One Room Challenge Week 2 – Girl’s Bedroom Design

It’s the second week of the One Room Challenge. I’m working on an updated girl’s bedroom design for my nine year old daughter. My goal is a slightly more grown up style infused with plenty of fun because I don’t want her growing up too fast! I’m also planning some new storage systems to help keep her room organized. You can check out all the before pictures in this post.

Ideas to update a girl's bedroom.

The existing furniture is working well for the most part. As far as the bed, dresser and desk go, we’re in good shape. She currently has two small Ikea shelving units that store books and toys. I’d like to exchange these for a larger unit for her books and incorporate toy storage into the closet system. I’m on the hunt for new bedding and window treatments. I’ve been on the lookout for wall decor too. The to-do list is long, but apart from the closet and painting the walls, it’s not too labor-intensive. read more

One Room Challenge Week 1 – Girl’s Bedroom

I’ve gone back and forth about launching into another One Room Challenge, but I finally decided to go for it. My daughter has been asking to change up her room since the beginning of the summer. I casually mentioned in passing that maybe we should paint her room, and she’s since launched a full scale campaign. The ORC is the perfect opportunity to push through plans for an updated girl’s bedroom design.During this round of the One Room Challenge, I'm updating my daughter's bedroom with a slightly more grown-up design.My daughter is nine years old now and in the fourth grade. Overnight it feels like she’s started shying away from anything remotely childish. No more hearts or butterflies on her clothes. She wants to watch tv shows that “aren’t so babyish.” Most of all, she wants the space she calls her own to be as grown up as she feels. Excuse me for a minute while I have a complete breakdown. Though I would love for her to be a child for as long as possible, I also remember what it’s like to want to feel grown up, and at nine, there are only so many ways you can do that. read more

A Very Harry Potter Birthday

harry potter party

My daughter just turned 8 years old, and as we just finished reading Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone together as a family, she requested a Harry Potter birthday party. Since both her dad and I love Harry Potter, we had a blast cooking up all sorts of fun for our daughter and her friends.

Invitations

The first step was creating the perfect invitation. I imitated Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter and printed it out on parchment paper. We edited the wording a bit because not all the girls have read the book and we didn’t want it to be confusing. Hello Paper Moon has a link to some awesome HP fonts that you can download. (She also makes and sells really authentic-looking acceptance letters.) I found the Hogwarts coat of arms on google. We folded the letter inside the printable envelope from Just Sweet and Simple and put it into a 6×9 manilla envelope for mailing. read more

One Room Challenge Week Five – The Living Room

I can’t believe it’s week five of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home! I’m making good progress, but I’m going to have to bust a serious move in the next week. Considering I’m posting about week five a day late, there’s a good chance I won’t be at 100% by next Thursday, but it’s looking good anyway. This week I tackled the biggest DIY project – taking basic Ikea shelving and creating the illusion of a built-in bookcase.

Take a basic Billy bookcase from Ikea and turn it into a DIY built-in bookcase.

How to fake the look of built-in bookcases

The standard Billy is very basic in terms of design, and I want a little more visual appeal. I assembled three of the short Billy bookcases from Ikea. Then I bumped the center bookcase forward 3 inches to create the effect of built-in bookcases. Using 3/4″ MDF, I added topped all three bookcases to disguise the gap behind the bumped-out bookcase. The MDF was 11 1/2″ deep on the two end bookcases. The center piece was 14 1/4″ since the trim adds about 1/2″ to the overall depth. read more

One Room Challenge, Week Five

Oh man. I can’t believe that we’re already at week five of the One Room Challenge. That means that next week is supposed to be the big reveal. I say “supposed to” because if this room is finished on time it will be a minor miracle.

If you’re here for the first time, let’s do a little recap. Linda from Calling It Home organizes the ORC, in which the goal is to completely make over one room in six weeks. Each challenge has featured participants (aka big bloggers) who take the challenge up a notch with help from designers and products they receive from sponsors. Then each Thursday, Linda hosts a link-up for guest participants (aka bloggers like me) to share the rooms they’re working on. read more