One Room Challenge Spring 2016: The kid’s bedroom

I am throwing my hat in the ring, ya’ll.

If you’re unfamiliar with the one room challenge, Linda from Calling it Home hosts the event twice a year where bloggers choose a room to refresh/remodel/design/etc and link their progress over 6 weeks.

It is back breaking, anxiety causing, hysteria awesomeness. The support that is given is truly amazing, like, my heart swells 3 times bigger.

This past fall, I did the challenge for the first time and chose my living room. I am so thrilled with how it turned out, and I know it wouldn’t have happened without the ORC. Casa blanca Clark + Kensington safavieh Casablanca rug

Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 – if you’re interested.

This time around, I am going to work on a bedroom upstairs for my 5 year old daughter. She doesn’t know it’s for her and thinks that momma is in one of her manias again.

The past several years, my daughter, Rylan, has lived in a prison like bedroom consisting of a tiny bed and chair. We couldn’t even keep her clothes in her room due to multiple outfit changes instead of sleeping. Since she’s at school full time now, and much more independent (read: willing to spend 5 minutes by herself without tears and accusations of abandonment), it seems like the time to give her a space for herself. Especially since she has been amazingly patient with the past 3 years of dust and renovations on the rest of the house.

Of course that sounds way too simple for a One Room Challenge….

BOOM. IMG_1140

Here it is after pulling down the drywall.

When I saw the pink walls peeking underneath, I was all: OMG SHOULD I JUST LEAVE IT AS IS?! IMG_1151 IMG_1150 IMG_1149 IMG_1148 IMG_1147 IMG_1146 IMG_1145 IMG_1144

Kidding. IMG_1141

It is probably hard to tell, but every wall (and the ceiling) are a different shade of pink.

The room is on the small side (all of them are in my house) but it gets a ton of light.

Here’s the plan:img-set


Feminine, but not cutesy, simple and comfortable. Pale pinks, creams, brass and a good measure of black. I figure, if she doesn’t like it then I will just move in there.

A couple months ago, I ordered Ellie Cashman design’s Dark Floral linen and had it made into roman shades – with blackout lining for those occasional naps (hallelujah!) img_3937

These were definitely a splurge for the room, but turns out they complete my soul. So it seems pretty worth it.

When I saw the hanging chair in House Updated’s ORC reveal, I had half a mind to call my mother and use expletives for OBVIOUSLY robbing my childhood of such a necessity. As soon as we get on one of those reality TV family therapy shows, I’m totally bringing it up.

That being said – I’ll only be able to use it in this room if the ceiling joists are in the right place since the room is very angular.

Clothes storage will be done in her closet with some sort of pax system, and probs won’t happen in the next couple of weeks. We’ll have to see where I am on the ‘verge of nervous breakdown’ scale.

For the ceiling light, I ordered Lucent Lightshop’s Cerro sputnik. I wanted to have it plated in copper, but my husband chose brass. After I picked my jaw off the floor since he voiced an opinion, I ordered it in the brass finish. Hanging the light fixture always seems the most pivotal to me – it means all the worst and dusty shit is over and the pretty starts.

Ugh – I wish I was to the point of hanging a light fixture. This weekend will be spent with trowel and plaster instead.

Best of luck to all the participants! I can’t wait to see.


10 thoughts on “One Room Challenge Spring 2016: The kid’s bedroom”

  1. Yay Madeline – I am SO excited to see this! I loved your living room from the last time around (and still do) and your vision for this new room is amazing. Um, those curtains are ridiculous. In the best way possible. Can’t wait to follow along for more!!

  2. Kindred spirits!!! I love that you’re not afraid of messy work! It’s going to be the prettiest room ever.
    They make hanging things for the swing chair, in case the beams don’t work. I think Pier One carries them.

    1. Getting dusty and messy seems to be necessary to my emotional well being ?
      I’m looking forward to seeing the tree house. I think that is so awesome.

  3. I absolutely love that you’re giving her such a mature space! All her little girl things will make the space more little girly for now but as she grows up you won’t have to redo her room again! Very smart! I can’t wait to receive more updates! Oh, and I feel for you with all those nail holes! Good grief!

    1. Thanks Katherine! I hope she likes it when I tell her that it’s hers. Otherwise she can stay in her stripped down prison room ?

  4. This is going to be amazing and I definitely want to know a LOT MORE about the dining room and the Down Pipe paint and the pink linen!! I can’t even begin to tell you how I bow down to you stripping off the drywall covering the plaster and restoring the original wall surface, TRULY! I am doing my second ORC as well and while I like the challenge, it is definitely stressful…can’t wait to see more of yours and I will definitely be following along, cheering you on!

    1. Thanks Meredith! I honestly do not know why the previous owners covered the walls in drywall, barring the horrific paint colors. I will post about the dining room as soon as the walls get their final (year in the making) coat of paint and the curtains are hung!
      I checked out your ORC room! Your afters are going to AHmazing! I love what paint can do for a room. Can’t wait to see the update later this week!

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