I’m back y’all. I wish I could say I was on vay-cay or something fun like that, but we’ve just had a bunch of stuff going on and unfortunately blogging got pushed to the back burner. When we last left off, I was finishing up Rosie’s room and I’m so happy to report that it is now finished. Whew. It’s really a strange feeling, because in 7 years (7 years!) at this house, I have never felt like any room was truly “finished.” Ever.
So tomorrow I’m going to post all the photos, but I thought today we would take a look back and see what the room looked like before all the lovely, pink girly-ness, and go over with you some of the planning and construction that went into it. When we first walked through the house, (more photos here), the room looked liked this:
Not really my style, but you know, it works for a couple of tween boys, which is who lived in this room before we moved in. It was the biggest bedroom in the house, and where Jeff and I cohabited for a little more than year, while we focused on remodeling the kitchen and turning the other two bedrooms into a master suite. We didn’t do much to it before we moved in, just cleaned up a little and hung some cheap-o mini blinds. The previous owners did leave that awesome, heavy cabinet, which (Yee-haw!), still made it feel like the “cowboy room.” It held our TV and random clothing for the interim, and now sits on our back screened porch, holding even more random stuff. Jeff is so tired of moving that thing, but hey, at least it’s getting closer to the curb.
Since we converted one of the bedrooms into our master bath, we were left with only two bedrooms upstairs. For resale purposes, and because we were planning to expand our family, we needed three bedrooms up there.
Solution: Cowboy room was actually quite large, so we built a wall and added another door, making it two bedrooms. We also put down carpet over the hardwood floors. Yeah, I know. I heard you gasp from all the way over here, but we have hardwood everywhere, and Jeff and I both agreed that carpet just feels warmer and cozier in the bedroom. So there. One of the bedrooms is super tiny (about 10′ x 9′), but it’s fine for a nursery/office, and where Rosie lived for the first 3 1/2 years of her life.
The larger of the two, we called a “guest room”, but in fact only had two guests sleep there in three years. It was really where we kept random junk, like the ironing board and office supplies.
Oops, and there’s a “before” of the dresser I refinished for her new room. I lied and said I didn’t have one in this post about her dresser re-do.
So when Rosie started to grow out of her crib/toddler bed, and toys started making their way out into the hall, we decided it was time for her to move on up to the larger room. Jeff had an old fireplace surround leftover from one of his remodeling gigs that we planned on using for her headboard, (like this one here), and we had the dresser and a few accessories, but besides those things, we were pretty much starting from scratch. The room was already painted a light grey, and Rosie had said she wanted her colors to be pink and “golden” , so with that, I threw together a “design board” on the website Olio Board.
Olioboard is great for pulling together images for inspiration, establishing color combos, and to take with you on shopping trips for your space. The website is free and has thousands of images loaded by category, and gives you the option to upload your own, like I did with the Japanese doll Rosie received as a gift from her aunt and the “La La” print from Etsy I had already framed.
Creating an inspiration/design/mood board is one of those crucial, often overlooked steps in the room design process. I always hear people say, “I just can’t see it” or “how am going to pull it all together?” Very few people, including professional designers, can just go out and buy a bunch of stuff, throw it together and make it work. So unless you’re Nate Berkus, use Olioboard, cut out magazine pictures, or sketch up some ideas to help you through the process.
Remember, come back tomorrow for Rosie’s room reveal, and please be sure to leave some comments and questions. I really want to know what you guys think.
Did you have a kid “grow out” of their room? Any major construction going on at your house? Adding walls, tearing them down, etc. Where do you find design inspiration?