The One and Only, Better Homes & Gardens ORC! One Room Challenge™

Boring Guest Room Goes Equestrian!

How many of you are mildly freaking out that it is t-minus ONE DAY until October is upon us? Ok, so maybe I am freaking out a lot over here. Where has this year gone? The good news is that we have been working on some incredible projects, with incredible clients. And in the midst of all of the client workload, (being the overzealous gal that I am), I have decided to participate in the Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge this year. For those of you who may not be familiar with the ORC, let me give you a little bit of back story.

The One Room Challenge™, currently in its sixteenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts.

For this season’s challenge, I have selected the guest room in my own home. This poor space has become such a ‘catch all’ since moving in just two years ago. So, with the holidays looming and my procrastination on getting this space put together, it was high time I found the inspiration needed to get my booty in gear.

Below, you can see the ‘before’, or rather ‘existing’ images of the guest room. As you can see, it needs a lot of help.

The inspiration for this space comes from my love of all thing equestrian. And, living in a community rich in the equestrian spirit, having a horsey themed guest room just made ridiculous sense! So…on to the design board I created for the room, and the list of things to unfold over the next 6 weeks until the final reveal in November.

The end result will be much more chic and sophisticated, and awfully cozy! The palette of finishes remain richly neutral and tonal, with an emphasis on yummy sable and cinnamon browns and butterscotch caramel golds, (excuse me while I get up from writing this and grab some apple slices and caramel dip from the fridge……).

Canter Lane Interiors Classic Equestrian Guest Room

Canter Lane Interiors Classic Equestrian Guest Room

Much needed treat after a super long work day.

Much needed treat after a super long work day.

You thought I was kidding! It’s been a long week, what can I say.

Anywho, what you can’t see on this image is that I will be adding chair rail around the perimeter of the room, so that the upper portion of the wall will be plaid wallpaper, and the lower portion of the wall, under the chair rail, will be painted a creamy (here I go again with the food analogies) tan. The existing popcorn ceiling will be scraped, patched, and painted; and the closet and main entry doors painted. So far that’s…

  1. Scrape ceiling

  2. Fix and paint ceiling

  3. Paint walls

  4. Paint doors and add new hardware

  5. Hang wallpaper

  6. Hang chair rail

Then, to pull the room together…

  1. Hang window treatments

  2. Arrange new furniture

  3. Hang artwork

  4. Set up bedding and decorative accessories

It doesn’t seem like a lot of work when I look at it on paper, but I know I will be pushing it just getting all of these items done. With a crew of workers, I could pull this off in less than a week; but i’ll be doing the dirty-work for this project since my budget for the room was spent on furnishings and decor.

I’m exhausted from a more than full workload, but secretly excited about this little project. To finally have a chic, classic equestrian room has my inner horse-crazy self grinning from ear to ear.

Check back weekly as I post updates on this transformation and share project photos and notes on the experience along the way. You’ll also get links to the products showcased in the space as it is completed.

OH! And don’t forget to follow all of the other amazing designers who are featured both as main and guest participants. Get loads of inspiration from their stories here.

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