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. Wow! You are truly brilliant!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

  2. This room left me speechless, and that rarely happens. What a transformation. Wowzers! Did I say wowzers?! I love the black painted walls, the brass, the gorgeously romantic fireplace mantle, the juxtaposition between the ceiling medallion and that über cool light fixture–which is one of my absolute favorite design elements. I could go on for days. I am going to stop writing now and go drool over the pictures.

    P.S. I launched my interior decor blog–http://decorenvy.blogspot.com– over the weekend and featured this makeover/reno as one of my favorite ORCs! Would love if you could drop by whenever you get a chance. Would love your feedback! Thanks in advance. xoxo, Yelda

  3. Your room is one of the most sophisticated, balanced designs I’ve seen from a blogger in years. It shows worldliness, impeccable taste, balance, good blend of texture, is well anchored in black and white, and dances circles around your competition in knowing the most important element of good design — when to stop. In short, you nailed it. Bellissimo!

  4. The image of this GORGEOUS bedroom is pinned to one of my boards, and as I went about putting together tomorrow’s black, white and gold bedroom blog post, I thought I’d look into it further. WOW. You have done an incredible job! This is one of my all time favourite interiors ever. Your client is a lucky, lucky gal!

  5. can you please tell me where you purchased the bedding?? thanks!

  6. I’m totally speechless! Beautiful…. I am so glad I found you, you are awesome.

  7. Cupcakes+Sprinkles says:

    What colour and brand is the black paint?

  8. You fuckin’ killed it. Awesome job!!!

  9. Ephemereal says:

    Love all the brass elements that you used to style the bookshelves. Would you mind sharing where you sourced them from? Would love to buy them, they are EXACTLY what I need i.e. lil spiky guys, armillary spheres etc

  10. Love this room you have created! Stunning and sexy! I’m getting ready to paint my room black and was hoping to get the name of the paint you used. I may have missed it… Thank you!!!

  11. Gorgeous room! I would love to know where you got the butler side table and what brand/color black you used. You did an amazing job!!!!

  12. One of my favourite spaces of all time!

  13. One of my favorite spaces of all time!

  14. Love it! Probably the sexiest bedroom I’ve ever seen! I love love love the sconces by the bed and on the sides of the bookcase, can you share where you got them?

    Thanks so much!

  15. Love the bed. Where is it from?


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