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ONE ROOM CHALLANGE week 1- a small guest bedroom makover

Updated: Jun 27, 2021

One Room Challenge is a fantastic event that I have been following for a while. You can enter with a room that you want to renovate (do makeover) and need to complete it in 6 weeks while also recording the progress in blog or in Instagram.

This year I had the opportunity to enter - EXCITED!

You can check other blog posts on the One Room Challenge here:

About the room:

The room is a tiny guest bedroom in a beautiful Victorian villa in Edinburgh. It was not made originally as a bedroom and has 3 doors, so 2 doors either need to be covered or given purpose.

The owner is a curator and has lots of artworks and textiles all over in the property to showcase, including a lovely African tapestry they would like to use in the room. They also like natural colours and fabrics and would like something dark and moody in colour for the room. The room has a wardrobe, a bed and a tiny side table, though due to its size not much else can be place there.

I have two colour ideas for the room which would go nicely with the tapestry:

one is a really deep, nearly black colour from Farrow and Ball: Studio Green with a rust colour picture rail.

The other colour is one of my favourites, a beautiful green colour from Little Green. It would be a reference for the greens of the tapestry: Jewel Beetle:

I was hesitating on the layout:

Shall I keep the bed this way or turn and place under the window?

The place is tiny either way - I asked people what they would prefer and we all felt the bed under the window is a better solution as it makes the room more airy.

Now a custom made headboard from wall to wall under the window would help to make the room feel wider and could hold a small wall mounted shelf on either side.

The headboard could be upholstered, but the owner would prefer a removable cover - mounted shelves would make it a bit complicated, so my other idea is a wooden headboard wallpapered with grasscloth and framed with antique pine wood, similar to the wardrobe.

What to do with the doors?

We have a tapestry so one door simply covered with it. The other door (which has a deep opening) could house a few narrow shelves. The door would be covered with a wood sheet and painted or wallpapered.

Because of the tiny space, I would use wall lamp on the 2 side, a double armed wall lamp would be the best. The wall lamp is from Made. I have ordered it as they take long time to arrive.


Make a decision with the owners on wall colour. I have the paint samples and paint boards which I will take to the room and check in various lights.

I have ordered grasscloth samples and need to make decision on that too.

Also need to take exact measurement for the headboard. I have help - an artist who also does joinery for living.

I have the Roman blind kit and will need to make the blind.

Pease check other's blog posts on the One Room Challenge!:

Week 2 blog

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