One Room Challenge: Powder Room / Mud Room Renovation (Week 2)

Welcome back, friends!  Thank y’all so much for all of the wonderful comments, and input into the design of my One Room Challenge space last week!  I am so excited to move forward with the challenge and share it all with y’all!  Last week I had a toss-up between using wallpaper or vintage rugs in the space.  So many of y’all loved the wallpaper, a lot of y’all liked the vintage rug idea, and quite a few of y’all liked the idea of both and encouraged me to go either way.  I’ve decided since our renovation list is long right now, I’m going to go with the vintage rug option.  As someone pointed out to me, I can always add wallpaper down the road if I ever want to.

With Patterend Textiles Powder Room Makeover Iris Nacole

With that decision being made, I’ve been searching the web for the perfect vintage rug.  Somehow when I pulled together the two you see above, I didn’t realize the size I truly needed, and found that these aren’t an option. Darn it!  So I kept searching, and I came across SO MANY gorgeous rugs, but they were all too big for the space.  I need a rug that is less than 3′ wide, and less than 6′ long to fit the space perfectly, and that’s apparently a hard combination to find in the vintage rug world, unless you want a tiny mat, to pay way more than you planned, if you are me, and/or to use something that looks like it has really gone through the ringer.  I’ve searched thousands of rugs, and I’ll be honest when I say I have found some, but the ones I’ve found really don’t “do it” for me, so I’m still on the hunt.

I also reached out to a general contractor last week, had him come by and discuss the project with me, and we ended up hiring him.  We have a tentative date of April 20th, and April 21st to get all of the work done, but until then I’ll still be busy with making decisions and pulling together some of the supplies we need for the space.  I’m so excited that this is actually happening!  I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the built-in mudroom space or the actual powder room makeover!

Oh, and I also played around with ideas for the artwork in the space.  I loved the wallpaper, because it had pops of yellow, and I searched high and low and found this photo, available for download on (Special thanks to Ashley of Bigger than the Three of Us for leading me to this website.  It has been a wonderful resource!)


Would it be weird to have a picture of a lemon tree in my bathroom, because I’m really liking the idea, and I’m not sure if I’m crazy or not.  Haha!  Let me know what you think!

That’s all I have for you today!  Again, thank y’all for supporting this little challenge, and if y’all haven’t already be sure to visit the Calling it Home site to see how the other challenge participants are doing!  I saw so many wonderful projects planned, and can’t wait to follow along with them all, myself!

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  1. says

    I feel you on the rug debacle, it was my challenge for this week too. I feel in love with one and my size was sold out until July…… Welcome to “challenge” in the one room challenge. Everything else looks great can’t wait to see your rug choice 🙂
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  2. says

    Yes, you should totally put a picture of a lemon tree in your bathroom! I want one in my bathroom! lol 🙂 I can’t wait to see your space – your design plan looks amazing!

  3. says

    Oh no! So sorry about those rugs not being an option…they are both great! Your bathroom plans are beautiful. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. It’s my first time participating in the ORC and it’s so fun to plan and see everyone else plan. Maybe next year I will be brave enough to tackle something like my bathroom! 🙂

  4. says

    As usual I absolutely love your design plan! You have such an amazing eye for design and decor! Can’t wait to see next week!

  5. says

    Rugs are SO hard! I’m sure you’ve scoured Ebay already? They have lots of nice small ones! Or target? I really struggled with rugs too. SO hard when you don’t pick the rug first, lol.

  6. says

    oh yay! i am def team vintage rug…. wallpaper i always love the look of in other people’s homes, but i know how quickly i tire of things. 😉

  7. says

    Love where this is going, I could use some bathroom love at my new house but first things first, unpack. Can’t wait to see the results. By the way, I have that mirror on order too and I can’t wait to get it in my hot little hands, so pretty.

    • says

      I adore this mirror! I had been eyeing it forever, and when I had a chance to work with Serena & Lily I jumped at the chance. I’m excited to see your dining room come together!

    • says

      Thank you! It makes me feel a bit better knowing that they said it would be done in just a couple of days. Especially when he told me that they were book for a month out, but could fit me in. LOL!

  8. LauraV says

    I had a print of pears in my laundry room so I say go for the lemons! Lemons are so fresh and clean just what you want your powder room to be. You could add lemon soaps in an apothocary jar to compliment the print.

    • says

      Oh, I’m so glad to hear that! I really think I’m going to have it printed and framed for this space. Unless I come across something even more appropriate that is. Unsplash has so many beautiful photos to choose from! 🙂

    • says

      Thank you, Steph! I think I will! I know the color in this space is coming only from my decor choices so I had better make sure it’s there or this space is going to be BORING…

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