One Room Challenge Week Two

This week of the One Room Challenge went by quickly! I’m currently on a vacation (in SPAIN!), but I made some major decisions on some of the larger pieces of furniture to keep everything moving forward. I love the One Room Challenge for how it pushes to make decisions for my own home. If you missed it last week, check out the first week of the One Room Challenge.

Before I dive into some of the details, I am going to introduce you to my final mood board for the space so you can see why some of these decisions make sense! I haven’t landed on everything yet but this mood board will give you the sense for the direction I’m going. I create these mood boards for each space I design and they are always a work in progress. Truth be told I actually made 5+ versions of this mood board before I landed on one that felt right. Design is a PROCESS and while it may look like I just put this together in ten minutes, it actually took quite some time to land on the final one I’m happy with! I’m going to introduce you to each part of the room every week, so stay tuned for more details! It’s still a work in progress and it’s fun to update as I make decisions.

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See credit sources below

The first thing I knew I had to decide on was the accent wall. It took me a good amount of soul searching to decide what to do with it. I LOVE wallpaper and had some contenders on the short list for this space. But I have used wallpaper as an accent already in several rooms in my home, and this room just didn’t feel like it was asking for wallpaper! One thing I have been wanting to try is either a Plaster wall or a Lime Wash wall. These techniques bring so much character into a space. The four white walls of my guest room need SOMETHING and the main wall behind the bed would be perfect for a Lime Wash. I need to get the accent color just right (some of these inspiration photos are a little drab), and if I do I think the OCHRE color I am planning on using in accessories is going to sing! Here are some examples of Lime Wash and Plaster walls… and remodelista has some great articles about them if you are interested in learning more. I’ll be sharing a lot more about Lime Wash when I get back from my vacation.

The next thing I needed to decide on was the larger dresser which would replace the vintage one. I searched high and low for the right one. I needed something that I could get in a hurry (this is a six week challenge after all!). I wanted clean lines and light wood. When I found the Madera Oak Sideboard at *Article, I knew it would be perfect! It’s long and low, and can act as a perfect grounding piece for art and accessories. I really can’t wait for this to arrive and can’t wait to style it in the room. I was also surprised to see Article carries so many STYLING accessories! I knew they had furniture but they also have lighting, rugs, throws, and decorative items. I also picked up this Mollo throw as an accent piece - I thought I could style it on a side chair as a counterpoint to the ochre color I’m going to use.

The other main pieces of furniture I decided on are from Hayneedle. I really wanted to place a marble top tulip side table next to my existing wood bed to make it feel light and pretty and I also wanted a modern side chair. A chair is always great to have, even in a small guest room, so you can sit to put your shoes on (or you know, throw all of your half dirty clothes on after you try on 3 outfits). Hayneedle has an amazing selection of mid century modern designs that fit in the budget, a lot of which are available quite quickly! I selected a marble top tulip table and wishbone side chair.

I have a LOT MORE TO DO and a lot more items to select, but I feel like I’m off to a good start with some of the main foundation pieces for this space! Thanks for following along and I can’t wait to give you some more updates next week!!!!

Also, the other Featured Designers have some incredible makeovers happening… check them out!

At Home with Ashley | Bre Purposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum 

Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt 

Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Vestige Home 

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer | Sita Montgomery | SMP Living 

Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens | TM by ORC 

*Article and Hayneedle are generous sponsors of the One Room Challenge, all opinions are my own.

Additional credit sources on mood board:

1. Lime wash -

2. Cultiver linen bedding -

3. Yellow pillows -

4. Ochre throw -

5. Black sconce -

6. Brass sconce -

7. White sconce  -

8. Neutral rugs -

9. Stripe fabric -

10. Artwork -

11. Poster -





One Room Challenge - Week One Kick Off

I had so much fun decorating my daughter’s room for the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge as a guest participant. It was motivating for me to have an actual deadline to get one of the room’s finished in my own house. It’s such a cliche but as an Interior Designer I often put my own projects on the back burner and spend all of my time and creative energy for my client’s homes (and happily so!)

So I am thrilled that I will be participating again in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, this time as one of twenty Featured Designers! I am so totally humbled that Linda, the founder of the One Room Challenge, has invited me to be a part of this amazing group of designers. The One Room Challenge has a deadline of SIX WEEKS from the start to the reveal - this is LIGHT YEARS in the interior design world where some of my projects can literally last YEARS. This season, I’ve decided to tackle our Guest Room which needs some major love. It’s small but it has some great bones and natural light. I can’t wait to see what we can do with it.

Here are the before photos. Sure, its a perfectly fine guest room with a bed, white walls, a dresser, and some random artwork. But it’s not exactly put together. Its not the welcome space I envision for my friends and family who come to stay with us, and we usually get quite a few every year. I’d love to create a super chic space which feels and looks like a California boutique hotel.

I purchased the dresser at the Alameda Flea Market a few years ago. It is truly a lovely vintage dresser - but it has overwhelmed every room I have ever put it in! It is too tall and too deep. This cabinet deserves a grand space, and this room deserves something sleek and modern. I need to sell this extra large dresser and swap out with something with cleaner lines.

My (professional cabinet maker) husband built me this gorgeous wood queen bed and these night stands as a surprise about 10 years ago! The bed and possibly one of the night stands are definitely staying. I’d love a more modern side table on one of the sides, and I’d also like to get some sconces to free up the surface area on the side tables.

I have some gorgeous artwork which I recently inherited from my grandmother, and it needs some love to be shown well in this space. I’m considering a gallery wall on the blank wall across from the bed, its’ just asking to be an art wall! I need to figure out how to make these paintings look more in context in my dream modern space. I think I’ll mix them with more modern artwork like photography.

Lastly and very importantly, I do love white walls - they feel so fresh and calm to me - but I think we need to make it feel more welcoming in here with an accent wall of some sort behind the bed. I was either thinking wallpaper or maybe a plaster or limed wall! Am I crazy? Yes, I think I am crazy. I love the look of OLD PLASTER WALLS and there are so many modern iterations to be inspired from! I also think this room needs a hint of color to liven up the space. I have been feeling OCHRE in a major way as with all warmer hues and I just might incorporate some of this fun color into this guest room!

I love how these gallery walls incorporate various kinds of art and its all cohesive with similar frames and color palette.

And I am so so inspired by these bedrooms! I love their use of statement midcentury modern sconces yet they feel so inviting at the same time! I mean if I were a guest I would want to stay here! A pair of fabulous sconces is on my wish list. While these rooms look quite spacious, I think we can achieve a similar elevated look in my petite guest room.

And check out my current love for the color OCHRE, YELLOW, AND WARM HUES IN GENERAL! You know I love a beautiful blue or grey bedroom but this color just feels so fresh and happy to me! And if something makes me feel HAPPY, I want to bring it into my space.

Photo Via Pinterest  - I am so inspired by this look! If you know the original source please do share so I can credit!

Photo Via Pinterest - I am so inspired by this look! If you know the original source please do share so I can credit!

I’d love for you to come along with me on this short six week journey as I make over this room. I have a long list of things to tackle for this petite guest room, and I know (/hope) it will look amazing at the end of it all. I’ll be sharing a lot on my instagram stories too, so head on over there to see some of the progress as well. I’ll also be featuring some amazing One Room Challenge sponsors along the way!

There are twenty other AMAZING Featured Designers who are transforming their spaces as well! I’d love for you to check them out .

 At Home with Ashley|Bre Purposed|Dabito|The English Room|Erin Kestenbaum

Harlow & Thistle|House of Brinson|J & J Design|Kelly Golightly|Linda Holt

Megan Bachmann|Michelle Gage|Mimosa Lane|Murphy Deesign|Vestige Home

Old Home Love|SG Style|Shay Geyer|Sita Montgomery|SMP Living

Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens|TM by ORC