One Room Challenge - Week 1

Hi!! I’m Deborah Top-Newell, Principal Interior eDesigner with and now the creator of the EarthenChic blog! My multicultural native roots influence me to design spaces that honor the earth while at the same time igniting the senses.

The EarthenChic blog is about holistic design interests that encompass earth friendly & sustainable design, biophilia and wellness with a nod to ancient modalities. All good things!! I’d like to promote conserving our resources while at the same time inspiring and creating spaces that feel good to live in. 

Homes today, more than ever, need to be a place that functions for us as well as speaks to our soul. I hope you’ll follow along on this journey and discover along with me how we can accomplish this goal together.

I’ve recently signed on as a guest  designer on the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge. This is a biannual event that supports designers and enthusiasts alike to design and decorate one room in a 6 week turnaround. Last spring, I participated in the ORC as an Instagram Only participant where I completed a High Tech Home Office in a very unprecedented time. The result was a beautiful home office for an IT Specialist that functions with all the latest technologies. 

This fall I’m aiming to refresh My Owner’s suite! I want a space that draws me into the room each and every day with a longing to retreat in peace and invite an intimate shared space for me and my husband. The room is currently a freshly painted, uncluttered space with a newly carpeted floor. 

image of bedroom to be refreshed
image of bed and desk

The goal for this challenge is to refresh this room using  earth friendly furnishings, creating a harmonious, calm and intimate environment in this space. 

The house was semi-custom built new, chosen from Ranch house plans from Don A. Gardner Architects. It was an older plan but I made many modifications to be economically efficient. I wanted a clean contemporary space without a lot of molding. In addition, I inserted a circular moon window to create a light and airy space. The cathedral ceiling lends itself to a lofty space as well. While my vintage furnishings have brought me many years of pleasure, there’s been very little updating over the years and they don’t seem to serve my husband and I functionally. It's definitely time for a refresh!!

While we are not sure we are in our ‘forever home’, I want to make sure the updates I make are “on trend” in today’s real estate market. Since This is the time of year that the Triangle Parade of Homes takes place in my area, I was recently able to tour some homes and draw some inspiration from some beautifully decorated models.

image of decorated bedroom
image of decorated bedroom
image of decorated bedroom
image of decorated bedroom
image of bed

Over the next several weeks I will transform this much neglected bedroom into a beautiful serene Owner’s sanctuary. I’ll keep some of the room staples like an heirloom armoire, custom Vanguard platform bed and Possibly the antique side bed tables but There will be plenty to refurbish such as Drapery, bedding, rug, dresser, shelving and lounge seating.

whoosh….I’ve said it all this time!!

Check back next week to see how I’m progressing and follow along on my Insta for current going ons. Till next time then...



Janet said…
Looking forward to following along, Deb!
Look forward to following your progress and seeing the big reveal:)
Sheri Bruneau said…
I look forward to following along and seeing your transformation.
Deborah Main said…
How exciting you're doing your master bedroom. It looks like a great space to refresh. And I love the focus of your interior design business. This is my 4th ORC. I look forward to following your makeover. Best of luck!
DebSoChic said…
Thanks so much! The space has lots of volume,
so it will be a challenge. The clock is ticking away for us... Good Luck!!
Jeanne Chung said…
Looking forward to seeing your space come to fruition. Good luck!
Wow, that dresser looks beautiful. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!
I really like the grey cerused dresser, Deb. It's exciting to see you creating a more intimate space for yourself and I look forward to seeing the finished result.