, with some tips and tricks that I have learned over the years, I was able to transform this space into a room my kids are now proud to bring their friends over to hang out in. Take a look at this before shot...I know, embarrassing!

Wow, I just look at this and laugh now! Well, if I were to give somebody a list of tips and tricks on turning a space such as this into an amazing hangout space, I would break them down into a few categories.

Start with an item of interest

I started the design for this space with the wallpaper from Tempaper. You can read all about my wallpaper in Week 2. I pulled the rug, the paint, the sofa color, the throw pillow colors, the chairs all from colors in the wallpaper. I made sure that each of these items would complement the wallpaper well, not match. We don't want them to match, they would clash if we did that. We want them to flow cohesively. Take a look below.

All of these fabric swatches complement the wallpaper, the rug below, and even the pillow color in the far right corner. Together they all blend and make the other items flow. I was able to envision all this by making a moodboard.

Vertical lines

I chose a wallpaper with vertical lines to help the space feel taller. Our basement playroom lounge has original shiplap detail on the walls. It is absolutely beautiful, but because it was laid horizontally, it doesn't do much to the height of the space. Therefore, I chose a wallpaper with vertical lines to bring the eyes up and make the space feel taller. In addition, I did something, I have never done before, I painted the ceiling.

Go outside your comfort zone

Painting the ceiling in just one space made it feel more intimate and it tricks the eyes to making the space feel taller. I normally would never have done this. I would be too afraid because this is something way outside of my comfort zone. But, because I am supposed to challenge myself for this One Room Challenge, I decided to risk it and it was totally worth it. The risk really paid off!

Use paint to add interest

I knew I wanted to paint, but it was just a matter of where and what to paint. The doors have always seemed very blah to me, so I knew that paint was the perfect solution. I painted the 6 closet doors to add interest to that side of the space, but also on the bifold doors that store board games and other fun activities.

I am sure by now, you have noticed these awesome chairs from Home Pop. Home Pop is another small furniture brand that I discovered recently. I chose 5 modern dining chairs in gray woven fabric. They are extremely comfortable and assembly took less than 5 minutes per chair. Since we play board games here, these chairs were the perfect addition to this space. I love the modern, clean lines, and how sleek they look! They are just perfect.

This was a quick update on my One Room Challenge. Most of my items are linked on my LiktoKnowit Page https://www.shopltk.com/explore/reems_design .

Make sure to come back next week when I will be revealing the sofa from Jonathan Louis. But, please head on over to these other talented designers blogs to see what they are up to for week 6 of the One Room Challenge.

Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward InteriorsFrom House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest Jeweled Interiors| Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & HoneyPinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor

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