Can you believe it is already this time of year again? Our bi-annual designer dash to the finish line has begun again this week as designers from all over North America band together and face the One Room Challenge head on. Six weeks to totally transform a space? Yes, it’s utter madness, but also the best darn catalyst for getting things done ever invented. Huge thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for creating this brilliant online design event, and huge thanks to all of you for tuning in to watch it all unfold!

I can’t dive into this fifth round (for me) without taking a moment to review with gratitude the four ORC’s that have gone before.



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Having transformed a number of spaces in my own home, this Spring 2017 edition of the One Room Challenge takes an unexpected turn as I dive into transforming a brand new natural wellness centre for my brilliant naturopath Dr. Amber Merrick! How on earth did I come to choose this project for the One Room Challenge, you ask? Well, the answer to that question also answers the question of why I’ve been rather MIA on the blog and Instagram recently. I was recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and through that diagnosis I found Amber. (If you want to learn more about my health journey, come find me on YouTube at The Curated Life by Sarah Walker). When Amber shared with me that she was launching a brand new wellness centre, I naturally raised my hand and said “pick me!” to help with the design!


To me, a place of healing should feel more like a spa than a clinic. It should feel inspiring and hopeful and aspirational. The environment should make you want to be there as much as the lovely doctor herself! Needless to say, I had more than a little bit of personal motivation behind my offer to help Amber accomplish that goal with Docere, as I have been and will continue to be spending a lot of time with her as I work on kicking Lyme to the curb! So here’s to creating a healing environment that will serve the hearts and lives of many others in the months and years to come.

Here’s what our inspiration looks like:

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And here, my friends, is the commercial and cold before in all its uninspired glory:

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I can just feel the fluorescent lighting and drywall dust chilling my bones! But what is a good reveal without a scary before to light a fire under this designer’s behind, right? I can’t wait to get to the after! For now, there is much to be done. Floors to be installed. Finishes to be finalized. Panel moulding to be installed and the whole place to be painted. Cabinets, counters, sinks and faucets to be installed. Cabinetry hardware to be selected and installed. Artwork to be selected and installed…and the list goes on! It will be so inviting when it’s done, but for now we’re in that messy middle that can never be avoided. Here’s to the other side, my friends!

Be sure to check back with me next week for an update on our progress and some of the decisions to be made! In the meantime, check out the other amazing projects being transformed in this edition of the One Room Challenge here and here.

Wishing you all a weekend filled with health and happiness!


ORC Guest Participant