ORC FALL 2017 The Guest Bath

One Room Challenge: Accepted

It is that time of year again, and I am so excited to announce that JENRON DESIGNS will be a guest participant in the Fall 2017 One Room Challenge Event (link here).  

In case you are wondering what the “ORC” is, here’s the scoop. Twice a year, April/ October, for the past 11 seasons, the ORC has hosted over 200 interior design bloggers, as they join together and choose one room in their homes to make over. The designers only have six weeks, from start to finish in order to complete a full room transformation. To give you a better idea you can check out our very first ORC Spring Challenge the Sleeping Porch. Here are some fun flashback before and after pictures to get your ready for our next challenge. 

Each week the guest designer’s will link their progress to the ORC host page Calling It Home (link here), and share their room’s progress. The best part you will be able to follow along with JENRON DESIGNS and all the participants progress just by clicking the ORC (link here). The final completion date and big reveal of our Guest Bathroom makeover will be on Thursday, Nov. 9th!!! I might regret choosing the guest bathroom this close to the holidays, but hopefully by the end we will have a pretty new bathroom for all our holiday guests.

FALL 2017 Mission: The Jack n’ Jill Guest Bath


As you can see this space is very plain, and while this is actually new construction and everything is brand new, it just lacks any kind of feature or focal point with in the room. To me it is all just a big vanilla box, even the basic light fixtures we picked upon building 2 years ago are boring.

Since the space is on the smaller side, I do not want to add any colors that are too dark. I want to keep it very light and airy. I am thinking some custom built, white wainscoting or batten board. It should  to be about 5 feet tall mourned the room with a small ledge.  I also think we need to  add a custom frame around the big blank builder grade mirror. I am thinking I would like to add some hooks, to go behind the bedroom door. So you have a place to hang up your towels to dry. Not sure what that will like like yet. Maybe barn wood with rustic farm hooks??? I am just not sure yet.

We actually though about a barn door here to eliminate having so many doors in this room, but after measuring we realized that it would jut into the toilet room doorway a little to much.  So we decided we would just add one to the adjacent bedroom, later on instead. Which would also open up that hook space we are creating. The shower is very basic so I am thinking a nice crisp white shower curtain maybe with a touch of embroidery, nothing too pattern or dark since this are is very small. It could be textured as long as it is white. 

We did opt to have the shower completely tiled instead of a pre fab drop in tub. By doing this we also got the soap niche built in which provides great in shower space  for soap, shampoo, etc. I think it just make your space feel more custom built. Permanent things, like millwork and wall tile adds a sense of evaluation in a home, especially the bathroom. We did put up this towel bar upon moving in, and I do like the silver nickel finish. So I think we will keep this one and find something in a similar finish for the sink area.  Currently we have a towel ring that sits on the countertop which I do not really like but it works for now. However, every time we have guests I hear it get pulled or knocked over and clank on the countertop. So it just needs to go. I also might find a new toilet paper dispenser that attaches to the wall, but I do like the current one since it holds extra rolls in the base, so the jury is still out on the accessory too. 

I do still love my choices for the countertop, tile, cabinets and plumbing fixtures. So we will be keeping all of those items which will save us some money. Plus they are all new, and when we build the house I made my selections basis on the current styles and trends. 
I know we need  some new light fixtures. Let me tell you how much I loath the “boob light” in the toilet room!!! Yikes why are these even a part of the basic light package? Nobody likes them!!!! Plus even with the best photo light filter on the planet, my pictures still turned out yellow due to insufficient lighting. 



I really do not want to spend over $1,000 for this project, but I am capping myself at $1,500 in case things go awry!!!  Better safe than sorry I  always say. 


Week 1- Introduction, Inspiration Board,  & Plan of Action 

Week 2- Order All Items, Buy All Supplies, & Frame Out Mirror

Week 3- Start/Finish Batten Board Mill Work

Week 4- Paint Batten Board  

Week 5- Install New Lights, Towel Bars, Shower Curtains & All Final Touches


Ok guys it’s “GO TIME ” wish me luck!!! 



  1. Hey Girlie, happy to find you again this year!!! Good luck on the contest excited to see tat guest bath reveal.

  2. You may not remember me but I was one of your college professor. It is nice to see you making a splash in the field. Proud to have known you when you were my student building furniture.

    • Mrs.Arnold oh my gosh, I still remember your stories about being suzy sweeper for the Braves when you were in college. I had to check the email name to make sure I was not dreaming!! Thanks you for all your support and guidance, I am happy to finally be back in my field of study too. ­čÖé

  3. I just found your ORC post on the Calling it Home List. Yes I am a little bit behind, I know. Well not I am all caught up with your project and can’t wait to see tomorrows post!

  4. This room looks like the prefect project room. I can not wait to see that batten board DIY you are doing. I believe it will be on this weeks post? Good job my friend keep up the good work, the room will be beautiful as all your projects are.

  5. I am intersted to see you final room reveal. The batten board seem like a bit of an undertaking for a 6 week project, especially since you are doing it yourself. If you were hiring someone I would have not worries, but especially in light of your husbands recent mentioned surgery. I have fulll faith in you both and your diy competencies.

  6. Completely stressing out about my current situation with my ORC project. Extremely thankful for your friendship and support, in addition I will pray for you to do really a great job too. You are always uplifting many people by way of your blog post. I wanted to say thanks once more. I’m not certain the things I would’ve done without the hints, and tips contributed by you.

  7. You alway have something entertaining going on here. This contest is perfect for you and your many talents. Excited to see that bathroom once you are done. ­čśÇ Good luck!

  8. Thank you for joining the ORC again this season, I am looking forward to seeing you room at completion. Send you all my best.

    • It is a bi annual contest where designer join together to renovate and decorate rooms in there homes. This year 2 winners will land a feature spot for the competition next spring. Yes I do believe anyone can enter, you are must fill out a entry form with Calling it Home prior to joining the challenge.

  9. I just had to check out a few of your other posts to see what else you had going on here at your site. I was curious as to what the ORC Challenge Tab was about, and after reading this post I must say it sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck to you!

  10. I really like to check out some of the other participants in the ORC just to see what everyone ease is doing. You have a great idea board for upgrade that bathroom of yours. I will check back at the reveal to see the finish product and recap. Congratulations and good luck!

  11. You plans are very intriguing I can’t wait to see the DIY on the batten board, I have been wanting to do this. Good luck you have my vote!

  12. I think I have already commented once on this post but after looking at a few other ORC participants, I wanted to tell you I really respect that you do your own work. I have noticed a lot of other bloggers/designers are hiring out to sub contractors, while you seem to be doing all your own work. Please know I appreciate that your are willing to roll up your sleeves and take on a project like Chi and Joanna Gaines do.

  13. This looks like a great challenge, I am excited to follow along as you move through the project. Thanks for sharing this with us, it makes you seem like a regular every day person, not just a blog star.

  14. Oh girl I love this post and can’t wait to see the full transformation of your guest bath. Did I read correctly this ORC happens twice a year? I can only imagine how much stuff you must reno.

  15. How did I miss this post. I have not known of the ORC? Is this a contest in which you participate? You will do great you have much talent, these are my personal and honest expressions of appreciations of you.

  16. Great job we are so happy that you are doing this challenge again, it’s good for you, stretches your design skills a bit, LOL. As if you even need to do that, ha ha. We are behind you 100% and can’t wait to see you progress week to week.

  17. Oh I am so excited to see the reveal, I can’t believe I have to wait 6 weeks, that is forever!

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  20. I love your colour palette and your plan! I’m also intrigued by your sleeping porch and heading over to THAT post as soon as I’m finished posting this comment!! It looks amazing and I want to come sleep over!

  21. What is the ORC? I love you plan and can’t wait to follow along, but I want to know more about what this ORC is. I have never heard of it, but the idea intrigues me so.

  22. This is such an exciting contest. I linked over from Calling it Home, I loved your idea board. I am looking forward to following all my favorite guests and you are on my list!

  23. This is my first time hearing about the ORC, what is it exactly? I love you design board and project overview, but why is it such a big deal? Do you win something?

    • Thanks for stopping in, and your supportive comments about my Inspiration Board. The ORC is a 6 week design challenge hosted by Calling It Home and House Beautiful. It was originally designed to globally connect designers to support each other in their design endeavors. This season the guest participants can win a chance to become a featured designer for the 2018 Spring Event.

  24. I am so excited to be following you for the ORC. I loved your Sleeping Porch last season, can’t wait to see what you do this time.

  25. Oh I love this post. I am not aware of the ORC Challenge, is it new? Anyways I can not wait to follow your project on its journey to completion. Good Luck!

  26. Oh my your house is sheer perfection. I love everything! Your kitchen is so big, and perfectly farmhouse styled it should be all over Pinterest!!!!!! Not to mention that dining table is the prettiest thing I have ever seen. Girl, I am so glad I found your site, I might be here a while.

  27. You have a absolutely beautiful home. Thank you for opening it up for the holidays and sharing you decorating talents with us all. I am excited to see what you do for your ORC bathroom. The batten board looks like a great addition to your room. I can not wait to see the finished project. Best of luck to you!

  28. I just heard about you doing this designer challenge, I am so excited for you. I can’t wait to follow along to see your progress over the next 6 weeks. Good Luck!!!!!!

  29. I am following a bunch of designers this go round and plan to try and join next time. You are in my top 10, because I love your style and your entry last season.

  30. I must live under a rock this is the first time hearing about The ORC. I also noticed you said you competed in the contest last season too. What do you win? Can anyone join?

    • Hi Valerie, no worries, I just learned about the ORC this time last year. It is a bi-annual contest that takes place in April & Oct. You can find out more details at Calling Home which is our host site. This year 2 winners will become the featured designers for the 2018 Spring ORC, hosted by House Beautiful.

  31. Girl I got to remember to get out see this every week! I loved the sleeping porch you did last time, so I know this will great too.

  32. I just saw this post while I was here, I did not know you were a part of the ORC! My sister in-law is doing it too, small world. Good luck ­čÖé

  33. I love the lighting that you have picked out! All of the little details in this space will look amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished result!

  34. So happy that you are joining us in the ORC this season. It is a lot of fun and you will enjoy it. I find that it cultivates friendships that last a lifetime.

  35. So happy you are joining us again for the Fall ORC. We are looking forward to following along you with your progress and seeing your finished decor creation. Within you all the best luck on your project.

  36. Just checked out your purposed ORC plan for this season. Looks good!!!!! I can’t wait to see the finish product. I will be cheering you on the whole way my friend, good luck!

  37. I totally love your plan! We have outdated baths galore so your weekly updates will be wonderful to watch and learn. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. Susie from The Chelsea Project

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