One Room Challenge: Nightstands + Chairs

By Kate Riley April 26, 2017

I’m still halfway around the world and today I’m taking a train from Norway to Sweden. It’s pretty crazy that I scheduled a trip in the middle of the One Room Challenge, but feeling good that most of the products are in place for the final photo shoot when I get back. Today I’m popping in for the Week Four update!

One of my goals with this challenge was to get matching nightstands for both sides of my bed. It’s true nightstands don’t have to match in any bedroom and there are ways to mismatch your nightstands, but for this space I thought why not go with a set, one that adds a little extra storage to the room and I decided a chest of drawers worked best.

I had a tough time finding just the right set. I knew I wanted wood and white and they had to be just the right size to fit on both sides of the bed. I like my nightstands to be a little higher than the mattress with sufficient room for a lamp, book, candle, jewelry dish, etc.

Eventually I chose a pair of the Cosmo three drawer dressers for their size and shape. However for the space they felt like too much dark wood since I already have new stained oak floors, and the two dark walnut dressers are staying in the space. So what’s a girl to do? Lighten them up, of course!





I wanted a wood and white combination so that’s what I did just like with this chest and this dresser. Sure I’m repeating myself but the look never gets old.

I tweaked these small chests by painting the draws a warm white and changing the finish of the super cool knobs from shiny chrome to a matte brass. Meet one of my two new nightstands.



My original idea was to make the drawer fronts textured with paintable grasscloth wallpaper. But when I looked at it up close it felt like an unwinnable texture war going on between the oak and wallpaper so I scrapped that idea and went with just paint to give the dresser its two tone look.




I primed and painted the drawers an off white color (first Zinsser primer then Ben Moore’s ‘Monterey White’). I also spray painted the unique pulls a gold color to mimic matte brass, both of these spray paints will give you the look.


Here’s the final result!



Two more additions to the space are a set of club chairs to sit under the big window. I chose the tailored tufted Loft chair in Azure and I’ll be adding a faux fur throw too, both from All Modern.




Catch up on my fellow participants and their progress in Week Four below!

Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room

Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH




More details on my bedroom space next week and all the Big Reveals are coming on May 10th!


Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50

By Kate Riley April 24, 2017

Hello friends! Today I’m wandering around Oslo with my traveling companion. She’s from Norway so it’s nice to have someone to show me around this week. You know Mother’s Day is less than three weeks away. If you’re looking for something for a special mom in your life, here are some favorites under fifty dollars.



sculptural scented candle / happy girls trinket tray / personalized jewelry dish

hand cream set / faux leather tote / marble clock

teardrop earrings / greatest contribution print / monogram necklaces

perfect tea maker / turquoise drop choker / pink stone coasters

wall vases / dipped belly basket / candle trio


I’ll be back on Wednesday with another update in the One Room Challenge!