One Room Challenge: Week 1

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I am SUPER excited and a tad behind already for my second One Room Challenge. This is a semi-annual event where 20 design oriented bloggers transform a room of their own, from start to finish. For the next six Wednesday’s we will be giving you updates on our room progress.

  See my first one HERE. It is a great opportunity and motivation to GSD (as stated by Meg Biram).  As a designer, my home is always akin to the cobblers children.  I do things for me last and am burned out by the time I need to finish my own home. I also can make 100’s of decisions a day for clients without hesitation but, for myself it is harder, which is very unlike me. 

This challenge I will be tackling my son’s bedroom.  It is small and boring room with a few basics I plan on keeping but nothing special or remarkable. It needs SERIOUS help.  The main things to note is that Bo is 11 and growing like a weed. He seems to wake up measurably bigger each morning. The bunk beds are ready to move along to another home and be needs a big boy bed. I still want his room to be handsome and chic but, comfort is key.  If it were up to Bo, it would be a 60″ flatscreen and a recliner sofa.  Needless to say, it is not up to Bo.  I am setting out on making him a proper bedroom that will last until he goes off to college (tears…) while reflecting his interests and maintaining masculinity. 

Bo loves music and rock and roll, marine life, animals.  I have some tricks up my sleeve and am ready to roll ladies.


These images are RAW. Yep, my house has piles of book, messy desks, closets to be cleaned and toys that need to be removed. 













Items to keep:

Ralph Lauren Lighthouse Stripe curtains ( i did these a year or so ago but lost steam)

Antique painted chest

Bamboo bookcase

Now that I have literally aired my dirty laundry, I plan on sharing my the BIG PLAN next week. I cannot wait to rid this room of all the JUNK!!!!!

 Let the games begin.  

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Please be sure to see the other challengers this week and every week for their progress. I am honored and humbled to be among these INSANELY TALENTED DESIGNERS! 

        Abby M. Interiors 

Because it’s Awesome 

Bijou & Boheme 

Calling It Home 

Chez V 

Chinoiserie Chic 

Copy Cat Chic 

The Decorista 

Design Crisis 

Design Indulgence 

Design Manifest 

The English Room

The Glam Pad 

Little Black Door 

Mimosa Lane 

My Notting Hill 

The Pink Pagoda 

Simple Details 

My Sweet Savannah 

Verandah House 

This time,  you can play along with us. Starting tomorrow, you can link up your space and finish it over the next six weeks.

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  • April 2, 2014

    Boys! This looks pretty clean in comparison. Love that bamboo shelf and the antique chest. Can’t wait to see what you do. Best of luck. xo Nancy

  • April 2, 2014

    Boys rooms can be so hard. I bet you have an awesome plan up your sleeve.

  • April 2, 2014

    With pieces like that to start with, this is going to be one fabulous room!!!! The drapes are incredible!

  • April 2, 2014

    Love the core pieces and I know it will be amazing when its done!! Those curtains are AMAZING!!

  • April 2, 2014

    It will be so great, those Drapes and the bamboo-I love! Cant wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

  • April 2, 2014

    This is going to be amazing!! Love that bamboo shelf! I am going to be taking notes the entire 6-week process. I’ve got a 12 yr old boy who loves music, his guitar and animals… He pulled the short straw, so his sister is getting the makeover starting tmrw w/the link up. I’m sure I’ll be stealing plenty of ideas once his turn comes arnd. Good luck!

  • April 2, 2014

    Looks neater than my boys’ rooms! I am excited to see this room come along. I am thinking of redoing my younger son’s room so I am always looking for great inspiration!

  • April 2, 2014

    You already have such amazing pieces in there, I can’t wait to see what you do!

  • April 2, 2014

    This room is adorable already! You have a good foundation. I bet Bo knows he’s a lucky kid 😉

  • April 2, 2014

    Holly, you two are going to have so much fun! I did my son’s room awhile back and it was a blast collaborating! He got over no TV and recliner, too! 🙂 I really love it now, and am anxious to see the new vibe!

  • April 2, 2014

    Damn the room already looks great. I love the curtains. Cannot wait to see your design!

  • April 2, 2014

    Doesn’t need much to be a TOTAL delight! Looking forward to it!

  • April 2, 2014

    You are starting out with some amazing pieces! And the curtains are fabulous!! This room is going to look fantastic, I cannot wait to follow along!


  • April 2, 2014

    It looks so cute already! I can see you have great taste and I look forward to following along during the next 6 weeks. The pieces you are starting out with are really cool it can only get so much better.

  • April 2, 2014

    Love this curtains and the other things you’re planning to save. You son’s room is neater than mine!

  • April 2, 2014

    What a lucky guy! He is going to love his new room!

  • April 2, 2014

    well the before is so cute, I know the after is going to be stellar. So excited to see the result & thrilled to be in ORC with you. This is going to be fun.


  • April 2, 2014

    I can’t wait to see your plans! The room already has some great pieces to work with! And this gives me hope that all style is not lost as my boys get older…mine better let me decorate their room like yours have!

  • April 2, 2014

    Not sure what happened to my comment? I love boy’s rooms and I can’t wait to see this so I will have lots of ideas for my son’s room.

  • April 2, 2014

    I have an 11-year-old son, too, so I’m very interested to see what you do here. 🙂 I love the striped curtains and that bamboo shelf–so glad they are staying!!

  • April 2, 2014

    That bookcase is SO gorge. I’m a big fan of the desk too! I’ll take it if you don’t use it in here 😉 It will be fun to see how you update the space!

  • April 2, 2014

    Love the stripe curtains and all of the goodies that are going to stay, can’t wait to see where this is headed. What fun to create a room that takes a boy from preteen to college!

  • April 2, 2014

    In my opinion…you do not have far to go girl! Those stripe curtains are the bomb….love a good stripe. And of course if I remember correctly you strolled into the ORC last time and nailed it!!!

  • April 2, 2014

    Well sheesh. These are great pieces to start with and those striped curtains are everything. Now I want striped curtains.

  • April 2, 2014

    errrrr….if you’re not keeping the desk, can i have it?? 🙂 looking forward to seeing this space transform. i always imagine that kids rooms are hard. the curtains are a great starting point!

  • April 3, 2014

    This is going to be fun to watch! My daughter also has guitars to deal with. Hers are usually laying on the floor directly where I need to walk. You already have so many amazing elements in which to work — this will be incredible.

  • April 3, 2014

    Oh my gosh! You are so funny! You think yours are raw, you should see my front porch! Can’t wait to see your sons room, it’s s future project of mine, so I’ll be following! 🙂

  • April 4, 2014

    I CANNOT wait to see what you do with your sons room. I have two boys and the first room was easy, I’m stumped on room #2! Looking forward to following & I think I saw your name for the Southern C Summit as well! Best of luck!

  • August 23, 2015

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