May 11, 2016

Decorating / One Room Challenge / Tye Street Project

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog


It’s been a whirlwind of six weeks, with my first rodeo in the One Room Challenge designer group and my last few weeks of high school! It’s definitely been crazy, but I’ve had so much fun tackling this bedroom makeover. Having the support of such an amazing group of sponsors absolutely made this room shine and let me stretch my limits. It’s so amazing to see how my designs have progressed through each One Room Challenge season, starting with my dad’s back room, then my mom’s living room, and now my dad’s master bedroom… I’m so lucky my parent’s let me redecorate all the time! My dad’s bedroom was the last room to be decorated in his home (see the rest of the house on Design*Sponge). His bedroom definitely got the royal treatment with custom drapery, a high-gloss ceiling, and a custom-cut rug. I am thrilled with the final result, and hope you like it as well! A huge thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for believing in me and including me in the designer group this year, and to the other designers and readers who have commented and cheered this project each week. Make sure to check out all of their room reveals below, and the linking participant rooms tomorrow on CIH.

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One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

The campaign nightstands were one of my first picks for the room, because they’re classic, bring some warm wood to the room, and pair perfectly with the mid-century task lamps. I styled this nightstand with Waiting on Martha’s horse match strike, bourbon candle, and a large faceted vase for fresh greens. The bold curtains were one of my biggest design risks in the room, but I’m so glad I took it! The curtain fabric is Futura by Robert Allen, found at a fabulous price at DecoratorsBest.

On the bed, I used classic Matouk sheets with traditional embroidered details for simple hotel-style luxury. I paired them with diamante quilted shams and a coverlet, then added a lumbar pillow made from Trend’s Zebra fabric. The grey nailhead headboard ended up pairing perfectly with the curtains, and its low profile kept it from blocking too much of the window.

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog
Bassett Mirror Company Juliet Leaner mirror on @thouswellblog

I absolutely adore the floor mirror from Bassett Mirror Company. It feels a little old-world which adds some great character to the room, not to mention the fantastic presence it has with its size (it’s over seven feet tall)! As you can see below, the Luna chandelier was key to providing a well-proportioned focal point to the room, and it has a contemporary style that looks incredible against the blue ceiling. The high-gloss paint on the ceiling from Farrow & Ball was definitely a key piece to the room, and the little bit of reflection expands the room tremendously. I used Wevet on the walls, with their classic matte finish for a clean white slate. All the painting was made possible by Purdy’s amazing extension pole, rollers, and brushes!

Crystorama Luna chandelier on @thouswellblog
One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog
One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

Two more faceted vases make a great pair on this side of the bed, and the brass urchin brings some a gold accent to the bedside. There’s really nothing like having flowers next to you when you fall asleep and wake up!

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog
One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

I found the perfect blue print to complement the curtains from ArtStar, and paired it with a framed Instagram I took this past summer on a trip with my dad. Both pieces have an energizing shade of bright blue and make a great pair. I love bringing a personal touch to the art, and a square Instagram shot makes great wall art when it’s framed by Framebridge.

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

I loved creating this corner vignette for my dad to sit down with a book. I curated a gallery wall of photography, collage, and painting prints from Minted that feels collected and eclectic with the assortment of subjects and frame types. I love their new gold metal frame, which, surprisingly, looks fantastic next to the silver mirrored frame of my oversized Framebridge print. It’s actually one of my own photos, which makes it a special addition to the corner. It’s hard to see all of the pieces in the gallery wall, so you can shop them all in the widget below:

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

I probably wouldn’t have guessed a big leather chair would end up in my project if you’d asked me six weeks ago (especially since I took out the two red leather armchairs in the before pictures), but this chair from Lazzaro Leather combines the comfort and sentimentality of a leather armchair with sleek brass and a lithe modern look.

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

If you love my brass and marble table lamp as much as I do, you’ll want to follow along on Instagram since I’ll be giving one away in the next couple of weeks! I also will be sharing a great giveaway with Waiting on Martha so you can get your very own wooden glasses holder (isn’t it hilarious?). Don’t forget that you can use code THOUSWELL at checkout for 20% off!

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog
One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

The blue Trina Turk pillow has become one of my favorite accents – I love the geometric design and the great colors. It was perfect for bringing the blue over to this side of the room, and it’s almost uncanny how much it matches the chair with its brownish-gold lines. The footed side table is also a fun element over here; my dad calls it the ‘elephant foot’ table!

Karastan Violetta rug on @thouswellblog

Here’s a closeup of the dreamy wool Violetta rug from Karastan. It’s exactly what I hoped it would be – a warm shade of gray that’s neutral but not too creamy. The hand-drawn look is contemporary and provides a subtle pattern that’s not overbearing in the room. Right now is a great time to purchase because it’s National Karastan Month, which means you get the lowest prices of the season, special financing, and up to a $1000 rebate on your order!

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

Many of you commented on the bench in my design plan, which I love because it was a Target find! It’s part of Threshold’s summer collection which I shared here, that includes so much great rattan and mid-century inspired pieces. It’s hard to believe this woven bench was under $100!

One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover reveal by @thouswellblog

Last but not least, I tackled the ugly closet curtain situation with the help of Lowes’ home brand Allen+Roth. Bringing the curtains up to the ceiling emphasizes the ceiling height and creates a more elegant look. The black hardware has a classic finial shape and I used the same curtain rod and clips for the curtains behind the bed as well. I chose solid curtains to blend into the wall, but the ripples in the fabric soften the corners of the room.

It’s hard to believe that I won’t be running over to my dad’s house with my photo equipment and styling materials each week now, but I’m so glad to see the space come together and finally be finished! What’s your favorite part of the room?

Kevin O'Gara signature on Thou Swell

Product for my One Room Challenge was sponsored by the following brands: AllModern, ArtStar, Bassett Mirror Company, Bellacor, Crystorama, DecoratorsBest, Farrow & Ball, Framebridge, Joss & Main, Karastan Rugs, Lamps Plus, Lazzarro Leather, Lowes, Minted, Purdy, and Waiting on Martha. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

  • Emily Clark

    Masculine perfection, as I knew it would be 🙂 The blue ceiling is my favorite.

  • Jenny Williamson

    Stunning, Kevin! Kudos to you for pulling off such a beautiful space and finishing high school in the process. Love that mirror, and all of the thoughtful touches you’ve added to create this master retreat.

  • Mandy Rye

    SO amazing doll!! Congrats!! xo MKR @waitingonmartha

    • Thank you Mandy – couldn’t have done it without the great accessories! Thank you for your help and congrats to you on another beautiful ORC reveal!

  • Stealing the show with that blue ceiling! I love the blue and white!!!!! xx

  • Haneen’s Haven

    Kevin! You’re a freaking genius and I LOVE that you’re in high school! Your parents must be so proud! Bright future ahead! Love everything in this room!

  • It looks fantastic! Love the details. The blue ceiling and floor mirror are two favorites, and the nose glasses stand is up there too! Congrats Kevin!

  • The fact that you have these kind of superpowers while still so young, hurts my brain. This is seriously incredible. I LOVE the curtains behind the bed and all of the layered artistic fabulous. You have an amazing eye for styling and detail and every space I’ve seen of yours feels as comfortable as it does cool. Amazing job- this is one stunner of a room!

  • I love this space too. The blue ceiling, that light fixture, the night stands… it looks amazing.

  • gabyburger

    There are so many great details! Love the bench, the chairs, the curtains, everything!

  • You already know how I feel about you and your work, Kevin, and this space is no different! It’s truly incredible. I bet your dad is so happy with it AND so proud! I just need to meet you in person and get a photo so there’s proof i knew you before you are famous. Great job!!!

  • The room looks FANTASTIC! Not that I’m surprised or anything. Amazing work, as always. That blue ceiling is seriously awesome.

  • Karastan

    Gorgeous room redesign, Kevin! Our Violetta carpet is a terrific complement to the entire room theme. Just beautiful!

  • I love every little detail in this space! Not only did you pull it off, but it is the essence of masculine chic. Your dad must be in heaven with the result! Truly great work!

  • Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Kevin what a stunning room and I expect nothing less from you! Love the blue and white with gold/brass accents! From the blue ceiling to that chic light fixture to the art you nailed it! Bravo on yet another beautiful ORC in the books!

  • Vel

    Oh Kevin, I knew you were one to watch the first time I saw your talent here on ORC and you totally did not disappoint with this fabulous room! Loved how you made a musculine space so stylish too! Another great job!

  • Cristin Bisbee Priest

    Fabulous Kevin! I am amazed that you are in high school too. You have quite the career in design ahead of you if you want it.

    I’m sure your dad is thrilled with the result too!


  • Very cool! I love the end product. That bench is amazing! And love how fresh the space looks!

  • Summer Hogan

    It’s beautiful Kevin!!! Amazing job!

  • Roxanne

    Kevin, this room came out amazing! I think we have the next Nate Berkus here. 🙂

  • nicole

    GORGEOUS! I’m in love with it all. Well done!

  • Sarah

    I just LOVE the fabric you chose for the drapery panels, Kevin! The room has an effortless elegance to it. Beautifully done!!
    xx Sarah | The Curated House

    • I was so nervous about that fabric but now I love it!! It was so much fun to be in this round of the ORC group with you!

  • Shelby Reed

    Kevin – everything looks amazing – congratulations! I as well love the curtain fabric, it really makes the room!!

  • Brenda A.

    Love the room (everything). Favorites? The blue ceiling, the leather chair, and the way the gray headboard picks up the gray in the drapery fabric. I would stare at that all day.

  • Charlotte Smith

    To die for! The blue ceiling is exquisite. The mirror?! Amazing. And LOVE that bench at the foot of the bed. Came together like stahhhH! Congrats!

  • CallingitHome

    I would say that you have Father’s Day covered, this year. I’m sure your dad is over the moon with this. I love all of it. When do you have time to just hang out with your friends? I say that because you are the same age as my daughter, and that is high on her list. Ok, I would say that the ceiling is my favorite, and the leather chair vignette is my favorite shot. Drapes are killer and the fabric is crazy reasonable. Well done!

    • My dad is so happy with it! I have to admit that my blog has become my sole extra-curricular, but I usually find time on the weekends for hanging out with friends! Thank you so much for organizing another great ORC!!

  • Anna Lynn Garrett

    Amazing work! The space is chic yet so comfortable– love how you combined brass, leather and marble throughout the bedroom. I hope your Dad is obsessed with this space!!


    Anna Lynn with Waiting On Martha

  • Well done, Kevin! I love that gold light fixture against the gorgeous blue ceiling, and the dramatic drapes!

  • this is so beautiful!!! please come redecorate my room 😉

  • Zan Turner

    Seriously, did you say you were in High School? Your style is a gazillion times gorgeous! Looks like you’ve got a great career ahead of you already. This room looks amazing!!!

  • Wendy Weinert

    This turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for thinking of Bellacor. The whole room turned out like a dream. Gorgeous!

  • Kevin O’Gara Jr.

    I am indeed a happy father. Thanks Kevin for a terrific room redo. My house gets so many compliments!

  • Sylvie von Lueder

    There are so many pieces I love in this room! It’s all really, REALLY, beautiful!

  • Thank you so much, I appreciate it!!

  • Really, do you say that you were in high school? Your style is gazillion times gorgeous! It seems that you already have a great career! This room looks amazing !!!