11.10.2016

One Room Challenge, Fall 2016 - The Big Reveal!

Well, it's the end of the One Room Challenge, and while it's not a huge transformation, I'm happy to say that we have a cozy, clean space to offer our guests and we did it on a tight budget (under $200 to be exact).  When we started 6 weeks ago, the room was a cave-like space in our basement that we used mostly for storage, and would frantically clean every time a guest arrived. Full of plastic storage bins, and lacking both windows and overhead lighting, it didn't exactly scream welcome. The main challenge came in trying to brighten and lighten the space while sticking to a practically non-existent budget (we mainly reused items from around our home).  I think we accomplished our goal.  To see the progress, you can check out my posts from Week 1 , Week 2 , Week 3 , and Week 4/5.  Next up on my to-do list: learn how to use my camera so that taking pictures of a windowless room in a basement isn't such a challenge!


Now on to the reason why everyone is here - the Before and After!

Our Mess









I love the look of the drapes behind the bed.  It creates a layer of coziness and warmth in a room full of hard surfaces and no natural charm.  It also gives the impression of a wall of windows, so it's not quite as obvious to our guests that we are sticking them in our dungeon. ;)



In addition to the lamps placed around the room, we installed this plug-in sconce on the wall right next to the door.  Now you can turn on a light the second you walk in the room, as opposed to walking across a dark room to turn on the lamp on the nightstand, the only option previously for lighting the room.



Every good Southern room needs a little blue and white.  This large wall across from the bed needed something to fill it, especially because this is the view when lying in the bed.  One of our favorite paintings by a local artist of the Georgia shore, surrounded by some of my Blue Willow collection, adds a fun boost of color in a mostly neutral room. 

Before of the wall across from the bed, aka more storage



I added a little seating area/reading nook in this previously unused corner.  Hope it provides a spot for our guests to relax and escape the hubbub of a home with small children. :)


As always, I am so glad we participated in the One Room Challenge.  Thank you so much to Linda for creating the ORC, and for providing encouragement to create a space in your home that you truly love.  Be sure to check out the other participants; there is so much talent out there!

*Edited to add sources and budget

SOURCES
Drapes: P Kauffman Buffalo Check
Bedding: white coverlet - Pine Cone Hill, white shams with monogram - Pottery Barn, blue/gray quilt                 and shams - Tuesday Morning
Tablecloth: Lacefield Designs Pagoda for Ballard Designs
Sconce: Pottery Barn
All other lighting, furniture, artwork: family pieces, gifts, or thrift store finds

BUDGET (about 95% of the room was recycled from other rooms or storage)
Drapes: bartered with a client for design services  $0
Bedding: white bedding was outlet or garage sale finds, blue/gray from a discount store  $80
Tablecloth: purchased on FB garage sale group  $35
Pharmacy style floor lamp: thrift store find $7
Curtain rod: $20

Total Budget: $142

20 comments:

  1. The wall of curtains is genius...love the warm, inviting effect. It certainly doesn't look like a basement...wow!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeanne! I'm glad you don't think it looks like a basement, that was my entire goal. I appreciate it!

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  2. Love your approach in a subterranean space - dial up the coziness with lots of textiles (especially the wall of draperies behind the poster bed). Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! Textiles are one of my love languages ;)

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  3. I love that reading corner! Such a stunning reveal - congrats!!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Jennifer! I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and comment!

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  4. WOW!!! That is a beautiful makeover and the cost is astonishing. You did good! ~Sonya

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    1. Thanks so very much, Sonya! Yay to us for finishing another ORC! ;)

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  5. Looks wonderful! That tablecloth is steal and I love your plates on the wall.

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    1. Thanks Jenn! Your ORC was great! Loved your entryway hooks

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  6. I love the tan and white buffalo check curtains and the softness they add! Such a great design trick in a basement without windows.Looks very warm & cozy!

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie! That room has bugged me for years; so glad to have it finally done!

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  7. Love this makeover! And you know I am a fan of borrowing from one room to the next:)

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    1. Thank you so much, Sherry! That means a lot coming from you - queen of incredible ORCs! :)
      Borrowing from other rooms is quickly becoming a favorite hobby lol

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  8. What an amazing job you did on your guest bedroom and for under $200, wow!!! It looks beautiful Holly!

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    1. Thank you so much Tara! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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  9. a beautiful bed and breakfast feel, great job!

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  10. Fantastic job Holly! I love your decorating style, so cozy, yet classically beautiful! That wall of drapes is stunning, I also love how you layered the art above it! The bedding, the side tables, the styling of the dresser - all gorgeous! Wow - great job on a tight budget, you would never know;)

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    1. Thank you so much Kari, you are too kind! Happy Thanksgiving!

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