ONE ROOM CHALLENGE ™, Fall 2019, Week 1: Guest Room Remix Design Plan

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Hey y’all! Welcome! If you’re new here, my name is Meg; Raging extrovert, devout maximalist, seasoned thrifter and DIY enthusiast. I am brand spanking new to this blogosphere and in an emboldened attempt to hit the ground sprinting, I’m simultaneously signed on as a Guest Participant for the One Room Challenge™! Am I totally freaking out? Why yes. I am! But biting off WAY more than I can chew, making rash decisions on the fly, and somehow pulling a rabbit out of the hat in the eleventh hour is sort of my shtick. So here we are.


If you’re not familiar with the spirit of the One Room Challenge™, it’s an online event that happens biannually (Spring and Fall) where 20 Featured Designers, as well as Guest Participants, transform a room over the course of six weeks. The final reveal is Thursday, November 7th! I hope you’ll follow along each week as I document the process of renovating a room under the gun and on a dime! I’ll post updates to this blog every Thursday, and if you’d like to follow the day to day progress as well I’d love to invite you to meet me in my Instagram stories. We have a lot of fun in there.

I dropped a little teaser earlier this week on Instagram to see if y’all could figure out what room I’ve chosen to transform, and if you didn’t pick up on the not-so-subtle title, I’ll be creating a BOLD & THRIFTY GUEST SUITE!


My hard working hubby and I will be making all our guest room dreams come true in a 10ft x 12 ft bedroom that belonged to our youngest daughter, Emerson. Last fall, our oldest signed her first year-long lease on a new house with her college buddies, so Ms. Emmy jumped on the opportunity to move into her sister’s bigger, better, basement boudoir. I shed buckets of tears over my first baby bird officially flying the coop, but quickly learned there is an upside to emptying our nest: For first time in our adult lives, we have a bonafide guest room!

Sure it’s boasting v. strong 10 year old girl vibes at present, but gone are the days of kicking teenagers out of their havens and shoving dirty laundry aside to make room for our beloved visitors!

Here is a photo of the room from the original MLS listing when we purchased the home in 2016.

MLS Listing Photo

Hello pink! And below is what the room looked like a week ago. At this point, Emmy has been out for about a year taking all her favorite pieces with her. What remains is a hodgepodge of furniture, random decor pieces, and our collection of Christmas books on display because why not?


It all began with a shower curtain and a camping trailer. That sounds a little ridiculous, I know. But in truth, inspiration springs from the unlikeliest of places sometimes and this is no exception. I can promise you that anything else I pull into this room to accompany these aforementioned beautiful songbirds will merely sing backup. They are Beyonce and MJ.

Here are a few nuggets of inspo for your viewing pleasure that speak to the Bold & Thrifty concept I envision for this space.

Design by Emily Henderson
Image Credit to Tapet Show
Image Credit to Anita Yokota
Image Credit to Vintage Revivals
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If you’re picking up on a bold feature wall and something funky underfoot you’re on the right track! Every square inch of this room’s ‘shell’ is about to change! The real tragedy is the flooring. The carpet is old. It’s fibers are worn and bound together by the sticky remnants of a creative, wild and willfully expressive artist practicing her craft. They’re freaking nasty y’all. I cannot wait to rip them up and replace them with a budget friendly, high impact option that’ll pack a punch.

The shower curtain I referenced earlier will make her big debut as a focal point wall treatment and the rest of the space will be awash in monochromatic tones pulled from her zen-like color palette. I hope to add as much architectural detail as time and budget will allow by way of crown molding, board and batten, and taller baseboards.

Then the fun starts! I’m planning to pull tones of rust, coral and gold into the room through the rug, bedding and accessories. Here’s a peek into what I’ve gathered thus far.


1. Shower Curtain | 2. Ceiling Pendant |3. Color Palette | 4. Real Plants | 5. Bed Frame | 6. Lumbar Pillow | 6. Euro Shams |7. Miramar Rug | 8. Vintage Luggage Rack (thrifted) | 9. Throw Blanket | 10. Board and Batten | 11.Wall Sconce | 12. DIY Plywood Floors

What do you think? Of course this is all subject to change assuming things look grossly different in person vs. online or they simply just don’t work in the space as well as I thought they would. As with any project I take on, it’s a total crap shoot until I can see it come together with my own eyes.

Let the games begin!


  • Clear out room
  • Patch drywall holes
  • Remove baseboards
  • Remove Carpet and pad
  • Pull all carpet tacks and staples
  • Color match fabric with paint
  • Repaint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Paint closet (?)
  • Spray Paint Window (?)
  • Install fabric wall treatment
  • Install Crown Molding
  • Install new light fixture
  • Board and Batten
  • Determine Plywood floor pattern
  • Cut all flooring
  • Lay all flooring
  • Reinstall baseboards
  • Rehang curtain rod
  • Resinstall sconce(s)
  • Thrifted nightstand options
  • Accessorize

Whew! This list is long and making me itchy so I’d better get cracking! I’ll see y’all right here next week with an update, and don’t forget to meet me in Instagram stories to follow the day to day progress and help me make design decisions!

See what everyone else in this challenge is up to at One Room Challenge™.


Visit each week of the One Room Challenge™ Here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

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