It's that time of year, and if you have a freshman heading off for college, you may be scrambling. I was last year, and this year I still have things to do before we're ready for move-in day. But, this year, the difference is that my daughter will be a sophomore and knows exactly what she needs.
Welcome to Week Two of the One Room Challenge. If you missed Week One, you can go here to catch up. I'm so appreciative that Linda's included me in ORC. She created and organized it, and I'm thrilled to be along for the ride. A group of us are redoing one room each in six weeks and posting our progress every Wednesday. The photo below is my 15-year-old daughter's room, and it's what we're (she and I are a team on this one) working on transforming.
So much to do and so little time! I'm trying to do the most time sensitive things first. We thought an abstract over the bed would be perfect. I called my friend, the very lovely and talented artist Kerry Steele, to ask if she'd be interested. Thank goodness she is! Kerry thought it would be fun to work with my daughter and let her commission the painting. Kerry asked her to create a Pinterest board of abstract art, and to look through her portfolio to see if there was a painting she particularly likes. My daughter fell in love with Kerry's painting below and asked her to create something similar with the colors she'll be using in her room. Kerry and my daughter also talked on the phone about the project. This is such an exciting experience for my daughter, as you can imagine!
Here are some of the words my daughter has used to describe the look she wants: undecorated (meaning uncoordinated), vintage-ish, boho and preppy. To address the vintage-ish aspect, I thought of an afghan for the foot of the bed. I found an Etsy seller who was happy to do a custom afghan for us, and my daughter was thrilled with the idea.
We chose some yarn at JoAnn, and some online.
We arranged the colors in the order in which we wanted them placed on the afghan, and I emailed a photo to the extremely nice and wonderful to work with Chuckie.
And, now on to fabric. I have a bolt of solid pink that I'd intended to use for a project and didn't. My daughter loves it, and wanted to use it in her room. My extra-speedy and very much appreciated seamstress has already finished the bed skirt. It's the solid below.
Since I was using a fabric I already had, I had to be able to match it for pillows. I decided to look around on Spoonflower and found the trellis above which my daughter loves. Only it wasn't offered in the color we needed. Amy, of sparrowsong, custom colored it for me. She offered to change the scale, too, but we like it as is.
Did you notice the pendant shades in the photo of my daughter's room? I had the idea to cover them in a large scale navy and white chrysanthemum fabric. Instead of surfing the entire internet hoping to find what I needed at a price commensurate with applying to IKEA shades, I asked Amy if she'd be willing to design something for me. Above is what she came up with, and we LOVE it!
So, custom painting, custom afghan and custom fabrics. That kept me pretty busy this week. Come back next week and see what's happening. We have lots more to address in this room. Now go check out what these other busy ladies have been doing!
Go here to get to Week Three.
The Vault Files
Also, be sure to see all the transformations going on with the One Room Challenge Linking Party tomorrow at Calling It Home.
The amazing blogs listed above are all participating in the One Room Challenge. Linda, of Calling It Home, created and organized the challenge, and I so much appreciate being included. The objective is to finish one room in 6 weeks. If you're new to The Pink Pagoda, thank you very much for visiting today. I'm happy you're here!
The room I'll be doing is my 15-year-old daughter's bedroom. We're working as a team on the room. She's making most of the design decisions and I'm implementing. The last time her room was redone (not too long ago, unfortunately) she didn't love it. She helped make the choices then, too. This time, we're making sure that everything will work for a very long time!
As you can see, we never got to the styling stage. She just wasn't excited, which was not a good sign.
We didn't even do a window treatment. She was obviously not liking this direction, and I didn't want to invest more time or money into something that wasn't working.
She asked for all of the art to be musical theater related which is
her extra-curricular pastime. Now, she wants more of a mix.
These blackout roller shades are not very decorative.
Notice all the right angles? Everything is just much too rigid.
I don't blame my daughter for not loving her room. It's kind of cold, bare and rigid. I asked her to go to my Bedroom Pinterest Board and see if she could find some bedrooms she loves. The four images below are what she came up with.
Emily Henderson via Apartment Therapy
MFAMB via Mimosa Lane
So, this last one is interesting as it's a former bedroom of Naomi Stein from Design Manifest. Naomi is a ORC participant. Maybe she can tell me what I should call this look as I am not hip enough to know.
Next week I hope to have lots of progress to share. Getting rid of those stripes is first on our list! Thoughts? Advice? Suggestions?
To go to Week Two go here.
Now, please go see what these amazingly talented ladies are doing in their rooms: