One Room Challenge… Accepted!

This is the first post in the One Room Challenge series. Here’s the latest update.

Linda from Calling it Home hosts this fun one room challenge that I’ve always wanted to participate in. Six weeks, one room from start to finish, one blog post per week.

This time around, she’s also hosting a linking party so anyone can play in the challenge. Strict deadlines and peer accountability? Exactly what I need as a serious procrastinator with extreme decorating ADD.

I mentioned the challenge to Nick and said, “Too bad we don’t have a room that we haven’t started decorating yet. This challenge is from start to finish.”

He said, “What about our bedroom?”

Bingo. We DID start decorating that room (223,102 years ago) but barely and it has been abandoned ever since.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

In July 2009, the bedroom looked like this. We had just moved in five months prior and was still exhausted from our March wedding to do ANYTHING around the house.


july 2009

And this is my favorite photo:


The TV on two chairs. That is so LOL.

Flash forward to April 2010, almost a year later. We painted the bedroom, got a new bed, put up the chandelier that my mom gave us, and… That’s it, I guess.

april 2010

I still love the darker gray trim around the edges of our walls. That is definitely staying.

OK, start up your time machines once again. Let’s go to March 2012 this time.

march 2012

This is pretty much what our bedroom looks like these days, crib included but for Sienna this time. There are now purple curtains on that window, which you can kinda see in the next photo.


And we’ve done basically nothing to that room ever since, other than changing the arrangement of the furniture. The bed is on a different wall now, opposite the window. But that’s it.

Nick and I sat down and had a serious discussion about our bedroom. He sketched our room on a paper and scribbled down all of our plans on it. That piece of paper is going to be looked over and adjusted at least 320 times over the 6 weeks, but I made a clearer version for you.

This is our bedroom right now. Just mentally add random clothes littered all over the room (mostly on my side) and you should have a good idea of how it looks like today.

our master bedroom todaySienna still sleeps in our room, hence the crib, and will continue to do so until she sleeps through the night regularly and can go to sleep on her own. Soon, I hope. Soon-ish.

And here’s our plan for the room, as of right now.

plans for our master bedroom

Welp. That’ll be a lot of work.

There’s a lot of boring stuff there, like paint touch ups and mounting the TV, but these are things that we NEED to do anyway. But for now, let’s just chat about the fun stuff!

We have a black upholstered leather bed that we really do like, but it’s utterly destroyed by our cats and their evil claws. Boo, cats. We’re currently stalking Craig’s List for a cool wood bed that we can paint a fun color, like this:

painted wood bed
Source: Lonny

As for the color scheme for the room, we’ve always planned for purple to be one of the main colors since it was our wedding color (and the color of our master bathroom). So that’s still the goal, but we would like to also add turquoise and chartreuse in the mix. Like this:

dining room turquoise purple
Source: So Haute

We already have dark purple curtains, so we’ll be adding the other colors through various ways – with fabric, the bed painted in one of the colors, and maybe a rug.

Ah, the rug. I’m also stalking Craig’s List for rugs but I don’t have high hopes for that route. I’m doing the rounds on various websites, from Rug USA to Joss and Main, to find a great deal on a beautiful rug. So far, this is my favorite:

rug at joss and main
We’ll see. The sale just ended… Ugh. Boo. Rugs USA has a 55% off sale right now, so I’ll be checking that out as well.

I can’t wait to give this bench a makeover.


I grabbed it from a thrift store for only $7.99 and it has been on my mind ever since. It will be a very fun and gratifying project. I’ll probably paint it white and add a cushion in a happy fabric, but I could change gears and paint it something crazy. Not 100% sure yet.

So. 6 weeks, a VERY TIGHT budget, with a toddler and a baby. Can we do it? Finished or not, at least we will have made some serious progress on our neglected bedroom. I CAN’T WAIT.

Let’s goooooooo.

22 Comments on “One Room Challenge… Accepted!

  1. Hi there! I’m linking up to Linda’s ORC too!! Loving that aqua bed! I hope you find something because that sucker is amazing. I think it’s too sweet that you are using your wedding colors in your bedroom. I’ve never thought of that but now I feel like I need to incorporate mine in somehow. Can’t wait to follow along!

    • I agree about the bed, wow. I really hope Craig’s List will come through for us!

  2. I can’t believe that Nick draws plans and encourages you to decorate a room…who is this man and does he have a younger brother for my daughter? Seriously, I don’t know how anyone gets stuff done with a baby. I never did. Thanks for joining in. This will be great.

    • He DOES have a younger brother… haha! I got lucky, that’s for sure. And about doing stuff with a baby… I still haven’t figured it out but darn it if I don’t at least try πŸ˜‰

  3. Can’t wait to follow your project! I will always do and redo every other room in the house before my bedroom. But it’s soooo important for us parents to have a nice place of our own too! Looking forward to seeing the results!

    • I agree, SO important! It’s easy to postpone on a room that you don’t show to guests… No more!

    • All this praise for Nick is going to motivate him to be even more involved in this project, yay! πŸ˜‰

  4. Love your unexpected color combo, Sarah! It will be such a treat and worth all the work to have a nice retreat with a little one! She’s adorable, btw!! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! She’s almost 2 now… haha. These are very old photos and we have another little one now. Crazy how time flies by.

  5. Glad to hear I’m not the only procrastinator. Your plans sound lovely. Looking forward to following along.

  6. My couch is showing some wear from cats and claws, too, so I feel your pain. I think your plan and color scheme look great, plus your family is adorable!

  7. You have great plans and a fabulous color scheme. This is going to be amazing. Something tells me you will pull it off. Look forward to seeing more…

  8. I think your on the right track dear, love the idea and the inspiration behind your room Elisa! Your baby is super cute btw, good luck and can’t wait to see your progress!

  9. purple with chartreuse and turquoise is going to look sooo good! and I’m excited to see what you do with the bench! I wish I could find a steal like that πŸ™‚

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