One Room Challenge: Week 1|Bathroom Renovation Preparations

We are super excited to share that this year we will be participating in our first ever One Room Challenge! Hosted by Lisa of Calling It HomeThe One Room Challenge™, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October in which twenty design bloggers take the challenge of transforming a space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice. On Thursdays, guest bloggers, like us, can play along and support other guest bloggers that are also tackling a room renovation. We have been wanting to participate for a while now but last year we started our kitchen renovation much later than anticipated and so we weren’t able to play along.  We really hope we can get this bathroom done in the six week period but with two kids under the age of two and graduate school on our plates that is a tall order. We are diving right in regardless.

ORCLast week, in anticipation of this event, we shared two design boards and some bathrooms for inspiration. You can check them out here. We spent the last two days completely emptying out our bathroom and relocating to the bathroom downstairs. With me gearing up to start dissertation fieldwork this summer and my husband starting his MBA soon, we decided this project could not wait any longer because life will just get busier. Besides getting it done in under six weeks, we also need to stick to a tight budget. Challenge accepted.

Alright! Here’s what our bathroom looks like now:






Ugh.  So much YELLOW. As a photographer, the urge to edit these images was intense but I wanted to capture the space exactly as is so we can all enjoy the final transformation. The wall tiles are still in great condition but they make the space so dark. We really want a bright clean look that white subway tile will definitely give.


We started some of the demolition today by taking out the toilet, sink, and vanity. The tub will be next to go followed by the tile and then it’s all rebuilding from there. We still haven’t fully settled on the floor tile, accent wall tile, and vanity but we will be deciding in the next day or so. The feedback we have received from readers, family, and friends has overwhelmingly been in favor of Design Board #2 which is interesting because we are leaning toward white marble floors and black fixtures. I guess you will just have to tune in next week to see where we are in the process. You can also follow along on Instagram @thecozyhomechronicles for the latest behind-the-scenes and videos of our progress. Until next week 🙂

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Our One Year Blogiversary Giveaway


The beginning  of the year is always an exciting time as many take the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and embrace new adventures, opportunities, and challenges. This past year was an eventful one for us; we started this blog, completed our first and long awaited kitchen renovation, and added a new addition to our growing family. It has been a wonderful experience sharing our ordinary lives and passions with such a wonderful blogging community. We have come across some pretty awesome people doing some pretty awesome things and we are grateful for the opportunity to share, inspire, and grow alongside all of you. In celebration of our one year blogging anniversary and as a thank you to all those who have followed along and supported us, we are giving away two $25 gift cards to IKEA.

We chose IKEA because it is one of our favorite places to go to for home and DIY inspiration (seriously we are there all the time), not to mention all the yummy eats that remind my husband of his memories growing up in Sweden. IKEA products are practical, economical, and beautiful and we could not be happier with the latest addition to our IKEA home: our IKEA kitchen. So if you’re looking to renovate, remodel, organize, or just freshen up your home then you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity. All you have to do to enter is:

1) follow us on instagram (if you aren’t already)
2) like the giveaway photo
3) tag two IKEA-loving friends in the comments below the photo.

It’s that easy. Just be sure to read the rules and disclosures down below. May the odds be ever in your favor 🙂 And Happy New Year!! We pray that 2017 brings you many blessings, successes, and joyous moments.

Rules and Disclosure: This giveaway is not associated with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Giveaway begins Friday 1/6/17 at 9:30am EST and runs through Sunday 1/8/17 until 5:30pm EST. We will announce a winner next week and appreciate your patience as we verify all the entries. This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed in any way by Instagram or IKEA. US residents only. You must have a valid email address to participate. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use. Giveaway accounts not eligible. We ask that PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC during the giveaway in order to be entered.

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