Welcome to week one of the One Room Challenge, guest participant Spring 2020! I’ve have seen so many amazing transformations over the years during the One Room Challenge and I am super excited to be a guest participant in it this year!! In case you don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, I’ll give you a quick rundown.

The ORC will provide participants with a supportive, enthusiastic forum to share the process of transforming a room. The ORC is not a competition, but rather a celebration of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas. Welcome!

This year the ORC had been extended to 8 weeks to help designers have more time to safely complete their projects because of COVID-19.

The One Room Challenge™, currently in its seventeenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts.

In addition to following along, everyone with a blog or Instagram account, is welcome to join the fun as a Guest Participant by linking their own room transformations up during the six weeks. Each Thursday, the internet and social media are flooded with interior design inspiration, ideas, and encouragement.

To date, more than 3,800 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge™. The event, and many of the spaces, have been recognized and featured.


Follow Along 

Get ready to check your Instagram feed as we embark on this exciting design journey together. We hope our photos motivate and inspire you over the next eight weeks. Every Thursday I will be posting info about our progress here on the blog as well as linking up with all of the other guest participants, so be sure to check back often.

You can also  Follow #oneroomchallenge and #BHGORC so you don’t miss a thing! And of course be sure to check back on June 25-July 21st to be amazed by the final room reveals.

For the next eight weeks, these gifted designers will take you behind the scenes as they transform their rooms into beautiful spaces. I hope you will stop by their sites each week as they share the realities of what it takes to create an amazing space, it will be exciting to see the hurdles they overcome along with the victories they achieve!


A Glass of Bovino | Beginning in the Middle | Beth Diana Smith | Clark + Aldine | Coco & Jack 

Deeply Southern HomeDesign Maze | Dwell by Cheryl | Erika Ward | Home Made by Carmona 

House of Hipsters | Hunted Interior | Kandrac & Kole | Kate Pearce | Katrina Blair | Liz Kamarul 

Veneer DesignsRambling Renovators | Renovation Husbands | Studio Plumb | Media BH&G 

For our first ever One Room Challenge, we decided to take on our back deck. It’s in pretty bad shape because of all the rain we get here in southern Indiana, and because of this little gal.

Ruby is a purebred Australian cattledog with enough personality for 10 dogs!

My boys adore her and sadly, she’s my only daughter. She spends every second up here on our deck when we are home, so I think she’s gonna love her view once we get our new cable railing installed.

Ever since I saw Annabode’s stunning deck transformation, I have been dreaming of doing something similar to mine.

We have a beautiful farm view, with peaceful cows grazing behind our house daily. Unfortunately, our neighbors to the right side of us are pretty close so a privacy screen is needed of some sort.

Our plans are to include some sort of cable deck railing. We will have to install this ourselves because the budget is pretty tight this year, but these spindles have got to go!!!

deck before renovation


I love modern patio furniture, but it costs a fortune, so I don’t know if we’ll be able to get the outdoor sofa I’ve been dreaming of or not.


First things first. We will be working on staining the walking surface of our deck. I’ve used lots of different products on our deck over the years. This is the one we have settled on as a favorite. The color we chose was “Simply Cedar” by Valspar in semi-transparent deck stain.

When you stain your deck, it’s a good idea to get it as clean as possible first. Taping off areas where the deck meets the house will also save you a lot of headache and hassle. My favorite thing about this stain is that it doesn’t drip all over everything. So tarping underneath the deck isn’t necessary!
My husband bought these wide stain application brushes a few years ago and they have been awesome.

To get the job accomplished in one afternoon, move all your deck furniture to one side of the deck, then begin at the base of your deck stairs, working your way towards your door.


This only took me about three hours, it looks so nice now.

deck seating with fire pit

Next week we need to start working on our privacy wall. Hopefully it turns out as beautiful as this.

It’s going to be a lot of work, but it will be worth it. Be sure to check back next week and follow us on instagram to keep up with our progress.