Back again, baby. I can’t believe I’m saying this but as you’ve seen on Instagram I’m in for the One Room Challenge for the FIFTH time! Hard to say whether I am addicted to the pressure, the promise of finally finishing a space, the camaraderie of the challenge, or just having an excuse to online shop and play house, but whatever it is, I am in.
If you don’t already know about the One Room Challenge (ORC) then you’ll be so very glad you do now. In the course of six weeks 20 designers and many more bloggers simultaneously transform a room in their own home. It is basically the pinnacle of design awesomeness hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, which you can see all about here. In past challenges I’ve done my dining room, my daughter’s room, my son’s room, and most recently my entry. I felt like I cheated a little by only doing a little refresh to the entry this spring, so this time around I’m going all in with our . . . master bedroom! Oh wait, the title gave that one away. I will be starting entirely from scratch – painting the floors, new paint on the walls, all new furniture, and an all new style. I’m really going for it. The only thing staying the same is the basic layout and the white linen bedding (because linen). Here’s what we are rocking in the master bedroom right now:
I changed nothing for these photos – this is our real life every day in this room. And here’s the backstory on it. The first day we moved into our house six years ago I painted our bedroom Restoration Hardware’s Sycamore Green. We have had a green bedroom, varying from dark to light to medium, ever since we’ve been married (thirteen years!). So even though green’s popularity is seemingly on the rise (you know you’ve seen all those new and very cool green kitchens floating around the internet), I’m ready for a change. I’m also ready to change this amazing vinyl dandelion decal.
I installed it right after we moved in and I think vinyl decals were a thing back then. So much so that my kids’ doctor’s office put up vinyl decals in all the patient rooms not long after I had installed my decal. That alone says the decal was not my best design choice. But in my defense I had just had a baby so my brain was scrambled, I had spent all my money on a house so certainly couldn’t afford art, and even if I could have afforded it, I’m very bad at picking art and even worse at figuring out how to fill a big blank wall. So that’s how the big dandelion came to be.
As for the furniture, we inherited all of it from my parents. Making the jump from a queen to a California King bed was awesome, as was having lots of storage space. What was not awesome is that all the furniture matches the floor, matches my heirloom chest, and is just not our style at all (sorry mom and dad!). So, out it goes. All of it. Especially that world’s biggest armoire that I don’t know how we even got up our stairs in the first place.
All that aside, this room is one of the reasons we bought our house. Because of these windows and the view.
Hard to tell but we have a great view of Puget Sound and a deck right off our master. I’m excited to play that up with more focus on that side of the room rather than all the oversized furniture. Maybe black doors again like we did in our dining room for a prior ORC?
I’m working on a design plan but this room redo is happening in real time friends. Other than starting to order a few things, I’ve done nothing and am overhauling this room in just a few short weeks with all the work happening on my already packed weekends. And did I mention I’ll be out of town one of those weekends?!
Fingers crossed it all turns out. And be sure to follow along, you’ll love it. Easiest way to follow is by getting my posts emailed to you (sign up at the top of the page) or add me to your reader. And of course, lots of behind the scenes and updates on Instagram!