April 2, 2014

one room challenge - the bathroom edition week 1

Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming and the One Room Challenge is back! That's damn good news people!

Twice a year Linda rounds up a group of 20 bloggers to design and put together a room in six weeks. Each Wednesday we all give updates on our progress and six weeks from today (fingers crossed) we unveil some pretty cool spaces. I'm lucky enough to be participating for the third time (see the first two rooms here) and I'm blown away by this group of participants. I mean, c'mon. Just take a look...



Pretty amazing, right?! Needless to say I've got to bring it people. The pressure is on! And what better way to alleviate pressure than to drink take on a huge job in a short time frame? Wait, that doesn't sound right.

No matter, I'm in the thick of it now. So what am I doing?


Welcome to my new home away from home for the next six weeks. Now you could be thinking - "What in the hell? She's doing a horder's bathroom?!" but let me explain.

This is the guest bathroom in my sister's condo (needless to say she doesn't have many guests these days). The whole condo needed A LOT of work when she move in and slowly over time she's been tackling each room as she could. Since she has another bathroom this room became the catch all for supplies, leftovers and castoffs that accumulate when you are under construction.

Well the good news is the rest of her condo has made some big headway. The bad news is that her guest bath looks like that. It is high time girlfriend has a place for guests to splash some cold water on their face after drinking a few of her tasty mojitos.




When we started to think about what was going to happen in this bathroom it took about sixty seconds to come up with blue and white. If y'all think I've got some collections, you should see my sister's place. She has more Chinoiserie in her house than....well anyone else I know (and that's saying a lot).

Realizing that particularly in a bathroom many fixed elements are just that - fixed (unique is not really a word that comes to mind when you think of toilets), we've done lots of hunting to find unique things to make this not just another bathroom. Good things are coming people. Believe it. I'm super excited for this one, it is going to be one major 'after'.

Now that you know my hair-brained scheme, let's see what the others have cookin.


Be sure to check for progress on Instagram, join the linking party tomorrow over at Linda's and come back next week when I hope to show a few less vacuums in the bathroom. That's a good goal for the first week, right?

59 comments:

  1. Love the scheme and what a lucky Sister!!

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  2. The moodboard is pretty awesome! Wish I had a sister with tons of Chinoiserie.

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  3. A/love the new blog design and that beautiful photo of you! B/that might be the best "before" picture EVER. I can't wait to see you pull this one together…..love where you're headed!!

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  4. I'm very excited about the sister-sister collaboration. Plus, you go and say "blue and white" and I'm even more thrilled to be reading!

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  5. Love the color, pattern and tile choices! It''s going to be stellar.. xo Nancy

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  6. This bathroom is going to be FAB! Love the tile and the blue choices. Cannot wait to see it come together!

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  7. Love the plan and love the room....looks like we'll both be dealing with some octagon windows in our challenge:) This is going to be gorgeous when you're done with it!

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  8. Love the touches of chinoiserie and that tile. Can tell it's going to be fabulous!

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  9. You had me at blue and white. It's going to be good! Good luck!

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  10. I can already tell that it's going to be a killer space! Can't wait to see it come together week by week!

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  11. What fun! You have one lucky sister... or maybe you are the lucky one that your sister lets you help! Regardless this is gonna be gorgeous!

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  12. So fun! Doesn't wit and wine make it all better!!! This bathroom will be amazing!!! xo

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  13. Love all the inspiration picks , will be gorgeous!

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  14. I LOVE everything you have selected for the moodboard!! This is going to be one stunning bathroom! And I'd love to see more of your sister's condo as well... all of that Chinoiserie sounds fabulous!!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  15. Blue and white and Chinoiserie - sounds wonderful to me!

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  16. Yay! This is going to be so much fun. You ORC girls rock! And you know I love Chinoiserie (I might even give your sister a run for her money in that department)!

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  17. Well this is going to be an amazing before and after!!! I think you win the award for most "keepin it real" before photo! And you can't go wrong with blue & white (favorite combo)! I can't wait to see this come together!
    :)

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  18. I LOVE blue and white and I know this is going to be gorgeous!
    -Shelley

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  19. Can't wait to see the changes. Bathrooms are a challenge! Love your colors!

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  20. Nothing like a pretty bathroom reno, and this one is gonna be pretty!

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  21. Holy moly, and entire bathroom from scratch?! I'm going to start drinking for you ;) Looks like it's going to be fantastic though!

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  22. Oh, Elizabeth - I love it already!! I can see past those vacuum cleaners and Christmas decor and envision a chic yet timeless room! :) Looking forward to your awesome, unique thrifting finds you always come up!

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  23. Blue and white...sigh. Perfection. I love it already Elizabeth.

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  24. Love all the pattern on the tile and fabric Elizabeth! Sis is lucky to have you around! :-)

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  25. Hey, a few martinis (margaritas, mimosas, whatev) might be in order, but this is gonna be GAW-jus! Looking forward to it.
    ag
    PS - Love your new logo!

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  26. I love the fabrics you have and the tiling options!! ANd its so spacious. This will be amazing. I look forward to seeing the progress next week.

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  27. Love the hexagon window! And blue and white is always gorgeous, I'm sure this will turn out beautifully!

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  28. I love me some blue and white! Excited to see what you'll do.

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  29. hello hello! I'm loving the blue & white idea. Can't wait to see how this turns out.
    Excited to be doing ORC together!
    xoxo
    ashlina
    thedecorista.com

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  30. What a nice sister you are! Love your inspiration board and can't wait to follow along!

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  31. I love your goal for Week 1, but I have to ask: when do we get to see the rest of the condo? ;)

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  32. You've got me all excited about a damn bathroom?! I can't wait to see what you and your sis cook up!

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  33. Your sister is so lucky to have you! This scheme is fantastic, as usual. I was cracking up about the hoarder's bathroom. Everyone has at least one room like this, right?! There are so many bathrooms this challenge--and we all have totally different plans. So fun!

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  34. LOVE your blue and white scheme. I can't wait to see where you go with this. It's going to be awesome! :)

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  35. This scheme is pure perfection. I CANNOT wait to see the transformation. It's going to look totally different and if I know you, totally amazing!!!

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  36. Blue and white scheme is always a good choice, they look fresh and has that timeless appeal. Wonderful plans, will definitely follow along.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  37. Love the blue and white and can't wait to see what you'll do to your sister's bathroom

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  38. I love this color combo. Your sister is lucky. Are you giving her the family discount :). I hope she knows your favorite wine.

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  39. That tile and that window! Great color scheme too! Lucky sis!

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  40. This will look amazing! Also loving the blue and white. Love the new blog look, too!

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  41. Eeek! So excited for this. Love following everyone and seeing their progress!

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  42. Well okay then! Loving the plan for the bathroom makeover and can definitely feel some change in the air. PS. Love the new blog header and your sassy photo!

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  43. Blue and white and Chinoiserie. What's not to love?! Can't wait to see what dreaminess you create. Your sis is one lucky gal.

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  44. Your sister's space! How fun! I don't have a sister but my SIL and I have a good time scheming together. This will be fun to see.

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  45. Yay! Blue and white. And a bathroom. My favorite makeovers. I'm super excited to see what you do. I'm doing a blue and white room too. Yay!

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  46. Need another sister???? ;) Seriously, this is going to be beautiful!!! Can't wait to see!!!!

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  47. best keep me away from your sister's house. me likey the blue and white, you know. bathrooms are so intimidating to me -- can't wait to see you own it!

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  48. Whoa, I'm crazy for that blue. I'm coming back to this one ;-)

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  49. I'm not worried....I know you can do it and do it pretty damn good! I am still ga ga over how cute those circles are on your inspiration board....you are quite clever aren't you:)

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  50. Oh wait...I forgot to mention your new look! Whoop.

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  51. That before picture is just going to make the after that much better!! Looking forward to how this room turns out.

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  52. First off, I LOVE the new look of your blog! So clean and chic! Your sister's guest bath will be incredible -- love that she loves Chinoiserie : )

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  53. Love! The palette is beautiful! Can't wait to see!


    Http://www.perfectpieceinteriors.com

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  54. I love that basket weave tile...and your new blog makeover! Can't wait to see the bathroom reveal...nothing gets me more excited than your one room challenge!!

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  55. I love the color palette you chose to go with! How exciting to follow along for this makeover!

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  56. Hi Elizabeth! What a lovely design board! I am excited to see the end result. Good luck.

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  57. yes yes and yes. Love the neutral tile palette mixed with those textiles!!!

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