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Updated: Jul 31, 2021

I am thrilled to be a guest participant in the One Room Challenge this year! I first learned of the challenge through A Glass of Bovino who has masterfully transformed several rooms in her house with her impeccable taste. I've followed past challenges with admiration, and when I learned that anybody could participate, I decided to take the plunge!

If you're unfamiliar with One Room Challenge, it's a biannual design event where 20 influencers are chosen as Featured Designers tasked with making over a space in six weeks. Guests participants can join by linking their own room transformations. This spring, the Official Media Partner is Better Homes & Gardens!


Just like most people, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned my world upside down. I've been working from my dining room table for over a year now with two kids wreaking havoc all around me. Desperate for a private space, but having no extra rooms in the house, I've decided to sacrifice a storage closet in order to gain a small private office.

The closet is large and has housed anything and everything including holiday decor, party supplies, baby gear, and anything else that just needed to be tucked away.

I wanted to start with a clean slate, so the past couple weekends have been spent cleaning out the space, dismantling the shelves and removing the old baseboards. Let's just say there was A LOT of purging.

I appreciate the ingenuity of the previous owners in bringing light into the room, but I won't be sad to see the fluorescent lights operated by extension cords FINALLY get the ax.


Obviously, the closet has no windows, so I wanted a concept that felt light and airy. I landed on a coastal vibe since my happy place is the beach.

The goals are:

- Paneling on the long walls painted a green-gray

- A wallpaper accent wall

- A DIY desk with cabinets and a maple desktop

- Matching DIY maple floating shelves above the desk

- Wiring for new electrical outlets and a light fixture

- New baseboards

The desk makes this one of our most ambitious DIY projects to date, but I'm excited to see what we accomplish!


  1. Patch and sand the walls

  2. Wire electrical

  3. Install wallpaper

  4. Install paneling (maybe)

We'll see what we're able to accomplish!


Stay tuned for our progress! You can check back here for weekly updates or follow along on Instagram for progress videos.

And be sure to visit the One Room Challenge page to see the amazing work of the Featured Designers and Guest Participants! I for one can't wait to gain inspiration and motivation from the ORC community!

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