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One Room Challenge Week 4: Week 4????


If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m participating the the linking part of the biannual One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.   To see past posts, go to Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.  I have taken on the so fun challenge of decorating a 2 bedroom townhouse in six weeks and up until now, we didn’t even own the place.  But I’m excited to tell you that we closed early on the townhouse, and I got the key on Tuesday!  I’m less excited to tell you that after getting the key and seeing the space without the previous owner’s furniture and accessories, I could see all the issues with the floors and walls that I didn’t see before.  I spent the better part of today meeting the electricians, painters, etc.  I’m not sure at this point if I can pull off this challenge, but it wouldn’t be a challenge if it wasn’t challenging, right? (make that into an Encouragement!)  So I’m going to keep pushing forward and see what happens.  Now for the update on the pretty decorating stuff.

You may remember that I wanted coral and white curtains in the space.  The inspirations:

Coral and white striped window treatments.



Janie Molster Designs

Janie Molster Designs


Well, I looked all over (or as all over as time would allow) for the right fabrics.  I found a great coral silk, and a pretty–but not exactly what I had in mind light gold faux-silk and started sewing.  As I was laying the fabrics out and cutting them on the floor of my Family Room (since I have no real space for such work)  they looked great.  So great, in fact, that I really wanted to see these window treatments everyday, and I couldn’t bear to separate them from my Family Room rug that they seemed destined to spend eternity with (or at least until some future One Room Challenge.)


Coral and pale gold striped curtains.

Coral and pale gold striped curtains with Family Room rug.

So it was back to the drawing board (sewing machine.)  I decided to re-purpose some Ikea Sanela brown panels.  I like the Sanela panels because they are a cotton velvet.  For store bought panels, they are fairly heavy, have a nice header, and come longer that most (98″.)  I bought some turquoise Sanela panels, and I’m striping them together.  My new inspiration:

Toby Fairley Interior Design

Toby Fairley Interior Design

Stay tuned to see how they turn out.  My sewing machine seems to be coming down with something.  Hopefully it’ll bounce back, and I’ll be sewing up a storm soon.

Another inspiration you may remember:

One Kings Lane turquoise headboard

One Kings Lane turquoise headboard


I love the color, but not the $1000+ price tag.  I had a metal headboard just sitting around, so I decided to paint it a similar color.  The results:

Headboard Before.

Headboard Before.

Headboard After.

Headboard After.

I’m very pleased.  I think the bright color sets off the pretty shape of the scrolls.  It’s going to be great in the Master Bedroom.

Thanks for checking in this week.  Please check out the progress of the One Room Challenge participants and the linking participants.  Please also check back next week to see if I’m still afloat.

Have a great week!!



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8 Responses

  1. Hats off to you for trying this when you really only have 2 weeks in the space to make it happen! Your DIY coral drapes are stunning and agreed…perfect with that carpet! I really like the new palate too for the master and the headboard looks great.

  2. I am loving what I am seeing so far! It will be fabulous. Love the bed frame in blue. I can’t wait to see the final reveal

  3. Such an ambitious project! Everything is going to look great.

  4. Brenda

    Those coral striped curtains are one of my all time favorites. You are so talented to be able to sew your own! And now to modify the existing ones. I LOVE your headboard. What a difference that paint color makes. Can’t wait to see your finished room. It will all come together beautifully!

  5. Love the blue. Looks like you have your plan working. Good luck with the panels.

  6. Rachel, I am loving the painted headboard! You’re right, the color really makes it stand out. Excited to see what you do next week 🙂

  7. Barbara

    I really enjoyed your blog and especially loved the turquoise headboard. I have been hoping to find a new headboard for my master bedroom too.
    Looking forward to your next blog!!

  8. Jennifer Green

    Oh, wow! I almost got a little misty (truly) when I saw the aqua living room with the striped draperies as one of your inspiration photos for your room…because that is MY living room! I’m super flattered and have the biggest smile on my face right now. You have totally made my day! Your room looks fantastic! Amazing job!!!

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