One Room Challenge Week 6: THE REVEAL!

Week 6 of the One Room Challenge is here! I’m so excited to show the final product of our master bedroom makeover. I’ll let this post be mostly photos (because that’s what people really care about)! But be sure to check back for a second post where I’ll show some more before/afters + progress photos— I’m also planning to go into more detail about why I made certain decisions (and then sometimes changes to those decisions).

Just in case you need to catch up on my previous posts-
(Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, & Week 5)

And now.. here are the pictures:


I really wanted to turn our room into a calm and cozy space. I’m so happy with how it turned out- the pictures really don’t do it justice! I also did my best to keep the cost down- shopping at thrift stores whenever possible (including that brown leather chair for $15!!). Most of the pieces I got were from Goodwill, IKEA, Target, and HomeGoods. That gorgeous print above the chair was provided to me from Sarah Nightingale- the quality of the print is amazing! You can see every brush stroke perfectly!


We already had this dresser, I just replaced the knobs with some simple matte black ones I found on Amazon. I love this sleek & modern lamp I found at Target- it’s dimmable and has USB ports!


I debated on what to put over our bed for a while, and then I came across this round wall decor I got at Target a couple years ago! I’ll probably replace it once I find the perfect piece of art, but for now I think it works pretty well in this space! I also LOVE that colorful, vintage painting I found at a local thrift store! It adds some fun into the room without being too crazy.


We literally JUST added these shelves today and I love them!! Something about how it looked before just didn’t feel right to me. I could have just let it go and it still would have looked fine, but I knew that it could be better! I’m definitely going to paint over the white brackets with the same paint color as the wall so that they blend in more. In this area, I also decided to paint the closet doors this dark gray/black color (Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams).


And just in case you forgot, here are the BEFORE photos of our room…


ANDDD I have to put the listing photo in for good measure!


There you have it! Thank you so much for following along with my first (but definitely not last) One Room Challenge! Be sure to check out the featured designers + other guest participants, there are SO many awesome designs out there! HUGE thank you to Linda Weinstein & the One Room Challenge team for organizing this event! It’s been so fun and full of supportive people! Looking forward to next season’s challenge!

One Room Challenge Week 5: LAST Post Before The Reveal!!

It’s Wednesday, so that means another progress post on my One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover! It’s also week 5, so the next post will be the reveal… and since I need to take the “reveal” photos this weekend, I really only have the next few days to finish!

(If you need to catch up: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4)

I honestly didn’t get as much accomplished last weekend as I had hoped. I didn’t finish painting our walls - but I’ll be able to do that pretty quickly. I also didn’t decide on what I want to hang above our bed- I have a couple ideas, but I need to try them out! I did find that black metal plant stand in the photo above at Goodwill. It didn’t have a top to it though, so I had to come up with a creative solution. I had a spool of macrame cord leftover from an older project, so I used that and started wrapping it around the top - I had no clue what I was doing so I didn’t bother to take any tutorial type photos!

Kind of an awkward angle here- but I wanted to show what the top looks like!

Kind of an awkward angle here- but I wanted to show what the top looks like!

I love how it turned out! It ended up being the perfect little side table to this chair, and can’t beat only spending $6! I also started using hemp cord to weave a bottom shelf on my nightstand. I was inspired a table that Amber Lewis sells in her shoppe. I don’t have any photos of my progress on that, so you’ll have to wait until next week!

Here is a good view of our new rug. It ended up being absolutely perfect, and it was under $100! I’m still playing around the styling and placement of art, so this view could be a lot different next week! Let me remind you of the “before” view of this angle…


I’m so glad I signed up for this challenge - it was the push I needed to tackle this space! I’ll be working super hard the next couple days to get all the last minute details taken care of. Can’t wait to show off the finished design, and even more excited to have a master bedroom that we love! Don’t forget to check back next week for the final post of the challenge!! You can also head over to the official One Room Challenge site to check on everyone else’s progress!

One Room Challenge Week 4: Paint Can Fix Anything

It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge! That means after this post, there is only one more progress post and then the big reveal! (Catch up with my posts here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3)

I guess I’ll start out with a good progress photo, followed by a before shot!


One of the main things I did this past week was decide to paint our current nightstands. I was having such a hard time finding nightstands that I liked that were the right height. I guess our mattress is abnormally tall?? I know that in the past, I would try and rush the process and that’s when I end up with pieces that I want to replace like 3 months later. I really didn’t want to waste my time or money making that mistake, so I tried to think of a interim solution that still looks good and wouldn’t ruin my design.

I remembered that we still had a ton of leftover paint from when I painted our downstairs interior doors “Cyberspace” by Sherwin Williams. The color is the perfect dark gray/ almost black in certain light! I painted both of our nightstands this color and I really like them! I can’t even tell you how many times paint has come to my rescue!! I’m still going to keep searching vintage stores for the perfect nightstands, but this way I can actually wait for the right ones!


I replaced the knobs on our dresser with these simple black ones from Amazon. Such an easy update, but they look SO much better!

Those are swatches on our wall - before i decided to paint our room white, i thought about doing the whole room either  repose gray  or  agreeable gray .

Those are swatches on our wall - before i decided to paint our room white, i thought about doing the whole room either repose gray or agreeable gray.

I also found this amazing painting at local vintage shop! I love the colors in it, and I’m trying to brainstorm a way to use those colors in other areas of the room!

Other things I got done in the past week:
- Almost finished painting our walls Pure White by Sherwin Williams
- Rolled out our new rug, with help from my husband (I don’t have a photo of that yet, sorry!!)

What I have left to do:
- Finish painting walls
- Decide what to hang over bed (DIY abstract art??)
- Decide where to hang other art/ plants
- Style nightstands

I also feel like something is missing from my design but I can’t put my finger on it. I’ve been thinking about possibly painting the window trim to be the same color as the closet area (repose gray)?? Or painting the closet doors that cyberspace color? Change the light/plug switch covers to matte black? I don’t know - but hoping I figure it out soon!

Check back next week for my last progress post!! And as always, scroll through the amazing progress of the featured designers + the other guest participants!

One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Bedroom Plans

Hello!  I am SO excited to announce that I’ve decided to participate as a guest in my first ever One Room Challenge!!  If you’ve never heard of the ORC, it is a bi-annual event that showcases 20 designers (in addition to tons of guest participants)!  Everyone chooses one room to makeover and share weekly updates on over the course of six weeks.

Today marks Week 1 of the challenge.  Every Thursday I will post an update of my progress and on November 8th, the big reveal will be posted!  Be sure to keep following along on here and on my Instagram account (@meredithlynndesigns) for glimpses into my progress and planning!

If you’ve clicked over here from the One Room Challenge site, hey there! My name is Meredith and I’m so pumped to be participating as a guest in this season’s challenge. My husband and I bought our first home in May 2017 and I’ve been slowly updating it room by room to make it feel more like home. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy!

Now onto my plans… I’m choosing to makeover our master bedroom. For whatever reason, I have never made our room a priority. But I am tired of it being neglected and I’d love to transform it into a space that I actually like being in. Since moving in, all we’ve done is paint the walls. And even that was never totally finished! We were on a tight deadline when moving in, so all we did was spray a light layer of white paint over the ugly beigey/yellow/brown color that it was.

My number one favorite designer is Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. I love the way she mixes neutral colors and natural textures to achieve a laid back, California modern vibe. I’m really hoping to be able to mimic that feeling in our room.

I’ll begin with showing you the listing photo so you can see the “true before”.


And here is what it looks like today…


No rug, mismatched nightstands, and yes- there are two knobs missing from our dresser. So. Embarrassing. I REALLY didn’t want to show the before, but I’m hoping that now since this is out there on the internet- it will keep me motivated to work hard!

There is also a cut out area, where our closet is on one side and then a small master bath is on the other side…

A while ago, I knocked out that vanity thing and in a momentary lapse of judgement I painted the one wall green. I had plans of incorporating green throughout the rest of the bedroom, but these plans obviously never came to fruition. Since then, I’ve painted over the green with Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams and have started painting the other two walls the same shade. Here is how this space looks today…


Oh- and also due to some unexpected expenses over the summer (new water heater & HVAC), I’m also under the constraint of a tight budget! In order to keep costs down, I’m going to be scouring thrift stores and Facebook marketplace for a few key items (nightstands + random accessories) and then sticking to IKEA and other big box stores for everything else.  It’s definitely going to be a tough to create a unique and pulled together look on a budget and on time, but I totally do my best work under pressure!

Here are my overall plans - I wanted to put it together like this so you can see how it all works together. I’m really hoping to be able to find some vintage mid-century modern nightstands, but in the likely event that I don’t, I have a backup plan.

Here are all the elements I’m hoping to incorporate into my design:

And then here is it all laid out together so you can get my vision a little better:


-Paint entire room (almost finished with closet area)
-Caulk between baseboards + floor
-Paint baseboards and trim around windows
-Replace all outlets

-Matching nightstands (Hopefully vintage MCM)
-White comforter
-Throw pillows
-Throw blanket
-Affordable window treatments (hopefully bamboo shades)
-Affordable 8x10 area rug
-New knobs for dresser
-Table lamp for dresser
-New ceiling fan (if budget allows)
-New ceiling light for closet area
-Wall hooks
-Wall shelves
-Small rug for closet area
-Wall art

Not so bad, right?! I think the hardest part will be keeping the cost down- but I’m pretty good at coming up with creative solutions! Keep checking back to see my progress and be sure to head over to the official One Room Challenge site to check out what the other guest participants + featured designers are up to!