This season’s One Room Challenge was not without twists and unexpected turns. If we had talked about the room prior to the challenge, I would have said it would be a very simple, straight forward completely doable project for the One Room Challenge.
I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to Linda and the team at the One Room Challenge for inspiring so many beautiful spaces in our home. With the Media sponsor, Better Homes and Garden and the fantastic Home Love Network this is the premier bi-annual makeover event.
Throw in a surprising opportunity to go to England for the AMARA Living Blog Award Ceremony during week 4 and a few unexpected hiccups it was enough to have me hustling to the very end of daylight on Wednesday evening. (I plan to re-shoot in less moody lighting and capture more close-up glamour shots tomorrow and hopefully I’ll have the new frames in as well.)
The overarching design for the room was to create a master bedroom worthy of the master bathroom we designed for the ORC Fall 2016.
I would like to think I achieved that goal. It is now a beautiful, glamorous space yet it still feels very comfortable. I love how quiet the room feels, perfect for unwinding and relaxing at the end of the day.
Shades of Grey Bedroom
I wanted to create a room with several tonal layers and various shades of grey. The first step in transferring the feel of the master bathroom into the bedroom was to add the exact same finishes. All of the panel moulding, casing and architrave were again provided by Metrie. The visual height and drama they add to the room is remarkable. All of the moulding now seamlessly brings the eye up to the vaulted ceiling. Links below.
The second most impactful change in the room was painting our four poster bed.
The Power of Chalk Paint
Actually, many of the finished details you see here could not have been possible without Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Annie last year and she truly has a gift for empowering women to unlock their creative potential. To say she has revolutionized the DIY sector is not an overstatement. I hope this room is a worthy example of this shared passion.
The remarkable ability to change almost anything with paint is not lost in my rooms and is always a welcome relief to my budget. I explain the details every project I transformed with chalk paint in week 5 recap. You can find that link here.
The basic layout of the room did not change. I simply removed an extra bedside chest replacing it with my vintage vanity. It now plays double-duty as a nightstand, while retaining the function for the daily task of applying makeup. The flip up mirror and conceals the clutter.
Moving the vanity out from in front of the window created space for two chairs from Homepop. Link below.
The clean lines of the velvet chairs are a welcome rest for the eye and perfect for a midday escape for reading or in my case, the new perfect spot for taping my Instagram Stories.
With the addition of the paneling, the existing gallery wall had to be condensed. I loved the private nature of creating a family gallery in our bedroom. To wake up each morning to the smiling faces of those I love most makes me smile.
I decided to embrace the feeling of compressing the frames as well as the space that was once between them. Mixing in different gold frames created even more interest.
The layers of bedding are relaxed and yet very elegant. I started with a with warm, light grey sheets and then added a quilted cover with an exquisite crochet edge. In addition, the quilt provided by Laura Ashley Home is generous enough to completely cover the thick mattress.
I love how it peeks out from under the soft and stormy grey duvet. I must admit the filler I sourced is light enough for our moderate Alabama winters and feels like being hugged by a cloud. I also was sure to find a set that had coordinating ties and tabs to keep the duvet from slipping down. All sources below.
Designer fabric, from my local Calico Home, became pillows to add texture and a soft pattern to the bed and side chairs.
The last details finished up right before the photoshoot was the faux window on the right and reupholstering the antique french chair.
Adding a Faux Window for Symmetry
I had always been extremely bothered by the lack of symmetry in the room. To remedy the situation, I mimicked the window from the left on the right hand side of the bed. I added a mirror and lights behind the widow coverings. Unfortunately, it was a grey and stormy day so the color of the light was too warm to be turned on for this shoot. I am certain I will appreciate the additional lighting while I am sitting at the vanity too.
Here is a look at the room before.
Along with my sponsors, I am especially grateful to my friends who support, encourage and follow my DIY endeavors on Instagram, Instagram Stories and Facebook. I would love to have you join me there too!
Resources and Sponsors
I have been extremely fortunate to partner with these amazing companies. This room would not have been possible without their generous contributions.
French Curves Moulding from Metrie || French Empire Chandelier
Similar Four Poster Bed || Rug || HomePop Chairs || Black Side Table
HomePop Bench || Grey Blinds from Payless Decor
Similar Desk to Vanity || White Quilt by Laura Ashley
Dark Grey Duvet with ties || Down Alternative Duvet Cover with Tabs Horse Bust