Call us crazy, but we’ve signed on for another One Room Challenge (ORC) hosted by Calling It Home! Total insanity (I know), but I am oh, so excited about it!
If you are new to our blog – welcome and thank you so much for finding your way over! Here is a bit about us… I’m Jasmine and along with my husband, Marc, we make up The Best of Home team. We started this blog in 2015 shortly after we got married and moved to a brand new city as a way to document our journey into 1st time home ownership, share stories of renovating our home and as a avenue for me to write about and share the things I’m passionate about – interior design, DIY, food (gluten-free cooking and baking as I’m Celiac) and travel. My husband is a site supervisor for a local custom home builder and I’m happy to announce that later this year I’ll be wrapping up my studies and becoming a certified professional Interior Decorator.
Now, back to the ORC. We participated in the ORC for the first time last year when we added a 3rd bathroom to the “lower level” of our home (aka our fancy term for basement). It was a messy 6+ weeks (literally, since we did all the work ourselves) but the goal was to not just add another bathroom – helping increase the value of our property- but to also make it feel as though you are not actually in a dark basement when using it. This was one major mission accomplished! Here’s a little #TBT:
We now love using this secondary bathroom so much more than our actual main bath space – oops! My husband, Marc, kindly reminds me on the daily of how tempted he is to tear up our main bath and bring it up to par with the one we re-did. I’m totally not opposed to the idea, but we decided to go another route for this Spring’s One Room Challenge and tackle our master bedroom! Here’s a look at what we are starting with.
As you can see, there is not too much going on in there to start and it really needs some TLC. We’ve got our big bed (I don’t know how we lived without a king-sized bed before – it is life changing), our night tables that I repainted back in 2015 (one of the first DIY projects we tackled in our new home), a vintage armchair (that was a recent score for $40 at a local Habitat for Humanity Restore that I loved the profile of) and our dresser (an item we splurged on from Wood Haven Furniture in Guelph as we moved into our home without a dresser). Oh, and the fan. My husband loves it and I hate it. Will it stay or will it go? Guess we’ll see who ends up winning that battle in the coming weeks 🙂 You may also notice a giant spot of paint on the wall of a colour that I thought I liked about 1 year ago and just left sitting on the wall all this time. Fast forward 1 year later and I’m now finally ready to paint!
So, what’s the plan for this room? To be honest, we decided to join in on the challenge a bit late and I’m still working out all the details. What is staying in the room will be the bed, the grey duvet and bed skirt (gifted to us from our wedding shower), armchair (to be reupholstered), and the dresser. I’m on the fence about the nightstands since I put so much work into refinishing them back in 2015. One minute I want to keep them and the next I don’t (oh design dilemmas!). The large sunset artwork will also be staying and will actually be the jumping off point for the room. I quite love it for a few reasons – 1) it was a wedding gift from some very good friends so it has a lot of meaning and 2) we got married in Muskoka so it reminds us of the natural beauty of that area – so serene and relaxing and 3) our home sits on a bit of a hill and we wake up to the most beautiful sunrises in the morning out of our window which is pretty special. So the images and vivid colours of the sunrise and sunset are going to be the inspiration and theme for this space. I may just snuggle up and not leave once it’s all done!
Next week we’ll share more progress and fun but if you want to follow along in this adventure with us, I’ll be posting and chatting up a storm on our Instagram stories so feel free to follow us to see what we’re up to as the challenge progresses: @TheBestofHome
“A home should be used, worn-in, storied. Home is the product of a family growing together and shaping the space around them”. I read this quote earlier in the week from the most recent issue of House & Home magazine and it just stuck because I loved it so much. I am so looking forward to following the other designers and participants in this challenge and hearing their stories of how their lives influence the spaces they re-design. So join me as I grab a drink tonight, put up my feet and get lost in some more design magic happening over at these other sites:
Other linking participants: Guest Participants
Happy long weekend and Easter all – enjoy a mini egg or two!