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One Room Challenge Reveal: Principal Bedroom

When I selected our bedroom for this one room challenge my goal was to create a serene coastal-inspired escape. The first time I did the ORC last spring, I joined last minute (as in on the day it started). Although I love the dining room, the design plan was limited because of timing.

This time around, we did decorate the space in the six weeks but I had some elements decided in advance. Because I had the time —and amazing brand partners — I was truly able to design the bedroom of our dreams. I hope you love it as much as we do.



The headboard, which we've had for awhile, was an absolute bargain from the Restoration Hardware outlet. The quilt, in shades of blues, is the  inspiration for the entire room. Paired with sheets and crocheted bedskirt rom Serena and Lily, a duvet cover from Target, large white cushions from Homsesense and a blush velvet cushion from Tonic Living, the bed feels crisp and fresh. A subtly patterned rug, also from Serena and Lily, helps to hide the carpet that we could not replace. The bench at the foot of the bed was a lucky Homesense find. I swear I can't leave that place without an overflowing cart. The amazing light over the bed (which Jamie says looks a tad like a UFO) is from Wayfair.

The old bedside table was painted in a turquoise. Anyone that knows me knows that I am very into this happy colour. But it was time for a change. I had another one of the tables in the spare room and I gave it a coat of Annie Sloan Old Violet chalk paint. I had never worked with chalk paint before. Now I know why everyone uses it. No priming. No sanding. No brush streaks. It looks so, so good. And it ties in perfectly with ticking stripe in the curtains.  A chair takes the place of a table on the other side of the bed. I am obsessed with it. It's also from Homsense. The photos are both by Canadian photographer, Joshua Jensen-Nagle.


Every bedroom needs a chair chairdrobe. This one from Serena and Lily is meant for outside but I fell hard for the whitewashed finish. The cushions are from H&M Home. I had a goal of using all Canadian artists for the room, but the art over the chair was a last minute addition that I found on Etsy when I discovered that none of the pieces I had were the right scale for this corner.

Can we talk about the doors for a minute?! Because we are renting our home it's really tricky to add architectural detail. The doors from Metrie were the perfect solution. They were the last element we added to the room and the last thing to be painted. I really think they add so much sophistication. Metrie really can do no wrong. They're painted in Benjamin Moore Intuition.


I really think that window treatments are one of the most important elements in any room. These beauties were made by Jamie's mom and I am obsessed with them. I have wanted to use a ticking stripe somewhere in our house forever so when I saw Annie Sloan's new ticking striped fabric, I could not resist. They look amazing. And, I know I keep saying this, but the fabric just feels so good to the touch.


I love my boyfriend for many reasons but one of them is because he is cool with pink in his bedroom. This blush armoire is so pretty. The beautiful photo is by my friend Lindsay Stephenson. We have one of her pieces in every bedroom of our house. I love that I wake up seeing it every morning. She is just the most talented person I know. The pitcher of wax flowers are from my favourite florist, Fiori Oakville.

A white dresser provides added storage. I swapped out the meh hardware with Anthropologie goodness. The photo above is by Anna Argiropoulos (better know to many of you as Anna With Love).


Because of what I do, I have a lot of clothes. A ton. Our closet was not suiting my needs. The top shelf and baskets always felt so cluttered. IKEA PAX wardrobes were the perfect solution. The combination of hanging and hidden storage, along with the ability to customize the design transformed the closet from cluttered to beautifully functional.

The online planning tool made it to so easy to build the custom closet. We actually went to our local IKEA to design ours because staff are on hand to help with any questions. I did the same thing when I designed an IKEA kitchen in my old house so I knew how helpful they can really be. I recommend measuring your clothes before you go. For example, I measured the length of my longest dress and the width of all of my dresses hung together to ensure the new closet would house my clothes properly.

The PAX wardrobes come in a couple of colour options, but I wanted the closet to be a soft, pretty blue. Once they were built, I painted everything in Benjamin Moore Intuition. I have had a ton of questions about this, so I will dedicate my next post to the correct way to paint the laminate wardrobes. And trust me, there is a wrong way.

I love that the new closet now has space to store and display my favourite things, while hiding off-season clothes in drawers.

To complete this gem of a closet, I wrapped the walls not covered in cabinets with the most gorgeous marble mural from Anewall. If you haven't seen their wallpaper and mural goodness, you really have to. We are renting our house so the peel-and-stick option was ideal. Don't you love it?! Pretty accessories and a mini blush pendant from Homsense complete the space.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into our One Room Challenge! Thanks so much for all of the kind comments and support these past few weeks.

This room could not have happened without my favourites. Thank you so much IKEA, Homesense, Anewall, Annie Sloan, H&M Home, Lindsay Stephenson, Benjamin Moore, Metrie and Fiori Oakville. This space is beautiful because of you. I am forever grateful!

Take a moment to see all of the other amazing ORC transformations. I promise it will be a pretty way to spend your time.

All images:  Angus Fergusson Photography.

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