One Room Challenge…Version 2.0 – The REVEAL!!!

It’s week 6…

one room challenge christine dovey

…and I really can’t believe I’m finally at the part where I get to say ‘I’m done and so excited to reveal my space’. The truth is, I really am so so excited. This room has been a long dumb road to get to. One that I’m not sure I’d do again honestly…re: renovating/bulding. I jumped into the 6 week challenge way back last fall when the room didn’t even exist. I mean it did in terms of being a drawing on a floorplan but in real life/actual space form, not so much. I naively thought that I had a change of willing it together in time to reveal but the gods just seemed to hate me…mostly because we just couldn’t get a damn roof on the thing, which meant, nothing could really happen inside. After some big effort from everyone involved at that time (builder, me, husband etc.,) this is where I started…aka the befores…

…and this is a glimpse of where we were come reveal time…

So yah…not #ideal.

If you missed that live action fun, you can catch up on my version one below…

Week One . Week Two . Week Three . Week Four . Week Five . Week Six

Fast forward to this round of the One Room Challenge and 6 weeks ago from today. Picture me sitting in a hotel room, waiting to actually move into the house that this little terror of a room I’m describing belonged to. I woke up on the day link ups were scheduled to start and though I hadn’t planned on taking part (because to be totally and brutally honest, I really didn’t need to add anything to my plate after a year long reno that almost killed me in so many ways,) I dove in at the last minute and posted pictures of the room that wasn’t…or wasn’t yet.  At the end of the day, I think I just needed some sort of closure on my failure last go around. I’m the kind of person that HATES not doing what I’ve signed up to do. Hates. So…in I jumped. In my head, it was going to be a much easier road than any of my other ORC goes. This time, there would be no construction. No relying on trades. No excuses. I had total control over getting this room done on time and the way I wanted. Or so I thought;)

If you missed this go around, see below…

Week One . Week TwoWeek Three . Week Four . Week Five

And to recap, in terms of before for this kick at the can, this is where version 2.0 started…

…or more accurately in terms of 6 weeks ago…here’s where things were…

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom para paint metrie moudling super allen drop it modern wallpaper

I had an empty room with no furniture but happily, walls/wallpaper/millwork/paint were done.

So…all I had to do was what I love most…design, decorate, re-upholster, art/primp the heck out of the place.

It sounded real easy. But as always, it wasn’t a cake-walk.

For one, I just couldn’t nail down the right fabric for the chairs I planned on using. Also, I was feeling sort of blah about the room for a long time. I’m not really sure why in hindsight but I guess I’d just thought about and started at it for way too long. My 6 weeks was more accurately a year and what once felt new, was slowly starting to feel laboured and not like a first kiss.

Fast forward to week four when my hand painted drapery arrived courtesy of my brilliantly talented friend Hollie Cooper. When I showed her what I wanted, I almost instantly thought I might have got it wrong. Maybe the pattern would be too much…or maybe not enough etc. Thankfully, my self-doubt was stupid on this one and what happened after said curtain install was one of those moments us creative types always work for/towards. The minute the drapes went in, my love affair for this room instantly took hold. It became everything I hoped it would be…cozy, comfortable, neutral…but also bold, artistic and slightly ugly…that description might sound weird to some but it’s my favourite type of mix and the moment the curtains happened, the vision for the space became super duper clear. From then on, it was just a matter of taking my brain matter and bringing it really to life.

And in the end, the room did/does do what I wanted it to.

It’s grown up…probably more so than any space I’ve ever designed. It’s maybe a little more ‘decorated’ than I usually do but in a way that doesn’t rely on quirkiness as much as I usually like…instead, it just exists in this sort of comfortable realm of ‘it feels super good to be in’. And for me, I guess that feels like a bit of an evolution in terms of how I see design and well, that’s kind of cool I guess.

And with that giant long monologue, I should probably stop writing and just get to the reveal.

Here’s my little bedroom in professional photographer form, thanks to the incredibly talented/awesome Ashley Capp

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

And then some i-phone ‘diy’ specials…because…as you might notice, the first set have a propped in Platner chair from my living room because my Stellar Works chairs got held up in re-upholstery thanks to my indecision on fabric…

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christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom


 christine dovey one room challenge


christine dovey one room challenge

 christine dovey one room challenge

 christine dovey one room challenge

All in all, it’s been a pretty awesome experience seeing this room grow from nothing and I have a whole heck of a lot of people to thank for it getting to where it is now.  As with every round of this crazy challenge, it’s hard not to feel ridiculously grateful for the ORC journey/ Linda for dreaming the whole thing up/ amazing sponsors for making it a little easier and more beautiful/ incredible friends and trades and suppliers for bringing visions to life.

A HUGE thanks to these peeps for getting the bones of the space to where it is now…

RMS– my builders…thanks to them for making my house…truly…having this house turn into what I always dreamed it would be is something I will always be grateful for.

Super Allen/Super Jeremy- I have no words. They are my spirit animals in carpenters form…I love them for always making me feel like what I dream up isn’t out of reach or weird or not doable. They bring to life everything I ever come up with and I’m eternally grateful.

Metrie– my house would be a shell of a house without the interior finishings, millwork and doors from Metrie. This room is no exception. My love for this company and all of their fixings is real.

Para Paints– Loucks Farm for the win…love the warm, dark, taupy grey like no ones business.

Drop it Modern– always a favourite…wallpaper geniuses with the best customer service/customization options in all the land. This company has come through for me in terms of wallpaper dreams over and over again. Love x so so much.

Alexanian– my room is grounded with the white oak floors that run through the whole house and I love them in real and deep ways. So thankful to have worked with them on my whole house.

Fieldstone Windows– double hung windows that I got to paint the colour of my walls and that fulfill all my window dreams ever = happiness.

Trumeau Stones– true craftsmanship is something that’s hard not to admire and seeing my limestone fireplace(s) installed in this new house was something that made me feel so incredibly grateful. Our bedroom surround is truly the focal point of the room and I couldn’t love it more.

Hollie Cooper Interiors– no words here again…Hollie is my dear dear friend and I treasure her to the moon and back. On top of that, she’s an incredible talent who always manages to take my crazy draper/paint/pillow requests and make them real. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the drapery she made for this room (and moss green silk + Hollyhock pillows,) are my favourite.

J and J Made– upholsterer of my unicorn dreams…that’s all I have to say on that front. When you can re-do a settee and pair of chairs on one week, you’re forever A-Ok in my books. Also, the quality of the upholstery is business.

Karastan– all I have to say here is leopard in carpet form. Love.

Crystorama– I’m a vintage lighting lover so new crystal has always scared me a bit…enter Crystorama and I’m a total convert. ADORE the bedroom chandy.

DecoratorsBest– fabric nirvana…that is all. My settee is so much happier in its Pindler and Pindler black vinyl glory.

JF Fabrics– Stellar Works chairs are soooooo much more handsome with their new wool covers/moss green silk pillows.

Black Rooster Decor– I could never ever do a room without a little BR furniture/art/accessory goodness in it…ever. For this reveal, it’s all about the white vase/morrocan table/graphic art/reindeer hide/applique pillow happiness.

Druthers and Hammond– custom makers of so many good things. My nightstands had to be designed to perfectly fit in a really narrow space and they do…and the finish is sublime…and I love love love how they look.

Upper Canada Specialty Hardware– this room has the same black hardware as the rest of my house and I love it so hard. UCSH is an amazing resource with the best, best selection.

Park Blvd– I didn’t love texture in the way I do now until I discovered this pillow company. Their textiles are just beyond and I’m so happy to have some Scottish wool/ lambswool in this room…it just makes it all infinitely more cozy.

Arianna Belle– I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project and not had one of her pillows…I finally got to use my fave Kubus in this space and lurv it.

Nicole Cohen– the most inspiring creative talent I know and someone I’m lucky to call a friend…her photography is splashed all over this room.

Society 6– art + great prices + a huge variety…so good.

Anewall– I love this store…plain and simple. I think every room of my new house has a little anewall in it. Their love and admiration for history mixed with a little edge is totally my jam.

Minted– art love again…so many beautiful pieces to select from…my fireplace car is an all time favourite.

Fiori Oakville– a room of mine would never be the same without their flowers…ever.

(And some other source goodness…Chairs- Stellar Works; Linen bedding- West Elm; Sheets, marble vase and wood ball- HomeSense; Art (not noted already)- Leigh Viner, IKEA, vintage; Throws- Elte and HomeSense; Console table- Vern and Vera; Vase and Jonathan Adler canister- Shop 219; Brass script- Gleena Ceramics; Cotton- Sheridan nurseries; Mirrors, cone, bust and wood form- vintage; Ceiling medallion- Home Depot; Platner chair- vintage; Settee- Flik and Company; Picture frames- Michaels and IKEA; Canvas wrapping- Art Printing; Book- Indigo; Candle- H&M Home; Sconces- CB2)

And with that, I think this reveal is a wrap:)))

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you venture over to see all of the incredible reveals from the featured designers

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AND…also dive in to see all that my fellow linkers have put together…so many good things to be enjoyed and inspired by.

Until next time!!!

*** edit…for some bizarre reason, my comment box doesn’t seem to be working, which on an ORC reveal day, is a pretty large bummer. If any wordpress geniuses out there know why this might be happening, I’d so appreciate the help!!! In the meantime, you can leave a comment by replying to mine if you feel so inclined:)


  1. My comment box doesn’t seem to work but for some bizarre reason, I think you might be able to leave a comment by replying to this one. If you’d like to say hello, please try that:)

    Thanks!!!!! xo

    • Jana Bek

      Woooowsa Christine!!! Perfection as always – I cannot stop staring at the gorgeous millwork! You textile choices are always spot on & digging the idea of a faux fireplace. Well done lady!!

    • Hollie

      Have Mercy!!!! The settee & chars are perfection & I love the mix of pattern. You will sleep well tonight!

    • Hi Christine!

      Wow…wow…wow!!! What else can I say? Just…holy crap… wow! You have designed the perfect bedroom! I think you achieved exactly what you set out to create…a cozy bedroom that is at the same time, bold and incredibly artistic! I’ve been following your journey since the fall and I have to say…the reveal was worth the wait! Cheers from Guelph!

    • Julie Cyriacks

      Best room of the ORC 2016 —– love, love, love!!!

      • Wow! Christine, this is amazing!! You know that I’ve been following along since the days when the roof just couldn’t be put up in time – dang weather. Let me just say that this is every bit worth the wait. I can see how Holly’s drapes really brought the whole look together – that plus the wallpaper and the molding is fabulous! I love that you went with the vinyl for the settee; it really looks fantastic and well, totally rad. Awesome job!!


      If you would kindly point out where the ugly parts are, that’d be greeeeat. ?

      Your bedroom is a dream, Christine. Beautifully conceived and executed in spite of your initial troubles.

      Now go take a nap!

    • Alessandra

      So incredibly gorgeous! You work always takes my breathe away. So proud of you. xoxo

    • I am head over heels in love with your new master bedroom! So moody, artistic, refined and cozy…definitely my bedroom goals! Congrats Christine! This makes all the heartburns throughout the reno worthwhile.

    • Madeline

      This room is amazing. Your whole house, really. It must be so nice to be done!

    • Aubrey

      Just when you think it can’t get any better, hot damn, *this happens*! I hope you’re cracking the bubbly and patting yourself on the back right now because you have really outdone yourself on this one, Bravo! And Ps- I’m pretty sure one of those chairs has my name on it, so I’ll be over shortly to get schnockerd and party like a rockstar (minus the coke, we’re classy like that ?) So, so much love for this, your hard work paid off!!!

    • Khrystina

      This is indeed a grown-up, comfortable space with your trademark blend of classic edge in full effect. Totally worth the wait. Congrats, Christine (DoveyCanDo)… It’s stunning.

    • WOW! this is amazing! i always love seeing your room reveals because you have such a dramatic signature style.

    • Tiffany

      Um, wow! The moulding is amazing as are the curtains and the walls. All the art, the amazing details, everything. Just stunning. Belongs in a magazine.

    • OK, I have been back 3 times and still swooning Christine! WOW, this is just STUNNING and well worth the wait! I know you were bummed to not have it in time for last ORC round, but look at this uber chic and modern master bedroom retreat! From the wood paneling, to the wallpaper, to that art collection! Not to mention the chandelier! BRAVO my friend on yet another beautiful magazine worthy space in your new home! XOXO, Sarah

    • I can’t find the words, this bedroom is just stunning!
      The dark colour, the chairs and that wallpaper… The perfect mix for another gorgeous room!
      Thank you for making dream once again! Everytime I see one of your project I LOVE even more interior design

    • Ummm…Christine, DEAD. I’m dead. This room is so so spectacular. It is just stunning. The walls/ art/ bed/ layers of beautiful accessories. You are such a pro. Bravo.

    • Bonnie

      I have been following your blog for a long time. Our styles are so different. I love modern and clean space, so I always have a little trouble when a room is so packed. But, I love your style and creativity. I study your pieces closely and always learn form your designs. Those Stellar Works chairs are stunning. I do not think I could afford them, but will see. I love your choices in art. I am an art collector and you always give me ideas. You really do stunning work, Christine, Congratulations on a stellar job. Is this in your current home or the one you bought in your neighborhood? Thanks.

    • Yvonne

      I just… can’t… Totally speechless. I knew this was going to amazing before checking it out, but you still manage to exceed my already high expectation! You are so talented! You belong with the big dogs!

    • WOWZA! This room is drop dead gorgeous! The trim work, the doors, the pattern on the walls, OMG! Cheers to pulling it all off – it’s stunning. Pop some champagne and enjoy a glass in your new bedroom 😉

    • This was so worth the wait. I love it all but the painted millwork is my favourite. Great job once again! xo

    • cathy - It's a Wonderful Life!

      Amazing Room! Congrats you have blown the other ORC rooms away…. I love the Warren Platner Chair, I just bought one at an Estate Sale and have it for sale…

  2. Jason Kerr

    Wow… what a great post! Thanks for the info, you made it easy to understand. I just filled out a form with an online software. It looked much better typed than hand-written. I used it’s very easy to use.

  3. Krystle

    Amazing… really and truly! Thank you for sharing your progress and the end result! All of your heartache paid off!

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  6. I’m absolutely blown away by this room! The detail in the moldings, the layers of textures, the incredible artwork, the textiles – I could go on and on. It’s bold, fabulous, and so sophisticated! Congratulations on finishing this beautiful room!!

  7. Monika

    So in love with this room, I love the wallpaper & panelling mix, so chic!!

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