One Room Challenge | Week No. 6

November 5, 2014

It's the final week and reveal day of the One Room Challenge! These fast six weeks have absolutely flown by and the days have been filled with excitement, anxiety, and expectations…I am SO in love with the final design and very proud to share it all with you today. If you've been following along with these past weeks you know that the One Room Challenge was created by Linda of Calling it Home and that twice a year she selects 20 bloggers to participate in documenting their journey of transforming a room. Sally and I are so honored to have been selected for this season and we decided my bedroom could use a make-over! I hired Bailey McCarthy to be my designer and that we started with a blank canvas. The budget was one of the biggest considerations we had when selecting pieces and our goal was to design with long-term use in mind. From our initial connecting of the room, we knew that we wanted the bed to focal-point of the room - we selected a canopy design from Room & Board and added super special touches to make it even more of a standout. Bailey worked her magic and selected some of the coolest fabrics I have ever laid eyes on for the room's custom projects…the colors in the fabrics influenced the other elements: furniture, decor, art, and other items selected for the room. I got hit with some setbacks (out-of-stock items you make me so sad) and challenges (re-painting, slow shipping, etc.) but considering the time frame, budget, and restrictions of living in an apartment I feel like I pulled a rabbit out of a hat! So, without further delay, I hope you'll read on and take a closer look at the completed room!


As items started to arrive for the room and elements all came together, I kept having to pinch myself – is this really mine? Do I really get to keep all this? Bailey’s initial design literally came to life and I’m in awe that it’s my bedroom. I am obsessed with every element in the room but my favorite part is the bed. I literally think I sleep better at night knowing I’m tucked into something so gorgeous. The ultra comfy mattress and cozy Biscuit bedding doesn’t hurt either. The swing-arm lamps hung on either side of the bed came in looking unfinished and with a red-brass undertone showing through so I spray-painted them a high-gloss black and now they are perfect and one of the most functional parts of the room (reading light!).

Can we talk about the lacquered dresser? It’s scary how incredible it looks. Scout honestly surpassed all my expectations and lacquered every inch of it (even the insides of the drawers!) and installed the new brass hardware for me. It is such a special piece and I know I’ll have it forever and evers. I mentioned last week that I the pair of lamps I originally ordered are on back order. I was going to try and buy a replacement set at the eleventh hour but Bailey and I decided to borrow these glass lamps from my living room area and wait for the first choice to come back in stock. Better to wait for the best option than end up with something I’m not in love with! What I am in love with is how my Fornasetti plates look hanging above the piece. Behind-the-scenes secret: I ordered this plate on Sunday and had it overnight shipped so that they could be hung in the arrangement they are. Necessary? Probably not, but it makes me very happy.

There was already debacle with the first rug I wanted to go on top of my not-so-ideal wall-t0-wall carpet but last Wednesday (just moments after publishing my week 5 post) Wayfair told me the replacement rug I had ordered a week prior was not available. Umm…how does this happen when you buy the rug a prior to them telling you that? Grrr. I was (and still am) not happy but it was really too late in the game for me to source a new option that could get to me in time and in my price range. But honestly, once the room came together and was so full of beauteous things I love it made the things I don’t love about my apartment (the apartment-grade carpet, the trim that couldn’t be painted, etc.) seem less noticeable. I know that once I eventually move out of the apartment to somewhere more long term all the pieces will transition with me and I can add a fantastic rug and window treatments then.

The butlers tray table to the left of the bed is still just a placeholder for this West Elm side table but I’m glad that some original items from my “before” room are still part of this new space: the mirrors, my hanging moon (just a piece of wrapping paper from the Target x NM Christmas collaboration years ago I framed), the skateboard decks, and the arm chair passed down to me from my Mimi and Papa that’s now freshly re-covered.

Can I tell you a not-so-secret secret? I don’t love monograms. I respect them but they have just not really ever been my thing. But I LOVE (and I mean, really love) the monogrammed euro pillows Bailey and Biscuit had created for my bed. The double M’s look more like a cool little logo than in your face initials and the angled placement in the corners makes it all the more cool. They are one of my favorite things and make me want to monogram everything I own with the same “mm.”

Aside from a MASSIVE thank you to Bailey for her talent, taste, and hard work, I’d love to thank my wonderful mama for being with me this past weekend – without her I never could have pulled the bedroom (and the rest of my apartment!) together. Anther thanks to Julie Norine of Matt & Julie Weddings for shooting beautiful photos of the room in the worst of conditions (rain, rain, rain) – Julie and Matt are local to Dallas and shoot weddings and engagements but I knew they had a secret talent for interiors, too and I loved getting to work with them! I don’t really know what else to say other than that I’m happy the project is completed and I just love everything about my room. It probably goes without saying but Blue Moonbeam also loves the room and especially likes being able to easily jump up on the bed or crawl under it. Now, while I go take a celebrate the end of these six weeks with some champagne and a nap, go check out all the other finished rooms but other the One Room Challenge bloggers!


Design: Bailey McCarthy of Biscuit Home and Peppermint Bliss

Bed: Room & Board Portica Canopy Bed // Room & Board Encased Coil Mattress with Natural Latex // Custom Curtain Panels with Lindsay Cowles Storm Fabric // Slim Aarons Saint-Tropez Framed Photo (46″ x 38″)// Lamps Plus Kenroy Metro Pharmacy Swing Arm Lamps (spray painted with Rust-Oleum Gloss Black) // Biscuit Black Border Duvet // Biscuit Black Border Euro Shams with Custom Monogram // Biscuit Pale Blue Katie Dot Sheets and Standard Shams // Custom Bolster Pillow with Scalamandré Tigre Velvet // Aztec Throw Blanket // Room & Board Bedroom Basics: Duvet, Euro Shams, Standard Shams

Desk: West Elm Mid-Century Mini Desk // School House Electric Riverwood Brass Knobs (1″) // Jonathan Adler Maxime Chair from Shop 219 // Jana Bek Handpainted Black Brushstroke Lamp // Stop It Right Now Skateboard Decks // Jonathan Adler “Happy” Needlepoint Pillow // Duck Leg Mirror from Shop Maddie G // Young Hollywood // White Lies Notebook // Small Gold Glazed BowlDaniel Wellington Sheffield Watch // Loren Hope Chloe Bow Tie Necklace // Joie Perfume // Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Perfume // Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Perfume // Estée Lauder Modern Muse Perfume // Marni Rose Perfume with Bambolina

Tray Table: West Elm Butlers Tray Table // Jonathan Adler Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase in Lilac // Sketchbook Ceramic Candle // Gold Glazed Coasters // #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso // Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham // The World According to Karl // Valentino: Themes and Variations // IMPACT:50 Years of the CFDA // Framed Moon Wrapping Paper Sheet (similar, similar)

Dresser: Vintage Moroccan Dresser from Scout Design Studio (lacquered in-house in Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray) // School House Electric Edgecliff Brass Drawer Pulls (8″) // West Elm Metal Mirror // Fornasetti Plates: Face with Bow, Finger in Mouth, Crescent Moon, Woman Winking, Gold Apple // Regina Andrew Ice Cube Glass Table Lamps

Arm Chair: Vintage Chair from my Mimi & Papa reupholstered in Schumacher Elizabeth Fabric // Silk Throw Blanket

Room: Benjamin Moore White Dove (walls and ceiling) // Room & Board Flushmount Pendant Light

Also Pictured: West Elm Full-length Mirror // Mi Golondrina Blusa Estrella Top


>> Previous One Room Challenge posts: Week No. 1 // Week No. 2 // Week No. 3 // Week No. 4 // Week No. 5

> If you’re local to Dallas and looking for a great handyman (painting and electrical), seamstress, or upholstery contact – please feel free to email me (apieceoftoastblog (@) and I’ll be happy to share the experts who I contracted for my room!

  1. FINALLY getting to see this in all of its glory. It looks awesome! The canopy fabric is to die for, and I can’t stop scrolling by that dresser. Love the mixed metals and your Jana Bek lamp. Really wanted one of those! And, of course, love your Happy Habitat throw. Great collab with Bailey. ox

  2. Everything about your new bedroom was so perfectly thought out and executed, Molly! I agree with you about your pillow monograms. They’re fantastic and I kind of love that they’re monograms without being so monogramish.

  3. Truly an amazing collaboration! The artwork and fabrics are just wonderful and I love the bit of history your grandparents chair and the dresser bring. AS I just moved to the D/Fw area I can’t wait to check out scout. Bravo!

  4. this bedroom is insanely gorgeous! that fabric is so amazing. thanks for using a happy habitat throw— looks so good!

  5. the fabric on the bed canopy is so pretty!! I like the mix of black and white elements with the color. It’s both classy and fun.

  6. Molly, this is so pretty. I love that bed! The reading lamps are fantastic, and how cute are you! Love the dog, too. Great job.

  7. Inspiring space! visually interesting at every turn. the lindsay cowles ‘storm’ fabric is the most beautimous thing I’ve ever seen. what a dreamy little canopy to sleep beneath each night. well done!

  8. you and Bailey knocked it out of the park! This is such a fun eclectic space! That pink pillow is massive sitting amongst all of the fabulous bedding….everywhere you look there is interest so well done team!!!

  9. This is absolutely stunning…but I knew all along it would be, as everything bailey touches is gold! This Lindsay Cowles fabric is unreal and totally makes the space. I debated using her paper in my ORC space…she’s amazingly talented!!! xo

  10. Are you pinching yourself? I love this room with my whole heart. I’ve scrolled though the photos a few different times today and I notice more pieces I like every time. It’s young, fresh, but still incredibly sophisticated and well done. Congrats!

  11. I started this post skeptical (for fear that the canopy would be too much for an apartment-sized room) and ended it obsessed. You killed it! With every picture I fell more and more in love with what you and Bailey have done. Kudos to you both for the amazing job you did.

    I’m so inspired to revamp my own space now and invest a little more on pieces I know will be with me for years to come.

    xxo, Kristen

  12. Hey Molly, room looks great! Wanted to tell you that Target actually has that wayfair rug you wanted. I have it myself and got it from there.

    it’s in stock in 8×10, not in 5×8. a warning, it’s not the best quality rug in the world! but it gets the job done. and if your dog is a digger, he might get his claws in that one. my dog became obsessed with the loops in the weaving and dug a hole in mine!

    1. Merci! Thank you so much for letting me know where else I can find it and the insight into potential puppy problems (:
      xx – M

  13. this looks great girls! we loved being a part of the process, thank you for having us, always a pleasure!

  14. I love it – the colors and fabrics are fantastic. the canopy bed is wonderful.

  15. Love the room! I was wondering whree you got the moon print next to your bed?? the links posted do not seem to be working. thanks!

    1. Need to link to some similar pieces! That piece is actually just a framed piece of Rodarte wrapping paper that came from the Target x NM collaboration a few years ago…let me see what I can find that looks like it! xx – M

  16. Hey there, just an FYI that I have the same rug you posted in week5 in my living room and I ordered it on overstock, so perhaps wayfair isnt the only option in case you still want it.

  17. OMG molly, you and bailey did a fantastic job!! I’m obsessed with the lindsay cowles fabric mixed with the pink scalamandre tigre and the slim aarons frame — the colors work together so perfectly! The hotel bedding and sconces make it feel like a hotel room. Also, you have the best monogram. ever. I’m completely in love with your skateboards and fornasetti plates. And the mid-century west elm desk/jonathan adler chair combo. very very impressed. enjoy your beautiful bedroom! xoxo

  18. Molly it’s so so good! You and bailey rocked this space out! I’m so in love with your textile choices & I’m not the biggest fan of monograms either but yours is perfection! Of course I’m thrilled you used one of my brushstroke lamps for your gorgeous dresser vignette – I couldn’t dream of it being more perfectly styled! xx jana

    1. So thrilled to be a proud owner of one of your gorgeous lamps! Such a special piece – I love it and adore you! xx – M

  19. What a wonderful transformation. I love how you have transformed this rental and it looks so, so good. Thanks for using our Duck Leg Mirror….looks so fun in this spectacular space! Great job to you and Bailey!

  20. WAO!! I love it Molly! What a cozy, bright and beautiful space you and Bailey created. I love the art, the fabrics, the furniture and all the accessories. I’m really in love with it. It is the perfect room to wake up to every morning and cozy up at night. COngratulations for such a beautiful job!

  21. I love it! Beautiful color choices and obsessed with how the vintage dresser from Scout turned out. Such a perfect gray color with the brass hardware.

  22. I have absolutely loved watching this series! the room is gorgeous, congrats!


    PS. I can’t believe how big blue moonbeam has gotten!

  23. Oh my goodness, your room looks amazing!!! i absolutely love every aspect of it! Bailey just killed it with the design! Enjoy the room, because it is so fabulous!

  24. I love how your master bedroom has become a vibrant retreat! The ned is certainly the focal point and I love the fabric you choose for the canopy with simple White bedding and a pop of navy and pink! The art work is so fun and adds an interesting element to the room. I’m sorry to hear about your rug, especially as home owner with wall to wall carpeting in most of our home, I can relate. However, you really don’t need it. My favorite part is that dresser! Cheers on job well done!

  25. did you purchase everything used in the make-over? You never mentioned this on any of the posts so I was curious.

    1. Yes! It’s T by Alexander Wang (this one) – it’s a bit pricey and I have similar styles from Old Navy but it is sort of the best (: xx – M

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