Well, it seems like a swell idea right now: I’m jumping into the One Room Challenge as a guest participant. Thank you to Linda of Calling It Home for organizing it!
The ORC starts today, and I will have an update on my room here every Thursday, leading up to the final reveal on May 12. I’ve chosen to do our kids’ playroom and adjacent hallway. Please don’t break up with me after you see these love-forsaken photos.
The playroom is on the upper floor with the kids’ bedrooms. It is open to the hallway…and has every piece of leftover furniture from our last house and loft studio apartment. The only thing I did with any thought was put up the gallery wall of all their art and a few pieces of mine. I abhor the space. Like, makes me want to gag. So, it makes for a good candidate.
In the plans are a new sofa, a new rug to layer over the seagrass one, paint the walls and trim, new lighting, and a new table. I want to paint a pattern on the ceiling…neck hurts already.
The addition that is going to take some real time is doing a built-in for the TV wall and wrap-around window seat. I had a meeting with Chris, who is onboard, to build the unit. This will break up the long wall.
Take a moment to really eyeball that light fixture.
I’m planning on extending the makeover to the adjacent hallway: clean it up a bit, maybe add some paint.
The sleeping alcove is also in the hallway, and I want to finish it, too.
I’m going for a subtle 1980s feel for the space. Geometric shapes and bright colors, black and white pattern, maybe a Memphis nod. I’m hoping to use the Aimee fabric from Clarence House for some upholstery. Red will play heavily–it already covers the sleeping alcove and the interior of the hallway bookshelves. Red, I know it’s not an interior favorite, unless you’re a dining room of yore, but I like it. A lot.
I hope you’ll check in next Thursday when I show you my plan in more detail and update with things purchased. I’m so happy this space will get the love a room for play deserves.