Thursday, October 2, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 1

Hello there! Thank you for stopping by to check out my One Room Challenge! For those of you that don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, it’s a six week challenge where 20 bloggers are selected to transform a room from start to finish. Linda, from Calling It Home, started this challenge a few years ago and I have been following along since the beginning. This year I am terrified excited to be participating in the linking event of the ORC. I will be posting updates every Thursday and the completed room will be revealed on Thursday, November 6th.

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Megan and I’m obsessed with all things home decor. I love bold colors and patterns and want my home to have a bright, clean, and comfortable feeling. I’m trying my best to achieve the look I want, but have a really hard time committing to a specific color scheme so currently my home is not a true reflection of my style. You see, I am a dreamer, a thinker, and a planner, but I have a HUGE fear of commitment that often prevents me from even starting a project, let alone finishing it (I’m a buy the picture but don’t hang it on the wall kind of girl). I’m hoping the ORC will give me the kick in the butt that I need to help me commit to a design and allow me to confidently continue on to my next room. 

Without further ado, let me introduce you to my powder room and the hallway that leads to it. This is the view of the powder room and hallway when you enter from the garage door. I painted the door black during the summer but didn't paint the rest of the doors in the hallway because I couldn't stop debating between two different color schemes for the space.


Here is the powder room in all of it’s beige, builder grade glory.





This is the view from the powder room looking towards the garage door. In this space I plan to hang artwork on the walls, update the light fixture, paint the trim, and possibly paint the walls. I say “possibly paint the walls” because this hallway leads to the entryway and stairway which opens a whole different can of worms.


This is our front door/entryway. I’m dying to complete this space because I feel like it really sets the tone for our home. Hopefully I will feel more confident in committing to a final color scheme in this space before the end of the challenge. I would love to give it a little love before the six weeks is up, but that really just depends on my design choices for the powder room and of course the dreaded “B-word” (budget).


Here is my basic plan for the space:


  • remove ceiling texture
  • paint or wallpaper walls
  • change light fixture 
  • change wall fixtures
  • window treatments
  • artwork 
  • lacquer faux bamboo mirror
  • possibly change out vanity
  • hang pictures in hallway leading to powder room
  • paint the remaining doors (black, grey, white?)



I have been debating between two different color schemes for the space (and the rest of my great room) for over a year now. Here are two different mood boards that I have created for the powder room. I really like the blue color pallet because it is bright, light, and bold but I also like the black color scheme for it's boldness (and the fact that it matches a lot of my decor already).

I will reveal the sources of everything I use in the room throughout the challenge, but I want to point out that I have already decided to use artwork from The Pink Pagoda and have featured a few of her prints on my moodboards.




Which color scheme one do you prefer? I can't wait to hear your thoughts, maybe your opinion will help me finally pick one over the other!!

Next week I will show you which scheme I am actually going select with along with more details on the specific design. Thanks again for joining me on my ORC journey, I strongly encourage you to go check out all of the exceptional designers selected to participate in the ORC here and all of the other linking participants here.


Here are individual links to each participant. 






28 comments:

  1. I love your bold color choices! The plans look great and I can't wait to see where you end up!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to seeing your master transformation. My little boy is 16 months as well, and I completely understand your need to reclaim your master suite!

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  2. hard decision.... i love them both!!

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  3. Really like both color schemes. Jennifer's artwork will look smashing!

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    1. Ahh, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT! I flippin LOVE your style and crack up every time I read your posts! I can't believe you found, read, and commented on my little post.

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  4. yes, let's all have a boring builder beige bonfire! :-) Can't wait to see the progress

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    1. Thanks for the support! I'm all about the builder beige bonfire, which I will now refer to as the BBB going forward!! ;)

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  5. I love love plan number one- so bold and sooooo fabulous! I can't wait to see this come to life!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I followed your last ORC and I can't believe YOU are complimenting MY design! Your floors and herringbone fireplace are SPECTACULAR!

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  6. I love both options! It would be so hard for me to choose between the two. It looks like you're off to a great start, though. Good luck! Btw, can you tell me more about the botanical prints in your entryway now? They are fabulous!

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    1. Thank you!! I fell in love with black botanical prints years ago and found these for free at the link below. I had them printed at FedEx for less than $10 all together!! Crazy, right?!?!?

      http://vintageprintable.com/wdc/botanical/botanical-educational-plates/

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  7. Wow - I love your choices. I wish I had the guts to use color like you. Both are awesome, but I really like option 1. I think the texture is what does it for me. I'm almost sold on option 2, but that texture isn't there on the mood board. Maybe some green grass cloth wall paper would help :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!! I have to admit that I'm nervous about pulling the trigger on so much color in such a small space but I'm becoming more confident by the minute! I have a few other mood boards for the rooms, some of which contain different texture and vanity options. I'll post them throughout the week and look forward to your opinions to help me decide!

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  8. Love the blue and orange. So light and bright. Can't wait to follow the progress.

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  9. I adore blue and orange together so I love the first one. And great call with the artwork! Can't wait to see more!

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  10. What a lovely powder room this is going to be. I cannot wait to see your progress and how it all unfolds.

    I too am participating in the One Room Challenge. My challenges? I just moved to a completely new state (Texas) last week and therefore have no idea where to source things other than Wal Mart and Home Depot. :) I am currently battling strep throat and just want to lay around and eat soup as opposed to painting a 30 year old polyurethaned oak coffered ceiling that has never before seen paint. The accompanying powder room rivals the worst gas station stall ever. But a bonus is that the previous owners installed a wine glass and bottle holder on the ceiling of the bathroom. I kid you not. Come take a peek.

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  11. I really love this plan. Don't be afraid, you can do this. Good luck!

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  12. Tough choice, both are awesome. But I think I'd pick the first! Yay! Can't wait to see what you pick.

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  13. I'm totally in for the builder beige bonfire. Mine is starting to suffocate me! I'm loving both of your mood boards, but leaning toward the blue as my fav. I'm guessing that's probably selfish because I'm leaning toward using blue in my powder room. I'm kinda paralyzed with indecision in my room, so can't wait to get inspiration from yours.

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  14. Wow! I love, love both plans - I don't think you can go wrong either way! Don't you just love the prints from The Pink Pagoda? I looked at those again last week - I'm thinking of getting them for my powder room - I can't make up my mind on which ones I like best though! :)
    Good luck - you've got this!
    Shelia @ House of Highlands

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  15. Love the orange! What is the name of the orange and blue fabric?

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    1. The fabric is Lotus Lake Porcelain by Waverly. There are a few different color ways and all of them are beautiful. I love the slight sheen that the fabric has, it really kicks it up a notch for me.

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  16. I really like the first plan. I love the texture of the grasscloth and the colour combination of navy and orange. Good luck - i look forward to following along!

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  17. I'm also leaning on the first choice - it's very fresh, which I think is fun for a guest bath! But I definitely see your dilemma... the black fabric (or is is wallpaper) is fabulous too!! Can't wait to see! Nothing like a deadline to get things moving, right?!?

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  18. I think I'm a fan of the orange...but really love all bold colors! Can't wait to watch the transformation unfold during the challenge :)

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  19. Powder rooms are so fun to do because you can really get away with being bold. I love both plans but my fave is the first one. Good luck:)

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  20. First, you had me at your mood board and powder room! Wish we had a designated powder room; one day. I love your colors, but your first mood board is what struck me. I have a huge blue and coral crush! Looking forward to seeing you transform this space and participating in ORC with you!

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