Spring 2021 One Room Challenge - Week 1 - Upstate Roots Design

Published May 8th, 2021 by Upstateadmin

It’s Week 1 of the One Room Challenge & your URD Gal (Meg is sitting this one out) has signed up to be a guest participant!  The #ORC is a community of creatives that are ready to inspire and get inspired to tackle & finish a space!  Bringing light, love, and design to all our clients spaces always leaves my personal projects (1) on the back burner (2) taking FOREVER to complete.  So I am shouting it out to y’all to hold myself accountable. 

For Reallll….There are SO many amazing people who put their creative heart into this process!  Be sure to follow here to see all the featured designers and guest participant projects!...

Also, a huge thank you to the One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens for hosting this amazing event where we can all gain some serious inspiration!  There is so much talent in this world and you know over here at URD, we are ALL about encouraging you to own your magic and put it out into the world.  So if you are a featured designer, guest participant, watching from the sidelines to get ideas for a room in your home - We see your light, keep shining friends :)

The space I have chosen is...drum roll guest bath.  I wish I was entering when I transformed our sunroom last year (sigh) BUT...that project is done and I am onto the next and one that is far overdue.

THE SPACE:  Guest/kids Bathroom

We have two full baths and two 1/2 baths in our home.  This is not our master, rather our upstairs full bathroom that guests would use if they stayed over and the bathroom that belongs to my crazy kiddos yet is not used as they still use ours!  It must be that hard to look at that even my kids shy away from it!  It is literally the one room in the house that has not been touched in any way, shape, or form since we moved in 10 years ago.  Every.Other.Room.Has.Been.At.Least.Hugged.

So, while it would not be my pick to WOW on my first #ORC is a space that needs some serious love.

  • small
  • Windowless
  • No lighting besides an awful heater light in ceiling
  • Colorless - this is the color my whole house was painted when I moved in and it is the only room in my entire house that remains this color
  • The decor (or lack of) has been the same for 10 years including that creative, brown “live well, laugh often, love much” sign that I asked for on my wedding registry (why?!?!) 
  • Yellow wood vanity with zero hardware
  • Dingy old tile floors
  • Old brown mirror
  • Broken towel rack
  • Toothpaste on the vanity cabinets
  • Toothpaste on the floors
  • Toothpaste on the ceiling
  • You get the point…toothpaste everywhere (kids!)
Take a look for yourself...

As much as I would love to rip everything out and start new, we are on a budget.  So I will be doing most of the work myself...which brings me to...


If you are new here, I lost my dad 5 years ago to cancer at the age of 55.  If you’ve been here for know I am putting on my daddy’s boots for this one!  5 years ago I couldn’t hang a picture.  My dad would help me bring all my crazy design ideas to life.  I would dream them...and he would make them, paint them, hang name it.  Losing him has been one of the most gut wrenching, painful experiences of my life.  It has also been one of the most transformative.  It has showed me what I’m made of.  That I’m fierce.  I am strong.  That even in the darkest of moments, if you open your see so much light from others.  That while our experiences are just that - ours...we are never alone. That I sure can hang a picture, use a paint brush, learn how to use power tools, teach myself stuff I would have never dreamed of.  While I would give anything to have my partner in crime here doing these things for is not my reality.  Instead I believe he gifted me this path, this I will try my hardest to step into his boots and do ALL the things...This ones for you dad <3

And we’re off!  I will leave you with my vibe board…not to be confused with mood board - Thats coming at you next week!  This is the vibe, the feeling, the picture you bring your hair dresser to get the look you want…Ya got me?

Thanks for being here friends.  We appreciate you so much!!

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