This is my first time ever participating in the One Room Challenge and I’m so excited to challenge myself and test my abilities to complete a room in 6 weeks. My room of choice is our guest room. Since the day we moved in it has kind of become our “store whatever we want” room and “place any furniture we have in there” room. There has been absolutely no rhyme or reason to this room, just a vacant room…except when we have visitors which is almost all of the time! 🙂
I want to make this room a bit of a getaway for our guests. I want them to feel comfortable and feel like they are even staying at a resort or a bed and breakfast! I want it to be there home away from home. I mean it is for my mom because she visits so frequently. 🙂 We always call this “her room” rather than the guest room. But other family and friends also use it when they come to visit.
I created a style board for the guest room back in April and I’ve been trying to strum up some extra inspiration with designing this room. You can see my original post and inspiration here.
I am going with the black, white and gold color pallete with an occasional red. Red wasn’t in my original plan but I decided to make my guest room also an office and my desk is red. I’ve always been in love the color red and fell in love with the desk when I bought it at Salvation Army. Black, white and red are kind of my thing! Now though I love adding in a pop of gold! Can you tell by my website I like that color combo?! 🙂
My goals for the 6 week challenge are to create an organized and practical work space, create a craft closet where I can store my sewing machine (guess I need to learn to sew), redo an old bookcase and make some nightstands that compliment the room better. It’s a lot to do and I’m so excited for the challenge!
Now for the before pictures:
It needs some TLC huh?! I have had a head start on the room as I did a little painting to the room. I painted the entire room, floor and ceiling, a bright white flat paint. I then used a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and transformed the back wall with a beautiful lace design. I’m ecstatic with how it turned out and it’s the perfect backdrop to the beginning of a beautiful oasis for my guests. For the complete how to on the stenciled wall click here.
Just in case you can’t tell, I am very exicted to join so many other talented bloggers including the 20 design bloggers in the one room challenge week 1. 5 more weeks to go! It’s going to be a fun and exciting few weeks and I hope you love the transformations I make as much I hope I do! Have an amazing weekend and I’ll see ya next week!
christine dovey says
Looking forward to following along! That stencil is very cool:)
Thank you so much Christine! I’m so excited for my first ORC!
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Can’t wait to see how it turns out! I cannot believe that is a stencil! Oh I wish I had only a fraction of your patience. It already looks stunning! good luck!
Thank you so much! I love how the stencil wall turned out! It did take longer than I thought but totally worth it!
I’ve been in love with that wall since first laying eyes on it! LOVE where you’re going with things Ruthie and can’t wait to follow along!
Thanks Kristi! I’m obsessed with that wall! Kind of regretting I didn’t do it to my bedroom! 🙂 Anxious to do this challenge with you!
Kirsten Thompson says
You know, black & red are Georgia Bulldogs colors, so you can’t go wrong with that color combo! 😉 Looking forward to seeing your room! That accent wall is already AMAZING!!
Heather @ The Deans List Blog says
I love your inspiration, Ruthie! It looks so great. I can’t wait to follow along!
Thanks Heather!! I’m so excited to participate in the ORC!
I love a good black and white pallate, I have been waiting to see what you do with this space.
Thanks Jess! I love black and white too! Excited to finish the room!
Iris Nacole says
Ruthie, that stencil is amazing! I really like the direction you are going with the room overall. Guests come and go, but we have to live with the space, and since you are going to have the desk in there you really should make it for you! I can’t wait to follow along with the process, and to see the final reveal!
Thanks Iris! It’s totally true that guests come and go but I need to love it too! It’s my home and it will be my office! 🙂 I can’t wait to transform it for my guests and for myself! 🙂
Erin @ the-organized-life says
That wall is seriously so stunning. I know I’ve said that before, but, really… it’s stunning! I can’t wait to see how this whole room ends up!!!
Thanks Erin! This will be so fun to do together!! Maybe we can collaborate on that closet like we talked about!?
Emily, Our house now a home says
I love your plans for this room! It will be so fancy for guests no one will want to leave. I am so excited to be taking part in the challenge and following everyone’s progress. Let’s get to work!
Thanks Emily! I’m having so much fun and it will be fun to do this together! 🙂
I have always been curious about stenciled walls but too afraid to ever do something.
I highly recommend doing it! It can be time consuming but the end results are totally worth it!
Your lace wall is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing how your guest room turns out–the plans look wonderful!
Thank you so much Sharon! I’m anxious to see the final product too! I’m having so much doing the ORC!
Ruthie, I can’t wait to see the end results, I know it will be amazing!
Thank you so much Roxanne! This will be fun to do together!
Tee @ Beauteefulliving.com says
Oooh, I love that wall with the lace stenciling. Can’t wait to follow along and see the end result! Good luck!
Yeah I love the stenciled wall too! I can’t wait to continue to transform the room!
The stenciled wall looks AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to see the rest of it come together.
Thanks I love the wall too! I can’t wait to continue to work on it!
wow. I think it’s going to be a major transformation. Loving your colour palette. So chic and timeless! And that stencil is amazing! Can’t wait to see the progress.x
Thank you so much Karolina!! I’m so excited to continue to transform the room!
I LOVE that stencilled wall! Looking forward to following along. I am also participating in the ORC! Good Luck. Hollie xo
Thanks Hollie! I’m excited to participate in the ORC! I’ll head on over and check out your transformation too!
Hey Ruthie!! Your room ideas look so great! I love the idea of the pops of red. Can’t wait to see the room evolve 🙂 This is my first time participating too! Glad I’m not the only newbie.
How fun we can be newbies together!! It’s going to be so much fun!
I can’t wait to see how it turns out. That stencil is gorgeous!
Thank you so much Sarah! I’m excited to see the final product too! Haha Isn’t that stencil everything?!
What a fun challenge! This will keep you accountable, love it. Can’t wait to follow along on its transformation!
I love the accountability of it all!! It’s going to be so much fun!
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Oh it’s your first time! You are going to work your little tail off but have so much fun! I love the black and white scheme. Can’t wait to see how you do!
I’m so excited to participate!! I’m having so much fun already!
Can I come be a guest at your house! I would feel like a celebrity in that room! Excited to see the progress it will look awesome!
Haha anytime Tiffany! 🙂 I’m excited to do more with the room!
What a great space for guests to come, visit and relax! I’m excited to follow along.
Thanks Elisa! This is so fun!
Kelly Rogers says
I love the stencil wall, and can’t wait to see what happens next!
Thank you so much Kelly!
You are off to a fantastic start! Love black and white. Can’t wait to see it all!
Thanks Leslie! I love it too!
Angela, Blue i Style says
That stenciled wall is stunning! I’m a huge fan of black and white stripes, and you can’t go wrong with gold, so I can’t wait to see how this all comes together!
Thank you so much!! I love black and white stripes too! I’m excited to add some of that into my room as well!
Melissa @ Polished Habitat says
Love the pop of red mixed into the black and white! This will be a fun one!
Thank you so much Melissa! I’m excited to see the room go to life!
Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says
Ruthie I love the look! The lace wall is fantastic. Great choices with your colors and I can’t wait to see the final reveal.
Thanks Stephanie! 🙂