Thursday, April 3, 2014

One Room Challenge Week One

So excited to be linking up with Linda, from one of my favorite blogs, Calling It Home,
for another one of her One Room Challenge Linking Parties!
This is my second time to participate and this spring I am taking on our master bedroom!
I have literally not done ONE THING to our master bedroom since we moved in,
other than to take down the nasty window treatments that the previous owners left.
Here is what the room looked like when we bought our home (with the previous owner's furniture)...

It is currently painted gray....
I might add that it is PAINTED OVER WALLPAPER gray...
and the woodwork and crown molding has wallpaper paste stains all over.
There are 20 year old mini-blinds on the windows 
and the ceiling has a giant mark on it where I threw a magazine to kill a bug...
yes...I HATE bugs....and the newsprint left a lovely smear where the magazine hit.
So here is what it has looked like since we moved it...

Except for our new bed, the room is exactly as it was when we moved in.

I have a few challenges with this room...
1. I have too many pieces of dark wood furniture for the size of the room.
2. Although I have two windows, this room never gets direct sunlight and is very dark all day.
3. My desk, computer, and printer really "junk" up the room doubles as my office.
4. The walls are in very bad shape...painted over wallpaper...need I say more?
4. We have a ceiling fan.

I've been working on all of the other rooms in our home and have literally left this one untouched...
until now!
As soon as I found out Linda was doing a ORC in the spring, I started brainstorming.
I spent hours and hours trying to decided what direction to take our bedroom
because I knew I could easily use the entire six weeks just trying to make up my mind
about colors and fabrics.
Check out my post here to see where I originally thought I would go with it.
Then I got on the blue and white bandwagon...I LOVE blue and white!
I could have been very happy with a blue and white bedroom, 
but I already have a lot of blue in my home and it is really not totally "me" like pink and green is.
That being said, I was not going to subject D to a pink and green master bedroom
so for a while I was looking at doing something bright and floral but not too "girly."
Then I did a post on Laura Ashley and it brought me back to an old love....
Laura Ashley fabric in Winter Lilly
And I remembered that at one time I had wanted to decorate my room in this fabric.
It's cool and calming, as well as classic and refined looking.
Exactly the feeling I wanted for our bedroom.
I started looking for inspiration rooms....I was looking for green and creamy white bedrooms.
Here are a few that struck my fancy...
I was not sure I wanted green walls, 
but I like the idea of the cream and green so I started to scour my favorite fabric stores,
looking for the perfect fabric to use as my jumping off point.
I love the Thibaut fabrics and wallpapers, and they came through for me once again...
I fell in love with this print immediately, and knew it was "the one"
"Hydrangea" by Thibaut in the color Beige
It has a light beige background with white and cream hydrangeas,
and I love the shades of green in the foilage.
Here is a close up photo with a little more accurate depiction of the colors.
My next step was to create a mood board...
this is the FIRST mood board I have ever made...I used Photoshop Elements!
Not too bad if I say so myself....still have a lot to learn though!
I included the furniture and accessories I already have
and blended it with the furniture and accessories I hope to add.

So....down to business.
Here's my plan:
1. Repair walls, paint bedroom, trim, and ceiling
2. New blinds
3. New window treatments
4. New bedding
5. New nightstands
6. Accessorize with new art work, toparies, and green and white porcelian
7. Declutter the room
8. New register covers, light switches, and electrical outlets
9. Rearrange or remove some of the furniture.
10. Negotiate with D to get rid of the ceiling fan....not sure that will go over!
11. Stick to my budget....and I AM on a budget.

My first order of business is to select a paint color....that is what I will be working on for the next week!

Please be sure to visit Calling It Home to see Linda's fabulous ORC participates
as well as all of those who are linking!

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23 comments : said...

Okay, clearly you are going to be one of my favorites to watch! I adore everything you are doing, and I am crazy about green. I love your style already, just by the inspiration pictures. I'm doing a facelift to my builder's ugly kitchen. We are in for a ride! good luck and I can't wait to see your progress!

Nancy said...

Wow! cant wait to see the finished bedroom. I know its going to be beautiful. and way to go on the design board! very impressive ...i'm a totally clutz at those things. you rock!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Hi Christine, I'm not sure if you are trying to be funny, but you are cracking me up. I hate bugs, too. Sorry to read about the paint over wallpaper....ugh! Your plan is fantastic, good luck and thanks for linking up.

Becky C said...

good luck with the ORC! i can't wait to see the transformation!

kate@willowinteriors said...

I absolutely love your inspiration pictures and board! This is going to look great! Good luck!

Andrea said...

This is going to be beautiful, Christine!! I love your fabric selections and the color palate... I cannot wait to follow along!!

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Stacey {steward of design} said...

I am redoing our master for the Orc as well. I love your design plan. Will be following you along.

Nancy said...

ok you HAVE to go check out the new threshold items at target. I sent you a pic via email. pink is big. and they have florals. and green. score! run don't walk. :)

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

Beautiful mood board! I love the wallpaper!!

Simply LKJ said...

Cannot wait! I am loving all of your inspiration pictures!!

Sherry Calamia said...

I can't wait to see the progress, I love the inspiration! I am also doing my master bedroom, what fun!

Nichole Gabriel said...

So fun!! This is gonna be gorg!!


Holly said...

You've got a great handle on this Christine and I love that hydrangea fabric too especially paired with the gingham check. You've really thought out your action plan too - you've got this! And great job on your first mood board!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

I'm impressed with your first ever design board! Love the route you're going with your room - looking forward to watching it come together!

Anonymous said...

Maybe you can sneak in a touch of pink in a pillow to go with the beautiful green and cream. I love Thibaut designs, too, and that Hydrangea is wonderful. Best wishes. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Calypso In The Country said...

Beautiful plan! I love the green!

Krista @ Goodwill Glam said...

I love the green! It's so fresh! Can't wait to follow along with your process!


Krystine @ said...

Awesome plans for the master!! I'm going to take notes because I need to tackle ours after I finish my guest ORC!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

I love where you're going with this. Nice to see classic and pretty design elements!


Your board is beautiful...there is not much I like better than a pretty green and white room so I know this will not disappoint!


Oh yes....and I love anything Thibaut....there fabrics and wallpapers are fantastic!

sarah sofia knepp said...

I'm doing my master bedroom too! Like you're inspiration and can't wait to see what you do with the room!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love your plan. Such beautiful colors!!

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