Oct 5, 2017


Oh hello! If you just found me after falling down your own rabbit hole of ORC discovery here’s a quick download on life over here.

This summer we sold our house and cars, my business, and all of our furniture. My hubby, twins and I left our nearly two decade San Diego city life for a small coastal village outside of Boston. Yup, I typed the word “village”, because its so quintessentially a real-life image of a Dickens Village. Such a happy culture shock for our family. We’ve bought an 1890 Victorian that needs some love before we move in. With no furniture to our name, I am designing the 11 rooms of this house from scratch. Felt like the ideal opportunity to try the One Room Challenge for my first time.

For friends that are not aware, find more detailed info about this amazing design event here hosted by Calling it Home. I’ll be joining hundreds of guest participants in the challenge to transform one room over a six-week time frame. Check back weekly for blog and Instagram progress updates. If you’d like to fall down the rabbit hole I definitely recommend visiting the featured designers and guests participants rooms. Like no joke, every time this contest pops up I pour a coffee, clear my morning schedule and spend a couple hours looking at the goodness!

I’ve chosen the Master Bedroom, typically delegated to the after-thought of design in all my past houses. When we bought this house a couple of months ago this room had radiators extending the length of two walls which have been removed. We loved our original wide plank pine floors BUT unfortunately they were in terrible shape so we’ve replaced them throughout the entire house. The room has a bright happy energy ready for a fresh update on its Victorian bones.

I challenged myself to make this room a little more daring then the rest of our house. Something fresh and true to my Cali roots but not too random to place in our old Victorian East Coast home. Central to the plan was picking a bold wallpaper to create a single feature wall. My first instinct was to design the room around a teal Otomi wallpaper. Something kept holding back from doing this one. Hoping I don’t regret the change of heart. I still love it.
My initial room inspo:

And then I found a Schumacher wallpaper that felt more ME and more this HOUSE and totally changed the plan:

Radiators out, old yellow walls begging for new paint, a room ready for fixing…

So far 3 of the walls have been painted BM White Dove, baseboards are done, the new floor is in. Blank slate ready! (p.s. these floors?? Gah!! Happy with the choice!)

Wallpaper focal wall completed
Source art for room
Source chandelier
Move light box to central location over bed
Source design accessories & bedding
Source curtains
Order accent chair
Rug: decide whether to keep and work around “mistake rug” or purchase new one

Wallpaper planning
Radiators removed // replacement baseboards installed
Floors installed
3 Walls painted
Ordered: RH bed, Dresser, Standing Mirror

OK here we go, we can do this….

One Room Challenge


  1. oh that baseboard … LOVE a chunky one and that wallpaper and the bed, I will want your bedroom for myself! can’t wait to see your progress next week!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Thank-you for taking the time to take a peek AND your kind comments. OH that baseboard, right? One of the reasons we fell for the house. Wallpaper full view next week, can’t wait to share with ya. Have a great week in the meantime. 🙂

  2. Kristen says:

    Oh wow, I love your inspiration so much! A client of mine has the same bed, and I just love it. Your new home and “village” sound amazing! I’m doing my first ORC too, and it’s so fun feeling like we are all in this together!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Thank-you SO much for your sweet words. Happy “first ORC” to you too! Definitely love this feeling of camaraderie, so much inspo! 🙂 Cant wait to follow along with yours as well!

  3. justynn says:

    I really like the wallpaper!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Oh thank-you!! Man I went back and forth on that pick, but so happy with final. 🙂

  4. Kristen says:

    I love wallpaper – especially for a bedroom and love what you picked! The floor looks amazing as well. You’ve got this! Can’t wait to follow along!

  5. Sue Mullen says:

    Lovely first choices! So excited to follow along on this journey, thank you for sharing!

    • jenniferminns says:

      Thank-you for following along!! So happy you had fun looking through all the designers rooms last week. 🙂 Wait till the last week of the challenge. You’ll need to clear your schedule. xo