The Big Reveal: Kate’s guest room makeover

Are you guys familiar with the One Room Challenge?  It’s a twice yearly friendly competition where designers/homeowners document and share the process of transforming a room within six weeks.  

I know, right?  Six weeks!  I love following along, but gosh.  It takes me two weeks to choose a paint color, so the pressure of completing a whole room in six might put me over the edge.  

And so, I decided to do a solo One Room Challenge…on my own timeline (i.e. no timeline) and a fairly small budget.



Our guest room is average size, with some strange ceiling lines and minimal character.  Very blah.  I wanted a dramatic transformation, and envisioned a cozy retreat with lots of style, dark walls and, of course, pattern.  

Because we have textured walls and it is SUPER expensive to prep them for wallpaper, I opted to paint the walls in a super rich blue color.  Window treatments were a must to add personality to this room, and I happened to have enough yards of my Cascade fabric left over from a previous project.  The neutral and mauve hues paired really nicely with the blue walls!  


Furniture and accessories

Next step was updating some beloved-but-outdated furniture.  You can read about how I partnered with Revitaliste to transform my dresser and chair into total showstoppers. 

With the larger projects completed, it was time to add finishing touches.  The long wooden window seat had so much potential but the cost of custom cushions was out of my budget.  Persistent searching led me to floor cushions that could be placed side by side for a similar effect.   I added some accent pillows and a cozy throw and this is now my favorite spot to relax with a good book.

The first of many good times in our new + improved guest room!

The first of many good times in our new + improved guest room!


Paint color: Benjamin Moore’s Blue Danube

Window treatments: Cascade fabric by Elworthy Studio, fabricated by The Shade Store

Rug: Andalusia by Cold Picnic

Chair: antique, transformed by Revitaliste using Miramar fabric by Elworthy Studio

Dresser: antique, transformed by Revitaliste

Ceramic side table: Anthropologie

Framed artwork: original photographic print by designer Kate Miller