ORC: Relaxing Scandinavian Surfer – Week 3

JAGS Progress 1

It’s week 3 of the One Room Challenge and as you can see from the photo above, we have some progress happening. I got the rug and chair and love them both. What’s even better is the chair with it’s clean Scandinavian inspired lines is super comfy and it has quickly become my son’s favorite spot. The rug has a mix of blues and beiges in a flat weave; the perfect color combo for the relaxed surfer vibe I’m going for. We’ve also hung the new bamboo blinds. In my head I always envisioned the chair would sit by the window so that he’d have natural light flooding in while he sits in his chair, plus the trees outside make you forget you’re in the middle of Oakland. It’s not quite surfing waves, but at least it’s nature. So far, so good.

Now comes the rest of the room. As a reminder below is the room’s layout before, but now that the chair has moved to the prime spot near the windows, everything else needs to get shuffled around. You can see how the room used to look like with old layout by going here.Layout Before

The first option is to keep the bed where it is and just swap out the dresser for his new desk. Not bad, but I feel there’s too much open floor space, which is not in itself a bad thing, but since he’s a tween and doesn’t play on the floor much, it feels like a waste.

Floorplan 1

Option 2 involves a little more shuffling around, which I like because it changes the energy of the room. I like this option because furniture isn’t stuck to the edge of the room. However, when my son looked at the plan he told me he doesn’t want to walk into the room and look at his desk first thing. It makes him think about homework. Plus, I don’t love the feng shui of him having his back to the door.  Back to the drawing board.Floorplan 2

When my clients express a need, or wish, I listen and try to find a solution between function, design and their wishes, even if my client happens to be my own son. But honestly for a while I was stumped with his bedroom. Then a couple of nights ago, before going to sleep I started playing around with furniture in my head and I came up with Option 3. This option orients the bed in a different direction, whereby he’ll be able to look out the window when he’s lying down. Also, the desk isn’t glued to the wall and it gives him an opportunity to look out the window, without the glare of the sun falling directly on his homework. Perfect! The only thing now is that the bookcase I originally picked in my moodboard doesn’t feel like the right fit anymore. The bookcase needs more height and my vision for how the artwork would be hung will likely have to change. You can have a plan and a vision, but I think you always need to retain a certain amount of flexibility to work things out down the line.

Floorplan 3

Option 3 also feels more social should he have a couple of friends over hanging out.

Still much to be done. Click here if you want to catch up on my Week 1 ORC Inspiration, or my Week 2 ORC moodboard.  See you next week.


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yasmara - I love that you’re treating your son like you would a client! Meanwhile, my son has asked for a gray bedroom for 3 years…he finally got one when we put our last house on the market & enjoyed it for 3 months & now he has a blue room. We should have painted before the furniture was moved in but we moved during the year-round school year in our new town & the kids literally had to get up for school the next day so we wanted their rooms to be as chaos-free as possible. But I’m regretting not painting his room the 2 days we could have before the movers came! I was dealing with a major foot injury at the time, though, so it really wasn’t possible.

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