One Room Challenge – Fall 2023 – Week 5

Week 5: Final Selections & Purchasing, More Installation Happening

Catch up on Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3 || Week 4

Week 5 is really making the pieces come together!! The orders are rolling in, the final decisions have been made, I’m (not-so) patiently waiting for curtain trim samples to arrive (at this point I’m afraid I’ll have to source something locally which is hard given we live on an island in a region where interior decor stores aren’t plentiful) or just add it after the challenge ends. Oh, and our Universal Furniture bed arrived and we built it on Sunday. It’s lovely, a soft cottage-white with a neutral linen upholstered headboard. It instantly changes the look of the whole room and I love that satisfaction that I made the right choice with going for a new bed!

My amazingly talented furniture restoration and refinisher, Shelby, has the custom frames that Mr. Z built for the beautiful Camellia Mural x Milton & King and she’s putting the final touches on them as I type! I went with Benjamin Moore’s “Fanfare”, an ultra-light blue found in the “white” section of their paint swatches. I waited until I had the bed out in the space to decide on a paint color. If you’re ever looking for the softest or lightest paint color, I always recommend going to the “whites” and finding the undertones you’re looking for (in this case, blue). Two coats with the sprayer should give just enough color to pull out the various blues I’ve used throughout our master bedroom, without adding another color.

This week, I also received the beautiful Ballard Designs Isla lamp shades for our vintage crystal base lamps and that instantly zhushed them up. I selected the Cornflower colorway, which matches the embroidery on the duvet. Last night the Milton & King wallpaper mural panels arrived, which I couldn’t wait to unbox and unroll in our room. It’s the softest touch of pink without making Mr. Z cringe. I’ll be spending time this weekend with wallpaper paste to adhere the panels to the backer boards before Shelby delivers the finished frames next week.

Oh and today the box spring comes and we’ll finally stop feeling like we’re sleeping on the floor. (To note, our last bed was very tall and had a low profile box spring. We’ve been using the low profile one since Sunday but can’t get that 8″ box spring installed fast enough!)

While there’s still work to be done, it’s been fun to prioritize a space of our own, to have a completed project that didn’t take me half a year or sat semi-finished for an entire deployment, to be able to “value engineer” various aspects as we saw fit, and to finally (almost) have a master retreat that I want to be in!

I’m so grateful for all of the amazingly talented tradespeople I’ve worked with, and to Milton & King for being our first sponsor in our very first One Room Challenge with media partner Apartment Therapy!

Next week I’ll be sharing the shopping list I created to finish accessorizing the room (hooray for a shopping trip to the “big city” this weekend) and hopefully have a finished photo of some more projects like the chairs and pillows.

Be sure to check out the other amazing DIY’ers and Designers participating in the Fall 2023 One Room Challenge here. You can also follow the hashtag #oneroomchallenge and #ORCAT on Instagram to discover all the projects and progress from One Room Challenge with media sponsor Apartment Therapy!


Brittany “Bee” Zimmerman

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