One Room Challenge – Week 5: The Final Sprint

Last time I took the One Room Challenge, back in the spring of this year, I had finished before the end of Week 5, and dedicated that week’s post to a “behind the scenes” of my photo shoot for the Week 6 reveal. I was done, in just about four weeks.

This round looks a little different right now…

One Room Challenge - Week 5 | Kelly Rogers Interiors | Interiors for Families

Yeah, not quite camera ready (the paint is not showing well here, but turned out amazing!).

[Get caught up on prior weeks’ posts: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4]

In fact, at this very moment, I can’t even go into the Manbrary. The plasterers are finishing up their repairs on the ceiling, and have done a great job containing the mess and limiting the disruption. Which reminds me, I thought I’d share the interesting process of restoring the ornamental plaster.

One Room Challenge - Week 5 | Kelly Rogers Interiors | Interiors for Families

They identified the most pristine (relatively speaking…at 119 years old, nothing is pristine!) areas and used them to make molds for casting new plaster forms. The first step is pictured – a putty-like substance is applied to the decorative motif (bellflowers around the oval, and ribbons at each end) and carefully molded around it and into all the nooks and crannies. After awhile, they encase the putty in plaster in order to stabilize it so it doesn’t lose its shape when they remove it. Once the new plaster pieces are cast from the mold, the suspect areas are removed and replaced with the new. And after my painter returns on Friday afternoon to tackle the ceiling, it’ll be nearly impossible to tell what’s old and what’s new.

Now getting back to the larger project. Although the above pictures strongly suggest otherwise, it does appear that I will finish the challenge in time for reveal next week. I got a lot of much-needed good news this week on vital deliveries I’d been biting my nails over. The club chairs arrived at my receiver on Tuesday, and were delivered Wednesday. My new light fixture is scheduled to arrive on Friday (but what time??? Oy…). Oh, I ended up going with this one…

Urban Electric Co. Dover Ball

It’s the Dover Ball from Urban Electric Co. and I am SO excited to get this baby installed! Please cross your fingers for no broken glass!!

I also ordered a new bed for our dog, Harrison, who likes to hang out with my husband pretty much wherever he is. Daddy’s boy :). The dog bed is a Joe Ruggiero design for The MT Company, one of my go-to upholstery vendors for client projects. I customized it with three Sunbrella fabrics, also designed by Joe. Those of you who have dogs know there’s no guarantee a new bed will be accepted – sometimes they just don’t look, feel or smell quite right. So I was relieved when our little buddy cozied up in his new nest literally moments after I unboxed it.

One Room Challenge - Week 5 | Kelly Rogers Interiors | Interiors for Families

Side note: There is one delivery that may not make it in time. The pillow forms I ordered just shipped today, and aren’t scheduled to arrive until the day of the photo shoot. I’m going to have to get creative – maybe I can borrow from myself (throw pillows in another room) or a friend.

Tomorrow (Friday) is THE day, for just about everything. As I mentioned before, the long plastering and painting process will finally be complete – as of mid-day. Around noon, the cut-and-bound rug will be installed. During the same timeframe, my drapery workroom will sneak in to install the plaid wool Roman shades. Then my electrician will pop by to hang the light fixture, and I’ll begin to move everything back into the room again. I’m not quite sure how everything came down to this one big day of installations, but it did.

My weekend will be spent trolling a local antique/vintage market for art and accessories, and then styling the built-ins, hanging the art, and generally working to get the Manbrary ready for its close-up on Tuesday morning. My husband has agreed to a reveal right before the photo shoot – which means those massive pocket doors will remain closed until then, while I attempt to conjure some ever-so-masculine decorating magic inside. I had to keep a few surprises for him under wraps – I sure hope he likes everything in the end!


Please visit Calling it Home to see how the 20 invited/sponsored participants, and the guest participants linking up each Thursday, are doing as they approach the finish line. And don’t forget – next week (Wednesday 11/11 and Thursday 11/12) brings all of the exciting project reveals – not to be missed!

Until then, follow Project Manbrary here and on…

1. Facebook (Interiors for Families)

2. Instagram (#KRIProjectManbrary, #oneroomchallenge)

See you next week for the Manbrary reveal! I may just have a surprise or two up my sleeve for you all, too!


P.S. In the meantime, if you’re hungry for more masculine design inspiration, check out the new Manbrary Style board I created on Pinterest this past week.

Kelly Rogers


  1. lindaholt188452193 on November 5, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    I just know this final reveal is going to score an A+. In the meantime, I am so jealous of your dog bed (and the fact that your dog is using it) as you know mine won’t have anything to do with his new bed. Looks like I will be ordering one from the MT company.

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 8, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      The dog bed is actually our second from MT – it’s a winner! The bolstering makes all of the difference for Harrison; maybe it would for your pup, as well. Thank you again for all of the encouragement and daily therapy sessions. We are almost done!!!

  2. Monika on November 5, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    You can stop now! The puppy is all comfy and happy; your job is done.

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 8, 2015 at 11:43 PM

      Lol – it’s true! When the kids and pets are happy, it’s time to drop the mic. That’s usually my MO, though since I’m doing this for my husband, I suppose I should keep going…still so much to do, but I have to keep telling myself it’s worth it!

  3. rajnialexdesign on November 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Love the light fixture… and the puppy! Looking forward to the reveal 🙂

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 8, 2015 at 11:45 PM

      Aww, thanks! I am totally shameless in using animals and small children in my project photography…hopefully Harrison will again appear in the reveal post; he’s always such a scene-stealer. And so is the light fixture, by the way – I kind of want to move into the Manbrary and bask in its soft glow all day long. Thank you and hope to see you next week!

  4. kylad2013 on November 5, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    You can do it! And that light! WOW! Can’t wait to see what happens!

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 8, 2015 at 11:48 PM

      Thanks so much. I do need to hear that from time to time. I’m dealing in finishing touches right now – hanging artwork, styling bookshelves, etc. The last mile is the hardest, but it’s also the part that can really take it over the top…knowing that helps keep me going, too!

  5. meredithbdesign on November 6, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Yay, you picked the light I liked the best! I am fascinated by the process of restoring the plaster…a great example of new technology coming to the aid of these beautiful old details….I can’t wait to see it in all its glory! I am so looking forward to seeing the reveal, it feels like its going to be terrific- toasts WILL be made!

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 8, 2015 at 11:53 PM

      The light is perfect in every way – HIGHLY recommend UECo. The quality is out of this world (made in SC, by the way) – especially the finish. It is simply outstanding. Always good to feel that the money and time you’ve spent was totally worth it. Hopefully that will end up translating to the entire room in the end. I’ll be among the first in line to visit the reveal of your client’s transformed dining room on Thursday!!

  6. Brenda on November 7, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Looking forward to seeing it all come together. Also, thanks for the Pinterest link. I love masculine rooms so I’ll be stalking all of your pins.

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 8, 2015 at 11:55 PM

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you are enjoying Pinterest and the Manbrary Style board. It can be addictive, right? 🙂

  7. Jim on November 10, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    nice info mas , Afric

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