One Room Challenge- Week 1

I’m so excited and honestly a little nauseous (major anxiety here) that I am participating in my first ever One Room Challenge, created by Linda from calling it home. For those not familiar with the One Room Challenge it is a biannual event (October and April) where 20 invited design bloggers makeover a room in 6 weeks and blog about the process *good and bad* every Wednesday. Guest participants are welcome to join in on the fun and share their process and journey every Thursday for the next 6 weeks. -That’s me!

I first heard about the one room challenge last fall and while I choose not to participate at that time I knew that someday I would embrace the challenge. Last year was one of my busiest years in business and I simply could not keep up with the demands of work and family- so I took a hiatus from the blogging world.  This year has allowed me to catch my breath and take a look at a few things I want to get done. So I thought there is no time better to join in on the challenge,fun and to start blogging again…plus it holds me accountable for completing my project in a timely manner.

So….What room have I chosen?

My husband and I own a vacation rental in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, NC. The house was built in the 90’s and while we have updated it here and there we certainly have not undergone any major renovations. This year we decided it was time to tackle some major updates. We have gutted three bathrooms to date- good bye fiberglass inserts, oak cabinets and laminate flooring! Like a virus this renovation has of course spread to other rooms in the house. However, the room that I am focusing this challenge on is the…….wait for it……Master Suite.

We got a little to sledge hammer happy with the bathroom, so dumb me didn’t get any pictures of the before. I should tell you that we did start on the bathroom portion a few weeks ago. Not my main focus for the challenge but I will be revealing it with the bedroom.

Let’s take a look at the before.

Before ORC
Main Bed wall
Bedroom ORC Before
Entry into Bedroom (door to right) 
Bed ORC Before
Opposite wall (bathroom entry on left)
ORC bath
In Progress Master Bathroom

So the house and Master Bedroom are heading into the blue zone. Here are a couple rooms that I found that I absolutely adore.

Some Inspiration Rooms

beach3 insp
Love the stark contrast of the navy and white! 

I’d like to credit the designer but I am not sure who designed this.

Insp Beach
Stunning Bedroom- Designer Rachel Reider Interiors


Insp blue red
Designer Lindsay Coral Harper

I really want our vacation guests to have an “experience” when they stay here. Of course the beach is a major destination but the house should also extend that welcome. I want it to feel like an upscale boutique style hotel with the casual coastal relaxed living.

Anyone that lives at the beach knows that EVERYTHING wears twice as fast! So my challenge is going to be finding some seriously durable materials and fabrics.I’m still working out all the details but this is my plan so far-.

ORC concept board

List of things to complete:

  • Architectural interest behind bed (White paneled molding)
  • New King size bed
  • Artwork
  • Desk or dresser
  • Rug
  • curtains
  • Lamps

I already have somethings that I am going to be working with. (I purchased a few items for a house I staged a few years ago and have been waiting to do something with them.)

  • Bedding???
  • Crate and Barrel white night stand
  • Throw Pillows
  • Ceramic Garden stool


I’d love for you to join me every Thursday to see the fun progress reports. Be sure to follow my updates on instagram and post by @callingithome and for all updates enter #oneroomchallenge.   You definitely want to be sure to check out the sponsored designers every Wednesday…some serious talent in this group!

ORC Sponsored



10 thoughts on “One Room Challenge- Week 1

  1. Looks like an awesome plan! And you will do great! I love your inspiration. You have a great foundation to build some beautiful things upon. Good luck! Wish I could have joined this time around. Hopefully I will see you in the Fall

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