Posted on October 6, 2019
I cannot believe I’m even typing the words “I’m a guest participant in the fall 2019 Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge.” I’ve dreamed of registering and taking part in this bi-annual event for years, but have never been in the position to do so…until now…sort of. I mean, who is ever REALLY prepared to make over a space in six weeks?!
Nevertheless, here we go!
It’s WEEK ONE of the One Room Challenge and I’ve chosen to design a Calm and Classic Master Bedroom.
This is what our master bedroom looked like right after we moved in. Green and brown for the win! Read the full story of our “forever home” here.
Our master bedroom is on the main level of our home (a new layout for us), and it has some interesting challenges that I’m excited to take on. For one thing, it has a weirdly-vaulted ceiling. Since day one though, I’ve had an idea of how to make sense of this oddity and I can’t wait to see it come to fruition.
See the strange vault situation?
Upon moving in, we painted all the walls white and took down the vertical blinds. Other than that, it hasn’t changed a bit. Pretty amazing what paint, furniture, and accessories can do for a space huh? Scroll down for a reality check.
If the entire room looked like that, I wouldn’t be making it over for the One Room Challenge! Here is what everything outside that tight, very staged shot REALLY looks like. It’s anything BUT a calm and classic master bedroom.
As you can see, we have a lot of pretty things going on in here, but it’s just sort of lacking any life or personality. That’s where the One Room Challenge comes in. I may not be able to do everything I dream of in this space in six weeks (that would require gutting the tiny en suite bathroom and that is NOT happening), but I can definitely spruce it up and make it the retreat that every master bedroom should be.
Here is the Calm and Classic Master Bedroom plan-ish:
Of course, this is just a visual of the direction I’m going. I’ll be building a barn door, adding other lighting, giving the en suite a cosmetic face lift, and so much more that I haven’t included in the mood board. As I used to tell clients, this is a conceptual mood board only.
For me, this round of the ORC is a chance to get my feet wet, make mistakes, and learn a whole lot. I’ve already gotten some really helpful tips and guidance from Thalita over at The Learner Observer, who is one of the twenty featured designers in this fall’s One Room Challenge. She is amazing, and I’m so excited to see the reveal of her master bedroom and en suite bathroom. When we chatted a few weeks ago, I had no idea we’d be making over the same spaces, which is so fun!
I’m glad I decided to join this crazy challenge, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous or feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’m determined to have fun with it though, so I hope you enjoy watching my inaugural One Room Challenge journey…I’m so glad you’re here!