Week One – Prettify the Privy

Folks, I’ve been blogging for four years now, and I’ve known about the Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge for that long as well. I’ve always wanted to jump in, and this fall the urge to participate overcame my impending anxiety.

If you found me through the one room challenge link, I’m just so proud to meet you! I’m Lori Nell, of Southern Nell Gracious Living, a DIY and Home Decor Blogger. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for following along on this 5 week journey of transformation. I’ve a good idea that the room will not be the only thing transforming.

Favorite Blog Posts of the Past Year

You can learn a little more about my work scrolling through my blog. There are several “fall” posts. Just type fall in the search bar. I’m on Instagram and Pinterest as well, so check those out if you like what you see here. I post daily inspiration on those platforms.

The One Room Challenge Schedule:

The Fall One Room Challenge™ Southern Nell’s Posting Schedule

  • Week 1 – October 3rd – Disclose the room
  • Week 2 – October 10th – Color Story and Wall Color
  • Week 3 – October 17th – Details
  • Week 4 – October 24th – Art Choices
  • Week 5 – October 31st – Final Punch
  • Week 6 – November 7th – Tour Room Reveal
  • DISCLAIMER: The dates are firm, my intentions for what will be disclosed at said date are subject to change as I am Southern Woman with Prerogatives.

Now, about the “chosen one“. First, let’s prepare the mind, shall we? Think… small but mighty…. pint-sized powerhouse…. good things come in small packages…. BECAUSE, I’ve chosen the smallest room in our home, the main floor powder room, affectionately known in the south, and heretofore referred to as — “THE PRIVY” as my One Room Challenge.

Door Opening into a Powder Room

Above is the before. I”ll admit , at first glance it’s not that bad, right? But, let’s just take a closer look, shall we?

What you’re viewing is a brilliant idea gone horribly and altogether wrrrrrong. For, yes, even a seasoned DIY-Home Blogger can get it wrong sometimes. This wall color “experiment” would be one of those times.

Exactly where is the brilliance, you may be asking. I understand your question, and will in no way hold it against you. However, I assure you the brilliance WAS in my head. This sad bronzey, washed out copper-like, dirty pennyish wall color was the most endearing, subtle yet tantalizing shade of metallic rose gold the minds eye could ever behold. WE CAN SEE, however, the attempt to bring that color, a mere notion, into reality fell short of that vision.

Not being one to wallow in self pity, let just us move on, shall we? For the new plans are magnificent. Here is a a glimpse into the “new” brilliant idea.

One Week Challenge – Mood Board

As I am not one to wallow in self pity, neither am I one to “give a way too much on the first date”. So, I’ll just give you that little “peck on the cheek”, and invite you back here for our second date. BHG/ORC–week two — next Thursday. We will head on down to first base and explore the wall color choice, and who knows what else. Don’t be late.

Here’s the Before Tour of the Privy

There so much more to see. Jump on over to the official page and soak in the inspiration – One Room Challenge Homepage, and don’t forget the guest participant links . Thank you to our sponsor, the ICON of all things home: Better Homes and Gardens. Before you go, however, would you be a doll and leave me a little love. Like – Comment – Subscribe — Really, the only e-mail you will receive is a notice that I’ve posted!

Enjoy Today!
Love y’all,

Lori Nell

Comments (25)

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you! I maybe recruiting your crown-molding skills for help!

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you! I’m might be needing your guidance on installing crown molding!

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Pretty pretty!! I’m having lots of fun on this space! Why not!!

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you, Nicki! And thanks for following along on these shenanigans.

  1. Reply

    Hi Lori! I can’t wait to see the transformation of your privy! It already looks fabulous, so I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us around the “bases.” (Wink)

  2. Reply


    This has to be a fun challenge!
    It’s similar to doing a designer showhouse for me. I love the craziness and the deadlines!
    I will have to follow you until your final reveal!


    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you for following along! Deadlines are a real good and somewhat necessary motivator for me!!

  3. acraftymix


    Its going to be sooooo exciting seeing what you come up with Lori and I love the word privy BTW.

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you, Maria. I hope that’s my experience at the end of the six weeks as well,

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you! Fun and a little stress filled! I appreciate the support, friend!

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