Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The One room challenge

(The not so ) Little Miss Moo's room upgrade!


Having had an extended break from any bigger home improvements, I feel like the time has come to tackle those rooms that I did not get around to doing last year!
And as a little kick up my backside, I've decided to join in on the  #ONE ROOM CHALLENGE from the fabulous Calling it home!

So over the next 6 weeks I will be doing a weekly update on how I am getting on with a room update in my home, and I thought this would be a great way to show you all the thought process that goes behind a room design as well as the practicalities of the task in hand and the not so glamorous problems that can arise! I will of course be sharing any tips and tricks, and little projects I undertake on the way!


After having had a little think ,I've decided to makeover Little Miss Moo's room!
It is only just over a year since we last did it, so no hideous before pictures... but the truth is : She's really not that little anymore... 
And although she's only 5 still, she has over the last year grown up so much , and has developed a very strong sense of self and what she likes, that she often expresses through her interest in design and colour (Really...she has an eye for it!)
And when I suggested we'd make over her room again, she was very excited!!
So I think this will be a cool thing for us to do together, and I want her to be part of this process all the way!
...and she so deserves it after the year we've had and everything she's had to put up with!

So in the last few days we've been browsing Pinterest together, and pinning images of kids rooms we (both) liked the look of:

Image source: Eclectic trends

Mia Loves this colour combination , above, with pastels and greys!
And she "wants" one of those origami wall rabbits, below!

Image source:  Chloe Fleury

And she loves the stars on the wall and the "rock'n'roll'ness of the room below:

Image source :La petite mag

She'd also like to keep her blackboard wall.

Image by Riikka Kantinkoski via decor8blog

One thing she desperately needs and wants in her room is a desk to sit and do drawing/homework at.
As her room is very small we'll have to come up with a creative way to fit one in, but she quite liked the look of this one, above.


Another thing Mia is quite keen on, is having her own wall clock, as she's just starting to get to grips with telling the time! And she loved all the funny cushions on the bed and the artwork on the wall in the image above. In fact she says she wants loads of art on her walls...'cause she's "an artist" :)

Image source: kotipalapeli

And she fell for this paint effect on the wall with those colourful pom poms!

See...I told you she knows what she likes!
I can totally see that we are headed for a very creative space, and now that we've pin-pointed what she likes the look of , ie: colours and visuals, Our task before next weeks update on THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE will be to put together some sort of mood board + a little plan of action.

There are some practical elements of the makeover that I need to consider, like storage and the desk space. Mia's room is so little that the layout, with the bed along the wall, is pretty much unchangeable, So I am going to put my thinking cap on and try to come up with a solution!

If you are thinking of doing up a room in your home, I suggest that you use pinterest , like we did, to put together some images of rooms and décor you like...it's a great starting point to any room design and helps you focus on the elements of the interiors that you love....maybe once you have a pinterest board with 20-30 pins, you will start to see the elements that are recurrent: Like colours or styles. Then you'll know to incorporate hose into your room design!

Don't forget to check out how and what the other participants of the One room challenge is doing...You can see them all over at Calling it home!

Do tune back in next week for the second instalment of ONE ROOM CHALLENGE, to see how me and, the NOT so little Miss Mia Moo get on with our mood board for her room transformation...
....and how I plan to tackle the small space storage dilemma!!


9 comments:

making it in the mountains said...

I am head-over-heels in love with your design plans! Cannot wait to follow along!

Kasey Rawson said...

Your inspirations are awesome! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Dana Frieling said...

Love that you two are designing the room together! I totally think kids should have a voice in their own spaces. Hopefully, the personal investment helps them keep it cleaner. ha!

june olsen said...

Hey Making it in the mountains, Kasey and Dana! Thank you all so much for stopping by! I am so excited to do the ORC! And my daughter is very excited to get a new look room!!

Erin said...

Your daughter really does have good taste. I love the color combinations. Fun that you are working together on the project. Hope you have a blast!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

This is going to be such a cute room. Can't wait.

Shelbi Gustafson said...

LOVE your inspiration photos! Isn't pinterest the best ever? Can't wait to see how your project transpires.

Karolina Barnes said...

I can totally relate to that. My daughter is 7 and did her bedroom 18 months ago. Now she wants a change...again because her sister is getting her bedroom redone from preteen to teen. So instead of one room I have both to do! I love your ideas I think girls get tired of pink quite quickly.

Jessie said...

Hi, lovely ideas so far. My daughter's room is also small so I'm considering a loft bed, with a desk underneath, it's a good space saving solution.

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