One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Bedroom Plans & Befores

One Room Challenge Posts: Week 1 (here!) / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5 / Reveal / Bonus: Desk

It’s One Room Challenge time again! Woohoo!

On the off-chance that you don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, I shall explain. It’s a bi-annual event, hosted by Calling It Home where interior designers and bloggers each work on transforming a space over six weeks, posting weekly updates. Every Wednesday, 20 featured designers post their progress (see their links here), and every Thursday, guest participants join in (check those out here). So much good stuff comes out of this – mountains of inspiration – and I’m thoroughly excited to join in again.

Last round, I redid my kids’ room (photos and links at the end of this post). This time, I’m going to work on our master bedroom. We basically just plonked stuff down when we moved in, then left it. Over the last year, it’s become a dumping ground for all the things that have nowhere else to go. It’s not good.

Here’s my mood board:

Hanging Planter – La Redoute // Chair – Made In Design // Vase – Cox & Cox
Headboard – Feather & Black // Storage Bed – John Lewis // Sheepskin – Ikea
Sheets – West Elm // Duvet Cover – West Elm // Blanket – Turkish T
Lamp – Laura Ashley // Bedside Cabinets – Dwell Studio // Cloud Print – Society6
Floor Planter – La Redoute // Dresser – Pottery Barn

I’m a sucker for a neutral master bedroom, as I’ve said before (here and here). We already have some decent furniture in there, and that’s not going anywhere, but it leans more traditional than I’d like, so the plan is all about marrying those more traditional pieces with textiles and accessories that have a more global feel, but in a relatively muted way.

Here’s the proposed floor plan:

The main difference from what we have now is the long desk/vanity area under the window. There are built in cupboards either side of the window right now, and I want to add a work top to make the space more use-able. I’d love a live-edge wooden work surface, but it might be a pipe dream. This is a rental, and we’re on a budget, and it might well be too expensive to achieve. I have a back up plan just in case, which involves Ikea. We shall see how that one pans out.

There are a couple of things not included on the mood board – I also need a floor length mirror and to sort out the lighting situation – the two ceiling pendants are super wonky, hang too low, and irk me daily. I’m not decided on those parts yet though.

Want to see some terrible ‘before’ shots?

Gah. So much mess. But this is exactly how it looked this morning, and I am keeping it real. Most of the piles are things to donate/stick on eBay.

Note the lovely big pillows on the chest by the window. They never live on the actual bed, because men do not understand.

I’d like to paint the wardrobe doors and the trim white, but I’m waiting to hear back from the landlord on whether I’m allowed to or not.

There’s a full length mirror mounted to the wall in a really awkward place. I asked to remove it, but that was a no-go. Instead, I borrowed a mirror from my brother that was the perfect size to hide it. But then he took it back to, like, furnish his new house or something (sheesh), so now it’s just sitting there looking weird again.

I’m excited to get going. Last One Room Challenge, I made over our kids’ bedroom into a bright, happy space for our son and daughter to share. It’s still the only finished room in the house!

If you’d like to check out those posts, here are the links::
Week One // Design & Floor Plan
Week Two // Wall Decals & Shelves
Week Three // DIY Upholstered Beds
Week Four // Fixing & Organizing
Week 5 // Space Saving Homework Station & Pegboard Toy Storage
Week 6 // Kids’ Room Reveal


  1. October 7, 2016 / 8:33 am

    How fun! I am helping a friend with a bedroom that has a similar roof line. And I think she would love your palette. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

  2. October 8, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Happy to see that I am not the only who sleeps next to piles of stuff 😉
    Love the moodboard and the floorplan!
    This desk under the window is a great idea 🙂
    I look forward to see the progress next week!!!

  3. October 25, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Thanks so much Jessica! It's a bit of a funny shape and I'm missing having drapes in here, but I do love being so high up (3rd floor) – we get great light in here 🙂

  4. October 25, 2016 / 9:16 am

    Haha, it's reassuring, right? 🙂
    Thanks Nadia. Looking forward to seeing your progress too!

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