Fall 2018 One Room Challenge - Week 1: Big Girl & Baby Boy!

It’s One Room Challenge time and I’m so excited to share that I will be jumping in as a Guest Participant for the 4th time! Created by Linda Weinstein, The One Room Challenge is an amazing event that happens each spring and fall where design bloggers come together to transform and share their amazing spaces. This year’s media partner is Better Home & Gardens!

For newcomers to the blog, I just formalized my creative outlet last spring and kicked things off by joining the 2017 Spring One Room Challenge with a makeover of my daughter Lily’s room. I learned so much from all participants the first time around that I joined again in the Fall with my own Bedroom/Office and finally this Spring with our Stairway Library.

Here is a quick view of my previous One Room Challenge Rooms:

spring 2018 one room challenge: stairway library

spring 2018 one room challenge: stairway library

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge: Carley’s Bedroom/Office with miss chelsea, our flamepoint himalayan

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge: Carley’s Bedroom/Office with miss chelsea, our flamepoint himalayan

SPring 2017 One Room Challenge: Lily’s room

SPring 2017 One Room Challenge: Lily’s room

My brother Paul from Brancon Construction was my contractor for every single challenge, did an amazing job and allowed me to complete everything on time and on budget. When thinking about which room to do for this Fall One Room Challenge I asked Paul and my sister-in-law Kristy if they would be willing to let me experiment in their home and the answer was YES!

Thanks to Paul and Kristy I have been blessed with a beautiful niece “Audrey” who will be 3 in December and a handsome little munchkin “Clark” who is 8 months. Audrey is ready to move out of her nursery and crib and Clark is ready for a space of his own which is a great One Room Challenge opportunity.

Audrey May & Clark Douglas

Audrey May & Clark Douglas

How did I decide whose room I should design for the challenge?

I didn’t! How could I?

I will be completing both “Big Girl” and “Baby Boy” rooms over the 5 weeks and 6 blog posts starting today! This opportunity is so special to me not only because I love this family so much but also because I grew up in their home. My brother has rebuilt our childhood home literally from the ground up and the second floor that houses 3 bedrooms, an office and full bathroom is ready for the final touches. Not many people get to redesign their childhood home so this will be an amazing experience for me.

Both Audrey’s and Clark’s rooms have brand new windows, insulation, drywall, hardwood floors and doors. Over the next few weeks “we” (my brother Paul) will complete:

  • window sills and trim

  • crown moulding

  • baseboards

  • doors

  • painting

I’ll follow along with furniture, art, textiles and finishing touches to bring these rooms to the finish line.

Here are some “before” pictures of what will be Audrey’s big girl room:

Audrey's Room - Before - Window Wall.jpg
Audrey's Room - Before - Closet Wall.jpg
Audrey's Room - Before - Interior Wall.jpg

Here are some “before” photos of Audrey’s nursery which will now become a nursery for Clark:

Clark's Nursery - window wall.pptx.jpg
Clark's Nursery - chair wall.pptx.jpg
Clark's Nursery - Interior wall.pptx.jpg
Clark's Nursery - crib wall.pptx.jpg

As you can see both spaces have great bones and great pieces already so we’ll be working with what we already have wherever we can for truly “redesigned” spaces.

I’ve had a few images in my mind over the past few months for inspiration for these rooms by amazing designers including Amber Interiors, Studio McGee, Sarah Sherman Samuel and Canada’s very own Sarah Richardson - just to name a few.

Big Girl: Inspiration for Audrey’s Room

Inspiration by Liz Lynch.jpg
Inspiration by Amber Interiors.jpg
Inspiration by Studio McGee.jpg

Baby Boy: Inspiration for Clarke’s Nursery

Inspiration by Sarah Sherman Samuel.jpg
Inspiration by Chinoiserie Chic.jpg
Inspiration by Sarah Richardson Design 2.jpg

We have a lot of work ahead but I’m excited to get started! Stay tuned here and via Insta for progress with these spaces as well as One Room Challenge rooms by featured and other guest participants.


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