One Room Challenge - Week One
There's nothing like waiting until the last minute to jump on board for a fun challenge, right? Since I was a little on the fence earlier this week as to whether or not to participate in this spring's One Room Challenge, I took a quick poll on Instagram and the results were an overwhelming yes. And yet, I was still dragging my feet to commit since I have other projects in the works and because it's spring (I mean I'd rather be outside all of the time); so, as is very much in line with my personality, I signed up at the very last minute for one reason: accountability.
First off, I'd love to introduce myself to those of you who are new. I'm Heather, a small business owner based in Spartanburg, SC where my team and I design and renovate homes with a special emphasis on historic properties. All day, every day, I get to live the dream of transforming some of the worst and run down houses into beautiful homes and spaces and I absolutely love what I do. Personally, I'm in my fifth home renovation and this one was a biggie for sure. We've done a little bit of everything over the last two years including reconfiguring every room in the house except one and a back porch and master bedroom addition. I call it #MyNewNewHouse because I have a bad habit of moving often but I've decided this home is it, at least for a really long time. If you'd like to see more of what I started with head over to my portfolio to check it out. Okay so back to the matter at hand.....
In case you're not familiar with the One Room Challenge, here's a quick recap. Twenty designers along with a couple hundred guest participants choose a room or space in their home to remodel and document the process each week on their blog. This can range from a complete renovation to cosmetic updates and you can find design inspiration everywhere since each participant shares their progress each week. Last fall I participated for the first time when I renovated my Family Room so if you're new to my site be sure to check out the transformation. While I signed up simply to try and get just one room completed in my home, what I didn't realize was how encouraging everyone would be. Not only were other participants super encouraging but so many of my followers seemed to genuinely want to know how the renovation was going and many friends would ask about it when I would see them out. All of that transformed into accountability which is something I need to help me get to the finish line on my home. Since I only have two more spaces on the inside to finish up - the master bathroom and the guest bedroom - I went with the guest bedroom because that's where the most work lies. Fingers crossed I'll finish the master bath too!
So here's a quick recap of the space...
Formerly the dining room of the house, this newly configured space is the guest bedroom with an entrance off of the living room and a second door leading into the guest bathroom. I'll get into more of those changes next week but here's what we had to work with when I first bought the house. (Oh, and that chandelier....it was saved and relocated to the family room.)
The wall where the twin beds will be positioned has a little bump out so I've decided to use that as a feature wall and am 90% sure I'm going with this beautiful white wallpaper with gold peonies from Target. I'm not a fan of wallpaper - well not a fan of hanging wallpaper - so this could change but I've had this in my online cart for months so feel like it's gonna happen.
I already have all of the furniture for this space including two vintage twin beds and a dresser and wardrobe that belonged to my Papa. I love being able to incorporate meaningful pieces into every room in my house. There's not much of a budget for this transformation but since most of the major work has already been completed, we should just be looking at wallpaper and paint.
Wish me luck and be sure to check back next week for an update on the transformation and be sure to head over to the One Room Challenge page to view all of the talented participants and their projects. See you next week!