One Room Challenge, Bright Desert Chic Guest Room + Hallway, Week 1

The time has come … the time to unleash a wave of unabashed, creative and decorative mayhem among us all. My friends, it’s opening day of the One Room Challenge. Cue crowd roar. 🙌🏻

If you’re new to this fine concept, the One Room Challenge is a bi-annual, online extravaganza when creatives, bloggers, and designers commit themselves to six laborious and eventful weeks of transforming one (or more) spaces in a home. This is my second time taking on the task, and let me tell you, I’m ready to kick some serious ass.

But first! The moodboard!

Bright Desert Chic Guest Room Ideas | One Room Challenge Spring 2018 | Jessica Brigham | Magazine Ready for Life

1. Alchemy Bed | 2. Succulent Sunprint Fringe Throw | 3. Palms Wallpaper
Eyeball Sconce | 5. IKEA Birch Frames + Personal Photography | 6. Decorative Circles Rug
Wood Accent Tables | 8. Kilim Bench (similar) | 9. Bird of Paradise

Two and a half years ago, I renovated the second floor guest room into my first coastal / moody oasis. The Indigo Room was lovingly restored to her former glory by removing all of the faux wood paneling; repairing LOTS of fire-damaged plaster (yes, my house was on fire in the 70s!); and rebuilding the floor molding to match the rest of the home (who rips that out for faux paneling??!).

There were two big firsts for me in here: the first time I ever painted a moody color AND my first foray into using a pneumatic nail gun (my tool BFF).

Over time, and after flipping my office, I’ve realized the moody tones do not creatively work for me with a lower ceiling. The guest room ceiling is about a foot shorter than the main floor (bungalow probz). Needless to say, the entire space—and the hallway leading up to it—are doing a complete 180°.

Here’s where we’re at today. It’s in a state of home decor limbo. 

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I want light, I want bright and everythaaaaang nice. The guest room is getting a fresh coat of white paint. Her decor will be a *plantiful* field of rainbow dreams. I’ve been struggling to find thrifted artwork I love, so I’m using this as an opportunity to share my own photo work from a recent trip to Southern California.

Of course, there will be a handful of BB+B (big, bold and beautiful) statement pieces—like that gorgeously-patinated brass bedframe, mint condition mid-century desk and vintage tallboy dresser I scored for free in a bulk pickup pile down the street. She’s needed TLC since she got thrown on a curb. Her time has come. I’m gonna fix you up good, girrrl.

Notable fixes include, but are not limited to: 1) figuring out which funky wallspace to wallpaper 🤔; 2) lowering the bed by building slats and discarding the box spring; 3) DIY-ing a kilim bench; 4) stripping the closet door and securing hinges; and 5) figuring out the best way to build an eye-catching plant wall!!

Bright Desert Chic Guest Room Ideas | One Room Challenge Spring 2018 | Jessica Brigham | Magazine Ready for Life

In the hallway, my gut is to paint the entire space a deep teal. I envision brass art lamps illuminating three vertical artworks and a quaint glass and wood console at the top landing. She’s in dire need for a new railing, a schoolhouse lamp and (perhaps) a fabulous runner to tie in the stairs.  Not that this space will EVER photograph well, but it’ll make my heart happy to see her lookin’ oh-so-fly.

All right, all right; I’m pretty psyched about these changes to come, so I’ll save some of it for Week 2. 😂 








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  1. I just found your blog. I really love your style, it looks so inviting and fun! Good luck on your ORC. I’m especially looking forward to your hallway:–)

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Hi Joan! Thank you so much for your sweet words!! I’m pretty excited to flip that hallway, too! 😁 Stay tuned!!

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Oh, mega fan, Régine!! It’s so great to step outta that comfort zone and give it a shot … YOU GOT THIS, GIRL!! 👏🏻

  2. Yay!! This is all so exciting. I know you’ll do a fantastic job!

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Thank you, Jude!!! Rooting for you as well, girl!!

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Thanks so much, Mary!!!

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