One Room Challenge: Short Term Rental, Reveal

WHEW! It’s reveal week for the One Room Challenge, and what a challenge this has been. I am so proud of what we accomplished during these last weeks and just freaking amazed at how well it all came together (seriously, about 15 minutes before the photographer showed up). 🙂 So, without further fanfare, I present our short-term rental renovation!


Coastal Living room

Coastal Living room

This was certainly the biggest One Room Challenge we have ever taken on for a couple of reasons. First—the overall space is small and different areas are connected, so it was hard to decide which space we should feature. The Kitchen? The Dining/Living area?? In the end, we decided to go for it and feature all three. The second and biggest reason was the house was a distressed property we bought sight unseen at an auction and was in dire need of some love. This was the before:

Kitchen and Living Area’s before. Catch up from the beginning:  You can check out my progress here.    Week 1   /   Week 2   /    Week 3   /   Week 4   /    Week 6   /    Week 7

Kitchen and Living Area before. Catch up from the beginning:

You can check out my progress here.

Week 1/Week 2/ Week 3/Week 4/ Week 6/ Week 7

I honestly cannot say what I love the most about the space now. I think the one thing that made the biggest difference was the PAINT! The entire first floor is now a gorgeous light-filled space. I used Sherwin Williams Snowbound on all of the walls and Morning Fog on all the trim. A HUGE thank you to Sherwin Williams for sponsoring the paint.


Entry Way Penny tile

Entry Way Penny tile

I ADORE how the penny tile turned out! The house is located two blocks from Lake Michigan (Michigan’s fresh coast).

Penny Tile with Typography

Entryway Art

This beautiful print from Artfully Walls was the inspiration for my design. I fell in love with the color combination.

Have you ever fallen in love with something and you are totally inspired to design a room around it? This print was it for me.

Have you ever fallen in love with something, and you are totally inspired to design a room around it? This print was it for me.

Since this space will be used as a short-term rental, we made sure we had plenty of seating options. These denim chairs below are from Woven Byrd.

Living Area:

Cozy chairs for seating

Cozy chairs for seating

Rosemary Plant from The Found Cottage

I really wanted to add some texture and character to the space and keep a coastal vibe. This shim wall (easy DIY) was quick and inexpensive. We will eventually add a shelf on the bottom half to store books and games. I also LOVE how the rug from Well Woven grounds the space. I wish you could feel it; it’s so soft when you are barefoot!

Shim Wall

Dining space:

Pink was the perfect color choice for dining chairs paired with our grey teak table.

Pink was the perfect color choice for dining chairs paired with our grey teak table.

View into living space from Dining Table

View into living space from Dining Table


View into Kitchen

View into Kitchen

Participants were encouraged to use and repurpose what we had during this One Room Challenge. Due to the stay-at-home orders this spring, it was very challenging to find supplies and materials, so we took the advice to heart. We had some leftover tile from a previous project, and my friends at The Tile Shop supplied enough extra to run the tile up the wall behind the hood vent. Speaking of the hood vent—we made it ourselves!! Stay tuned for a post on the how-to next week. The counter bar is poured concrete, and the others are butcher block, which I love for the ease of install, and the look fits the casual coastal vibe I was going for.

Green glass tile from The Tile Shop

Green glass tile from The Tile Shop

I was excited we were able to save the original cast iron sink.

I was excited we were able to save the original cast iron sink.

See the little peek of pattern over there in the left-hand corner below? Well, once we started on the first floor, I knew we had to work on the tiny powder room- crazy, right?!?!? Why not add more work to our already tight timeline?

Sherwin Williams 6244 Naval paint on bar

Powder Room:

Sure, why not!! It was crazy but oh so worth it. Look at that teeny tiny sink.

Spoonflower wallpaper Free Bird

It’s hard to pick a favorite here, but this wallpaper from Spoonflower just might be it. I mean, how cool is this pattern?!?! I love Spoonflower for both their amazing designs and quality.

I am head over heels about this pattern

I am head over heels about this pattern.

Spoonflower also sent this beautiful lumbar pillow from their decor division called Roostery.

Roostery Lumbar pillow in genevieve floral

And these beautiful dinner napkins.

Dinner napkins from Roostery

Dinner napkins from Roostery

ORC logo

That’s a wrap! I want you all to know how thankful I am for you. This blogging community has been so kind and supportive, and the fact that you guys read my little blog is truly the icing on my cupcake!

A heartfelt thank you to Linda- the brilliant creator behind the One Room Challenge – Thanks also to Better Homes and Garden, the official media sponsor of the One Room Challenge. I’ve made many friends this round and feel so happy this platform exists. Please check out all the beautiful transformations from the featured designers here and the guest participants here.

Additional thanks for the BEAUTIFUL photography by my friend Helen at HPDesign they are even better than I had hoped.

Sponsors for the ORC

Without sponsors, this One Room Challenge would not have been possible! Thank you for all your support.

Until next time,


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  1. Alyssa says:

    Wow this is an INCREDIBLE makeover!!! I’m so excited to finally see the reveal. I can tell how much hard work you put in and your design esthetic is just perfect!! Thank you for sharing, this was such a big job with all of the different spaces you tackled. I would love to stay in a short term rental like this!!!

  2. Sharon says:

    Wow!! Seriously, book me in ❤️ Beautifully done!

  3. Lynn says:

    You both did a fabulous job in such a short time! Did you lay the penny tile and design yourself? That is my favorite!!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      We did and we LOVE it! It took some time to lay it out but it is one of my favorites features so well worth it!

  4. Tina says:

    WoW! Libbie! It’s gorgeous, you guys are total rockstars! xo

  5. Lindsey Joy says:

    Seriously this is the cutest little house EVER!!

  6. WOWEE! Caught this feature on Finding Silver Pennies, and I am in love. What a great redo. I’d love getting away to a fun place like this. Great job!
    Rita C at Panoply

  7. Marie says:

    Wow, visiting from Finding Silver Pennies and I just had to pop over to take a closer look. You guys did a fabulous job with this house! I really like how you turned the pony wall into a sweet island, love the pendant lights too.

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