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Guest Bedroom Makeover: One Room Challenge Week 1 & 2



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I am late to the party with the One Room Challenge as we are now entering week 2! I went back and forth in the previous weeks as to my ability to complete a full room makeover right now. The NFL season is a busy time for us with my husband coaching here in Green Bay.  I am painfully aware that giving this my full attention right now is probably not the best timing, but the idea of a fully finished beautiful room that I can use everyday ultimately won out. It’s called a challenge for a reason right?!

Last year for the ORC, I transformed my old basement office into a bright and light shared bedroom for my 2 girls (check out the final reveal here.)  I loved the challenge it gave me and the timeline to get it done! For this challenge, I decided I wanted to transform our guest bedroom into something that can still function for our guests but also serve as an office. The room started this challenge looking like this:


Before Atticus (our 4th baby) arrived, it served as my daughters nursery and looked like this:


And before that, it was my sons nursery (before making any changes to the house) and looked like this!


I have been working from the kitchen counter or the dining room table for the better part of 2 years so creating a space where I can feel creative is something I have been looking forward to for some time.

This bedroom is on the smallish side so fitting in a full desk in the traditional way was not going to work unless I wanted to shove a twin bed in the corner… not exactly hospitable.  We have quite a few guests throughout the year so I wanted to keep the room as comfortable as possible for everyone who chooses to travel to subzero weather willingly.  With closets on the brain (see my IKEA closet makeover here), I decided that carving out the current closet space would be the perfect solution for an office area.  I searched pinterest as one does… and came up with this image as my starting point.

(Closet office inspiration via)

I also have learned through my more recent room remodels that I do best when I have inspiration images to work from.  This image from Studio McGee speaks to me frequently:

(bedroom inspiration via)

My plan involves paint, wall treatments, and creating a closet office/(cloffice?).  I was out of town for most of last week so this week the closet renovation began and the moodboard came to life:



sconce / office shelves / bed / artwork / wallpaper / pillow

I have a lot of fun DIY’s planned including moody blue board & battan, updated window trim and maybe some painted curtains?  I hope you follow along for the fun!



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