Six weeks have flown by and the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: the big reveal! If you’re dropping by The Pursuit of Style for the first time today, welcome! I’m an interior designer based in Washington, DC and for the One Room Challenge my wonderful clients gave me the opportunity to share the transformation of their master bedroom in their 1940s condo.

To see where we began this journey click on over to week one.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My marching orders were to create a space that was the perfect balance of masculine and feminine to reflect both my clients personalities, maximize functionality in a small space, and satisfy their love of color and pattern in a classic way.

We updated several existing pieces (i.e the bed frame, white dresser, and closet system) and invested in new, high quality, custom pieces where appropriate which will easily transition with them throughout the next chapters of their lives.

To read more about the three design schemes we considered click over to week three.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My clients chose to keep their existing bed frame for its storage capacity, but to freshen up its look and provide a focal point I designed a custom headboard upholstered in William Yeoward’s Vignatella (to-the-trade) accented with a brass nailhead on leather trim.

To give the illusion that the wall mounted headboard and existing frame were a single piece, I had the old cream frame cover reupholstered in a coordinating solid navy linen fabric.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Our next–and possibly my favorite–investment was a pair of custom grasscloth wrapped nightstands from Liven Up Design. We decided upon a peacock blue Phillip Jeffries wallpaper that has the most beautiful luminous finish.

We significantly increased the size of their previous nightstands and the combination of a lower shelf and central drawer offers both concealed and plain sight storage. Wall mounted sconces with custom shades open up surface area for important things like massive flower arrangements. 😉

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

The grasscloth is sealed to protect against any spills. I seriously might need to design another pair of these nightstands for myself. Can’t recommend Liven Up Design’s workmanship highly enough!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My clients love color and pattern (which is just one of the reasons I love working with them!) so we mixed a vintage suzani lumbar pillow with a colorfully striped bolster I designed and had custom made to punch things up.

The vertical lines of the headboard fabric and bolster pillow work to draw your eye up this wall which, although you can’t see in these photos, is stunted by a bulkhead containing the HVAC ductwork.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

A natural fiber rug grounds the room and provides texture. This one is actually quite soft underfoot and hides any dirty paw prints from their adorable pup, Zoey–she’s making her dog model debut at the bottom of the post!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

We considered layering this gorgeous green and peacock blue vintage Turkish rug I recently scored at Market, but my clients ultimately decided they preferred an un-layered look.

Shoot me an email at if you’re interested in purchasing–I’ll be sad to part with it but would love for it to find a happy forever home! (SOLD)

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

One of the major changes to the floor plan to make this space more functional (discussed in week two) was consolidating two smaller storage pieces with one eight drawer dresser.

It was a bit of a splurge, but one my clients are so happy they made as they will enjoy it for years to come. I love the movement of the grain in the walnut. Modern day heirloom status, for sure!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

In my projects the jumping off point of a scheme is usually fabric or art, and this project was no exception. I’ve been working with my clients for over a year, so when I discovered this piece by Kristi Kohut I knew they’d love it! It really unifies the room and enabled us to incorporate so many colors, but the watercolor quality makes it serene rather than jarring. We selected a simple brushed brass frame from my go-to local framer for a modern look.

Developing a relationship with clients to the point you’re able to say “this is so them” is one of the things I love most about interior design; a room really should look like its inhabitants and not its decorator! Crystal lamps (to-the-trade) flank the piece without detracting from it.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Everyone needs a way to corral the clutter that inevitably finds its way onto dresser tops. Help your husband/wife/significant other help themselves with a set of these leather catchalls from Mark & Graham. No more excuses, problem solved!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My clients’ existing dresser and closet system hardware was updated to a brass finish for a fresh new look that coordinated perfectly with the other hints of brass in the room.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Previously this space was occupied by one of the two smaller dressers in the room. Consolidating storage allowed us to hang a floor length mirror which is super functional, but also visually enlarges this small space.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

In any design project it’s important to determine who the decision makers are, and pup Zoey definitely has discerning taste! It’s tough to say since she plays her cards close to the chest, but I’d like to think she’s pretty thrilled with her new digs!

If this were the Academy Awards, I’d have a lot of people to thank and they’d likely start playing the music on me… First, to my clients for their generosity in allowing me to share their home and for their patience and trust; second, my talented photographer Kate Headley for capturing everything so beautifully; to the workrooms and vendors who made everything happen on time; Linda of Calling it Home for inviting me to participate, and of course, to everyone who’s been following along for their kind words of support!

Thanks for joining me today, if you’d like to continue to follow along my design adventures you can find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, & Twitter.

If you’d like to work together to design a home you love (e-design available) visit my portfolio site, or shoot me an email at–I’d love to hear from you!

Today really feels like Christmas morning with so many reveals to check in on. Don’t miss my fellow participants spaces below. Everyone’s been working so hard these past six weeks I’m so excited to see the final results!

Trademarked by Calling it Home


  1. Absolutely beautiful! Your use of color is fantastic and I love the bits of bright green!! I’d love to know the wall color – it’s perfect and completely grounds the space while making it a bit more sophisticated! Congrats!

    • Thanks, Fran! The wall color was existing-I don’t believe my client knew its name-you might try Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl if you’re looking for a great gray.

  2. Your project reveal was the one I was the most excited about and it didn’t disappoint. The room looks amazing. I love the pattern play and the details such as the leather banding mixed with the nailheads on the headboard. Great work!!

  3. what a great, colorful, grown up, FUN room! the mix of patterns is gorgeous, and i love your styling! the color in the room is so well thought out and the wood dresser is fabulous!

  4. Absolutely love the mix of textiles and colours in here and that watercolour art is simply divine! Shame they didn’t go for the layered rug, I think it looks stunning 😉 But you’ve clearly done a beautiful job and that gorgeous pup appears to love it too! Brilliant job! xxx

  5. Lindsay, everything looks so great. It’s been fun to see this come together through the blog and your Instagram. Looking forward to your next project!

  6. The room is so beautiful Lindsay! I also used Liven Up!! OMG I’m in love with their work! so, so amazing! Can you please tell me where the flowers are from?? DYING….they are real right? I need to know this flower shop….and if they are faux even better! beautiful work. Congrats!

  7. Lindsay, I’ve loved meeting you through the ORC and following along. You had such a challenging space to work with, so impressive all the pretty statements you packed into that little room! Your mix of fabrics and art are fabulous!!

  8. Oh Lindsay this is my first time on your blog and what a fantastic first date! Love the room you designed for your client, especially when I am also in love with blue / green and mix of patterns and textures!

    That pair of blue grasscloth bedside tables … I have my eyes on them since spotted them on Liven Up Design (instagram) and they are absolutely stunning in this bedroom! I will also need a get a pair for myself too!

    That headboard (trim with ribbon detail) and the arkwork, LOVE!!

    • Welcome! Thank you so much for your kind words! You definitely need a pair of the nightstands for yourself. I’m thinking I need to jump on that bandwagon as well. 😉

  9. GORGEOUS ROOM!!!! everything turned out amazing! the nightstands we made could not look any better! love love love! awesome job!

    • Thank you SO much for bringing them to life Jenn. Could not be more appreciative of you and your hubby’s hard work. Cheers to many future projects together!

  10. Gorgeous room! You did such a good job of balancing masculine and feminine. The artwork is amazing. Yeah Lindsay!

  11. This gorgeous! I love the combination of the nightstands, headboard, and lamps. It looks fabulous. Could you share any tips on having the lampshades made? I’d like to have one done for a floor lamp but am not even sure where to start.

  12. At the start of the ORC for this room, my non-designer eyes couldn’t see what could be done. Oh, ye of little faith (me). What a transformation – I love the color, texture, and pattern. And space for large floral arrangements on the nightstands too! Your clients must love it!

  13. So So beautiful! I love the color story in this room. All the details are just beautiful and I adore the pattern mix.

  14. Love the colors, pattern and those side tables!! You have so much texture in the room and it feels so warm, cozy and very stylish! LOVE it!

  15. I’m declaring your room my favorite so far – it’s beautiful! I love the colors and the patterns that you’ve used – it all works so well together. Awesome awesome job.

  16. Lindsay, what a stunning room! What beautiful color combinations. I love the rug, the side tables, the art! And don’t even get me started on that headboard! Love it!

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  18. Oh Yes….this room is perfect. So curated and well put together. Love….love the headboard with all of the other fabrics in the room… really helped pull all of their original pieces together to help showcase this space!

  19. What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the color palette you selected. It feels fresh and fun. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful weekend.

  20. Lindsay I am so impressed with this design transformation!!
    So fresh and crisp!! I love the green lamps and how they add contrast!

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  21. When you showed us this room in week 1, all I could think of was how small it was. It didn’t seem to me that you could really make much of a difference because of the small size. Boy was I wrong! I love this and I am sure your clients must be over the moon. So beautiful!

  22. wonderful job. and I loved that rug; too bad the clients didn’t. it looks so perfect there. would love to consider it – what is the size and price?

    thanks, donna

  23. Lindsay,

    I just found you through Emily Clark’s blog and WOW I love this room!! Your style is incredible! The room is just my kind of mix-matched yet cohesive: all the details are perfectly thought out. When I have enough money to afford a designer’s help I’ll remember your name 🙂


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  25. fantastic work! I love how bright and fun the patterns are but they don’t take over the small room. also, the flowers you used in the styling are spectacular!

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  27. This transformation has me at a loss of words…your talents are off the charts and I am blown away!!! congrats maybe invite me over some day…i would love to sit in those chairs!!!!!xo

  28. What a perfect balance of color, style, artwork, textile combos.
    The night tables are fabulous.
    What did the raw base look like before covering? Were they wooden or typical parson-type?
    Where is the company, who covered them, located?
    I so enjoyed the images and descriptions.
    Annie G

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