One Room Challenge- Week 1: Guest Bedroom Makeover

Welcome to the first day of the spring 2017 One Room Challenge! Truth be told, I have been ready for this project since the last day of the fall 2016 cycle. If this is your first time visiting, you weren’t reading back then, or you have no idea what the One Room Challenge is, here’s the deal. Twice a year, Linda from Calling It Home hosts a huge makeover event for interior designers and bloggers. The challenge is that each participant takes on a space in his/her house to transform. The time limit? Six weeks. Starting today, I will be posting updates on the progress of my “challenge room” every Thursday, and on May 11, I will share the full final reveal of the finished space. Each week, I will be linking up with all the other participants at the bottom of the post. All kinds of rooms and spaces will be tackled- some simple, some elaborate. If you are a “before and after” junkie like me, you will absolutely eat it up!

Last fall was my first One Room Challenge; I transformed my office and six months later, I can truly say it makes a huge difference in my work day. This is where I started…

Not so great, right? Well after six weeks, this is what the transformed room looked like.

Pretty crazy, huh? You can see the full reveal and all the details HERE.

This time around, I am tackling our third guest bedroom. While that may sound ridiculous, my husband and I don’t have childrens’ rooms and all of our family lives out of town. You would be surprised just how many times we have been at capacity! But, this isn’t my first guest bedroom makeover. Early last year, I took on a guest bedroom, in partnership with Pottery Barn. The goal was to create a white retreat; here is where I started…

And this was the final result.

You can see the full reveal HERE. We have a third guest bedroom downstairs (HERE) that will eventually get a refresh but for now, it is fine. The bedroom I am tackling for the One Room Challenge, however, is not “fine”. I always cringe when our other two rooms are filled and I have to put someone in this third room. Actually, guests tend to really like this room because of the comfortable mattress, but I’ve never actually done anything to the room. I have other spaces I’ve never finished or am desperate to update, but this was the last space I truly hadn’t touched. After asking readers to vote on which room I should tackle, and weighing my options, I decided I would rather knock this out, once and for all, and revisit the smaller updates later. Ok, so you wanna see where we are starting? (PS: the only ORC rule is that this is a no-judgement zone! haha) Here we go.

One Room Challenge Guest Bedroom Before Makeover

Notice that migrating elliptical? haha 😉

Before guest bedroom week one one room challenge

You know what? I take that back; I think this room is fine but with six weeks to make it way better than fine, I’m excited to make this room a space I am proud to host guests in. And folks, we have a design board! I have been planning, and re-planning this space in my head for months and finally, as of one hour ago, finished getting it “down on paper”. It will be an eclectic mix with common themes – lots of natural elements and textures, but still true to the neutrals I love. I’ve linked sources and details at the bottom of the board; some affiliate links are included.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to tackle this thing? Yes, “you”- you better believe I’m going to be asking for lots of feedback as we go through this six week process! Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below! And, if you want to make sure you are getting the latest updates each week, straight to your inbox without missing a single detail, you can sign up for my emails at the bottom of this post.

To check out the other bloggers and their projects, be sure to visit the link-up page HERE. And, you won’t want to miss the 20 featured bloggers (HERE). Now is the time to pick some favs to follow throughout the next few weeks!

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  1. 4.6.17

    It’s going to look gorgeous! ?

    • 4.11.17

      Christina, thank you!! Excited to see what you’re up to!!

  2. 4.6.17

    It’s going to be fabulous!!! I love love love that stool! Can’t wait to watch you work your magic! xoxo

    • 4.11.17

      Jen, so excited to tackle this with you again!

  3. 4.6.17

    Kelley, it is going to look amazing just like all of your other rooms! Can’t wait to follow along!

    • 4.11.17

      Brenna, thank you! I hope so- I’ve kind of been blindly not paying attention to too many measurements so I hope there aren’t any surprises! haha

  4. 4.6.17

    Your office makeover was lovely! Looking forward to seeing the guest room progress. (Btw, your photography is beautiful!)

    • 4.11.17

      Brittany, thank you so much! I am so excited to tackle this thing!

  5. 4.6.17
    Joan Mechlin said:

    Kelley, I love your design board so I know I’ll really love the completed makeover.

    • 4.11.17

      Joan, thank you! I’ve ordered most everything and have tweaked a few things… excited/nervous to see it come together!

  6. 4.6.17

    Oh I’m loving your inspiration Kelley! So glad to see you back from ORC round 2 my friend! I know this will be just as stunning as the rest of your home! Let’s do this! XOXO, Sarah

    • 4.11.17

      I need to stop by and visit with you!! I can’t wait to see what you do- yes, let’s do this! xo

  7. 4.6.17
    Maria said:

    It’s going to be fabulous Kelley. I’m looking forward to following your weekly progress. What color will you paint? Or am I just going to have to wait to see? ?

    • 4.11.17

      Maria, I am going with Alabaster again- the painter comes tomorrow!! Thank you so much for stopping in <3 xoxo

  8. 4.6.17

    Great plan can’t wait to follow along over the next 6 weeks. Sidebar-I LOVE those Ginger jars!!!! They are fabulous 🙂

    • 4.11.17

      Jen, we need to catch up and dish about our spaces! I LOVE your space!

  9. 4.6.17
    Holly said:

    Your ORC from last year is amazing! This is my first year participating and I am making over my home. I hope mine turns out half as great as yours! Also, love the plans for your bedroom. Can’t wait to follow along!

    • 4.11.17

      Holly, thank you and omg how fun!! Pace yourself and don’t panic. The worst weeks for me are the first two (trying to get all the big stuff), and the last when you realize you need XYZ to pull it together.

  10. 4.6.17
    Bree said:

    Can’t wait to watch this unfold Kelley!! I know it’s going to be just fabulous when it’s all said and done! Woo hoo!! Xoxo

    • 4.11.17

      Bree, thank you so much! I CAN’T WAIT for your upcoming project!! That one will be BIG! 😉

  11. 4.6.17
    Tamara said:

    So gorgeous and love that bed!! I need those stools too! Would you believe I still don’t have a blue and white pair?! I think I should just go ahead and steal my mother’s haha! Can’t wait to see this all finished!

    • 4.11.17

      Tam, you SO need some!! These are more of an indigo- less royal blue or navy; I still haven’t seen them in person and am dying to get them in!

  12. 4.7.17

    Simply lovely – can’t wait to see it finished !

    • 4.11.17

      Thank you so much! I am excited to really get into it!

  13. 4.7.17
    Joanne said:

    Everything you do looks absolutely amazing so I’m sure this is going to be beautiful! I LOVE the bed!

    • 4.11.17

      Joanne, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me encouragement and sweet notes- absolutely makes my day <3

  14. 4.7.17

    This is SO up my alley – I’m dying over your plan but especially those garden stools – those are amazing! Can I make my reservation for late May? 🙂

    • 4.11.17

      Kris, I was so lucky to grab them; they are sold out a lot of places. And OF COURSE!!

  15. 4.7.17
    Haneen said:

    Ohhhh, this is going to be so pretty, Kelley!!! Good luck, friend!

  16. 4.9.17
    Adam said:

    Beautiful design. Can’t wait to see the lighting you choose! Good luck, friend!

  17. 4.10.17
    yuni said:

    Kelley, I’m loving the rug and all of the gorgeous neutral textures you’re using. I have no doubt this room is going to be fab my friend!! Can’t wait to see the progress!

    • 4.11.17

      Yuni, thank you so much! I can’t wait for it to really get underway!

  18. 4.11.17
    Charlotte Lindsay said:

    When you are done with this room your guests are never going to want to leave. You will have a stunning space and a comfortable mattress, I mean what more could they ask for? I love the headboard that you have chosen, excited to see how everything comes together.

    • 4.18.17

      Charlotte, thank you!! The bed is officially up and I am in love! 😉

  19. 4.13.17

    The plan is seriously stunning! I especially love the chandelier you’ve picked out!

  20. 4.13.17
    Joni King said:

    Another great chandelier! Love the neutrals & textures, can’t wait to see the progress each week!

  21. 4.13.17

    I’m just going to go ahead and officially invite myself over once this guest bedroom is finished. Mkay? Thanks.

  22. 4.25.17
    Marlene Curtis said:

    I absolutely love this room! It is beautiful, subtle, and so well-thought out. You are so talented! I have purchased the bed, rug, and stools but I cannot find the night stand on website. Can you provide more specific information please?

    • 4.27.17

      Hi, Marlene! Thank you so much for following along. If you are re-directed to their main site page, type “Crestaire Southridge Bedside” in the search bar. The color is Capiz 😉