It's week two of the One Room Challenge, and while we're still a long way from done, we've been able to get a few important things taken care of already.
If you're just tuning in, my goal is to design and install a bedroom for my 6 year old niece. She asked for a "rainbow/peace" bedroom and I'm trying to give her exactly what she wants now, while also making it a space that she can grow into. You can see all of the details from week one here.
Even though I'm on board with the concept, I'm definitely not about to paint a big old rainbow on her wall. To kick-off this project I needed to find another way to convey the rainbow theme in a fun and stylish way. I figured a rug would be the perfect soft element to get a lot of color into the space, so my hunt started there. I searched high and low and I finally found the perfect Dash & Albert rug from Annie Selke. It's colorful, it's bold and it incorporates the entire ROYGBIV spectrum into the space. The team at Annie Selke was generous enough to provide the rug for us, and I can't thank them enough! It works as a beautiful road map for the room to help tie the total vision together. I also love that the rug has a global feel which really fits the vibe I was going for. Best of all, it's an indoor/outdoor rug so it can endure a high traffic area like a child's bedroom. If you have kids you know that despite their best efforts, they are just plain messy. Having something that can be easily cleaned is really a must for any child's space.
With our roadmap in place, the next step was to start tackling the walls. The biggest obstacle was to remove the dated, dingy, ugly wallpaper that had been plaguing the room. Unfortunately this process ended up being a little more complicated than originally thought. The day the contractor was at my sister's house to remove the paper, I was texting back and forth with her anxiously awaiting photo updates, and going over other details for the room. All of a sudden I received a matter of fact text from her "There's been a minor explosion." I clearly wasn't expecting that, and wrote back immediately "What the %$#* !?! Is everything and everyone OK?!?!" Apparently some of the stripping solution dripped down into a live outlet and KAPOW, sparks went flying looney tunes style. After a lot of drama and some surprise electrical work, things are now back on track. I'm happy to report that everyone is OK and that the ugly old wallpaper is now completely gone. Bye Felicia!