Welcome friends–it’s an exciting day! After months of planning, I can hardly believe it is week one of the One Room Challenge! I have loved following along during the last few challenges (they take place each fall and spring), but this is my first time participating. I figured it would be the perfect motivation to design a modern traditional guest room for our home. Today I am sharing my mood board, before photos, and design checklist. Let’s get started!

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Guest Room Before

Our guest room “before” is by no means awful, but it could use an update. I selected the nightstands, lamps, and artwork soon after we moved into our new build almost three years ago, when I was just falling in love with interiors and didn’t have my style nailed down yet.

One Room Challenge Week 1 | Before photos, bedroom makeover
One Room Challenge Week 1 | Before photos, bedroom makeover

The space is cozy enough, but the coastal elements are a bit overt for my taste these days. The room could also use a headboard and rug to ground the space, and more contrast and color.

One Room Challenge Week 1 | Before photos, bedroom makeover

The first step in this makeover is to paint the walls! When we built our home, we were able to choose one color to use throughout. I enjoyed the gray for a while, but recently I’ve been painting everything white and I just love the look. Excited to get this makeover started with painting–check back next week to see!

One Room Challenge Week 1 | Before photos, bedroom makeover

Modern Traditional Guest Room Mood Board

Here is the guest room mood board that I have working on for months–I can hardly wait to see this space come to life! A few of the pieces have already arrived and they are even prettier in person. I’m excited to be working with a few amazing sponsors for this challenge: Brookside and Hudson Valley Lighting.

Mood Board for a Modern Traditional Guest Room (ORC Week 1) | bedroom makeover, One Room Challenge, bedroom mood board, vintage rug, brass swing arm sconce, linen headboard

A few of the design elements may still change. I haven’t decided on side tables yet, but I love a rustic meets modern look. I’m also still on the hunt for pillows (one of my favorite pastimes), but I do think the combination in the mood board is so pretty!

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Mood Board Sources

  1. Brass sconces
  2. Vintage style rug
  3. Wood nightstands
  4. Tufted headboard
  5. Coastal artwork
  6. Brass clock
  7. Terracotta pillows
  8. Striped pillow
  9. Bone beads
  10. Decorative boxes
  11. Pacific Natural book
  12. Eat Drink Nap book
  13. Cream planter
  14. Faux fern plant
  15. Wood bench

Update: Some items are no longer available, so I am linking similar options!

Modern Traditional Guest Room Checklist

I thought it would be fun (and helpful) to share a checklist each week, so here it is!

  • Paint walls Cameo White by Behr
  • Hang curtains
  • Sell old decor pieces
  • Place rug under bed
  • Install headboard
  • Replace nightstands
  • Install sconces
  • Select artwork, bench, and decor accents
  • Style the space!

I’m happy to say that I have already checked a few things off this list! Be sure to visit next week to see what progress we have made.

Are you participating in the One Room Challenge as well? I would love to see your design, so leave me a comment below!

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  1. Ahh Caitlin! I love your design for this space!! Everything you’ve picked is so beautiful together – love the rug, scones, nightstands.. everything! 🙂

  2. I can totally see this room come to life before my eyes! It’s going to be stunning! We have that rug and it’s so so good – great pick!

  3. This room will be so pretty! Love your mood board. It looks earthy and calming. Good luck!

  4. Hi Caitlin! Your master bedroom plans are beautiful. I can’t wait to see how the room comes together. I’ve joined the ORC too and am making over our master bedroom as well. Happy decorating!

  5. I’ll be following along! Can’t wait to see the transformation!

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