ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK ONE

inspiration image via: Erin Williamson // Design Crisis
Well, even though I vowed never to do this again…I’m doing it again! What am I talking about? The One Room Challenge and it starts up today.  If you’re not familiar with this, in a nutshell, the ORC was started a few years ago by Linda from Calling It Home. This six week challenge consists of twenty design bloggers who will attempt to do re-do a room in six weeks.
Last year I crazily agreed to participate in this while moving, literally.  The room that I chose was the kitchen… #nbd. . The added stress of the whole experience almost broke me, but I did end up (eventually, not exactly within the 6 weeks) with an awesome kitchen.  Fast forward to this year, I’ve learned a few things. First – not moving. Second – small, small room (aka K.I.S.S. keep it simple Sue)
So, the room that I’m hoping to transform in six weeks is our guest bathroom. Above is my inspiration. In a full circle moment, this beauty of a bath is the product of an ORC past. If you follow Design Crisis than you’re already familiar with the amazing job Erin did with this space…and if you don’t follow her, youre missing out.
Back to my challenge room… Here are some shots of the room as it is. Not too awful, just very ho-hum.  Basically, when we moved here about a year ago, we didn’t touch or change one thing. I had some nice window shutters installed for privacy, hung up a shower curtain and that’s about it. Whenever we didn’t know where to put something from an old bathroom from our old house, it pretty much just ended up in here.
It’s a long awkward L shaped space, with some weird wall angles…but I think this bathroom has a lot of potential. All those hours spent watching HGTV will finally be put to good use!
And here is what I would like to see happen in this space.
1. Dramatic wallpaper. I LOVE wallpaper, and there’s no better place to use it than a bathroom. I chose the inspiration image above because I’m obsessed with this Martyn Lawrence wallpaper Erin used (Bullard Romeo in Carrara for Schumacher.)
2. Lose the weird lighting and get some nice, possibly brass lighting. (that pendant in that cramped spot/door opening makes no sense to me.)
3. Lose the brown counter top and replace it with a nice bright white stone one.
4. Get some brass hardware happening in here: faucet and knobs and towel bar (also from the inspiration image.)
5. Get rid of that square mirror – (a round brass one just like the inspiration image would be great.)
6. In a perfect world, lose the tile up the walls as well, but honestly don’t see that happening…
7. New shower curtain with some personality.
Today I’ll be ordering up a bunch more wallpaper samples from DecoratorsBest – it’s finding the right wallpaper that is stressing me out the most here. It needs to look great AND be available in stock. I actually had the Martin Bullard Lawrence pictured in the first photos, but I’m convinced it’s way too busy with the tiles on the wall- if you squint you can see it in the mirror in the second photo. I’m not ruling it out yet-looking into demo for the wall tiles but also scouring Pinterest for even more inspiration. I’m all about an inspiration image!Be sure to keep up with all the other participants.. you can find them right here:

 

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  1. Emily wrote:

    I love your inspiration picture! Good luck and wishing you low stress this time!

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • Thanks so much! Doing a small bathroom and not moving are shaping up to be a whole lot less stressful already!:)

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  2. Can't wait to see all the gorgeousness this bathroom is going to be!!!

    xo
    cristin

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • I hope so, crossing fingers and toes-thanks Cristin!

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  3. Glad to see your are an ORC participant again this time around.
    You do a great job at selecting wallpaper so I'm excited to see how this room transforms 🙂
    Darlene
    http://www.BundleMeBaby.etsy.com

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • Thanks Darlene! I love wallpaper – it's probably the thing I'm most excited about in this bathroom.

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  4. Katy Byrne wrote:

    AHHH!!! You are the queen of powder baths. Cannot wait to see what you do!

    http://www.designsbykaty.com

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • LOL! Did you really just dub me the Queen of the LOO? I guess I'll take my royal titles where I can!:-)

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  5. I love wallpaper too! And brass hardware! It's going to be amazing! Cannot wait!

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • Thanks Lydia, it's everything that I'm loving these days too!

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  6. Agree with Cristin. Can't wait to see all the gorgeousness. Bathroom transformations are my favorite!

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • Thanks so much Courtney! At least there's no furniture to source, buy and place:) so bathrooms are my favorite too!

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  7. It is going to be so glam knowing you Sue!! very exciting!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Lee Bowers

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
  8. You can do no wrong…I adore everything you do, and can't wait to see this one unfold!!

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • Thanks so much! It's a lot to do in 6 short weeks, right? xx

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  9. This will be good. I had no idea you were never going to do this again…glad you changed your mind 🙂

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • Thanks for having me again this year Linda, I'm glad I jumped in again too!

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  10. I'm obsessed with that bathroom of Erin's too and sooooo agree about wallpaper being everything! I can't wait to see what you do this round…your kitchen is incredible!

    Published on 10.7.15 · Reply
    • Thanks so much Christine! compared to what you are taking on I feel like a total slacker!:)

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  11. This is a perfect space to tackle! No construction just lots of "pretty"!

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
  12. I adore your inspiration. I know you will make it incredible!

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
  13. So exciting, Sue! You've got this!!!!!

    Can't wait to see what wallpaper you choose.
    xoxo e

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
  14. LOVE Erin's bathroom and I had the joy of seeing it in person. (even better!) Looking forward to see how your translate it in your space.

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
    • So cool that you saw this amazing bath in person!

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  15. Love wallpaper in a bathroom and can't wait to see what you choose. I do agree that this one, although gorgeous, is too busy with the tile. What about painting out the tile white/off white as a quick and inexpensive solution. I'm sure whatever you decide, the end result will be amazing! Good luck to us all!

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
    • I meant painting just the wall tile, not the floor tile.

      Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
    • Wait, what??? You can paint tile? really??? omg, this might change everthing…

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  16. There is something extra magicial happening that you have an ORC inspiration room! Can't wait to see your spin on it.

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
    • I know, right? The ORC is the gift that keeps on inspiring! Thanks!

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  17. Michelle wrote:

    I love wallpapered bathrooms and you can't go wrong with a round brass mirror!

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
  18. The wallpaper is going to look amazing. So excited to see what you do!

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
  19. Sue, your homes have been MY inspiration for years! Makes me even more excited to be doing this crazy ORC with you! I can't wait to see how this turns out for you!

    Published on 10.8.15 · Reply
    • Wow Megan, that is so nice to hear! Thanks so much, excited to follow your progress as well!

      Published on 10.12.15 · Reply
  20. designchic wrote:

    It's going to be amazing, Sue. I can't wait to watch this bathroom come to life. I so vividly remember your kitchen…stunning! Happy weekend!

    Published on 10.10.15 · Reply
  21. Gosh jeez, thank you for using my wee humble bathroom as inspiration! I have no doubt that you will totally knock this challenge out of the park!!!

    Published on 10.10.15 · Reply
    • Thanks Erin! Have been admiring your work for so long! XX

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  22. Tobe | BIA wrote:

    Ohhh this is going to be fun!! You couldn't be going for a more perfect look. Excited to see this space transform, Sue.

    Published on 10.10.15 · Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Have you considered painting the tile white? Then your wallpaper would look great!

    Published on 10.13.15 · Reply