One Room Challenge {Week One}: Master Bedroom Evolution

A beautiful cozy home tour for the fall. Love the warm and inviting home decor ideas for autumn!

This picture shows my Master Bedroom at it’s most loved stage. It’s a photo from my Fall Home Tour this past fall. No matter what I did with this space, I just couldn’t get into the design. I *thought* I was choosing designs that I liked… but it turns out that I didn’t really know what I liked. I’m very happy that it’s time for the One Room Challenge again, because I’m finally going to turn this space into a sanctuary that I LOVE.

This will be my fourth time participating in the One Room Challenge! It’s a challenge that has us completely redesigning a space in our homes in just six weeks. That may sound like a long time, but it goes by veeeery quickly!

I’m just going to turn away and cringe for a moment while you look at this next couple of photos….

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design. Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design. Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

Done? Ugh. I can’t even. These photos where taken of our bedroom, filled with college furniture from right after we got married. They were put on my baby blog when I first started. Don’t even get my started on the horrible photos (SO happy I’ve upped those photography skills! lol).

This was one of the first rooms I did anything at all with after we moved into our home. Some changes I loved. Some I still hate.

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

When I started, I didn’t have a cohesive look for my home. I didn’t have a style that I liked. You want to know how I found my style? Trial. Error. And Pinterest. It’s true! Trial and error helped me discover things I loved and hated, while Pinterest helped me dream!

If you don’t know your style, here’s my suggestion. Put together a “Dream Home” board on Pinterest, like I did here. Then search around and start pinning things that you love. Anything that catches your eye! Paint colours, furniture, decor, anything! If you’re like me, you’ll probably have a mish-mash of everything when you start pinning (vintage, modern, a touch of farmhouse…), but then you’ll start to see a pattern. When I saw all of the modern and industrial pins I was pinning, I knew that was a direction to take my home in. I finally started seeing some cohesion in my home.

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

Here are some of the things I did that helped me discover what I liked and didn’t like. The first things we did were paint the walls and lighter colour and add wallpaper to the feature wall. I LOVED the lighter colour in the room and I really loved the difference that wallpaper made in the space! Lighter paint – check! Wallpaper – check! Although it’ll be a new wallpaper (stay tuned!). I still like that pattern I chose before, but it doesn’t fit with my style any more – so it’s gotta go!

We also put these sconces in beside the bed (getting rid of the enormous lamps above!), and I still LOVE them. Swing arm lamps for the win! Staying.

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

I made the gallery wall above the bed, which was a ton of fun. I still like some of those pieces, but now that wall has a sliding barn door… so that’s gone!

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

Once upon a time I painted my side tables with chalk paint and wax. I thought I would like chalk paint. Turns out I don’t. I don’t like how easily it scratched, how it couldn’t get wet, and how much work it was to get a nice coat. I haven’t used chalk paint on anything since. The chalk paint is going. These little Ikea guys are getting a second makeover! lol.

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

Another big change in the room was adding this wardrobe for my husband. This piece looked amazing on day one and still looks amazing. It will get new knobs to freshen it up, but it’s a definite yes!

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

I loved this cozy little spot beside the fireplace, but I don’t think it’s going to fit in the new space. Anyone want a cute made-over magazine rack?

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

The final change we had made to the fireplace, was adding a wooden mantel. LOVE the DIY Mantel. It’s just. So. Shiny. I don’t love the gloss varnish on it, so it too is getting a bit of a makeover.

You can see in the picture below how our bathroom and bedroom are open to one another. It’s something that we don’t even notice anymore, but right now we are renovating the bathroom (yep, we have two renos on the go at once!), and I’d love the spaces to be cohesive. So the bathroom design plans need to at least mesh with the bedroom design plans.

Love this modern bathroom design! Gorgeous faucets, fixtures, and tile choices! Follow along as this outdated bathroom is transformed into a beautiful modern oasis!

Last year we renovated our Master Bedroom Closet, just so that we could be one step closer to renovating the Master Ensuite and the Master Bedroom. That gave us this amazing Barn Door that is now part of my Master Bedroom design.

A beautiful dream closet makeover! I LOVE the organization ideas. Such a great use of a small space.

So you heard we were tackling a bathroom renovation? Because of that, this is the current state of our bedroom….

Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design. Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

Hopefully we can get the bathroom done in time to get this room done. Looks like will be finishing two rooms at once. LOTS of work to do! Next week I’ll share all of the design plans.

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Finding Your Style is hard! This is a blogger's story about finding her style and beginning her 3rd Master Bedroom design.

41 thoughts on “One Room Challenge {Week One}: Master Bedroom Evolution

  1. Lindi, you make me feel like what’s going on in my house is normal. As in it looks just like y’all’s right now! We have a renovation going on, and are starting this new one, and may be adding to that depending on the bids from the contractors I’ve found. We can do it, right? I know we can! Can’t wait to see the outcome of all your spaces!

  2. You guys are crazy LOL but it makes sense to do it all at once since it really is one big space. I can’t wait to see what you guys end up doing because you know I love everything you do. <3

  3. Oh my word, girl!! a) I can’t believe how similar our Master Bedroom journeys are. Hands up for crappy college furniture! hahaha b) Bathroom + Bedroom! #GIRLBOSS!!!

  4. Oh Wow! Two rooms at once! We have renovations going on all over our new house! The kitchen is being done for the ORC, but we are currently getting the nursery done too! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!!

  5. I’ve had to do several rooms over because I didn’t get it right the first time. Mistakes make the best lessons. Can’t wait to see your room!

  6. Your closet turned out amazing, and the peeks of your bathroom look amazing too, so I can’t wait to see how your bedroom turns out. I completely agree with you about the need to find your style and trial and error and pinterest are great ways to do it. I also think your taste changes over the years. Love the style you’ve landed on, can’t wait to see more!
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  7. This is going to be an amazing transformation! And, for the record, your “before” photos already look better than mine, haha. Good luck!

  8. I totally feel you on not knowing your design style when you first decorated your home – that was exactly how I was too. It’s so fun to makeover those rooms that I tried to design the first go around and to see how much I’ve changed. I can’t wait to follow along with your room(s)!

  9. Wow Lindi, so much to do but imagine having both rooms complete and ready to enjoy! I’m cheering you on these next 6 weeks! xo

  10. WOw! A bathroom and a bedroom. I do believe you are crazy. Because honeslty, we remodeled master bathrooms for the last two ORC’s and they kicked my butt. Of course, it was totally worth it but hang on sister! Depending on the scope of what you actually do, it’s going to be lots of long days and nights! I am wishing you all the best and can’t wait to see what you do!

  11. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. I am loving your ideas/plans for the space. This is my first year participating, so I am nervous, and it’s very impressive this is your 4th year!

  12. You know what I am living when I go through all the first week posts? That I’m not the only one that will re-do a room a bazillion times to get where I want to be! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  13. I can’t wait to see your finished master bedroom sanctuary! Lol, I will be totally jealous of your new space but I’m sure it’ll inspire me to do something with my neglected one. Great tip about making a dream home inspiration board to identify your style! And BTW, if only we lived closer to each because I would totally snatch up that magazine rack for our coastal cottage makeover!

  14. I really like those sconces – and I could totally see them fitting with a cool new bedroom design. Good luck finishing everything on time, but if your bedroom looks anything like the bathroom plans – it should be great :)

  15. This is going to look amazing! I’m doing our master closet this year and yours is a huge inspiration. Good luck and I can’t wait to see the transformation!

  16. You certainly are taking on a lot but doing both spaces at once will definitely help you to create a cohesive flow between the two space. Your bedroom has such good architectural bones, it makes me even more excited to see what you have come up with for this stunning space!

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