Week 6 | One Room Challenge: The Reveal

Here we are ladies and gentlemen, the One Room Challenge finish line. I can’t believe its here already.

I am a naturally confident and fearless person, but I have to admit, I’m slurping down vodka a nervous wreck writing this post. Being a part of the One Room Challenge has been such an exciting experience. I swear that the only people who have regularly read my blog before the ORC were my Mom and probably some creeper ex-boyfriend’s.  But since the ORC, every Wednesday my site views are about 10x higher than average and the comments being left are so encouraging. But now you are all waiting to see what I have done, and it’s intimidating! Even for me, The Design Daredevil!  

For those of you who are just joining the party and have no clue what the One Room Challenge is, lemme get you to speed…. Linda from Calling it Home organizes a semi-annual design series for 20 design professionals transform one room in 6 week documenting the progress on their blogs every Wednesday until the reveal – which is TODAY! Eek! We were allowed to use any room we want, one in our own homes, a clients, whatever. I worked on a real life client’s master bedroom, and I loved it.

To get caught up on my project, you can visit  Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5. But for those like myself who have zero patience and just want to look at pretty pictures, here’s the quick version….

BEFOREFueller Before 6And now an official Jessie D. Miller Design AFTER… 

Welcome friends…
ORC_lowres-1ORC_lowres-5The bed was delivered.

The bed was delivered carefully.

Very, very carefully.

ORC_lowres-22My seamstress, Jeanette Longfellow, out did herself on the window treatments. The roman shades are in one of my favorite fabrics, Malakos.

ORC_lowres-7A new burl side table was delivered minus a big crack. It’s an absolute perfect accompaniment to my beloved Stephanie Vovas print and Mary McDonald lamps, which weigh about 50 pounds each by the way. Those babies are solid brass and marble. Super, duper,  luxe supreme.
ORC_lowres-12And a lil Hermes never hurt anybody. 😉

ORC_lowres-9Onto the prized piece – the marble mantle. I think it’s just pretty damn much perfect. I’m thrilled with the Rata Silks Portrait layered over the leaning mirror, so chic. A special thank you to my friend Christine for helping me select the white cherry blossoms. I was hard core floral stressin and that lady knows florals.

ORC_lowres-17Oh, “How did that reading nook turn out” you ask? Well, in addition to installing the crown and panel moulding,  and assembling the marble mantle,  Architectural Elements nailed it.

ORC_lowres-27And Mr. Ted Collier absolutely crushed his painting that he titled “Shadows.” It’s completely brilliant.

ORC_lowres-34And I styled the hell out of those bookcases, if I do say so myself.ORC_lowres-29ORC_lowres-38The mirror I originally ordered for over the mantle felt too small, so I placed it over the owner’s original jewelry cabinet, which is also home to a well wishing Buddha from Lamps Plus.  I love how there are two mirrors reflecting the stunning chandelier.ORC_lowres-41Nicole Cohen’s Adidas print lives above the Society Social Chrystie street desk.

ORC_lowres-43I love the tension of a traditional, old world style bust living next to Nicole’s edgy and provocative print. She wears lots of the clients jewelery amongst her perfume collection.

ORC_lowres-45And  there you have it. I really hope you love it as much as I do.

But WAIT! There’s more….

I have a few little surprises…

Since the transformation was so labor intensive, AKA intrusive, the owner was forced to shack up in her guest bedroom during construction. We moved her old bedroom furniture into the guest bedroom, which when I met her looked like this…

photo 1 (3)Well, that just wouldn’t do.

Using a fresh coat of paint, her old bed, nightstands, desk, and lamps I found hidden around her house, I transformed it into a lovely guest suite for her to stay in throughout the chaos.

ORC_lowres-58Some Pottery Barn bedding and a HomeGoods run did some wonders to pull the room together.ORC_lowres-61ORC_lowres-64Good art has the power to elevate a space, so I made a sweet little gallery installation using pieces from Minted with vintage sconces and plates.
ORC_lowres-66I love how tastefully sensual the nude and figures are.

Since I was doing the Master suite and guest bedroom number one, we decided to finish the second guest bedroom as well. This one has a gorgeous antique headboard and a ginger jar lamp, but not much else.
photo 2 (3)The bedding in this room is colorful;  navy and oranges, but thanks to the TERRIBLE customer service at VF Basic, where I purchased the master suite bed, I can’t properly show it off. My client purchased a brand new mattress for the bed and I specifically inquired if the bed required a box spring, to which they informed me it did not. Upon delivery it was obvious it did in fact require one. I basically ran out of time, and had to steal a box spring from this bedroom, so now the mattress is sagging in the middle and we couldn’t take pics of the bed.  This will be fixed in the near future and I will share, but in the meantime I have just a peek…..

These lovely botanical prints from The Pink Pagoda, which I promise look great with the bedding…

As I mentioned in Week 1’s post, my client is very chic and has worked with other high end designers in the past. Before we met, another designer did a beautiful job on her living room. Lots of black, which of course, I like. My client really likes everything her previous designer did, she just asked for me to freshen up the bookcases flanking her television and fireplace. When I met her they looked like this..

photo 3 (3)And now they look like this…ORC_lowres-50ORC_lowres-49I love the white Foo Dog bookends from Lamps Plus.

The mantle needed some drama so another pair of dogs moved in, this time a set of Greyhound statues from Wayfair.ORC_lowres-57I love, love, love them.ORC_lowres-56
One of her favorite accessories I added was this Infinity glass knot from Lamps Plus.

ORC_lowres-48So there you have it. No more tricks up my sleeve. Just a quick recap on the main show: The One Room Challenge.

BEFOREFueller Before 6AFTERORC_lowres-5BEFOREFueller Before 4AFTERORC_lowres-37I will post a source list soon, if there is something you are looking for specifically please let me know if the comments and I will try my best to include it.

But first, I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to my FABULOUS client, who was willing to work with me and my crazy ideas as well as be patient through the at times frustrating process. I am so grateful for you. And to sweet Mojo for keeping me company while I styled.

ORC_lowres-31THANK YOU to my WONDERFUL friend and photographer, Megan Thiele for taking these gorgeous photographs. You are always so professional and patient.

THANK YOU to everyone who has been following along and supporting this challenge. Your sweet comments have really meant the world to me.

And finally, Thank you SO MUCH Linda for including me in this round of One Room Challenge. I am so appreciative.

If anyone is interested, I AM for hire for design services, and other services if the price is right. Just kidding. Kinda…  Any inquiries can contact me -> Jessie@jessiedmiller.com

Now,  I am off to check out the reveal of the other One Room Challenge participants. And so should you!

 Abby M. Interiors 

Because It’s Awesome

Bijou & Boheme

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home


  1. Looks absolutely fabulous all around – so impressed with what you managed to pull off girl! That chandelier & fireplace is everything!

  2. Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!! I’m dead-on the floor. Jessie what an incredible space. I love everything from the Stephanie Vovas art (a fave of mine) to that glorious medallion and bed and the nightstand. God, I love your style. And you nailed it with the other spaces. Congrats on all the hard work. Stunning lady. Simply stunning!!! xx

  3. Jan Miller says:

    Dear J bird,
    I’m speechless and so incredibly proud of you.
    It’s stunning.
    I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.
    I know designing is your passion and I’m so happy you are doing what you love.

  4. simply and incredibly amazing!! not only a spectacular master suite makeover but guest room suited for the ORC all on its own and a refresh of the living space?! seriously this is incredible, loved swooning over every photo!

  5. This is amazing Jessie D. Miller! Well done as usual!

  6. Jessie – Truly stunning and very inspirational. The boldness, the luxury, the amazing styling…what incredible work you have done. Your talent here truly shines. Congratulations!

  7. I am completely blown away. The black is amazing. So many beautiful details….the bed, the lighting, the art!!! The window treatments. I am going back to pour over the details again. Thank you for sharing this project and the process!!! It was so fun to follow along and see your talents!

  8. Jesus gurl, u killed it and the some. Quoting Drake was so appropriate cause this room started from the bottom and is way on top. It’ll be in magazines all over, because it is simple bad ass. No need to break down any wow moments cause I’m speechless about pretty much everything. Plus you are an overachiever and styled her guest room and living room? Stop the madness. Go sip vodka for a few days. You deserve it and the rest before the phone stops ringing nonstop.

  9. Brooke Meek says:

    this is so beyond. i am obsessed with everything. nailed. it.

  10. really!!!!!! this is so good. fab job chica. fab job!!!! claps!

  11. I’ve never seen your blog before but have been following the one room challenge and found you through the list of participants. I have to say…. YOU NAILED IT! By far the BEST one room challenge transformation, every little corner is stunning. Congratulations on a fabulous job, I’ve now added you to my list of blogs to follow:)

  12. OMG!!! This needs to be in Elle Decor or AD!! This is spectacular!! You are so, so talented and should be so proud of this inspired space. Every detail is so rich and luxurious. I bet this client is thrilled with this fab new space. And you are the only person I know that can pull off three reveals for the price of one! WAO!! You need to celebrate!!

  13. Stunning. Just stunning. S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.

  14. Gasp! You are fearless. Entirely stunning. Best, Beth C.

  15. Amber Chambers @The Beautiful Savages says:

    Holy shnikes! Looks amazing Jessie. I love everything down to the last detail!

  16. Ebony Callands says:

    This is FABULOUS! WERK.

  17. Gobsmacked. Quite literally have no words. Extraordinary from top to toes. Cannot choose favorites because the everything is everything. And extra rooms to boot. Girl, your designer lady ballz are brilliantly huge. I worship it all.

  18. AMAZING!!! This transformation is insanely good. Very impressed by what you pulled off in 6 weeks. The details are incredible. Great job!!

  19. Love love love love love! My heart is a flutter! Great job, this is amazing!

  20. I am dying over here in N.C. !!!!! Wow! That’s about all I can say. I have no words. It is beyond anything I expected. If they gave Oscars for this event you would certainly win. Your career should take major leaps after this showing. 🙂

  21. Are you frickin kidding me?! you are UNREAL! So good! Cannot believe you had eyeballed the sconce placement above the bed – perfect. Your styling & artwork choices, heavenly. I mean burl wood & Mary McDonald lamp, then you go on to do the rest of the house?! You are a rock star & I’m officially a crazed super fan! x jana

  22. Magazine worthy, no question. You are a genius (but I already knew that!). I’m not sure anybody can style a bookcase better than you can. So much work went into this, it’s clear to see. All I could think about was your client and how she must just dance a little dance every time she walks into this room and knows that it’s all hers. Breathtaking.

  23. I can’t even stop staring at this room. Well all the rooms. You killed it! Just fabulous! From the bed frame to the fireplace to the lighting to the everything….. Awe struck I am!!!

  24. I literally GASPED!!! So luxurious and inspiring, I just want to go buy buckets of black paint! What an incredible treat to follow along with your transformation ~ BIG Congrats!!

  25. Unbelievable!!!

  26. So luxe! Great work.

  27. Amazing! From the wall color, to the bed, the lighting and the artwork you outdid yourself. What an incredible transformation, You should be incredibly proud of this space and your keen eye for design details!


  28. This is absolutely stunning. Total luxury.

  29. Seriously, what everyone else said. I am at a lost for words. Ever last detail…..you have knocked it out of the park. Bravo!

  30. You have completely outdone yourself – I’m blown away. AMAZING transformation in both rooms. I’m sure your client is beyond thrilled with your work. Also, all the greyhounds – love them. I want them all. Greyhounds rock.

  31. This room is way, way beyond gorgeous! Luxurious, elegant, chic and beautiful is what comes to mind. That stunning bed, fabulous light fixture, marvelous fireplace, zebra rug and desk are some of my favorites! Very inspiring space! You outdid yourself. Lucky client! Well done!


  32. Speechless, absolutley speechless! Ah-ma-zing!!

  33. Tuan Nguyen says:


    Amazingly jaw dropping STUNNING! I am always inspired by your wonderful design POV! Great work!

  34. Holy swizzzzzz….. this is amazing! So much work. Great job!!!

  35. WOW!!!! Not only do I love this room, but that you were able to tweak the rest of your client’s house so much in that short time too. It is all so gorgeous!!

  36. AMAZING!!!! I’ve never read read your blog before the ORC and you are on my must read list now! I don’t know where to begin, everything is hands down perfect. This is a bedroom of my dreams, I wish it were mine LOL! Great job 🙂

  37. What an amazing transformation. Your attention to detail is fabulous. I’m sure your client is delighted.

  38. HOLY FUCK. This room is INSANE. Im gonna reblog that mofo, if you don’t mind!

  39. And yet another reason to paint my currently charcoal walls black. This is making me want to ditch the colorful floral fabric I just bought and go all moody and elegant. You did an amazing job!!!

  40. No effin words. That is all.

  41. I’ve seen a lot of master bedrooms in Blogland, but I honestly think this may be the ONE that I would absolutely, positively want to have for myself! You are one extremely gifted woman. Congrats!

  42. I can’t get enough of this room!! That bed is so amazing! That moulding, the wall color!! I’m just smiling from ear to ear at the fabulousness!

    Congrats on a successful ORC!

  43. WOW. Just wow. Of the many things that are incredibly beautiful in this post, I adore how you layered pieces on the marble mantel with candles underneath. Everything is so incredibly chic and I’m sure your clients are thrilled.

  44. I am about to pin almost everything. That room is so regal, timeless, luxe and beautiful. It’s truly hard to pick a fav thing but I love the mantle, the canopy bed and the window dressing. You done a fine job.

  45. I just can’t even…this is so stunning! Seriously magazine-worthy and totally drop-dead.

    And can I just say how thrilled I am that someone in St. Louis possesses these stellar design skills? Because girl, I’m in St. Louis and I never see anything like this. I’m so thrilled!

    Fabulous work! As soon as I have my big-girl house you’re going to be my first call- I promise.

  46. Design Dear Devil is fitting because WOW did you deliver not one but 3 ORC room makeovers in 6 weeks! I’ve been following you since the beginning and loved the upholstered headboard and couldn’t believe you could do better. WOW, this master bedroom is out of a magazine! Those walls are so dramatic next to the gold and glam bed and chandelier! I love the build in bookcases that look similar to the ones in living room. Add the faux fireplace really centers the room and makes it so inviting! The Buddha and gold mirror are perfect statement pieces together and of course I love the gold sea urchins (have a few in my home). I love that guest bedroom and so glad you were able to keep that headboard! The art work really stands out in that room and is a perfect retreat for guests! The prints in the second bedroom are my fav! Great job on styling the shelves in the living room! It’s amazing what a few new pieces and rearranging can do to freshen up a space! It’s been so fun watching you go through this processes as an ORC participant! Cheers to a job well done!

  47. HOLY SMOKES you just blew my mind! Everything you touched in this room is magic. Wow. Well done. No words.

  48. YOU are the WINNER of this year’s ORC!


  50. Holy cow, girl! This is fabulous!!

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