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The Collected Look via the One Room Challenge

People often ask what is a Collected Look? To me, simply put,  a collected look has items that are gathered and found that work together to form a cohesive mix without getting matchy matchy. One of my most read posts is The Collected Look and How to Get it  You might want to visit it for a more in-depth description.  Last weekend I finally had time to take a peek at the fabulous One Room Challenge.  As always there was plenty of inspiration.  What caught my attention was how so many of the spaces embraced the collected style. Let’s take a look at The Collected Look via the One Room Challenge.

If you have always wanted your own office space but think you don’t have space, check out this brilliant built-in office nook by Homemade by Carmona. I love the moody blue and the character gained by the vintage accessories.

office closet makeover

Note the clever pencil holder, a repurposed vintage candle mold.

House of Funk pulled off the collected look in this witty kids room makeover.  Love the collected gallery wall and the bed nook.

bedroom by house of funk

Dorsey Designs achieved a modern clean collective look in this basement makeover. I love the mainly black and white scheme accented by the addition of texture in the swing and baskets.  The texture takes the edge off the black and white.

basement makeover one room challenge

The brilliant wood wall (created by plyboard) covers a utility closet and can be removed for access. The coffee table was constructed of repurposed materials. Aren’t these guys inventive?

basement makeover by Dorsey Designs for the One Room Challenge

This charming white kitchen by House of Jade is both fresh and collected. The art on the wall and the textural stools adds personality and warmth.

blue and white kitchen house of jace

This witty nursery by Vintage Revivals has the ability to grow with the child. What little girl wouldn’t love this space?

bohemian nursery by vintage revivals

Check out the before of this kitchen by Murphy Design and you will find that adding a gorgeous range, a reclaimed wood ceiling and some vintage accessories really stepped up this kitchen’s game.

kitchen remodel murphy design

And last but not least, our friend Sherry Hart once again refreshed several spaces in her sister’s house.  She added thrift store finds and repurposed her sisters own furniture and accessories to create this light filled collected living room.

sherry hart neutral living room

neutral living room by Sherry Hart

Since you could view the office and the dining room from the living room Sherry redid both of those spaces as well. The pretty vintage etagere was a thrift store find.

sherry hart office

Love the dark walls with the pops of white.

moody office space

the dining room, she added pretty wallpaper, recovered the dining chairs and added a new light fixture and a vintage thrift store bar to

neutral dining room

Sherry is a master at creating stunning vignettes.  Here home goods blue and white resting on a thrift store find. Brilliant!

dining room vignette


For more about this years, one room challenge participants go here.  They all were equally fabulous.  If you enjoyed seeing the Collected Look via the One Room Challenge with the participants I highlighted here click on the links below for more.

Dorsey Designs | | Home Made by Carmona  House of Funk | House of Jade Interiors |  | Murphy Design | Sherry Hart Designs |

If you are a fan of the collected look follow Mary Ann, Annie and I on Instagram #thecollectedlook.  We are featuring one of our favorites every Friday.


Reader Interactions


  1. Sharon says

    Thanks Cindy! I haven’t had a chance to check the one room challenges except for Sherry’s because hers are always fabulous! I’m now inspired to check all of the rooms!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      I thought there were some very good ones this year too Karen! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. debra @ FIFTH AND STATE says

    ISN’T SHERRY’S, AGAIN, THE BOMB?! That gal has so much talent.

    So appreciate the run-thru Cindy, have been too busy to catch up on blogs lately. As usual, great ideas here

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