ORC: Relaxing Scandinavian Surfer – Week 4

I simply can’t believe it’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge. Where does time fly? This week has been all about assembly. I received the desk and bed, and purchased a desk chair, and they all required me putting them together. Exhibit A:

Bed Assembly

I should have taken more pictures of the bed assembly, because it took two of us a full hour and we’re very handy. Each one of those beds slats was done one at a time. Plus, unlike the room’s moodboard in which I featured a regular twin bed, my son/client insisted he still wanted a trundle bed for sleepovers. Not one to spoil his potential social life, I indulged. However, it meant that assembly essentially required assembling two beds, not one.

For me a desk is a crucial piece of furniture for any tween/teen’s bedroom. That way they can have a dedicated space for homework.  His last desk had a lot of drawers for storage. I thought that would be a good thing, but honestly he just stuffed junk in there. This time around I’m going for a more streamlined look with fewer drawers and no room for HOARDING.  Since I’m going for a Scandinavian surfer vibe, I felt that mixing wood + white would work well. It keeps things light, while the spare lines keep things modern. After searching everywhere for desks that look good and don’t break the bank, I thought I would share with you some of my favorites.


Budget Friendly White Wood Modern Desk_1

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

You’ll have to wait for the final reveal to find out which desk I ended up choosing.

I also decided to upgrade his desk chair for something on casters, that can swivel.  With his last chair I really felt that he would benefit from a) more back support, and b) more freedom of movement.  Here are the selections I narrowed it down to:

Modern Neutral Desk Chairs

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

For the desk chair I didn’t want something with armrests.  While I enjoy armrests on the desk chair in my office, I wanted something that would easily tuck under his desk and out of the way. If you want a hint of which chair I chose, check out my Instagram.

Since the big pieces of this room redesign are in place, next week is going to be all about giving the room some soul. I need to find art and I’d love to find some vintage pieces.  I’m also tempted to work on a DIY project for the room, but I’m not sure if it’s too much to handle since I’m simultaneously working on landscaping and curb appeal at the Farmhaus and planning the details for Monkey’s 6th Birthday.  We’ll see how the week plays out.

In the meanwhile, if you’re looking for more inspiration, check out this year’s One Room Challenge featured designers and other guest participants.


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Lizzie Ravn - Love the bed! I’ve been on a slow search for a good looking trundle bed for my son’s room & that one is gorgeous. So are all those desks and chairs. Love chair #2 especially, but any of them would look great. Not long now!

isadorag - Thanks for the encouragement. Need to push through to get it done. 🙂 Can’t wait to see yours!

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