Spring 2019 One Room Challenge - Week 6: Matthew's Room Reveal!

After 5 weeks of working late into the night when the munchkins were sleeping I’m happy to say that Matthew’s room is finished! He asked for “green” and he got it - just not in the way he thought he would by painting the walls green. I painted the walls “Nonchalant White” by Sherwin-Williams which had just a hint of green and brought stronger colour in as accents throughout the space.

Matthew’s Room

Matthew’s Room

This is my fifth One Room Challenge after participating in the Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 challenges. My brother Paul from Brancon was once again my contractor and took care of installing the crown moulding and ceiling medallion as well as reconfiguring the antique bed. My Mom Susan helped install that amazing “Etched Arcadia” mural from Anthropoligie that took the room to the next level. And, last but certainly not least, all of the beautiful photos in this post were shot by Ryan at Rowell Photography.

Design Direction

I often refer to my style as “Twisted Traditional” but I think this is the most traditional room I’ve ever designed and there isn’t actually much of a “twist” to it at all. I drew inspiration for Matthew’s room from my boyfriend Grant who besides being an extremely talented musician, is obsessed with British Racing Green and antiques. He was so patient with all of my questions when I was sourcing furniture, sharing endless progress shots and was such a huge support throughout the challenge.

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A beautiful painting by  Lynne Millar

A beautiful painting by Lynne Millar

Redesigned Finds

We started with antique furniture and brass lamps that Matthew already had and ensured that we brought in lots of green through accents and paint thanks to my partners at Orillia’s Sherwin-Williams. I found a pair of living room end tables at our Orillia Habitat for Humanity Restore for $50 and knew they would work. After painting them in a high gloss “Hunt Club” green by Sherwin-Williams and adding hardware by Anthropologie they look great in the space.

Kerslake Pottery

Kerslake Pottery

The bed was an incredibly lucky find on Kijiji, was a steal of a deal and just needed a good polish. I think it’s probably my favourite part of the room and will definitely be a forever piece for our little family. We used Matthew’s same desk but instead of placing it on the wall opposite bed as it was before, Matthew really wanted it in front of his window. There wasn’t quite enough room for a chair so we tucked a little velvet stool underneath as a perch for homework or extra seating when his friends are over.

The globe was an inexpensive thrift store find made priceless thanks to the incredibly talented handlettering artist Jesi Machete of Cabin Calligraphy. I am in awe of everything Jesi does and have participated in 3 of her course offerings over the past couple of years to experiment with lettering on my own. Jesi also painted and handlettered the custom sign on Matthew’s door as you enter the room.


Opposite Matthew’s bed is his dresser that we already had, another lucky Kijiji find. He didn’t want a lot of art on the walls so we kept it simple with just two pieces of original art - a cheeky pastel horse drawing found on Etsy by artist Louise Brown and a pretty little landscape painting by one of my favourite artists Lynne Millar.


Matthew absolutely loves his room, especially the mural, and is already rubbing his hands together to hang a Lakers pennant for his hero Lebron James …

Thank you Lynda for organizing this event and for Better Homes & Gardens for supporting as media sponsor. Huge thank you to my partners at Orillia Sherwin-Williams for providing all of the paint for this project.

Please take a few minutes to take a look at the amazing spaces from other guest participants and featured designers over the next few days - I know I will!


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Source Guide:

“Etched Arcadia” wall mural, nightstand hardware, Anthropologie; SW 6161 “Nonchalant White” wall paint, SW “Hunt Club” nightstand paint, SW 7006 “Extra White” trim & door paint, Sherwin-Williams; nightstands, Orillia Habitat for Humanity ReStore; brass lamps, duvet cover, sheets, green tassel throw, desk notebook, Winners; books, Manticore Books, Amazon; gray glazed handmade pottery on nightstand, Kerslake Pottery; crown moulding & ceiling medallion installation, Paul Brandon of Brancon; green velvet drapes, IKEA; globe, white vase on nightstand, glass vase on dresser, votive holder, Value Village; lumbar fabric, Fabricland; lumbar insert, Amazon; headboard/footboard, art deco dresser, Kijiji; antiques: suitcases, trophy, alarm clock, Antiques on 11 North; flowers: hellebores, tulips, Street’s Flowers; flowers: white ranunculus, white peonies, Mid Valley Gardens; painting, furniture refinishing, lumbar pillow design & sewing, floral arrangements, room design, Carley Brandon Designs; photography, Rowell Photography.