Guess who's back, back again.
It's been a(n embarrassingly long) while since I've been on here blogging. I had a super busy summer filled with chasing a toddler up and down the beach, preparing my business for a brief hiatus, and most importantly having a new baby! It's been a total whirlwind, but now that it's fall I'm starting to slowly but surely get back to business.
October for some people means the kick-off of sweater season and pumpkin spice everything. For me, it also means it's time for another round of the One Room Challenge!
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. I've had so much fun participating the past two rounds, and I'm thrilled to be back as a guest participant. You can catch up on my past ORC projects here and here. Make sure to also check out all of the other participants here.
While the timing of this challenge is still a little crazy for me (typing with an 8 week old in your arms is a bit of a juggling act), I'm grateful that it gives me some motivation and forces me to get my creativity going again. I'm also super excited about the project itself. The client I'm working with this round wants the room to be fun, filled with color, and is totally on board to follow my lead. Even better, the "client" is one of my favorite people in the entire world; my 6 year old niece!
We'll be redesigning her bedroom, and really starting from the ground up. My sister and brother in law want to give her a special place to call her own and they brought me in to help make it a reality. They moved from Boston back to Connecticut a few years ago, and between demanding jobs, kids schedules, and other home projects, my niece's bedroom has been put on the back burner until now. Lucky for them, this sort of project is totally in my wheel house so I'm thrilled to be helping. Lucky for me, this gig comes with free babysitting while I work. I'd call that a win win!
I wanted my niece to feel just as special as any other client, so a few weeks ago, my sister and I sat down with her to discuss her wishlist for the space. She immediately had a theme that she wanted for the space. She proudly announced that she wanted the room to have a "Rainbow/Peace" theme and suddenly I think some of the enthusiasm drained from my sister's face. Fearful that her daughter would have a bad acid trip for a bedroom she starred at me blankly sending me a telepathic sister SOS. I smiled and told my niece we were all in with her idea and it would be great. Later, I texted my sister and assured her that we could make it work in a way that wouldn't be cheesy, gimmecky, or downright scary.
I love designing rooms for children, but it is always a balancing act. The goal is to make sure the space is fun enough that the kid LOVES it at her current age, but flexible enough that it can be tweaked to grow with the child. My plan is to create a foundation that is more transitional, and then add in lots of colorful accents to keep it looking fun! I'll be working with globally inspired pieces to bring in interesting color and texture. This will help to provide the rainbow effect in a way that is more eclectic cool, and less leprechaun with a pot of gold.
I definitely don't want to give too much away just yet, so for now, I'll just share the mood board for the space. Fair warning, if you're color averse then this isn't the space for you. But if you love your pantones as much as I do, then follow along from week to week, because it's going to be a wild ride!