My Favorite Spring 2019 One Room Challenge Spaces

Did you have a chance to check out the final reveals for the One Room Challenge? I love following the six week transformations every spring and fall. Last fall was the first time I participated (you can see the final reveal here) and it was such a fun experience. I had hoped to participate in the spring challenge, but it just didn’t fit into my schedule. Today I want to share some of my favorite 2019 spring orc spaces. They are so good! The designers all did an amazing job.

This bright and cheerful space is a far cry from the dingy basements I’m used to. I love how the use of bright colors and fun artwork makes this an inviting space for all ages. The patterned tile in the bathroom is just enough to keep it interesting without being chaotic. I can’t get enough of this transformation!

This may just be my favorite gallery wall ever. Seriously. Everything about this space is farmhouse perfection. The stenciled floor is lovely and I love the green paint choice.

Outdoor spaces tend to be difficult to finish in the six week deadline, but this garden is finished and it’s GOOD. I’m a design nerd, so the space planning of this garden is my favorite part. It is laid out beautifully and every inch of space is put to good use. I’m also a sucker for a good looking sliding barn door.

This room is all about the correct use of pattern and texture. I love that it’s calm and soothing while still being visually interesting. A great room for two very adorable girls!

This space should get the award for most original and inspiring. It is magical and unforgettable. The lamps in the music room and the trees in the forest are my favorite parts.

You can check out all the featured designers in the ORC here.

You can check out all the guest participants in the ORC here.

A Library for the Kids-One Room Challenge:Week 6

It’s reveal time! The six weeks flew by. There were a few hiccups along the way, but guess what? The room is officially done!

I wanted to turn an unused bedroom into a library/reading room for my three boys. The room had some undesirable aspects to it. It is 9 feet by 16 feet with a nonworking fireplace and a low ceiling. There was also a weird little unused space that wrapped around the chimney. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like.

Before

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Here is the finished room.

After

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Brady built book ledges to hang on the wall with the dormer window and I painted them the same color as the wall to blend in. They are the perfect height for little ones to reach.

Brady built book ledges to hang on the wall with the dormer window and I painted them the same color as the wall to blend in. They are the perfect height for little ones to reach.

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There is additional book storage on a bookcase (again made by my talented hubby) and in steele canvas baskets. The baskets are super sturdy and can handle the weight of the books. All sources will be listed at the end of the post.

There is additional book storage on a bookcase (again made by my talented hubby) and in steele canvas baskets. The baskets are super sturdy and can handle the weight of the books. All sources will be listed at the end of the post.

My boys love marine life, especially whales. I searched for a whale wallpaper and fell in love with this pattern. It is perfect for this space and I love how it has a playful feel to it without being too childish. I talked    last week    about the problem I had with the wallpaper panels. I planned on wallpapering the whole wall, but had to settle for a partial wall and added a chair rail. It still turned out beautiful.

My boys love marine life, especially whales. I searched for a whale wallpaper and fell in love with this pattern. It is perfect for this space and I love how it has a playful feel to it without being too childish. I talked last week about the problem I had with the wallpaper panels. I planned on wallpapering the whole wall, but had to settle for a partial wall and added a chair rail. It still turned out beautiful.

The two-story reading nook is my favorite part of the room. The cedar shingles and red siding add texture and color to the room. We had planned on doing steps instead of a ladder, but ran out of time. Brady added a hand grip to the top of the ladder to make it safer for the kids and I made two denim cushions so the boys will be comfortable when they are reading.

The two-story reading nook is my favorite part of the room. The cedar shingles and red siding add texture and color to the room. We had planned on doing steps instead of a ladder, but ran out of time. Brady added a hand grip to the top of the ladder to make it safer for the kids and I made two denim cushions so the boys will be comfortable when they are reading.

Lots of pillows and a soft rug can be moved around the room for additional lounging.

Lots of pillows and a soft rug can be moved around the room for additional lounging.

Each level of the reading nook has a plug in reading light. I like the fact that if the upper light is left on, I can turn it off without having to climb up into the reading nook. The sardine artwork is actually a tea towel that I framed.

Each level of the reading nook has a plug in reading light. I like the fact that if the upper light is left on, I can turn it off without having to climb up into the reading nook. The sardine artwork is actually a tea towel that I framed.

Costumes are popular in our house and these hooks make it so easy for the boys to hang up their gear when they are done saving the day.

Costumes are popular in our house and these hooks make it so easy for the boys to hang up their gear when they are done saving the day.

You may remember from    last week    that my youngest had knocked over this table and damaged it. I got out the wood glue, a clamp, and some leftover minwax gel stain and am pretty proud of my fix. The rounded edges of the table are ideal for a room used by children.

You may remember from last week that my youngest had knocked over this table and damaged it. I got out the wood glue, a clamp, and some leftover minwax gel stain and am pretty proud of my fix. The rounded edges of the table are ideal for a room used by children.

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There was a hole in the side of the fireplace from when it was disconnected so I placed a “fairy” door over it. It’s a fun little detail for children to discover and the boys are already leaving little treasures by the door for the fairies that live there.

There was a hole in the side of the fireplace from when it was disconnected so I placed a “fairy” door over it. It’s a fun little detail for children to discover and the boys are already leaving little treasures by the door for the fairies that live there.

This door will be replaced soon by a hidden bookcase door. Brady will be building the door and I’ll show you the whole process on the blog.

This door will be replaced soon by a hidden bookcase door. Brady will be building the door and I’ll show you the whole process on the blog.

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All of the final reveal photos were taken by Megan from One Blue Eye Photography. She is amazing to work with and takes such beautiful photos. Thank you so much Megan!

Sources

bookcase-made by Brady, billy the bass-vintage, marine figurines, wallpaper, lacing shoe, canvas baskets, chair-past season from Target, blanket, book ledges-made by Brady, rug, coffee table, stacking game, ceiling light, yellow recliner, wall hooks, rolling bin-made by Brady, police costume, superhero cape, sardine towel-H&M no longer available, sheepskin rug, sardina pillow H&M no longer available, denim cushions-made by me, wall lights, throw pillows-Home goods, dragon, fire, Narnia print, wood box-similar, jack-similar, hippo-TJ Maxx, reindeer, Copenhagen print, fairy door

paint colors: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and Sherwin Williams Retreat for the walls and Sherwin Williams Cherry Tomato for the reading nook

Here are the links to all of the past weeks: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5

Please check out all the other amazing transformations for the One Room Challenge over here.

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A Library for the Kids-One Room Challenge:Week 3

Happy Sunday! Here we are at week 3 of the One Room Challenge and it has certainly had its ups and downs. My three year old has been battling pneumonia and keeping him comfortable was my number one priority this week. I also was not feeling well the last few days and spent my free time snuggling on the sofa while watching Judge Judy. I find her to be strangely comforting when I don’t feel well. Go figure. I still managed to make some good progress on the room and both Ike and I are feeling better. I have a first coat of paint on the walls and ceiling and this wallpaper arrives on Monday. I also have my artwork, furnishings and accessories ordered. The fireplace is painted. Next week we need to tackle the reading nook that will be built in this little corner.

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I got this pretend fire for the boys to use in the fireplace. They can’t wait to read next to a roaring fire.

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Please check out the other One Room Challenge participants here. The transformations are looking so good!

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A Library for the Kids-One Room Challenge:Week 2

Happy Thursday morning! I was hoping to get this post up right away this morning, but we woke up to very chilly temps and I had to unpack our winter coats and hats. Yesterday we were wearing shorts and flip flops. Oh Wisconsin, you love to keep us guessing. Anyways, time for an update on the One Room Challenge. As a reminder this is how the room looked last week.

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I know you are probably thinking, “Why would you change it when it looks so good already?” and although it is lovely, we are going for less crack-house style and more modern farmhouse style. Just clearing the room was a vast improvement. We also have the walls skim coated, floors finished, and have finalized our plans.

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My inspiration was this whale wallpaper from Spoonflower. We are planning on using it on only one wall to add interest without being too busy. This print from Jenny’s Print Shop will hang over the fireplace and is also the inspiration for our “little house” reading nook. The room is 9’ by 16’ with a strange little cubby that wraps around the chimney. We are going to use that cubby for the lofted reading nook. I’m hoping we can get the room painted this weekend and then start in on the fun stuff.

Please check out all the other amazing participants here.

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A Library for the Kids-One Room Challenge:Week One

Hi there! My name is Kristin and I am so excited to be a guest participant in the One Room Challenge. We have made so much progress on our house in the last two years, but there is one room that requires us to keep the door shut when guests are over. It’s the smallest bedroom/storage room and it definitely needs some TLC. I thought about using it as a guest room or a playroom, but I don’t think either would get a whole lot of use. My boys spend most of their time playing outside, but there is one thing I see all three of them do inside every single day. Read. They love to sprawl out on the floor with a pile of books. Why not turn the extra room into a library? I know they would use it all the time for reading or playing a game. I want it to be a calming space with a bit of a moody vibe. It needs to have plenty of space for our growing book collection and child-friendly seating. I also want to add some whimsical features to make the space really special and fun.

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Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish.

  • Finish the flooring and install the rest of the baseboard

  • Skim coat the walls

  • Give everything a fresh coat of paint

  • New lighting

  • Build a reading nook

  • Add book storage

  • Bring in all the furnishings/accessories/art

This is what the room currently looks like.

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Yikes, right? I can’t wait to show you my plan next week, but here’s a peek at some inspiration images that have me excited.

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Please check out the other participants here.