One Room Challenge… Week 1, 2, 3 & 4

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Hi there… This may seem odd, and I’m totally reluctant to do this, but there is a group of designers, bloggers, and diy’ers participating in the One Room Challenge.  It is an online linking event where each participant has 6 weeks to transform a single room in a home and share updates of their progress once a week, along the way.  Some of the designers are participants that were invited to join in the challenge, some are guests just joining in for fun and sharing their process and results.  I’m having a hard time even considering calling myself a guest cause I’m a little late to the “event”, considering it is more than halfway over already.  The event ends on November 11th, and room reveals will be posted on November 12th.  You can head over to to see the progress and updates from the other design enthusiasts.

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Sheesh… Nothin’ like a little pressure to kick up the motivation.

So, I chose our master bedroom to redo.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a few months years. Truth is, I really haven’t done much of anything with our bedroom since we moved in 2+ years ago.  I did build a custom headboard before we moved in because we have a window behind our bed and I needed a shorter than normal headboard.  I happened to have some scrap material lying around that I liked and just decided to go with that.  I didn’t have a real color scheme or plan in mind.  Honestly, I was just frantic about building the thing at my old house where I had a workshop and more space.  I just knew that once I lost my work space, a lot of projects were going to get put to the wayside.  And let me tell you, I had a huge accumulation of “potential” projects in my collection.

Ok, enough about that…Now I’m going to show you my bedroom… Pretty embarrassing actually, but maybe the sharing of it will help me to get my butt in gear to clean this space up a bit.  Maybe even have an intentional plan for it!  Imagine that!

Okay, so the room is not very big, 12′ x 15′.  This photo was taken with a wide angle lens which makes it appear larger than it is.


This is actually what it looks like when standing in the doorway.

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I know, fancy right?  Still can’t believe I’m sharing these pictures (insert blushing face)!

Ok, so… again, wide angle lens view.

Master 1

Standard lens view.

master 2

Here’s the view from the bed ↓… I hate it!  It’s all wrong…

Master 3

And then there’s this corner. Probably the only thing that is cute about the room, is this funky corner couch.


So, here’s the deal with the couch.  I actually bought a whole 3 piece mid century modern sectional and had the best intentions to reupholster the ENTIRE set, but then… It didn’t happen.  We were building a house, fixing an old house to sell and I lost my workshop.  If you haven’t picked up on it yet, losing my workshop was heartbreaking!  Seriously, I still have withdrawals about it sometimes.  But, I did manage to reupholster this corner piece.  And, with the left over yardage that was meant for the other 2 sectional pieces(which sadly ended up in the landfill), I decided to whip up some black out curtains for the room.  I L O V E to sleep in a pitch black room!  That being said, the chocolate brown velour does the trick perfectly.  It was a practical solution at the time, but it doesn’t function quite right behind the bed.

So, I’ve come up with a basic list for what NEEDS to be done.  It looks like this:

1. Newly upholstered headboard

2. Nightstands

3. A pretty, inviting “grown” up bed

4. Reading lights

5. Solution for the TV area

Bonus Desires…The Cherry on Top

1. Accent wall behind the bed and/or TV

2. Area Rug

3. Curtains

4. Paint

So there you have it… My wish list.  And, two weeks to do it!  What?!  That’s why I split the list into two, I’m pretty realistic about my reality and having aspirations larger than what I can actually accomplish.

Here’s the reality though, I did get a little jump start.  I actually began thinking about doing this room before I even knew about the One Room Challenge event, so I had already started to gather some textiles and things to go into the redo.  Like the blanket in the photo below.  I’d been eying it up for about a year.

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It’s made by Pendleton Woolen Mills.  You can click this link to go to the website.  I’m going to be honest, I bought this blanket in queen size, even though I have a king sized bed.  This blanket was very expensive… for me.  It’s not that I can’t afford it, it just seems REALLY spendy for a blanket. But, it’s great quality, supports USA farmers, and was made in Oregon or Washington….And, I love it for Pete’s sake!  I had been searching ebay and waiting for a sale but nevertheless, I decided to buy it.  It is going to be the focal point of the room.  I pulled the trigger and I’m not looking back!

Another thing that I have already purchased for the room is this fabric.

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I bought it in May, just because I loved it so much and it was 50% off.  I bought 3 yards, not even sure what I was going to do with it.  I’m pretty certain that I’m going to use it for the new headboard material.  Here is a link to it on JoAnn’s website.  It is a Nate Berkus woven blend upholstery fabric.

On one of my many trips to Lowe’s for my job, I happened across 2 of these reading lamps on clearance.

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They were…

FullSizeRender (16) You can still buy them online for full price though.  Link here.

I built this bench in 2013…  Or actually, I built 2 of these benches. I used wood that I had left over from the live edge log that I bought from a local mill for our hearth.  Post about my addiction to live edge furniture coming soon.

Master Bench With Fur

Check out this pelt… It’s A M A Z I N G!  It is from a Gotland Sheep… If you’ve never felt this type of fleece before, I can assure you that it is silky and luxurious!  I have quite a collection of sheepskins, too… But let me tell you, there is nothing that compares to the softness of this native Swedish sheep from the island of Gotland! L U X U R Y…. For real, people!  I bought it from the farmer that raised it in NJ, River Bend Gotlands and Shetlands.

I also have a Swiss Army blanket that I plan to do something with… Maybe a pillow?  Not sure yet, but this one is cute.

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If you like this pillow, you can purchase it here at The Vintage Round Top, a cool store in Texas that sells handmade and vintage goods.

Speaking of fabrics.  Have you heard of  It’s awesome! You can design and print your own fabrics, wallpaper, or gift wrap there.  They have all kinds of different fabric weights to choose from; cotton, jersey, satin, twill, and organic choices to name a few.  You can also purchase fabric by the yard designed by individual, independent designers.  I’m hoping to buy some prints from a designer that I think is fabulous!  Her name is Holli Zollinger… I’ve been eying up her designs for years!  Check out her huge assortment of designs here.

Below are a few of Holli’s designs that I’m contemplating for use as accents in the bedroom.  I’ve placed an order, but not sure if I’ll get the fabric before the challenge is over. If you click on the image you will be taken directly to the link on the Spoonflower website.

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Aren’t they great?  I’m so excited to get the fabric in the mail!

Anyway, the last thing that I want to share with you is my mood board… This is the first one that I’ve ever made, so bear with my novice design skills.  I just thought it’d be fun to put some images together to see how it all looked.  I think it’s feeling warm and woodsy, maybe with a little rustic modern vibe.

Mood Board Bedroom

What do you think?

Thanks for reading this ridiculously long post!  Wish me luck!

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