You guys! I’m so excited to be a guest participant (FINALLY!) in the Fall 2017 ORC. As you know from my previous post, I’ve been wanting to do this since Spring 2016 but have not had the time to dedicate to this 6 week challenge.
So for those of you who don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, every Spring and Fall Calling It Home features 20 design bloggers who accept the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday they document their changes and process while sharing inspiration, sources, obstacles and professional advice throughout the 6 weeks it takes to transform the space. There are then thousands of guest participants who join in on the fun as well by linking up their transformations and sharing them through social media on Thursdays. So you will want to be sure to check back in on the blog, my Instagram and Facebook for my weekly ORC updates!
Today I’m going to share with you what space I’ve decided to tackle, why I chose this room and some SUPER EMBARRASING (but totally real life) before photos.
For the Fall ORC I’ve decided it’s time to finish (but likely re-do) my master bedroom. 7.5 months ago my husband and I welcomed our little man, Sebastian, into our lives and our bedroom – like many other areas of our lives – has been put on the back burner. I’m embarrassed to say that it was only about a month and a half ago when we moved him into his own room that I cleaned up a lot of the stuff lying around from when he was born in February. Things like gas drops, moisturizers, newborn diapers, empty Kleenex boxes, nursing pads and paperwork from when he was born were still all over the dresser and night stands. Not to mention the abundance of baby blankets everywhere – a stack of clean ones and a pile of dirty ones. Yikes…
Sebastian (4 Months Old)
A couple of years ago I updated the wall colour and our hand-me-down furniture and bought a beautiful new bed, dresser and night stands and added custom drapery. I didn’t go any further in making any changes because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the room yet and I hadn’t fallen in love with something to inspire me to give it a good makeover. So I just resorted to collecting inspiration photos on Pinterest. Upon going back to review them I found a common theme occurring and realized I had been inspired by a fabric I sourced for a previous client once upon a time, but we scrapped it because in the end she didn’t love it. Listen, sometimes that happens. I’m not perfect. The good news is I LOVE it and will be using it as part of my makeover!
Okay, now for the really embarrassing part. Pleeeease don’t judge me. I really hope all of you can relate in some way because these photos are REAL. *takes a deep breath*
Okay, so let me explain a little bit about the picture above. First, the longest wall in our tiny bedroom is, of course, the window wall. Our closet is a joke when it comes to storage so I needed decent size night stands and the only way to achieve this was by putting the bed in front of the window. Not 100% ideal but I don’t hate it either. I love the drapery flanking the bed and how cozy it makes it feel. We have 1 dog but there are 2 dog beds on the floor. This is because 2 years ago we lost our Catahoula, Ben, and my husband and I were too heartbroken to move it. We’ve both agreed now that it can be moved down to our living room for our current dog to use. You will also note on the night stand that we have a picture of Ben with his ashes in a wood box and a stuffed monkey on top. We took him to the toy store before he passed and let him pick out his own toy. I promised him I would take good care of his beloved money, so there he rests with Ben.
In this picture you will see that there is still a humidifier on the right night stand (we had 2 going in our room when Sebastian was born because he was so congested) and you’re starting to see a bit of his bassinet that is STILL in the room. Also – please note the duvet and cover that DONT FIT THE BED. Pet peeve.
In this beautiful picture you will find my pregnancy pillow jammed in the corner between the night stand and dresser, a baby bassinet being used as a laundry basket full of clean clothes, a blanket on the floor for the nights I’m freezing and my husband is a furnace and a real laundry basket full of dirty clothes. Nice, eh? I hope this is the sign of two parents who don’t have time for anything other than spending it with their baby and each other if were not working and not a sign of a total slob.
Here is some inspiration I will share with you before I get into what I am going to change in the space and what I am not going to change. I’ll save that for Week 2.
(If anyone knows the original designer of this space I would love to credit properly!)
I think this one serves as my top inspiration picture. I’ve always loved coloured furniture and this makes my heart skip a beat.
This palette is fantastic. I’m constantly drawn back to this photo by Kate Marker again and again. The softness of it, the beautiful blue/grey colour scheme with a hint of periwinkle. I want to go lie on that bed and take a nap.
If you click the link under the photo you can view more of this room. Everything about it is lovely. Just a simple yet elegant space. Are you noticing the trend yet?
This is a little more beach house but I still love the palette and the calming feeling the space creates.
Okay that’s it for now! You will just have to check in next week to find out more! In the meantime, be sure to follow along with the featured designers here and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for continued updates!