Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Project Alert : One Room Challenge!

Thanks to our dear friend Linda, we've signed ourselves up for yet another project of massive proportions :

Here's the deal : We signed up to participate in a month-long challenge offered to 20 fearless bloggers to finish or re-do one room in their house.  You know how that goes…. everyone seems to have at least one room in their abode that they keep meaning to update, or are just almost there but not quite.  This challenge goes out to all of you us that need to have a fire lit under us to FINISH THAT ROOM.

When :  The challenge kicks off today and will last 6 weeks.  Each Wednesday, the participants of the challenge will post an update complete with snags, snaffus, progress reports and pics!  The 'reveals' will be posted on August 1st.

Who : See list below of my fellow gluttons for punishment.  Be sure to check out their progress and war stories, too! 

What Room :  Bethany's master bedroom!  

I read a fabulous quote from none other than American apparelist Michael Kors that really struck a kord … He asked why it is that we always leave our most treasured, private area [the master bedroom] to last?  We spend too much time there to not have it dressed properly.

So true I thought when I read it and have been thinking about it ever since.  When this challenge presented itself I figured it was the perfect way to just get it done. Nothing like a little peer-pressure (and a professional photo shoot for our portfolio later this summer) to light a fire.

The Plan(s)

Neutral Territory.


'Switzerland in Coral'

I want a generally neutral room.  The first option is just that.  But after falling in love with the perfect chenille velvet this weekend (see Instagram pics at right), I'm leaning towards incorporating an arbitrary pop of coral in my room.  It makes me happy.  And I like that the smokey neutrals don't necessarily "go" with the coral.  But I don't know which one to choose.  Mr. Switzerland is going to require a lot of work from our workroom to do a roman shade and curtains.  And the zebra rug is a bit distracting.  But I might get bored easily with Neutral Territory.  The plus is that the curtains can be store-bought and the sheer roman would be pretty easy to do ourselves. 

 The walls will be a light grey-white with a smokey brown-grey on the ceiling.  The rattan light fixture is being converted to hardwire as we speak so the only decisions left to be made are which rug and which window treatments to use.

Your input is welcome!

Wish me luck.

Check back next Wednesday for an update.

And be sure to check out what everyone else is doing.

Goodluck to:

Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Jessie - Mix & Chic
Danylle - Nana Moon
Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Emily - Rue de Emily 
Lindsay - Sadie + Stella


Check out the updates each week:   Week 2,  Week 3,  Week 4,  Week 5


If you are looking for help with your home, we'd love to work with you! Contact us for a listing of our services and prices. Nancy and Bethany


  1. Yeah girl! Can't wait to see you work your magic!

  2. oh this is going to be really pretty. dreamy!

  3. Are you not playing for all 6 weeks? I am loving the pops of color...can't wait to see more.

  4. Can't wait to see ... I am all for the skin rug ... I try to put them everywhere I possibly can. I think Michael Kors stole my quote. I have been telling my clients this for years ... your bedroom is actually one of the most important rooms in your home!

  5. This will be great! I love the pop of the curtains!

  6. I am excited to see which you choose...both are great! On another note I loved the pillow went with the one I voted for! :)

  7. Oh, this will be fun, I loved following along last time!

  8. I am loving your design boards! I agree.. why do we always neglect our master bedrooms? This will be fun!

  9. Go big and bold! Love it and look forward to following your progress!

  10. Tough one. Both look really good! Good luck girls!

  11. Ohh I love the second plan. Can't wait to see which direction you decide to take! xx

  12. Can't wait to see what you ladies do! Looking forward to the updates.
    Happy Wednesday.

  13. Love your plans! Good luck ladies!!! This is going to be fun!

  14. Oh, I think this is such a cool idea. I'm looking forward to the weekly updates. I love the neutral version, but the coral one is a showstopper ;)

  15. Hi Nancy, I found your blog through Lauren Leonard's links for the One Room Challenge. I'm looking forward to following your progress on the master - I vote for Mr. Switzerland. I love the coral!

  16. You are so right about the bedroom being last on the list! All of your ideas are absolutely lovely! I can't wait to see your progress!

  17. I love that you are not matching so precisely and that you have mixed it up with the rug, textured light fixture, pop of blue and I think try the amazing coral curtains - which will tie in with the bolster. And yes, to the painted ceiling - such fun!

  18. I am all about the neutral...but then again that coral is pretty enticing! Either way I am looking forward to seeing it come along!

  19. Exciting! LOve that we are all in this together. Can't wait to see it unfold.

  20. I really like the corla pop of color. your design boards are beautiful...may i ask what software you use?

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thank you!
      We use Olioboard. It's a lot of fun..give it a try!

  21. I really like the zebra rug idea and pops of color. This is going to be a fantastic room. I can't wait to see your progress next week!

  22. Love your inventiveness and handiwork, wish I had the time and imagination
    Go get em girls!

  23. Can't wait to see this come to life!

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