Simple bedroom with soothing gray walls and headboard on @thouswellblog(via Elle Decor, photography by Bjorn Wallander)


I’m thrilled to share my design board for the my master bedroom One Room Challenge with all of the products that will be in the mix. Like the inspiration above, the room will have a soft, warm gray base from which I can bring in accent colors and finishes. Unlike the inspiration above, I hoping to bring some dramatic statements to the room for an impactful transformation. From the rug to the curtains, I’m mixing in some contemporary patterns to the bedroom, with mid-century modern style in the lighting and accent furniture. I also couldn’t resist throwing in some rattan from the summer collection I shared last week. Click through for my full design board, and don’t miss this week’s update from the rest of the featured designers below.

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Master bedroom #OneRoomChallenge design boards on @thouswellblog


I knew I wanted to make a statement with a large swath of pattern in the room, but I wasn’t sure whether this pattern would be incorporated through fabric or wallpaper. I ended up choosing Robert Allen’s Futura fabric from DecoratorsBest that will be featured in two huge curtain panels – 60 inches wide each – to create a 120 inches of that fabric behind the bed. I even taught myself all about the different types of curtain pleats and ended up choosing inverted pleats for a full, but modern finish. The other obvious statement in the room is the huge chandelier from Crystorama, with oblong circles with a brass finish. With eight lights, it’s sure to light up the dark blue ceiling, and is big enough to hold its own in the center of the room.


Like I mentioned above, the room is grounded in warm greys, including the Violetta rug from Karastan and a classic nailhead headboard. Since we got rid of the old IKEA bed, I started over with this standing box spring and a simple bedskirt. I then focused on fresh white sheets and a duvet cover with tan double lines, and a quilted set of pillow shams and coverlet. To bring a fun pattern to the bed, I chose Trend’s funky Zebra fabric from DecoratorsBest to make a lumbar pillow. For warm wood and a timeless shape, I picked out these campaign side tables to flank the bed. They’re the perfect size and have a drawer to keep the bedside clutter tucked away.


On the campaign tables flanking the bed, I brought some mid-century style to the room with these Draper double-light task lamps. They have such an iconic 50’s shape and I’m hoping the black will stand out against the curtains’ fabric. Across from the bed beside the armchair will be this brass lamp with a black marble base. You know I love marble accents, and the black is très chic. Plus, I’ll be giving one away to a lucky reader through Instagram after the big reveal, so stay tuned to my feed!


The sleek leather armchair is so perfect for this room – it’s modern and masculine with a classic finish. Paired with a retro wooden side table in a similar finish to the bedside tables, it’s going to make quite the swanky vignette. Another wood accent comes through in the floor mirror, a tall piece from Bassett Mirror Company with an antiqued-mirror frame lined in wood. It also has a great little star emblem at the top!


I absolutely loved picking out the mix of art for this room. There will be a gallery wall above the armchair and this great graphic print from ArtStar on a wall next to the bed. I tried to look for a blue, grey, or black and white color story in the art for the room, and sorted through lots of favorites on Minted. I ended up choosing eight pieces in black, white, and brass frames, including the leaves, street grates, umbrellas, pale abstract, water lilies, cattle, sphinx, and blue abstract prints in the design board above. I can’t wait to hang them all up!

Phew! Loads of product details in this post. Keep an eye on my Pinterest board as I break down this design board with each product and share more inspiration, and check-in on my social media (see top right sidebar) for behind-the-scenes updates on my project!

P.S. I may have snagged the last Trina Turk La Playa pillow on Nordstrom Rack for the leather armchair, but you can also find it on AllModern here!

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Product for my One Room Challenge was sponsored by the following brands: AllModern, ArtStar, Bassett Mirror Company, Bellacor, Crystorama, DecoratorsBest, Farrow & Ball, Joss & Main, Karastan Rugs, Lamps Plus, Lazzarro Leather, Minted, and Purdy. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

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  1. naomistein wrote:

    Ooo I love your bench. So chic!

    Posted 4.19.16 Reply
  2. Joy Parker Maier wrote:

    Love Love Love! So excited to see it all come together, great style. ~Joy (The Aspiring Home)

    Posted 4.19.16 Reply
  3. Kris {Driven by Décor} wrote:

    Dying! Can you please source the rest of my ORC room because you found SO MUCH GOOD STUFF! Can’t wait to see more!

    Posted 4.15.16 Reply
  4. Barbara wrote:

    WOW! Great design!!! Cant wait to see it all come together.

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  5. Kat Neunaber wrote:

    The wood + leather works so well…SO excited to see this come to life, Kevin! xo Kat with Waiting on Martha

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  6. Beth @ designPOST interiors wrote:

    That leather arm chair!! Loving all the textiles you’re bringing in!

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  7. Laurie at Laurie Jones Home wrote:

    So many gorgeous elements! Is it crazy I love the bench the most!? It’s coming together beautifully!!!!

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  8. Sarah Walker/The Curated House wrote:

    Your mix is so masterful, Kevin! I truly cannot wait to see it all come to life! xx Sarah

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  9. CallingitHome wrote:

    This is such a cool room. I can’t wait to see the dark color on the ceiling.

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  10. Grace Mitchell wrote:

    Great job, Kevin! I always love seeing what you do! 🙂

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply