One Room Challenge | Week One | Tween-Age bedroom makeover

One Room Challenge | Week One | Tween-Age bedroom makeover

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I’m not backing out now.

Wow, these last few months have been BUSY! Between client projects, conferences and industry markets like KBIS and High Point Market. Which, by the way I am suppose to be leaving for High Point Furniture Market right now, but I am posting this blog instead. LOL! I had doubts about entering the One Room Challenge for the Spring 2019 session. To be honest it’s going to be hard to add one more project to my schedule right now. Here’s how I’m looking at it. Yeah, I’m pretty busy but the whole point of the One Room Challenge- At least for me is to carve out a little time to make my own home a better place for our family. So here we are!

The challenge is only 6 weeks- I can handle a little less sleep and little more stress for 6 weeks, right!? I am an ORC veteran I think at this point. This will be my 6th time entering the challenge. Any other designers that can beat that? 🙂

My beautiful, sweet, almost teenage daughter has been asking me to re-do her bedroom for a few years now. She has been so patient in waiting. Now its her turn. We will be refreshing her bedroom to a little more grown up style in a Kate Spade meets Lilly Pulitzer vibe. It will be a colorful (duh!), functional, beautiful bedroom that she will enjoy as she enters her teens. (Did I just say TEEN?, Make it slow down, please.)

If you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge, please check it out. It’s an amazing event, with amazingly talented designers! A HUGE thank you to Linda, from Calling it Home, who organizes this event twice a year.

I’ve never meet Linda in person…. hopefully one day. I have a feeling we would be fast friends! 🙂


Another exciting announcement is Better Homes & Gardens will be back again this year as the media sponsor and will be selecting two Guest Participants by the editors as Featured Designers in the Fall 2019 event! *Now, that would be a dream to be selected!


Before we leap into my daughters room, here are a couple of my past ORC’s. It’s such a great feeling finishing these challenges, I can honestly say that I wake up each morning and truly smile walking around my house.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Here’s the starting point

Before: Girls Bedroom in Fayetteville, NC

Before: Girls bedroom in Fayetteville NC two beds

What’s the plan?

Good question. That’s not entirely worked out yet. I did tell my daughter that the non-negotiable items that have to stay are the Kate Spade rug (no-brainer) and the two beds and headboards. Everything else is open for discussion.

What we do know. Our working check list:

  • The carpet is going bye bye, there is oak hardwood floors underneath that we will refinish

  • Painting walls, ceiling and trim – NOTE: pink will probably be involved

  • Adding Crown moulding

  • New ceiling light fixture

  • New Lamps

  • New bedding

  • New Window Treatments

  • New artwork

  • A desk with chair

  • Shelving for storage

  • Organize closets

  • Possible wallpaper

  • Possible new bed frame with storage

  • A request for something with a bow design has been submitted in writing from my daughter.

There you have it, nothing major, just decorating. I totally got this!!

Join me next week and please subscribe to my blog now if you haven’t done it already to follow along and watch for my weekly progress posts in your inbox. Be sure to follow along with my instagram stories for behind the scenes sneak peeks.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my posts and leave me your comments. I appreciate it!

Jana Donohoe, ASID
Fayetteville, North Carolina

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