It’s week four of the one room challenge and I’m a leeeettle overwhelmed at how much has to happen in the next two weeks to be ready for the big reveal. Let’s start with what’s happened in the first four weeks in case you need a refresher.

Week one: before pictures

Week two: new sofa, new rug, book tower

Week three: new armchairs and pillows, new dresser for TV

And here we are in week four. This week was a bit lacking in progress since I was in Charleston all weekend but, with a couple late nights (Will, you are the ultimate good sport!), we managed to assemble the new bar cart, decide on a coffee table, and move in new lamps. I hope you dig it as much as we do!

Week three:

one room challenge week three

Week four:

vintage chesterfield sofa

We are both obsessed with this bar cart. It’s actually a two piece tray table from West Elm that’s available as a mirrored tray top and matching X leg base. We saw it in their Chelsea store in the city and instantly knew it was perfect for Will and Mike’s space. I had a 15% off coupon (and may or may not have used my long-expired student ID for an extra discount… shhh) so it wound up being a pretty good deal. I think it looks like it could be a $1,000+ piece from Ralph Lauren so I was pretty pleased! Both the scale and shape are to die for.

Week one:

one room challenge week 1 bar cart

Week four:

west elm mirrored bar cart tray table

As you’ll recall, the coffee table has been quite the subject of debate since we started this challenge and I wish I had a more exciting conclusion. But we were having a really hard time finding something that was JUST right for this room so we decided to save money on this one and order this plain white option from Target. Is it our favorite piece in the room? No. But the price was right and it’s brighter than what was there originally… so we’re going to go with it and accept that it’s one of the few pieces in the room that we’ll probably have to replace in a couple years. Truthfully I think we’re both excited to just have this crossed off our to do list so we can move on to the fun stuff.

design darling one room challenge

Speaking of fun stuff, how killer are these Jana Bek brushstroke lamps? I’ve been following Jana on Instagram for about a year now and I just adore her bright and colorful style. I knew we had to work her hand painted lamps into this space and luckily Will loved them as much as I do. (You’ll be able to shop them at Design Darling soon!) Jana describes them as an “instant heirloom” and I just love that mentality. And of course you can’t go wrong with navy and white.

west elm malone campaign dresser

So next week I’m hoping we’ll have made some major progress on the gallery wall. All the art pieces have been arriving one by one and I am so excited to see how it all comes together. Between pieces Will already owned and works that we’ve purchased together, I know it’s the start of a collection that we both really love and intend to stare at for many years to come. Art is really the icing on the cake in any space and I’m so excited to gussy up these off-white walls and turn them into something special.

Peep my fellow challengers’ spaces below — and let me know which spaces are your favorites so far!

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

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  1. What a difference a week and a new coffee table makes. Looks great! The bar cart was the perfect choice. Masculine while still being glamorous. Can’t wait to see the gallery wall and how you’ll be addressing the windows at the entryway.

    1. No, it just depends on what each individual participant wants to spend as there is a wide range of projects that people are tackling (kitchen renovations, retiling bathrooms, starting a space from scratch, etc.).

  2. So talented! Great transformation, MacKenzie. I like the West Elm pieces and I want to do a shout out because I had such a positive experience there. I just transformed a room here with their assistance and I must say the West Elm staff is very helpful and their goods are nicely made. Handy website too1! This was a nifty project.

  3. Ahh everything is looking amazing! Of course I’m obsessed with how the lamps & rug play together! And that bar cart is perfection. So funny we are experiencing the same coffee table debacle – but like you I had to move on!

  4. I’m loving how the redecorating is coming along! The bar cart is a perfect addition to add maturity and glamour to the space. I’ve been on the hunt for a nice bar cart since moving to NYC but haven’t found one that fits my space and budget 🙁

  5. I thought the white coffee table really changed the room…for the better! And now you can take your time and search out a better one. I think the room is looking so much more polished already in week 4!

  6. I just love Jana Bek’s lamps!! gaaahhhh!! So beautiful and they look ideal there and they are a great investment for all stages of your life. I love great pieces like that. I love your bar table set-up. Very chic! I can’t wait to see your gallery wall next week.