I am thrilled to be participating in this year's One Room Challenge! I loved seeing all the amazing transformations by last year's participants and am delighted to join such a talented group of bloggers and designers for this year's challenge.
I'm going to be decorating my 3-year old little boy's bedroom. I had been deciding whether or not to put my 18-month old little girl in his room, too, but after weighing their personalities, habits, etc, I decided to keep them separate for now. I think they will want to be together when they are a little older, but for now, separate is working for us, so I am leaving it that way.
To be perfectly candid, I am embarrassed to show you the "before" pictures! Judge away! This room really hasn't been touched. I moved my little guy in here when baby girl was on the way, and I never decorated it. I wanted to wait and do it right rather than haphazardly spend money and throw some pieces in here that would be "okay" but not great. So it really has been an eyesore (although he loves it, which is all that *really* matters) for the past 18 months, and I am so excited to get started on it.
The only thing I did do was have a seagrass rug from The Perfect Rug made to cover the floor. My two cents on that- if you can save up for a bit and are planning to stay in your home for a while, splurge on a custom sized rug that really fits your room. I cannot tell you how much money I have wasted on too-small rugs over the years. I ordered it about a year ago, and since then, our feet have adjusted to the not-so-soft seagrass. It always looks clean (even when I'm sure it isn't). I love the texture that it adds and would do it again in a heartbeat. Other than that, I've been waiting to start on the room until I had a good plan together (or a good excuse to get motivated, like the ORC!)
Furniture wise, I have my mom's childhood bedroom suite. Its clean midcentury lines are perfect for a boy's room. The set includes two twin beds, a dresser, and a nightstand. I haven't decided which pieces of it I will use in the new room, but I do think the dresser is a keeper since it offers such good storage. I will probably do something different with the headboards.
In terms of color scheme, I am going with red, turquoise, and natural linen. To get started, I first did a layout of the room. I then put together a quick board with some inspiration pieces (no, I probably won't actually be using Chris Spitzmiller lamps, as much as I would love to).
I can't wait to get started! Although, let me tell you about my dream/ nightmare last night. Maybe you've had a similar dream. You know, the one where you show up to take a final exam in college and realize that you've forgotten to attend that class all semester? That is a recurring nightmare for me. And it seems to happen when I am under pressure. But surely that isn't related to decorating a room from top to bottom in 6 weeks:)
Be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge participants! We will be updating our blogs with our progress every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks!