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Welcome to Week 7 of the One Room Challenge!

This is going to be a short and sweet update. We suddenly and unexpectedly lost the patriarch of our family earlier this week. As you can imagine, I've been grieving his loss and I now know what term "Grief Fog" is!

We still managed to push through with some BIG changes to my tiny bathroom as well as schedule final photography for the BIG REVEAL! I'm really looking forward to sharing them with you!

A big shout out to my best friend Treci Smith, of Treci Smith Designs, who came to my rescue as not only my emotional support bestie but also to help me with some the final styling details for photography. She is currently in the midst of getting her new retail space ready for the grand opening event, so she really did me a solid! My photographer Deb, Deborah Shields Photography, and I have been working together for 25 years so I was able to hand over the Art Directing reigns to her for this shoot, which says a lot about my state because that's my favorite part! I'm blessed to have such a supportive team.

Behind The Scenes Selfie with Treci Smith


I was just able to squeak in a last minute wallpaper installation! My Wallpaper Contractor has been so busy, I was lucky to get him at all before the One Room Challenge ends! I even had to push our photography date a couple of days so that I could accommodate his schedule get everything finished in time!

Since I was already redesigning the bedroom and the closet, I decided, at the last minute, to add a THIRD space into the mix and do a mini-refresh in my bathroom. We already have a limited amount of weeks to complete these projects and I had to take time away to travel back east to High Point Market and then I had to take more time off for bereavement! This just goes to show you, real life can happen to all of us during the design process. I often have to navigate these waters with clients since our projects are so long, life happens - in good ways and in not so good ways. Resilience is key!

I reached out to one of our generous sponsors, Spoonflower, to see if I could get my hands on this colorful Art Deco Swans wallpaper in time and the answer was, Yes! Cue the Happy Dance! I am soooo pleased that I did because once I saw it installed, it totally lifted my spirits! I mean, who could be sad with this wallpaper? The bathroom went from basic to bright and uplifting in just a day! The magical superpower of color comes through for me again!


Here's the scoop on this mini-refresh. We replaced the old vanity light with this new Easley brass light fixture from Hudson Valley Lighting. We also updated the vanity hardware with the Lumiere Acrylic T-Knob in Satin Brass from Schaub and Company. We updated the bathroom faucet from brushed nickel to matte black - total game changer!


We kept the same vanity, shower curtain, mirrored medicine cabinet and woven window treatment. It's such a small bathroom that the few changes that we did make (especially the Spoonflower Art Deco Swans) made a HUGE difference.

Photo Credit: Deborah Shields Photography

Photo Credit: Deborah Shields Photography


We have the BIG REVEAL next week, so be sure to come back to see my Maximalist Bedroom Makeover that I'm called Dream In Color! If you've been following along every week, you'll see that I made some changes to the original plan but you'll have to wait one more week to see!

Here are links to the past blog posts....


If I could write a story,

It would be the greatest ever told,

Of a kind and loving grandfather,

Who had a heart of gold.

Rest in paradise, Tata.

The One Room Challenge™, currently in its nineteenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every week, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over eight weekly posts.


Thank you to our Media Partner: Better Homes & Garden BH&G and to the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: ORC for the opportunity!


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