Wednesday, October 2, 2013

One Room Challenge: Week One

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Hello everyone! I am so thrilled to finally be able to share the SECRET! I am a participant in Linda’s One Room Challenge(ORC). I know everyone ought to know what the ORC is by now. But, in case you DON’T; it is where a great group of 20 bloggers and designers are tasked with the exciting job of designing/transforming a space within 6 weeks. For the next six Wednesdays, you will be receiving an update from each of us.  I needed this kick in my butt kind of motivation to get our Master bedroom all “zhushed up!” I am so excited!
Photo Sep 30, 6 26 22 PM
I think the worst the before pics are, the better the reveal, right? These are not easy on the eyes but they will give you a general idea of the space. About 2 1/2 years ago, our current home was under construction.  Being pregnant then with baby number two slowed all my remarkable design ideas for each room.  However, since then, lots of decorating has been done, but the Master bedroom remains almost as bare as the day that we moved in. 
Photo Sep 30, 6 27 20 PM
This wall faces the bed and yes that’s one of those old t.v.s! It was the hubby’s very first t.v. and for some reason, he doesn’t want to part with it. We don’t even watch it! Well, maybe once or twice. Anyway, it has to go! I’ve been using that credenza as a dresser which works for me. Nonetheless, it will probably be placed elsewhere. This will become a feature wall of some sort, especially since it faces the bed.
Photo Sep 30, 6 27 49 PM (1)
That seating may get reupholstered and reused or it may get repurposed elsewhere. That wall is to the left of the bed if you’re standing in the middle of the room. I don’t know if I love the seating on that wall either… It’s usually a dumping place for clothes.
Photo Sep 30, 6 22 49 PM
This wall is to the right if you’re standing in the middle of the room. The double doors lead to the Master Bath and the walk in closet is off of our Master Bath.
Plans with a Feng Shui Flair
I am a believer in the principles of feng shui and I intend to incorporate them in the layout/design/décor of the room.
There will definitely be colour
I wanted to wall paper that wall that faces the bed, but still undecided.
A rug to anchor the bed
Lined drapery panels. Our bed faces East(a good thing) and we do receive lots of natural light. However, it is nice to be able to control the amount of light coming into the room and lined panels will help with that. Plus, they will soften the space.
While I admire reupholstered headboards, I am not leaning toward reupholstering ours(though I may change my mind). It’s a beautifully made solid tiger mahogany wooden bed. See here for a much better picture.
New or rather thrifted side tables. I do have a limited budget.
Lamps, art, etc.
I love my Nelson pendant, but if the budget allows, I am open to changing it
I have to figure out something for storage; a dresser, chest of drawers or something.

Photo Sep 30, 11 37 36 AM
Justina Blakeney
I initially entertained the idea of wall papering the headboard wall. However, nixed it because of the two windows. However, I love this space because the headboard isn’t upholstered, but instead softened by pillows sporting delicious fabrics. A lovely layered space.
Photo Sep 27, 11 25 43 PMpinterest
this is a great example of how lovely panels will look
Photo Sep 28, 8 03 46 PMpinterest
I love how the wall that faces the bed is being used here
Photo Sep 28, 8 03 00 PMpinterest
loving the glamorous touches, but it is still serene
Ok, Let’s go and check out what the others are planning for their rooms! xx


  1. there's something about husbands not wanting to give up these sentimental things...seems to be the same the world over!!!!

    sounds like a grand incentive to sort out your bedroom.

    just remember to have fun with it all!!

  2. WOW! I so wish I could participate in this; I love to transform ANYTHING, especially a room of the house! You are going to do already have a great bare canvas and your PINSPIRATIONS are just fantastic my dear!

    Now off to school.....Anita

  3. Just hopped over from Linda's and I'm excited to follow along! Loving your inspiration pics. This is going to be so fun!

  4. Stacey, this is going to be fabulous! I love your inspirations and can't wait to see what you decide on.
    All best,

  5. It's a blank canvas Stacey, I know you can whip some magic in this room for sure! Can't wait! I'm linking up tomorrow with my son's room!

  6. You are starting with some really great bones thats for sure. And I love your inspiration pics. Can't wait to see it come together!

  7. I'm a big believer in feng shui. I've read a ton of books but I'm not always sure I implement it. Really looking forward to following you to see what you do.

  8. What a fantastic space. Those windows are great, and I love the floors. Your first inspiration picture is killing that! I don't know anything about Feng Shui, except that I was told everything can be solved with a mirror and some water. I think that was a joke?

  9. So excited to see you in this competition. Can't wait to see the process. I love your plan!

  10. Love your plan! Can't wait to follow along!

  11. So glad you're joining us! I'm a tad jealous my bedroom would fit inside yours! Your space and plan look fabulous!

  12. Wonderful having a clean slate to start from. I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide on.

  13. Yay! I am so excited to see you on this list. I love your taste and so I will be watching every move you make.

  14. Hi there Stacey! It's been so long, but I have been around and your blog is still one of my favourite reads!!
    OMG this is sooo exciting!!! I can't wait to follow the progress- This Will truly Inspire all of us to get started in our own homes. I for sure know I have a lot of unfinished projects in my home:)!
    Good luck to you- I just know it'll turn out faboulous!! //Tina

  15. I just know you are going to work wonders in there!!! I have been motivated by this challenge to tackle THAT room, the one that makes scary noises when I pass. I am going to play along and "get er done!" Have fun!

  16. Great plans! Love your inspirations.

    Looking forward to see update next week!

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  17. This will be so fun to see this your inspiration photos!

  18. Cant wait to see the your inspiration pictures!

  19. You are gonna kill it, girl!! With your usual cool factor and good feng shui, of course. So excited to see you in the line-up for ORC.

  20. First of all, how have I not found your blog before? Love that you are taking a blank slate and making it fabulous. Can't wait to follow your progress!!

  21. You have such a great space to work with! I cannot wait to follow along!

  22. You're doing quite a bit! I love all of your inspiration pics -- this is going to be so much fun to follow!

  23. You have a great room to work with and the size looks twice as big as mine. Looking forward to seeing it all come together!

  24. It is so exciting to see everyone's plans and thoughts for a "New" room!!

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  25. Fun...that last image killed me. You got a big room there girl so I am anxious to see some purdy stuff.

  26. How fun! We can't wait to see what you do. Something about turning your master bedroom into a sanctuary of calm appeals to us and we'll be inspired to make some changes ourselves.
    C + C

  27. OMGoodness, this sounds like so much fun (and work!!), Stacey. I look so forward to seeing this evolve.

    Have a wonderful evening, sweet friend! xo.

  28. I'm excited to see the transformation Stacey! Your initial thoughts will add such life to the room!

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  29. I am thrilled to be in the One Room Challenge with you. It is a much needed swift kick in the rear to get this room looking good. Cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with and see your bedroom AFTER shots.


  30. If anyone can redo that room Its you. you have the sight...Have fun!!!
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

  31. I am so excited to see your room transformed. It's huge by the way. You have beautiful taste, so I know your room will be fabulous, my friend.

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  33. You have a wonderful canvas to work with...can't wait to follow along!!

  34. I'm already excite to see how wonderful it will look after.
    With those nice inspirations
    I know you'll do great.

  35. I Iove that you're doing this! Can't wait to see how it turns out! I'm redecorating too but really need some time frame incentive to make it go a little faster!

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