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Guest Bedroom / Office Design | ORC Week 1

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Last Updated on January 12, 2024 by lindseymahoney

I am excited to be participating in my 6th One Room Challenge this fall to makeover our guest bedroom / office!

Guest bedroom / office design plans | Building Bluebird

This 8-week design event was created by Linda Weinstein back in 2011 with the goal of cheering on and supporting online friends to complete a finished room in their homes. Ten years later, twenty featured designers and hundreds of guest participants join the challenge twice a year to share the process of transforming a space in their home.

While the process can be a little stressful, I love how much the challenge stretches me creatively and pushes me to complete an entire room from start to finish.

Check out the previous five One Room Challenge transformations:

Dining Room | Master Bedroom | Boys Bedroom | Girls Bedroom | Living Room

Guest Bedroom / Office Before

The previous owners of our home (check out the tour when we first got the keys) used this first-floor bedroom as their master bedroom. We decided to use the third bedroom on the second floor as our master bedroom. It was closer to the kiddos when they were little and is the same size as this master.

Chris took the formal study since he works from home often and I decided to create a multi-functional space for our guests and as my office.

Guest bedroom / office design plans | Building Bluebird

The large bay window looks onto our backyard that now overlooks the English garden we planted a few years ago. The back of our house faces south so the room gets a ton of sun throughout the day.

Guest bedroom / office design plans | Building Bluebird

This guest room is a blank slate and ready for me to add my personality. I want an office space that inspires me and brings me energy every day.

Guest bedroom / office design plans | Building Bluebird

In general, my husband likes most of the design elements I choose for our home, however, he definitely leans more towards minimal designs. Our living room makeover is a great example of our two styles blended together.

Guest bedroom / office design plans | Building Bluebird

Guest Bedroom / Office Design Inspiration

Because the guest bedroom is also my office, I have more sway in the direction of the design. I am definitely leaning into a more feminine design that would not be approved for a main living area! Here are a few images I saved while planning for this guest bedroom makeover.

Whitney McGregor is one of my favorite designers and the bedroom at her rental (Halstead House) is so lovely. The blueish green walls, florals, and all-around relaxed vibe are exactly what I am going for in the guest bedroom.

Guest bedroom / office design plans and inspiration | Building Bluebird
Source | Whitney McGregor

This living room design by Amy Kummer Interiors is stunning. I love the mix of blues, pinks, and greens and different textures to create a layered look.

Guest bedroom / office design plans & inspiration | Building Bluebird
Source | Amy Kummer Interiors

Rita Konig is another one of my favorite designers whose work I am constantly saving! I have some large walls to fill in the guest bedroom and love the gallery wall in this image. She also sells beautiful trays that I am hoping to create a DIY dupe during these 8 weeks.

Source | Rita Konig Interiors

Guest Bedroom / Office Design Plans

The walls will be painted a blueish gray, which works well in a sunfilled room. This room will actually have three different zones which you can see below – the bedroom area, the office area, and sitting area by the window.

Guest bedroom / office design plans | Building Bluebird
Wall color – F&B Skylight

My goal is to build a design around items I already own, second-hand items, and new, quality-made purchases. Designing a room in this way keeps my costs lower and is more sustainable by reusing items. Designing with high/low items also creates a unique style that cannot be recreated with a quick stop at Target. This is the glass half-full view of having a tight budget to makeover a large bedroom, but still very true!

Makeover Punch List & Purchase List

  • New Carpeting – replaced before we moved in a few years ago
  • Paint walls/ceiling
  • DIY headboard
  • New bedding
  • Nightstands
  • New lighting
  • New Curtains
  • New desk & chair
  • Full-length mirror
  • Dresser mirror
  • Find accent chair
  • Side table
  • Find Artwork
  • Spraypaint tray

Thanks for following along as I transform the guest bedroom in our home! Don’t forget to check out all of the other participants and their incredible designs on the One Room Challenge blog.


Wednesday 5th of October 2022

This is about to be really good! Love your mood board, so refreshing. I am trying to catch up to you on all these ORC. You go girl!


Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Thank you so much!