It's April, which means it's time for another round of the One Room Challenge! I'm thrilled to be a guest participant again, and beyond excited to kick this process off!
For those of you who don't know, The One Room Challenge is a biannual event taking place every April and October. Designers and bloggers pick one room to transform in just six short weeks. Each participant blogs about the progress weekly and we all get to follow along watching the transformations take shape. Make sure to also check out all of the other participants here.
Confession time. When we moved into our home, I made a classic "mom" mistake. I prioritized everyone else's space but my own. I spent countless hours on the kid's rooms and the living spaces and I completely neglected my own bedroom! We've lived here for a little over 2 years now, and while the majority of our house has been overhauled, my bedroom remains largely unchanged.
In truth, I never intended to wait so long, but in the time since we moved I started my own business and then had a baby. The bedroom just kept becoming less and less of a priority. The irony is, I almost always tell clients to prioritize their own master bedrooms. It's time for me to finally practice what I preach!
The bedroom itself has good bones, but it is in major need of some TLC. We basically transported all of our furnishings from our New York City apartment into our Connecticut home and the whole thing feels off in both form and function. The space is quite large; 29' across in the widest spot, and it spans the length of our house. As a positive we have amazing natural light with both northern and southern exposures. As a negative, we also have an entire empty alcove without a single piece of furniture in it. It briefly served as a place for my son's basinet and changing table while he roomed in with us as a newborn, but now it's only purpose seems to be as a dance studio for my daughter to show me "her moves". (Side note, if you've ever wondered how many times a three and a half year old can twirl, it's a trick question. You will inevitably get dizzy from watching and have to stop counting long before they even break a sweat.)
So now comes the fun part; turning this blah bedroom into a stylish retreat! When we first decided we would be tackling the master for this round of the ORC, I showed my husband some fabrics and asked him if he wanted to be involved in any of the decision making since it is after all his bedroom as well. His response was "Just do what makes you happy, I totally trust you". Good man!
With that in mind, I've put together all of the elements that make me happy. We'll have color (of course!) with blues and ivory and small touches of hyacinth, periwinkle and violet. We'll have texture with grasscloth walls and tons of plush pillows. And we'll have lots of fun prints ranging from botanicals to ikats to block prints.
In order to make the space function better, we're also investing in a small construction project in the alcove. And on top of all of that, we will definitely have a few surprises and unexpected elements mixed in! (Hint, hint... say good-bye to our white ceiling!)
I don't want to give too much away up front, so for now I'll just leave you with my design board.
Make sure to check back next week to see all of the progress!