Hello friends and welcome to the Spring Edition of the One Room Challenge. For those of you not in the know, the ORC is a biannual blogging event where designers and decorating obsessed folks sign up to redo a room and document the process on their blogs. Oh, and we only have six weeks to do it. It really helps those of us that like to drag their feet on the decorating front... Plus it is so much fun to check out what other people are up to. On Wednesdays, the twenty featured designers show their stuff, and on Thursday the guest participants (that's me and about 200+ more people) will share their progress. For the next six weeks the internet has some great decorating inspiration to pull from. This will be my second time doing the ORC. During the last round (Fall 2017) I redid my home office. You can check out the reveal HERE if you'd like to see it.
Honestly, I wasn't going to participate this time around because I'm not really in a position to totally redo a room. First we live in a rental so any kind of remodeling is out of the question. Second, most of our rooms are to the point where anything I do wouldn’t provide enough impact for the challenge. The third and most important reason was BUDGET. Meaning I didn't really have one, and not in the good "buy whatever I want" kind of not having a budget. The other, less fun kind. But, when I received an email from Linda at Calling It Home announcing the Spring round was only two weeks away, I was faced with serious FOMO. But I knew it couldn't happen. Then, moments before I drifted off to sleep, it hit me...there is one room in our house that I’ve been complaining about for weeks that needs an overhaul. Our almost eight year old sons room.
I’ve wanted to update his room for a while now, but it hasn’t really been in the budget. Plus I didn’t have that inspiration I usually get before tackling a room. I started looking at Pinterest but...ew. I’ll be honest here folks. I am *incredibly* opinionated when it comes to design. Especially in kids rooms. This is a controversial statement, but I hate themes. I just can't. There are also a lot of elements that I seem to see in every.single.kid room too, that I am wildly over. That’s part of being a designer; trends wear out their welcome real fast with me. So I couldn’t really turn to Pinterest for any inspiration. I looked at the board I made for his room the last time I was going to redo it and was ashamed to realize the last time I put any thought into his room was right after he moved out of his crib. That was four years and a different house ago. So it’s high time he gets a new room.
And now, the thing I hate about the ORC...posting awful BEFORE pictures of this messy room (side note: this was after he and I spent an entire day of Spring Break cleaning it out) But hey, real life is messy, right?
Challenges: We have a few. Both for him and the room. We need storage. It’s small. It’s shaped weird. The carpet is horrid, but it has to stay. His challenges are that he has too many toys and he has a difficult time with clean up due to focus issues that I can promise you are beyond what you’d find in any other kid. Let’s just say telling him to go clean his room is incredibly unfair to him and leave it at that. So first and foremost, a better storage system and less toys are the main concern. The dresser was his changing table when he was born, and I’d like to get him something newer. The white cube is an Ikea shelf, and I’m trying to be a grownup and phase out the Ikea stuff from our house. Plus he has a ton of books and needs more room. The comforter on his bed was my husbands that he had twenty years ago and honestly I want to burn the damn thing because of the stories it could tell. I made the headboard thinking it would be cute, but then we realized he had allergies and an upholstered headboard is not ideal. Honestly I think the only thing that works are the curtains, although I want to get him new ones.
Here are the inspiration fabrics for this room:
And now for the fun part, the design plan! Below is the first draft of the room design. There are a few things on this board that may not happen, but this is the overall idea of what we are going for.
Everyone in our house is a big fan of blue and my son actually requested blue and black for his color scheme. That bolster pillow was the entire jumping off point for the scheme. For now, I have lots of work to do and toys to get rid of, so check back next week to see where I am with the progress!