One Room Challenge Week 2 – Girl’s Bedroom Design

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

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.

Inspiration

Fun inspiration for a girl's bedroom design.

Hobby Lobby

Project to-do list

Paint Walls

Find window treatment

Buy bedding

Plan & install closet system

Wall decor/art

Find bookcase

Be sure to take a look at some of the other ORC guest participants here!

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Five Fantastic Podcasts

Over the past couple of years, I’ve started listening to a number of different podcasts. Podcasts are perfect for when I’m driving around running errands, doing mundane tasks at home, or when I’m taking a long walk with our dog. Today I’m sharing some of my favorites, both old and new.

Five awesome podcasts you should check out.

Five amazing podcasts that you should check out.

What Should I Read Next 

Anne Bogel is the author of the very popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the voice behind this fabulous weekly podcast. Both are chock full of book recommendations, which I appreciate as an avid reader. So many of the great titles I pick up are books I heard about from Anne. Each week she interviews a fellow book lover, asking her guest to share three books they love, one book they hate and what they’re reading now. After some discussion, she then gives the guest three book recommendations. If you need an endless to-be-read list, then I highly suggest you tune in.

Five amazing podcasts that you should check out.

God Centered Mom 

Heather MacFadyen is the mother of four boys, and she is the most humble, sweet-natured woman. Each podcast is designed to help other moms be the best they can be, by encouraging them to “replace me with He.” By making God the center of our lives, we give Him the power to make us the mothers that our kids need us to be. She interviews other moms, authors, child psychologists, and many others with a wealth of wisdom for all of us in the daily trenches of motherhood.

Five amazing podcasts you should check out.

Serial

I admit I was late to the game on this one. Friends told me it was great, but I waited a long time to check it out… and then I got completely hooked. IMHO, the first season is better than the second season, but both were very interesting. Note: this is not a family-friendly podcast. There’s some bad language and the content is not appropriate for children. Season one explores the 1998 conviction of teenager Adnan Syed in the murder of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The investigation and trial are broken down into weekly episodes focusing on specific aspects of the case. For example one week might investigate cell phone records or the timeline of the murder. It’s not as gritty as it sounds, and each episode had me convinced that Adnan was either guilty or not guilty. You’ll have to listen and decide for yourself.

Five awesome podcasts you should check out.

Pantsuit Politics

With Sarah Stewart Holland representing the left and Beth Silvers on the right, these two ladies address current events and political issues with the grace and mutual respect that we all deserve. They prove that you can be on opposing sides of the political fence and still discuss issues without hostility. I appreciate that the goal of this podcast is to talk through both sides of current events, presenting facts and opinions, without descending into angry battles. It’s proof you can share your own thoughts on controversial issues without trying to convince another person that they are wrong. If you’re interested in politics, you should try this one for sure.

Five awesome podcasts you should check out.

Sorta Awesome

I recently discovered this podcast while listening to the main host, Megan Tietz, as a guest on What Should I Read Next. Sorta Awesome is a cornucopia of inspiration. There are a few different cohosts and they cover a large variety of topics. For example, the last episode I listened to was “8 Habits that Build a #HappyAwesomeLife.” The hosts also share the “Awesome of the Week” each episode, where they each share something that’s making life a little better, more inspiring, etc. I love the upbeat vibe and the variety in this show.

Whether you’re already devoted to your favorite podcasts or you have yet to dive into the podcast pool, these five are great starting points. Each has a distinct focus and I enjoy them for vastly different reasons. I hope you find one that you like!

What are your favorite podcasts?

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One Room Challenge Week 2 | Den Design Plan

Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! Last week I shared our den and how the ORC is motivating me to get this room finished in time for the holidays. If my little sugarplums want a place to hang their stockings, then we’re going to need to get our fireplace done by Christmas!

Today I’ll show you a rough layout of the room and talk about some of the challenges I’m facing. I’ll also share a little of my den design plan. We’ve already done a fair amount of renovation in our new home so I’m starting with a blank slate but not bare bones.

3D den design

I decided to try out Homestyler.com, a free online room design program to create a simple layout of our den. The program itself has some limitations and I got this grand idea at about 9pm on Saturday so I didn’t have the patience to figure it out as much as I probably could. That being said, at least this gives you an idea of what I’m working with in this space.

Design Challenges

Our house was built in 1976, which means that we have some interesting elements going on here. For one, this room is a sunken room. Where you see “Stairs,” there are just two steps leading up into the adjoining kitchen. Where it says “railing,” what looks like a wall in the picture is actually completely open to the kitchen and has a railing running from the wall to the stairway. It’s about 12 inch drop from the kitchen floor to the den floor.

Side note: A lot of houses in our neighborhood have sunken living rooms and ours happens to have TWO. We have the sunken den AND a sunken living room. Some neighbors raised the floors in these sunken rooms, but this also entails adjusting the height of windows. We avoided making structural changes due to budget constraints.

The other awesome aspect of 70s design is a complete and total disregard for symmetry. My New England roots struggle with this, but I’m doing my best to tolerate appreciate it. The asymmetrical design explains why two windows are pushed to either end of the wall rather than evenly spaced. It’s also to blame for the (currently nonexistent) fireplace that is not remotely centered along that wall.

Den Design Plan

den design plan

Our fireplace is going to get a big makeover! After staring at a cement hole in the wall for nine months, I’m more than ready. We’re doing a slim stacked stone similar to the pic above. Our fireplace is a lot smaller so it won’t be quite as dramatic, but the smaller-sized stacked stone gives us a stone option that doesn’t look too bulky for the space.

The cabinet will sit next to the fireplace. I’m hoping it will balance the lopsided feeling of this wall. I also like that it has room for the media components but also room to display some more decorative items so your eye isn’t immediately drawn to the cable box.

I’m really liking the striped drapes to help soften the windows and bridge the space a little. I’m thinking maybe a small gallery wall between the two windows. The color looks similar to the damask-pattern on the curtains in our dining room at the other end of the living area so I’m ordering now and crossing my fingers.

The rug is a maybe, but it’s a lot more of a light gray in person so I think it might work with the striped drapes. We’ll see. Other plans are still in the works and I’m really excited to see it come together. I hope you’ll stick around to see the finished product!

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