One Room Challenge: Week One

Hey guys! I’ve just decided to do something I’ve never done before. For the first time ever I’m going to join the One Room Challenge.

One Room Challenge

I’ve been blogging for a few years now and it’s always been a part-time thing. But lately I find myself wanting to spend more time here. I’ve also been feeling like it’s time to start stepping outside my comfort zone, try new things and challenge myself.  So when I saw the announcement on Instagram that it’s that time of year I immediately wanted to be a part of it.

You know I’ve said it before, that I tend to drag out my own personal projects for longer than I should. Now if I’m working for a client, then I’m all over it. But for some reason I tend to take my time with my decorating and remodeling projects. Unless I have a deadline. Remember the kitchen cabinet makeover from last year? I had to have that done in time for a Christmas party, so I had no excuses.

That’s what’s so great about the One Room Challenge. It’s only six weeks long and requires an update each week. So that will require me to stay on task and hold myself accountable. If you’re not familiar with the One Room Challenge it’s basically a six-week blogging event created by Linda of  Calling it Home , where several well known and established bloggers completely makeover a room and share the process as they go. At the end of the six weeks is the big reveal. Here’s the really cool part. Anyone with a blog (that’s where I come in) is welcome to participate. I have followed so many of these bloggers and their ORC projects and I’m super excited to be participating this time.

Here is a list of the insanely talented bloggers that have been designated to participate this round.



Now let’s talk about the room I’ve chosen for this whirlwind makeover. It’s the guest room. It’s one of the few rooms that I haven’t even touched since we moved in a year ago. It hasn’t been a priority since we almost never have overnight guests. But what I really want to do with that room is turn it into a guest room/home office area.

I’ve never really had a space of mine own to work in and it would be great to have a room where I can go when I need to be alone and quiet. Because honestly, everyone needs that kind of space. My current work space is at the built-in desk in the kitchen, which has been great. But spending more time blogging is going to mean retreating to a quiet area where I can think clearly and be away from distractions.

Plus, I want to be able to offer out of town friends and family a beautiful and comfortable space to sleep when they visit.

This is the space.

One Room Challenge Guest Room from The Styled Soul


One Room Challenge Guest Room Makeover from The Styled Soul

One Room Challenge Guest Rom Makeover from The Styled Soul


So I’ll be completely  honest. This is what the room looked like when we moved in not what it looks like right this moment. Right this moment it’s a dumping ground for all the things that haven’t yet found a place in our home. It’s a hot mess.

Here’s a breakdown of what I want for this makeover.

  • I’m thinking that window nook is the perfect little spot for my office space.
  • The room will have to be painted.
  • A cool light fixture.
  • Window panels and possibly blinds.
  • The room will need one nightstand and a dresser or chest.
  • Then of course, artwork and a rug.

The overall look I want for the space will be very much what I already like to do. Which is a mix of classic and modern pieces with the occasional cool vintage find. I also want to incorporate some kind of fun element, something that I wouldn’t typically do.

The only thing I know for sure right now is that I want the bed to have a very cool element. I’m not necessarily going for the expected guest room look with an upholstered headboard. Although I wouldn’t rule that out if I could find the right fabric. So I’ll share with you one inspiration photo.


World Market Wicker Headboard

I might use this  headboard and I might not. But I’m feeling this look. Fingers crossed I can pull it off in six weeks.





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  • Sheryll $

    October 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I love the head board. I say go for that one.


      October 21, 2016 at 12:01 am

      Hey Sheryll! I love it too, but sadly it won’t fit the wall I wanted to use it on. Kind of a bummer but I came up with another option.

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