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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

One Room Challenge: Week 1!

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!


22 comments:

Lisa Mende Design said...

Can't wait to follow along. I had fun participating last year! Enjoy! It's a great group of bloggers!

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

I'm always up for a good nursery to toddler room transformation! Love your picks! And love that you're thinking about having your boy/girl kids share a room. I've been bouncing that idea around as well!

Kim said...

Isn't it funny ... I think we are all HORRIFIED to show what our life is really like. I really laid it out there today!! The Mid-century furniture is going to be fantastic!! xo

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I love the mid-century pieces and your before is not all that horrifying. Looks like you are off to a great start!

Melissa said...

I can't wait to see how it all turns out-- I think a deadline like that (and the public accountability!!) is such a good thing! Love the color choices (and the zebra!)

pam {simple details} said...

What a fun space to makeover for your little guy, love the pieces you're starting with and fun color scheme!

The Pink Pagoda said...

That furniture you have is incredible. I LOVE kids rooms and can't wait to see the transformation -- I know it'll be fantastic!

Nancy said...

Love the plan and that in 6 weeks you'll have a magnificent room--pretty much guaranteed! Love the seagrass, and good to know about the feet adapting- this is a big concern in my house, but I want it so bad.
Best of luck and have fun!
xo Nancy
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Nancy said...

This is going to be so great and the wonderful part is that it will be all done in 6 weeks, pretty much guaranteed! Love all your plans and the MCM furniture.
Best of luck and have fun!
xo Nancy
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My Crafty Home Life said...

Don't stress, your fantastic and your space will be too. I love kid's rooms...girls, boys, both...it's really fun to watch. Your inspiration colors are perfect and I love your advice about rugs.

Nicole Scott said...

Love your plans for his room. And your moms pieces WILL be so great in there - I agree! don't stress!

René said...

Loving the colors you plan to use! That dresser is perfect!

Karen S said...

Well I love that custom rug...fantastic idea! Your colors are great...love this ORC so I'm really looking forward to seeing your transformation!

thompson said...

love this challenge and can't wait to see the photos along the way!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

This will be so charming!!! We love seagrass in our family, too...funny, I don't have any right now. But I have been wanting one in our living room...which is more or less square...so thanks for the encouragement to go with a custom made one.

LindsB said...

I totally have had dreams like that! Worst dreams to wake up to too- I get freaked and then realize it was just a dream.
Anyway, this will be much better than those dreams. You have amazing bones to start with and your little one is going to have the most amazing bedroom when you are finished!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Nothing like thousands of people looking in to get you motivated, right? My daughter's rooms have the same story - thankfully decorating isn't a priority for them!

I agree, those mid-century pieces will be perfect in your son's room!

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Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I have that dream all the time too. Love your plan and I can't wait to see it come together!

Chateau À Gogo said...

It's going to be great. Can't wait to see the end result. - Brandy

SHERRY HART said...

OH gosh....I have had that dream or some version of it when I get anxious about something!!! The good thing about the ORC....is that if you don't finish on time nobody is going to punish you:) I was a little late last year and just kept going!

Mallory | Confetti and Stripes said...

Your color scheme is so fun! Cant wait to see it all come together!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I love red with turquoise. This should be great!

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