One Room Challenge: The Plan

By Kate Riley April 5, 2017

Exciting news friends! I’ve agreed to take on a major room makeover as part of the now famous One Room Challenge. The room I’ll be tackling is my master bedroom. I haven’t given my master bedroom a makeover in five years. It’s been a while since I’ve shared pictures of this space, but long time readers may recall this is how it looked when it was photographed for Refresh Magazine in 2013.

For years it’s stayed the same and I’m sooooo ready for a change! A few pieces will remain, I’m keeping my gray upholstered bed and the gray benches that I bought two years ago, also the antique dressers that live in this space, shown below. I’m keeping the vintage Drexel Heritage pieces because they have value but they also add character and will help the space feel collected.



However everything else will be new and I’m excited for so much of what’s happening in here. The goal is to have a balance of masculine and feminine, also to incorporate many more modern touches because of the traditional pieces that will stay.

My jumping off point for the room’s palette is this piece of art from Minted: taupe, deep brown, indigo, and some green. I’ll also be adding a medley of metallic finishes too.


My inspiration spaces for this bedroom makeover are these below:

Modern, elegant, neutral, fancy hotel-ish.



Wood nightstands, contrast, touches of gold:


Upholstered headboard with hotel style linens.



image sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 /

The plan is to tackle the big stuff first. Next Wednesday I’ll share all about the new flooring that’s being installed in this space. Goodbye carpet, hello hardwood! I’m also giving the corner fireplace a makeover, assuming all goes well I’m hoping to share that in week 3.

In weeks 4 and 5 I’ll share more details about the new furnishings and accents, and of course week 6 is the big room reveal on May 10th! I’m excited to be joining in the One Room Challenge with so many talented design bloggers, here’s the list of all the participants!

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room

Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH


Follow along in everyone’s room makeovers by following the official hashtag #oneroomchallenge @oneroomchallenge



  1. I love that print from Minted. The colors in it are spot on! Looking forward to watching this room take shape!

  2. Kate- SO excited you’re doing this! I love the darker, grounded elements and can’t wait to see how you transform this space….even though I totally love it as is too! Hope that you’re well! xoxox

    • Thank you Mallory, it’s going to be a beauty, some of the new things have already arrived, I’m in love :)

  3. I can’t wait to see how the floors turn out next week! Following along with this challenge is so fun!

  4. I like the 1st pic. and 4th one. I love how you style and can’t wait to see the finished room.

  5. So glad you are participating!! Been reading your blog since 2010 and remember when your master was “revealed” the first time:) can’t wait to follow a long.

    • Thanks so much Jill, very happy about another refresh in this space, the floors are being installed right now (insert all the heart eyes!)

  6. Hey, kate! So excited to see you in this challenge this time, will be fun to follow along. I have never done one, but admired from afar. I’m happy to see you using some traditional dark woods too, always a classic that I love. So bravo for that!

  7. So excited to see what you come up with. I love the one room challenge because it really forces you to get everything in gear and get a space done. The bedroom is a great space to choose, I am a strong believer that your bedroom should be a sanctuary so common updating is a must for me.

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