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One Room Challenge Week One – Guest Bedroom Inspiration and First Steps

To quote my girl Liz Lemon —- “It’s all Happening!!!”
This fall is a big move forward for me and Hilltown House as I’ve decided to branch out by joining an amazing group of fellow bloggers and becoming a Guest Participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home and in partnership with House Beautiful.  In the next 6 weeks a group of over 200 guest and 20 featured bloggers will take the challenge to transform one room in their homes and share their progress – and I’m so excited to join them this time around!  At the end of the Spring Challenge I spent a good amount of time going through every final reveal and it was incredibly inspiring – so much that I immediately began making plans to join them in the fall.

Even though this is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge, I’ve already finished many rooms in my house so feel free to check out my Home Tour page if you’d like to get a sense of my style.

The one room that has been severely neglected is our Guest Bedroom – besides replacing the carpet with laminate when we re-did all of the floors, this room is still basically an empty box that my husband sleeps in when he has to leave early for work (or when the dog is snoring too loud).  Besides that, this room doesn’t get used very often, but instead of seeing that as a reason to ignore it I see it as a reason to have some fun and take some chances – which takes me to my design plan:

My first iteration of this room was much closer to that of my powder room, and for a long time I was really attached to using the same Bee Stencil for the upper portion of the walls, but it all started to look too serious.  Instead, I am going to take a big departure from the rest of the house and use a bold color on the walls (Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green) and then balance it with a lot of neutrals.  As usual, I plan on building a lot of elements, mixing in a lot that I already have, and finishing with some quirky art and some amenities tailored just for guests.

I really didn’t mean for my Before Pic to be so bad but this is the only one I could find from about a month after we moved in – poor little neglected room!

Right now this room is pretty much just storage for all my One Week Challenge goodies and some random husband stuff.  It’s not the largest room, and you can see it has a little “entryway” on one side that you can see from the loft so space planning is going to be really important.

I started painting so I could start on one of the projects I’m most excited about – the faux fireplace!

At first I wanted to try to find an antique mantel to hang, but since we wanted to install a TV above it building one that can accommodate some hidden compartments to hide all of the cords and gadgets made the most sense.  This is the part of the room I’m honestly most worried about executing so getting it out of the way Week One will be amazing.  So far we mounted our new TV and hid the cords in the wall (YoungHouseLove has a wonderful tutorial with links to all the products you could need – it’s not the easiest task, especially if your wall has insulation, but it’s worth the extra effort). BONUS – it’s turned into a great place to store all my tools!

Other than the fireplace, my goal is to get all of the trim installed, caulked, and painted by this time next week.  We replaced the carpet with laminate about 2 years ago (we used Pergo wide plank laminate in Riverbend Oak), and I was motivated enough to put up the door trim, but never got around to getting the floor baseboard back on – whoops.

I decided to use a board and batten style trim on the bottom 2/3ds of the wall to tie this room into some of the other spaces in the house.  To make it work I am using a combination of 1/4″ MDF board and pre-primed MDF boards (which is what I’ve used for all of my house trim).  So far so good, but I’m trying not to think of  the crazy amount of work still needed to check this item off the list.

Somewhere in this whole thing I need to also schedule time to check out everyone else’s project because isn’t that the best part!….you can play along at home too by catching up each Thursday on the Calling it Home One Week Challenge Blog where all of the guest and featured participants will be sharing their progress.

In my mind 6 weeks is enough time to finish everything – but ask me come week 5 if I still feel the same way LOL.  After a month of staring at a laptop for 12 – 16 hours a day I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to spending time in my workshop and getting my hands dirty.  I hope the husband doesn’t mind getting displaced for a few weeks ; )

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A personal note –
In the wake of the recent tragedies across the United States from Las Vegas, to Houston, to Puerto Rico (let alone across the world!) please know that the frivolity of running a home design blog is not lost on me.  I think I’m as guilty as the next person for wanting to distract myself and while I spend a good part of my day vacillating between tears, anger, and a sense of empowerment, I use my projects and this space as a way to re-focus my energy into something positive (as trivial as it may seem) for both myself and my family.  
If I had one ask of everyone out there – it’s to make a commitment to be kinder to each other….from the person sleeping next to you each night to the the person that cuts in front of you in line at the grocery store.  The world needs more positivity and that’s something everyone can take part in!


October 5, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Erin – I love your inspiration board and where you are going with this. Can't wait to see it come together! xo

October 5, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Thank you so much!! I'm excited to see if it comes together too LOL Good luck with your basement!!

October 6, 2017 at 12:16 am

Thank you! Me too…so glad I didn't go more muted like my first plan!

Karen Zeleznik
November 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm

I saw this for the first time this mornig and love it. How do I follow your work? My house needs a lot of work on a tiny budget and this was an inspiration to me.

    Lindsey Joy
    November 14, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you very much for those kind words. You can subscribe to my blog by entering your email address into the box in the right hand toolbar, or you can follow me on Instagram or on Facebook – I post almost daily of all of the projects I have going on!

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