Nov 16, 2017

ORC: Reveal Time

I fear for my husband, I fear for my family.  I do believe that my virgin attempt at One Room Challenge has me hooked.   The ebb and flow of a quick run makeover is buoyed by the knowledge you are in the company of hundreds of amazing designers.  I imagine we all feel a little bit like we are about to introduce the world to our baby today.

A quick recap for those who’ve just joined me today.  My little family of four just moved from San Diego to the Boston area this summer.  We started Week 1 of the ORC living in my parents basement, designing for a room in a house we’ve never lived in.  Our 1890 Victorian has been mildly renovated since its purchase in June.  We’ve since moved in, fallen in love with the old bones and bright light of this home and happily my hubby and I now have what I’d like to think of as our first real grown-up bedroom.  More on the background of the move and this room conception on Week 1.

We replaced the floors in the whole home, including our bedroom, with wide plank French Oak.  The old radiators have been removed, and baseboards fixed where needed.

So without further delay, meet my baby…. our brand new Master Bedroom in our very old house.

The Feature Wall
The feature wall has a few key moments that are equally dramatic in their own right. The wallpaper is obviously the strongest player. In week 1 I talked about wimping out from my first choice of Otomi wallpaper that was teal. I am so happy I changed my mind to a choice that includes my favorite color, charcoal. This wallpaper feels so fresh and right now to me but also whispers of the house’s original era in which it would have been covered in intricate wallpaper. I’ve decided to subtly play up the stripe of the wallpaper pattern in the curtains and toss pillow.

We love these Roman Shades for both looks and utility. You can find both my husband and my son playing with their stealth retraction feature. They are simple, yet the stripe gives a character to them so they don’t just disappear next to the wallpaper.

The Bed & Chandelier
Before we even bought the house or commenced design ideas I knew this bed would be a part of the equation. I have no less than a million pins of variations of this bed styled on pinterest. It just feels so intimate despite its large scale, and creates the perfect cocoon when our twinsies hop into bed in the morning.

The drama of the bed had me second guessing even installing a chandelier. The original light box in the room was central in the room directly where the end of the bed frame was. When my resourceful husband said he could move the light without issue I jumped at the chance of adding the “jewelery”. I think this light is a little more of a nod to my boho Cali-girl side than the rest of the room.

The Side Tables
To give the room a little extra layer of interest I had intended to add some blue to the room. These tables are the perfect inky blue. Unfortunately, I had matched them to a velvet chair that has been backordered, so that blue element of my room has receded from the final vibe here.

The perfect compliment to the “tree-house” view outside, the lights on the tables allow window light to continue into the room.

Chunky Blanket
You might notice my photos are being presented a little schizophrenic, some having the blanket displayed, and others bare. I couldn’t decide! I love the bed clean and white but also with the scrumptious blanket you’ll find me under all winter long.

I’ve intentionally edited myself with color and elements on the other walls of the room. The main wall brings such a strong energy, there’s a peace on the eyes when you look around in other directions.

Here’s the sad truth. At some point, my tv is coming back in this room. Yes, I am of the watch girly-terrible-reality-tv-all-night-long instead of sleeping camp. This is possibly where the tv will land so while I love this dressers pretty little moment right now, its likely to host my television at some point. Or I’ll take up reading again. In which case, isn’t this a lovely mirror, and hodge podge of treasures from the Paris flea market?

Seating Nook
This chair is meant to be temporarily borrowed from mom while we await my custom ordered chair, but I’ve fallen for this one turning the spot into a neutral corner in the room.

Last Minute Additions
Once I moved into the house, design ideas became real and functional. I added a bench for putting on shoes, and included the small dressing area in the make-over. I’ve had the large portrait of Grace Kelly in my last 3 houses and she’s still one of my favorite parts of the room.

The vanity area was painted a charcoal on the walls to pick up the color in the Chenoceau wallpaper.

That’s it! Our bedroom! I’ll continue to layer and change this room, but right now in this moment, the room feels like a gift I cant wait to open and enjoy. If you’d like to join in on the transformation of my entire home please follow along on IG.

Thank you to Linda at One Room Challenge and sponsor, House Beautiful, for creating this unique opportunity!  I’ve already found myself lost in the amazing transformations of the featured designers. Tomorrow I cant wait to explore my fellow guest participants transformations!

<thank you to Home Dwelling for the beautiful photos!>

My ORC Week 6
My ORC Week 5
My ORC Week 4
My ORC Week 3 Link to Sources!
My ORC Week 2
My ORC Week 1


  1. just so so so cozy and sophisticated! that wallpaper is THE perfect choice for this space and I love every piece of furniture you have in the bedroom! though different in styles but they all work together beautifully, especially when they all share the same charcoal grey and white palette. Love that you have mixed in warm wood tone and muted brass to add warmth … it’s exactly where I want to be this winter!

  2. Deb says:

    Ohhh, I love all the details! The mix of gold with other textures and colors, the wallpaper. Especially the two little gold frames – I really appreciate little different arrangements like that. It’s a dramatic room!

  3. Meg says:

    I LOVE all of it!! It is all so pretty and cozy! You did an amazing job! And for what it’s worth, I love the mirror and dresser set up however a TV in the bedroom is a must in our room also!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hey Meg! How fun to meet you through this process. YAY we are done!!! Thank-you, and thank-you for admitting you are in the tv-in-room camp, I am not alone!!! Great job on your space too girl. Phew, time for a cocktail.

  4. Lisa Fogt says:

    This is not normally my style but it’s beautiful and you’ve done amazing work. The neutrals + all the finishes are just gorgeous.

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hello Lisa, thank-you so much! Isnt that the cool part of the ORC, to see soooo many different styles? This was so much fun. Congrats on your stunning space as well!!

  5. Beautiful one of the best I’ve seen, congrats

  6. Jenny!! Welcome to the ORC family – it is truly addicting – and what a way to make a splash. This bedroom is an oasis – soooo many details to savor starting with that breathtaking wallpaper. Relax in that beautiful space – you deserve it! Great job.

    • jenniferminns says:

      Emily, thank-YOU for making my first ORC even better with your weekly support. LOVED it, and pretty darn sure I’ll catch ya next round right? 😉 Your room is AMAZING and hope your little lady is appreciating how lucky she is!

  7. The difference from your before photo to now is really amazing. It doesn’t even look like the same space. Everything feels so fresh and looks so beautiful! Love the window shades and the color of the floors. Wonderful!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hi Michaela, thank-you! I am a sucker for a good before & after myself, great job and congrats on your sunroom! 🙂

  8. Ola says:

    THIS turned out beautifully. I love the wallpaper. Congrats on completing your first challenge!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hi Ola, thank-you!! These ORC are definitely light the best kind of fire in us don’t they? Great job on yours. That mirror + wallpaper = wow!!

  9. While I think that wallpaper is the dreamiest thing ever…I’m in LOVE with the spindle chair in the corner-I want to take it home with me! A great ORC job!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hi Kristin! Thank-you so much for your kind words. YES that chair right? So funny, but that was a replacement chair that I was so-so about and now in love with. 🙂

  10. Libbie says:

    What an incredible space! The textures and colors are amazing. Truly looks like a place you could get lost in. I’ll be following along with the rest of your home journey. Enjoy!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hello Libbie, thank-you for stopping by and for following along on the whole house transformation!! How fun are these ORCs?! Loving the color of your cabinetry in your pretty new laundry room!

  11. Vel says:

    I adore your entire room (not only because we used the same wallpaper), but every little detail is just so well-thought of and beautiful! Love it! Congrats and Cheers to us for another room done!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hi Vel, CONGRATS on being done with your ORC too, and thanks for your comment! Loved seeing a different use of the same wallpaper, and btw your bed side lamps are amazing. And how cute is your husband’s support? 🙂 Lucky us!! Cheers girl.

  12. Come back to SD when I buy a home and decorate it for me!

  13. This is absolutely amazing! That accent wall is blowing my mind – and the chandelier! Gorgeous! I am honored to have done this ORC with you!

    • jenniferminns says:

      You are so sweet Jen, thank-you for your super kind words!! 🙂 How fun was this? And, speaking of wallpaper LOVE LOVE your choice in your powder room. Great job!

  14. Frannie says:

    Do you mind sharing the source for the floor? I couldn’t find it when I searched. Wondering if it is wood or engineered etc. The room is so beautiful!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hello Frannie, thank-you! The floor is wood, its wide plank French Oak, sourced from ProSource. 🙂

  15. Hillary Wayland says:

    Love, Love, Love this room! Mind sharing the source for the bed? I’ve pinned similar ones myself but curious what you landed with and how you like it!?

    • jenniferminns says:

      Thank-you!! The bed is from Restoration Hardware in King size. We loooooove it! I think it will go with many styles easily, and feels intimate despite its size!

  16. Allison Duke says:

    I love this room!! Do you mind sharing where you got your nightstands and dresser? Thank you!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Hello! Thank-you Allison! The nightstands are from Anthropologie and the dresser is from Pottery Barn Kids 🙂

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