And here we are in week five of the One Room Challenge–the home stretch! If you’re just joining us, welcome, and be sure to start here to follow the progress from day one. The bedroom is scheduled to be photographed on Monday, which leaves me with just four days to check the last items off my list and get this space photoshoot ready!

The majority of the pieces were delivered this weekend: artwork was hung, table lamps placed, headboard (take a peek!) and swing arm sconces with custom shades were delivered and are awaiting installation. Now it’s time to focus on the last layer: the details.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Bedroom Styling | One Room ChallengeCarafe with Glass | The New Bohemians | Leather CatchallThrow | Border Frame Sham

Accessories finish off a space by adding personality. Art, interesting objects, family photographs, and collections make a house feel like a home. I love to hunt for vintage pieces for projects that feel like the clients and layer them in with items they already own. It’s all about the mix. I collect things over the duration of a project and on installation day everything is styled–my favorite part!

For the bedroom, my clients appreciate a clean, relaxing space, so we’ll be keeping the clutter to a minimum. Photoshoots are a bit like life through rose colored glasses–you know, the version where you iron your sheets and laundry is out of sight–so I’ll be bringing in a few items to zhush things up. My inspiration is above.

Here’s what’s left on the to-do list before Monday’s shoot:

  • Mount Headboard
  • Install Swing Arm Sconces
  • Deliver Grasscloth Nightstands
  • Source Mirror for Above White Dresser
  • Source Floor Lamp for Corner
  • Hang Floor Mirror
  • Hang Photos

A think it’s a completely manageable list (famous last words, I’m sure!)

I’ll be sharing more behind-the-scenes peeks in the next few days so be sure to follow along on Instagram. I’m SO excited to see what the talented ladies below have up their sleeves for the big reveal next week and can’t wait to share the before and afters of my own space–we’re so close!


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Last week while at Market I had the opportunity to visit the Junior League of High Point Designer Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home. I came back with an iPhone at storage capacity filled with photos of pieces I can’t wait to use, and a 20lb bag of catalogs and price guides from new-to-me vendors, but my biggest source of inspiration came from the Designer Showhouse.

I spent over an hour attempting to soak in every last detail, feeling in awe of the participants talent and creativity, and eager to get back to work creating some magical spaces of my own. My only regret is not having my DSLR with me to do these amazing spaces justice!

Traci Zeller | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

Charlotte based interior designer, Traci Zeller, transformed the entryway and I knew the moment I crossed the gingham tiled threshold I was in for a treat.

A collection of blue and white ginger jars, a greek key mirror, and abstract art by Jane Booth combine to make this a sophisticated, but statement making entry.

Traci Zeller | Traditional Home Junior League High Point ShowhouseI was especially taken with the juxtaposition of glossy lavender trim (Pratt & Lambert’s Moor) against the grasscloth walls. High style in a small space!

Jack Fhillips/Sally Altizer | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

Jack Fhillips and Sally Altizer collaborated on the living room which was nothing short of blue and white heaven. A striped skirted table paired with lucite legged x-benches greeted you as you entered the room and separated the two main seating areas.

Jack Fhillips/Sally Altizer | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

The designers worked in a color palette of periwinkle and white with a smattering of hot pink accents–always a perfect complement to a blue and white scheme.

Jack Fhillips/Sally Altizer | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth in pop-art colors was a playful contrast to the more traditional elements of the room.

Jack Fhillips/Sally Altizer | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

The second seating area centered around the fireplace featured a feminine French carved settee, blue and white garden stools, and a second pair of x-benches–they really are the perfect pieces for versatile seating in a small space.

Jack Fhillips/Sally Altizer | Traditional Home Junior League High Point ShowhouseThis trio of tropical watercolors were another favorite from the room. The style reminded me a bit of French artist, Raoul Duffy.

The art in every room of the Showhouse was on point. I think you can see how much it elevates each space. Invest in art!

Michelle Workman | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

Off of the living room, Michelle Workman, designed a library with the woman of the house in mind. Her jumping off point was this lovely vintage Hermes scarf she framed above the fireplace.

Michelle Workman | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

I just about died when I saw this floral sofa. I need to find out the manufacturer of this fabric–any ideas?

Michelle Workman | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

The clean lines of the sofa kept it from being overly saacharine.

Michelle Workman | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

I also loved the positioning of the wide greek key trim on this sky blue velvet pillow.

Michelle Workman | Traditional Home Junior League High Point ShowhouseA Tudor paneled library basically begs for a bar and Workman delivered with this brass bar cart topped with another piece of gorgeous art.

Madcap Cottage | Traditional Home Junior League of High Point Showhouse

John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, the talented duo behind Madcap Cottage designed the showstopping library. The Fromental wallpaper gives the appearance of handpainted Chinoiserie, but is actually digitally printed. Genius!

Madcap Cottage | Traditional Home Junior League of High Point Showhouse

The antithesis of minimalists, Loeck and Nixon expertly layered fabrics and accessories throughout the room. The pillow doesn’t lie, it really was marvelous!

I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of some of my favorite spaces from the Showhouse. Tomorrow I’ll be back with week five’s One Room challenge update, but stay tuned on Thursday for part two of the tour!


Issa Dress

Issa Dress


This dress. Ohh, this dress. I spotted one of my favorite interior designers, Lindsey Coral Harper, wearing this stunner on Instagram and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since.

Net-A-Porter is my go-to when I’m feeling feeling fancy and pretending I don’t have bills to pay. Because clearly if there were a better use for my rent check, this dress would be it. Am I right?

Those jeweled flowers are everything. Let’s cross our fingers it ends up on The Outnet in a few months…

Anything you’d rather spend your rent check (or mortgage payment) on these days?


Welcome back to week four of the One Room Challenge! By now you know the drill, but if you’re just joining in, start here to follow along from week one. Confession: with just two weeks left I’m sweating just a tiny bit (especially after having been out of town for the past five days at High Point Market) but this is when the adrenaline junkie in me kicks in and it’s time to kick my type-A to-do list making personality into over drive. I secretly love it.

This point in the process is a waiting game. Everything has been ordered and is well underway and/or scheduled to be delivered–including the fantastic grasscloth wrapped nightstands I’ve been gushing about since week one. This week I thought we’d chat more about those nightstands while I (not so) patiently await the delivery of the headboard, custom sconce shades, and newly framed art later this week.

Ashley Whittaker DesignsGrasscloth inspiration c/o Ashley Whittaker

When we consolidated storage and decided on this eight drawer dresser I knew pairing nightstands would be a bit of a challenge. I’m not big on matchy-matchy bedroom sets and we needed to find something to compliment both the new walnut dresser and existing white lacquered pieces. Wood felt too heavy, more white too cold. We needed texture.

We also needed a lower shelf, drawer, and reasonable price point.  Retail options were unimpressive to say the least and I knew it was time to consider custom options. For our project, I envisioned a pair of Parsons style nightstands wrapped in a textural, sophisticated grasscloth.

This is where I’m going to let you in on a secret: Liven Up Design. I think when most people think about custom furniture they assume it will be cost prohibitive but that isn’t necessarily the case. Jenn and her husband create fantastic custom pieces ranging from grasscloth wrapped consoles and nightstands to fully upholstered x-benches right here in the USA at an incredibly competitive price point compared to mass market pieces.

Grasscloth Nightstands | Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Liven Up Design | One Room ChallengeOur custom grasscloth wrapped nightstands being fabricated.

I selected a beautiful peacock blue grasscloth wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, and worked with Liven Up Design to finalize the dimensions to suit my clients’ needs and fit the space. Jenn is wonderful to work with: responsive, knowledgeable and genuinely excited about the process and their product.

Be sure to follow @livenupdesign on Insta for their latest creations–I’m always inspired! After seeing the progress shots of our nightstands being fabricated I’m even more excited to see these babies in real life!

One more potential update for this week… check out this gorgeous antique Turkish rug I snagged at High Point Market. Aren’t the colors just perfect for the master bedroom?! I’m thinking it could be amazing layered over the new sisal rug, but we’ll see how it looks this weekend!

Turkish Rug | Lindsay Speace Interior Design | One Room Challenge

P.S Keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest for more behind the scenes peeks and inspiration!


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Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Whimsical KitchenPendants (to the trade) | Counter Stool | Carrara Marble | Moroccan Runner | Tile

My life will not be complete until I use these pendants above a kitchen island (or anywhere, really!) Will not be complete I tell you! I am in full on obsession mode so naturally the only thing to do to get these out of my system was a little daydream decorating.

I imagine the clients that inhabit this dreamy space as quick to laugh, the first to offer to host a dinner party, and chic in that laid back effortless way we all aspire towards. They get that this Moroccan runner in front of the sink just makes the room and their little one loves the colors. A charmed life for a charming space, no?

I’m heading down to High Point, NC tomorrow for Market (anyone else going?) and can’t wait to soak up all the inspiration and hopefully be introduced to some new vendors. I’m sure I’ll be over Instagramming so check in for some behind the scenes peeks!

Have a great weekend!