The Playroom Must Go!: Week 2


 
Welcome back to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by the Calling It Home blog. Quick recap from Week 1: I'm re-imagining our small downstairs playroom/sometime guest room  into primarily a guestroom, while still keeping the kid's computer area and games in the space. Here's a Before:
Confession: I haven't done much at all with the playroom in the last week. Not unless you count my little internal shudder that happens each time I glance inside.  But I do have a tiny bit of progress to show you from the previous week.

I'm at the not-fun stage, where I'm organizing and de-cluttering and making messy piles of "stay," "donate," and "figure out WTH to do with this thing." And piles don't look very pretty or glamourous, either in person or on my blog.

Well.  Part of this mess you see on the floor here:
 is due to the fact that I've successfully purged out the pressboard "rustic" wardrobe from Ikea. This piece is leaving, and it's just about ready for me to create a listing on Craigslist and bid it farewell.
Empty wardrobe:
I haven't been as productive in purging out the desk sitting beside the wardrobe. The desk drawers are chock full of both my things and kids' stuff. It's actually my own stuff that's harder to figure out (most of the kid's stuff can be chucked).

So that's where things stand as of this week.  But enough of ugly Before.  Let's see the vibe and direction I have planned for the room.

I like this small room below, especially because the lay-out mimics that of my own space. (Except it's still bigger than my tiny room.)
Design by Erika Ward, via My Colortopia

I plan on painting the large wall where the wardrobe/desk area is now a similar dark color. I'm picturing a nice true navy blue though, not the blue above that tilts a good bit toward violet.

And I also plan on placing the bed in the same location as above. (I don't know yet whether I'll try for some kind of faux-headboard, or just use some art above the bed.)

In this little recessed nook where the bed is now:
I plan on putting a console desk for the computer monitor. It's not very wide though (just as wide as a queen bed, in fact) but I hope to find something white and clean-lined, similar to this one from Ikea:
This is the Besta Burs desk, which is 70" wide and therefore won't fit in the nook. But you get the idea of what I'm after here.  (I could also put the desk on the wall where the Expedite system is now, swap that into the nook area, and flip it up to use vertically.)

Here are a few other shots of a room that I really love. It's a lounging area for a teen girl, but mostly I just love the clean white with pops of intense color, and the fun vibe:
Photo of K. Mathiesen Brown's design via House of Turquoise
 Photo of K. Mathiesen Brown's design via House of Turquoise
 Photo of K. Mathiesen Brown's design via House of Turquoise

(All of the above 4 inspiration rooms can be found on my Pinterest board, "Tween Room Ideas." )

Obviously, with a navy blue wall, my guestroom isn't going to be as white and bright. It's the overall playful vibe that's my inspiration.  (And the other walls are going to be re-painted in a brighter, semi-gloss white, to replace both the flat white paint & the pastel green walls.)  In keeping with the inspiration rooms, here are a couple of fun pillows that I've already purchased for the bed:
 The sequins on the "Famous" pillow are just printed on, which I love: no picking off sequins by bored little hands.  And the shiny patent-orange pillow is just fun, and I think it'll  pop like crazy against the navy wall. (And both were bought at HomeGoods.)

So that's my vision, and you've seen the reality...now it's my job to make it all come together.  Back next week to hopefully show some further progress! Thanks for coming by.

10 comments:

  1. Cute inspiration pictures! Decorating a girly space would be quite fun...can't wait to see what you come up with!

    -Claire

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    1. Thank you, Claire! I actually feel a bit frustrated with my 11 year old daughter's actual bedroom right now, so this is sort of my chance to do it "my way" in the guestroom. It won't be too girly though, as my son uses the computer in here, too.

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  2. I can't believe how perfect that bed fits into the nook. Your inspiration images are great. I love getting rid of things and always wonder why it takes me so log to do it. I bet you feel so much lighter now. Hang in there.

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    1. I know, it's weird. Not sure of the builder's reason for the nook in the first place. (The shower in the guest bath is right behind it.) Thanks for the encouragement -- the purging is bogging me down!

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  3. What a great, colorful space this is going to be!! Can't wait to see the progress! And I know what you mean about purging. I find it easy to purge the kids' stuff, but only when they are not around (they rarely miss it if they don't see it go).

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    1. Thank you, and Yep! The kid-purging is always done when they're at school (which is slowing me down from working on the room during the weekends).

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  4. That nook would look fab if you make a faux headboard of some sort since it can be a real good focal point in the room! Wether you use fabric or stencil or wall paper, I think you should do something more special with this. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to putting a desk in that space, and doing something creative on the wall. The issue with having the bed there is that it's a PAIN to make the bed in such a tight spot, and I also don't like how it's also flush up against the window wall.

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  5. I love the inspiration pics, and the pillows are fab. I can't wait to see how it comes out!

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