One Room Challenge | Week 2

Ladies and the one gentleman who reads this blog, it’s week two here for the guest participants of the One Room Challenge (you can see the space in week one here).  Fellow brave souls and I are each transforming one space in six weeks, finishing on May 11 and 12.  That’s no big deal if you are buying a bed-in-a-bag and a new Kleenex-box cover.  But many people are doing major construction.  I’d say mine is more on the light end of things–let me show

This is a rough estimation of how the space will look.  Classic Burgundy by Benjamin Moore will cover the walls and trim.  Kelly Wearstler’s Channels stands in for a black and white ceiling treatment I’m already regretting.  Because neck and arm.  Chris will build an L-shaped window seat–almost 15 feet of seating–that connects to a new TV cabinet he is building as well.  Chris is also making an ottoman to be covered in Aimee by Clarence House, but the fabric is on backorder until the end of the month so we’ll see if it makes it in time for upholstery.

Besides the ceiling treatment, I’m hoping to make a painting to go above the built-in seat beside the TV cabinet.  I also plan to paint this Target table in a black and white stripe:target

I am going to paint the walls but hire out the trim (I’m no dummy).

Things that are ordered and checked off the list:
blinds Woven wood shades by should arrive the end of April.  I went with the top sample in the color Inlet Hammock.  They will send you up to 10 samples for free!  I like that it has white and a natural wood color to pick up the wood floors–and, texture!

A scratchy seagrass and flatweave rug have covered the playroom floor since we moved in–poor kids just wanna roll around on the floor!  So, I’ve ordered a fluffy white shag rug for the kids’ rolling delight.
carpetBecause putting a white rug in a playroom isn’t daring enough, I’ve also ordered a white sofa for the space.  Really, I’m more worried about the cats throwing up on all the white than the kids messing it up.  We’ll see.  The sofa is the Piazza from CB2.  It is extra deep, like a twin bed, and will offer more sleeping space for sleepovers in addition to the sleeping alcove down the hall.Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 6.44.54 AMA new table for the kids arrived from West Elm–the Parsons table in black.  The red cantilever chairs in the design board are similar to ones we already have.

Most of the pillow order has been placed–Sudi of Designs by Sudi is making all the pillows for the space in blue velvet, white linen, yellow velvet, and a black and white splatter fabric I made in the studio with 2 yards of cotton canvas, diluted latex paint, and a salad oil dispenser.splatterThe only things left to order is the lighting–overhead and the eyeball sconce for the window seat.

Now that the kids are older–12, 10, and 8–I wanted the room to be able to grow with them.  My oldest will be in high school (!) in the fall so the room couldn’t feel too childish, but I still want the room to be fun.  The bones of the room will be easy to coordinate with more mature design as the years pass–yes, even those red walls, I think!  My design thought process on the space was to color block as much as possible and leave the pattern to one main upholstery statement piece, the ottoman, and let the rest of the pattern come from the gallery wall full of art.  The monochromatic look of the red chairs against the red wall was another conscious decision about minimizing contrast in parts of the room.

Next week will be all about painting–the walls, the furniture, the art.  Seeing the room all red will make me feel like we are making progress!

All this work on the new playroom has me nostalgic for the playroom in the last house.  It was such a fun little space we carved out of a low-ceiling, drab, ranch house basement–complete with little mid-century modern playhouses!

That’s it for this week!  Thank you again to Linda of Calling it Home for hosting!


  1. All of the painting and hard work will be soo worth it! But, I will say that my back and neck ache for you. I love all that you do so I have no doubt this will be another loved space.

  2. Katie says:

    I am in love with your fearless designs. I’ve only started following you since you’ve been updating this new house and every decision has blown me away.
    I am not a fan of red in interiors but that sleeping alcove makes me so excited for your final reveal.

    • Ha, thank you! Maybe I’ll make you a red believer…not lover exactly, but believer. 😉 I’m excited to start the painting next week.

  3. There is some good, good stuff in that room you’re doing. No surprise as everything you do is fabulous! Can you send your kids to my house to teach children how to keep rooms looking nice?

    • Thank you! I hope it comes together well…saying mah prayers! And the kids…they don’t have toys, it’s easy to keep it clean. They prefer screens to toys, I’m sorry to say. :/

  4. Melissa says:

    This is going to kick booty. Love, love, love the simplicity + blood accents. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the sofa– it looks soooo comfy, but it also looks like those of us who are “more mature” might sit down and not be able to get back up:-). Would be a super-neat addition to our family room, though. I love a good napping couch.

    • Thank you! Ha, yes, the sofa is way down low! Perfect for kids…not sure about adults either. I even thought about building a platform for it to raise it up a bit, but then thought, nah, they’re kids! They’ll have that soft rug and sofa to loll about on all day. The life.

  5. Angela I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week.
    Good luck in the upcoming week!

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  7. what an amazing plan!! I love everything about it…fun and daring. It will be sensational!

  8. I’m a little late to comment, but I just had to say that I’m so excited to see the direction this room is heading. That ottoman fabric is perfect and I love that you’re giving the color red some much deserved love!

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