I can’t believe it’s already time for the One Room Challenge week three update! (Here are week one and week two updates in case you’re just tuning in.) We had such a productive weekend with Will’s mom in town (many hands make light work!) clearing out clutter, moving out furniture, and assembling new pieces as they arrived.

Week one:

one room challenge week one before pictures

Week three:

one room challenge week three

(Rory thinks the One Room Challenge is all about him. 😉 ) The new chairs were a Joss & Main find and instantly lightened up the space. I love them with these Serena & Lily pillows, whose suede corners pick up the cognac leather of the sofa.

Week one:

one room challenge week one before pictures

Week two:

one room challenge week two television TV

Week three:

one room challenge west elm malone campaign dresser

Say hello to the West Elm Malone campaign dresser! This piece is STUNNING in person — we literally gasped when it arrived. The gold hardware is gorgeous and the drawers hide a multitude of bachelor pad necessities like ping pong balls, solo cups, and superfluous electronics. 😉 And one day, when we don’t live in tiny New York apartments, it will be right at home in a walk-in closet for Will. It combines my love of campaign furniture with Will and his roommate Mike’s masculine aesthetic and need for storage — that’s what we call a win win.

Week one:

one room challenge albert einstein paintings

Week two:

one room challenge week two

Week three:

design darling one room challenge week three

We also picked up these West Elm frames for a few of Will’s favorite art pieces. I wasn’t too keen on a couple of pieces until I saw them framed in linen and gold… It’s funny how the right frame can take artwork to the next level.

Week one:

design darling one room challenge before pictures

Week three:

design darling one room challenge

We happened to find the perfect bar cart at West Elm as well so stay tuned for that in next week’s update! Right now we’re focused on finding a coffee table we both like (how many more weeks will I type that sentence?) and waiting for artwork and frames to arrive so we can tackle hanging the gallery wall. I head to Charleston this weekend so I’ll be hard pressed to make more progress before and after the trip.

Week one:

design darling one room challenge

Week three:

design darling one room challenge

Shop the post:

mackenzie horan dog cockapoo

Gratuitous picture of Rory. 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the updates from the other 20 One Room Challenge participants below — there are some seriously amazing spaces in the works!

Abby M. Interiors             

Because It’s Awesome

Bijou & Boheme

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast 

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  1. not crazy about the rug; it looks too thin and could be a trip hazard beside can see it getting dirty quickly.
    But you are finding some great furniture pieces!

  2. Looks good! Enjoy Charleston! I spent Memorial Day there a few years ago and adored it 🙂

    High Cotton was a great restaurant and I really liked visiting the Boone Hall Plantation (where some scenes from The Notebook) were filmed!

    Have a fun trip!!

  3. I love that you post the photos in series! Everything is looking so good! love the new chairs & malone dresser for the TV – Will & Mike must be so excited! Can’t wait to see more XX jana

  4. LOVE everything you have done so far! Can’t wait to see the finished room, keeping up with your IGs (obsessed) and just had to say you two make the cutest couple! XX

  5. Funny the one thing that stood out for me was the coffee table! Thought that needs to go and quickly! Wasn’t until I got to end of post and saw it’s on the list to replace. I vote for a marble/brass version. Ps. Love, love the interesting throw pillows!

  6. Hi Mackenzie! Love the decor and the new content on your blog lately….just wondering if you decided to scrap the Weekend Outfit posts? I loved those and looked forward to them every week….recently noticed that you haven’t posted one lately so wondering if it didn’t make the cut in your redesign.

    Thank you and happy Wednesday!

  7. This looks awesome! You have such a great sense of style and I love how you’ve kept it masculine, but everything looks incredibly polished and pulled together! That’s a hard line to walk. One comment, and I could be totally off base here, but from the photos it looks like the art above the sofa might be hung a tad high. Generally the center of a piece should hit about 58″ off the ground – or at least that’s gallery standard. Gah, I know I”m super annoying and nit picky! But if it is hung high (and again I’m just looking at the photos so I could be totally wrong), that would be a cheap (free!) update you could do to the living room that might make a difference 🙂

  8. The chesterfield and that West Elm campaign style dresser make all the difference in the world. And the striped rug brightens and enlarges the space instantly. Great choices so far.