We've been living here at Hydeaway Cottage for the last 8 months. And it is still largely un-decorated. As an interior designer, you'd think I wouldn't let this "sort of thing" happen. But it is very much like the case of the cobbler whose children have no shoes. I simply haven't had the time to do much. At least that's what I've been telling myself. But as I thought about it, I decided it wasn't so much time I didn't have as it was motivation.
So this year, I decided that I would do something that I've been wanting to do for the past couple of years and have been a little intimidated to take on. "And what is this intimidating thing?" you ask.
The ONE ROOM CHALLENGE (insert ominous music)
hosted by Linda of Calling It Home.
It's not that designing a room is scary...it's the idea of giving myself a timeline that scares me. Ha ha! But at the same time, I'm hoping that by making myself accountable in some way, I'll actually get a room in my house completely finished.
So the room I have chosen to tackle for this challenge is the bedroom of my 12-year-old daughter. (Okay, she's not technically a teen...but she really is - if you know what I mean.)
Designing kids' rooms is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I feel like there are fewer limitations placed on kid spaces. Whimsy is an expectation.
I want the rooms I design to be a true reflection of their inhabitants and so this bedroom design is going to be very much a collaborative effort.
Here is a little snippet of my daughter's room in our previous house.
You can read all about this room here.
I LOVED this room. And so did she. But we're going for an entirely different feel this time around.
I posted a bit about it here.
My daughter LOVES aqua, mint, turquoise...really any color in that blue-green family. So that is going to be the basis of the room. I talked her into grounding it with a little bit of navy blue. And then we're going to add a bunch of other color with art and accessories.
Read more after the break...
My biggest challenge is (what else) budget! I don't have much of one. That means we're going to have to use furniture we have. Luckily, I have a pretty good base to start from. But we'll be painting and even fixing up some older pieces. It'll definitely be work. But she's up for being my assistant, and I know we can get this done.
I'd love it if you all follow along!
And if you're new here, I want to offer a shameless plug for my recently released interior design book, Decorating for Real Life. (It even features two rooms designed by one of this years participants in the One Room Challenge, Autumn of Design Dump)
The link to my book on Amazon is an affiliate link.
Have a great day!