We made it through the One Room Challenge and with only one trip to the emergency room! (Will put his hand through a glass window.) We plastered, painted, refinished floors, designed, decorated, sewed curtains and a canopy. I can’t believe it’s done. In six weeks we transformed the Queen of May guest room into an amazing retreat. Instead of being embarrassed to ask friends and family to stay in this room, we’re delighted to! There are so many goodies we want to share with you in this post. First, is our vlog which shares our design point of view and the process we focused on for completing the room design. Second is all the resources – everything in the room is linked to below. If it’s a vintage piece, I provided a suggested search term so you can find a similar item. If I have any tips or reasons why we went with certain products, I include that as a note as well. I wanted to provide as much information as possible on our process and reasoning.
Also a big thank you to all the sponsors who collaborated with us. You always hear people say it wouldn’t have been possible without the sponsors — cause it’s the truth. Lots of love.
Bunny Williams Home
I mentioned it on the week 5 vlog, I rarely buy a vintage bed. Bunny Williams makes furniture that feels old. If you mix and match, this is a great resource.
Bed Side Tables
Chairish / Sponsor
Tip: Chairish was the perfect place to look for matching side tables. Shopping in local antique stores could have taken forever, and my choices of matching side tables would have been limited. I found these within driving distance (outside of my normal antiquing distance!) and decided to pick them up to save on delivery fees. If you need a very specific item, shopping online can save time.
Display Case Console
Vintage: try searching ‘display case’ or ‘showcase’ for larger cases
Old New House / Sponsor
Tip: If you’re searching for the perfect vintage rug, establish a relationship with a rug dealer and check their store updates frequently. Melissa and Dave post sales on their Instagram account weekly. It’s a great way to keep an eye out for the perfect style of rug.
Vintage: Try searching ‘needle point arm chair’. If you don’t have room for a needlepoint chair in your home, foot stools are a favorite of mine and don’t take up too much space.
Table(s) (between the windows)
Both these tables are vintage. The large table is an extension table that was a hair more than what I wanted to spend, but it will do double duty for me when we have a party, I can use it as an extra side table. Try searching ‘extension table’ for something similar. For the smaller table, try searching ‘carved coffee table’.
I’m becoming a chair hoarder, and confess to loving a good vintage chair. I picked up the side chairs in the room for prices between $10 and $40 each. This is something I’ll always buy if I see something I like and worry about where I’ll put it later. Many of the chairs in this room have caned seats, search for ‘caned chairs’ for something similar.
Vintage: This is a really unique piece – it’s a converted Victrola cabinet. Here’s what you’re searching: ‘Victrola Cabinet’ and they look like this. The one we found was already converted. If you wanted to convert one, a cabinet maker could make the conversion for you.
Dressing Room Bench
Candelabra / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
Tip: If you buy a lot of vintage don’t forget to offset it with a few newer, more polished items. This bench is glam, and the dressing room needed it to compliment the wall paper.
Dressing Room Dresser
Vintage: You know that moment when a friend calls and says they are getting rid of furniture and do you want to for free? That happened here. For a similar item, try searching ‘wood veneer American dresser’. These were popular in America around 1830 to 1880.
Dressing Room Table
Vintage: To search for a similar item, try ‘small gate legged console table’. This table also folds down in case we need the space.
Framebridge / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
Tip: We have a lot of vintage art which need framing. I like to keep framing simple – always remember to frame the art, not the room. If you want to move the art in the future you can. I worked in a frame shop for years and can’t tell you how many people matched the mat to their sofa color. We were introduced to Framebridge years ago and they’ve helped me overcome my framing procrastination because they make it SO easy.
Main Room Ceiling Light and Scones
Vintage: Search ‘crystal chandelier’. The sconces were repurposed from another room in the house.
Dressing Room Floor Lamp
Bellacor / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
This lamp has a fabric shade and provides soft, subtle lighting for the dressing room. I love how ‘heavy’ and established this lamp feels in this smaller space.
Dressing Room Ceiling Light
Candelabra / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
So much love for this on Instagram. A few details: it’s made from resin, so the texture is really interesting. Resin has more dimension than glass and a softer glow to the light.
Jill Rosenwald / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
I told Jill what the color palette was for the room and she custom made this! Beautifully made and so grateful she made a special vase for our room. Flowers is one if the ways we show our guest we’re thinking of them.
Vintage Horse Print with Rounded Corner Frame
South Loop Loft / Sponsor
Beth has SO much great vintage. If you’re looking for a unique item, make sure to follow Beth.
Gracie / Sponsor
It’s Gracie paper! Need I say more? Joe, the wall paper hanger said this paper is like having original water color paintings line the walls. He’s so right, a true work of art. It brings me joy everyday.
Fringe Market / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
Fabricut / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
This was a long time in the making and the fabric and trim and POM POM TASSELS from Fabricut made this vision come true. If you decided to make a bed canopy, they have a variety of product. It was hard to choose my favorite.
Farrow and Ball / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
Wall color: Inchyra Blue
Walls, Modern Emulsion
Picture Trim, High gloss
Top and Bottom Moulding, Estate Eggshell
Ceiling color: Vardo, Dead Flat
White Trim: Whimborn White (trim color through out our house)
Annie Selke Luxe / Official Sponsor of the One Room Challenge
There was so much love for this bedding in the house. From our friends sleeping in them with their hoodies on, to my mom saying how nice they were. Did you know my mom got 33 fancy pillow cases just like these when she got married? Those were the days! All items links here: coverlet, euro shams, pillow cases, fitted sheet, flat sheet.
Pillows, robes, decanter and glass set
Snowe Home / Sponsor / via Mosss Design
Snowe provided items that make our guest feel like they are staying in a fancy hotel. Robes and in room bourbon? Why not! Everyone asked if we would make this room our master and I said no, but I really like the pillows! Good pillows are a must have because our old pillows were so terrible. We used the euro size, two down filled standard size and down alternative standard size.
I discovered the two companies below because they are sponsors for the ORC. We didn’t use their products in our room because we used what came with the house, but I’m always on the look out for great resources and thought these were worth noting.
If you like the trim in our room, check out Metrie. Our trim is original to the house, however if you want to add trim to a new house or restore a historic home, Mitrie is a great resource.
I was visiting the Hasbrouck House in the Hudson Valley, and noticed the hinges on the pristinely restored stone house. Of course I label checked the brass hinges and noticed they were Emtek. I recognized the brand name because I had just seen them on the list of sponsors for the ORC. Beautiful hardware.
Some products are sponsored for the One Room Challenge. We’ll always let you know with a note by the link. If we don’t love it, it’s not in our home. We’re very particular which sponsors we choose to feature.