Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The One Room Challenge! Week One

A few of us design oriented bloggers decided to motivate together to make some of our home renovation goals for 2012 a reality vs. just another wish list item for the year. I liken it to beginning a gym routine with a partner or two. When you commit to others you show up and procrastinate less.

Hence, The One Room Challenge! Every Wednesday for the next six weeks you can follow our process, projects, and pride as we move to the final reveal of the rooms we have chosen to redo on Wednesday Week 6!

The first project on my list this year is to update my son's bedroom....after all, as he has astutely pointed out, he is maturing fast and his room decor better catch up! Luckily, he has offered to assist me in making this happen. He is very interested in design and artistic in nature so I have a real design partner for this makeover!

My husband has been drafted for the initial phase (dismantling, wall repair and prep, painting, furniture movement, etc). After those tasks are completed he can have his weekends back while my son and I move on to the fun zhooshing part of the makeover.

So here is where we begin...the before shot...

Monsieur R (as I will affectionately refer to him) doesn't "dig" the yellow and red. He is a true blue guy...(comes by that one genetically as it is my FAVE color too). He favors tan and gray as accents. He likes metals and woods and inspiration from nature.

We honed in on the descriptive term "RL Industrial Hip" (Ralph Lauren) as the new moniker for his design style. He is big fan of Abercrombie & Fitch clothing so we might layer the space with a few inspirational elements from them as well. The following photos all have items that we find interesting as we begin to develop our specific plan...

We have settled on this color blue for the walls....Benjamin Moore- Mysterious AF 565....

These are a few of the elements we want to introduce into the space....  We like a modern profile leather chair but with worn leather...or it will have to get that "worn-look" naturally. We also have a great idea for some tree trunks collected curbside to make an end table or two next to the leather chair

Monsieur R is all about Art and he loves animal wall sculptures with cool graphic treatements.

We are looking for a low profile old trunk that we can use as an ottoman...

This swivel chair from IKEA is cool, comfortable and functions well
...this is a must have purchase in dark blue for his mahogany desk. The industrial lighting at IKEA will work great in the space as well.

These pics give you a little hint of the "captain's bed" we are configuring...not these fabrics (of course) but the overall construction and materials...

Old Maps, Family Pictures, and Antiques will also be collected and hung over time as we comb flea markets and antique shops and our photo albums.

 I'd like to take some fun t-shirts and make decorative pillows out of them as well...

So, as you can see we have a lot of work to do....but a lot of inspiration is the ultimate motivator and we have that in Wednesday I will share our progress and projects underway!

Click on Week Two to see the next installment.
Click on Week Three.

In the meantime, if you would like to visit my blogging buddies who are in this with me please visit...

Suzy at Saved By Suzy (girls room)
Jadyn at Dutch.British.Love ( dining room)
Nicole at Nicole Scott Designs (master bedroom)
Kim at Kim Macumber Interiors (living room
Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda (girls room)
Lisa at Trapped in North Jersey (dining room)
Kelly at Refreshed Designs (office)
Danylle at Nana Moon Shop (girls room)
Taylor at Taylor Morgan ( waiting to see)
Jen at Inside Ways (office
Linda at My Crafty Home Life (dining room)
Janet at House Four (dining room)
Sharon at (a life style thing) (master bedroom)
Tiffany at Living Savvy (master bedroom)

they should each have a button on their blog that will link to their posts.


  1. Wow, your son will love the "after". Can't wait to watch!

  2. This is going to be a very grown up room! I love the idea of taking the fun t shirts and making them pillows!

  3. I love, love, love the inspiration for your son's room!
    I love the t-shirt idea too. I've been saving my sons' favourite t-shirts to make a quilt when i have enough.

  4. I love the theme you are going for here! Very hip and mature. Those animal wall sculptures are so cool! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  5. Lucky Guy! I love your concept and inspirations. The layered, found and industrial look is my favorite. Good Luck! I'm following with great interest!

  6. That t-shirt idea is perfect. What a great way of getting some individual personal touches in.

  7. I love the preppy vibe you are going for. Love the blue too.

  8. I am so excited to see your plan - love the idea from the blue on the walls, the tree trunk project, the artwork, pics and so on. It promises to be a remarkable room! Visiting via Saved by Suzy.

  9. This is going to be very interesting! I can't wait to see what you do. LOVE that dark blue paint.

  10. Fantastic inspiration, love your ideas! I look forward to seeing the work in progress!

  11. Your son has great style! I really truly can't wait to see how this turns out.

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