ORC : Relaxing Scandinavian Surfer – Week 5

DETAILS Scandinavian Surfer Bedroom 2

The finish line for my One Room Challenge is in sight. Last week was all about building the big pieces of my Relaxing Scandinavian Surfer Tween Bedroom, this week it’s about layering in details.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, art is so important in personalizing a space. It’s not only decorative, but the pieces you select say a) a lot about you, and b) can really set the tone of the room.

ART Scandinavian Surfer Bedroom

For this room, I chose a selection of photographs, both my own and a few I purchased from Society 6 and Etsy.  The vintage seascape painting was scored at the flea market.  The cool thing about the flea market painting is that I went on a sourcing trip with my Big Boy/client and together we agreed on the piece. This was his first time going to the flea market, so I introduced him to looking, asking, bartering.  He enjoyed the process more than I expected and more than he expected, so I think we’ll be going together more often, maybe turn it into our special alone time.

DETAILS Scandinavian Surfer Bedroom

I also want to bring in some texture and pattern.  Overall I want the room to be very relaxing, but I still plan to add visual interest through fabric and plants, and objects.  While doing some major spring cleaning, I came across scraps of fabric that I hoarded, fortunately some of them work for this room. If you watch my instastory, you’ll see a few more projects I got up to this week.

The room definitely feels like it’s coming together. Just a few more tweaks and we’ll be ready for next week’s final reveal. Check out the other guest designers progress by going here, or the featured designers by going here.  Next week is going to be amazing.  Stay tuned.


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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

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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

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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.


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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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.


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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ORC: Relaxing Scandinavian Surfer Tween Room – Week 2

Relaxing Scandinavian Surfer Tween Bedroom


Last week I decided to kick start Big Boy’s room redesign by joining the One Room Challenge.  Honestly these last few weeks I’ve been feeling a little down because of my accident.  Forcing myself to focus on redesigning his room has provided me with something fun to focus on. Week Two is underway, so I present to you my mood board for the room. You can see the influence my inspiration pics had, by helping me narrow down on the feel and mood of the room.  The key furniture pieces in this room include a bed for sleeping, a desk for homework, and a chair + bookshelf for reading. Style wise I’m going with clean Scandinavian lines, but I want the wood to be lighter than in his last room, not the dark walnut like his last desk and nightstand.  Also, I’m planning to add plants.  I think they have a really calming effect. While my son is not agitated, he is sensitive and seems to get easily distracted. In terms of color story, I’m going with blues, greens, sand and grey.  Basically colors you would easily find at the beach. I’m hoping the relaxing vibe of this room while help to create the right environment for him to blossom into tweenhood.



BTW- have you seen the projects being tackled by House of Brinson and Erica Reitman?  They’re definitely tackling big projects with hand painted wall paper, and multiple rooms going on.  I’m kinda glad that for me, this project is more of a decoration project than a full on construction project. I have enough of that going on at the Farmhaus. For this project, I can just focus on making it pretty. 🙂

Here are sources for some of the items I’m considering: wall hanging | armchair | bookcase | flushmount | bamboo blinds | bed | mudcloth pillow | rug | desk chair | desk | sheets

Time to start shopping.

Morgane - it is a cool concept! from the tittle I could not see it, but after looking at your inspiration board, I totally get it. Best of luck with your client!

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Celebrate: Cool Pokemon Party Inspiration

Modern Pokemon Party Inspiration

Our little Monkey is turning six.  Not so little anymore.  Like many kids he’s fully jumped on to the Pokemon Go craze.  So I thought it would make a great theme for his upcoming birthday.  It’s fun, it’s colorful and I’m sure we can figure out a bunch of activities around the theme.  In keeping with my personal preferences, I’m going for a clean, modern, not too gimmicky interpretation of the theme, using color to bring things to life, with touches of Pokemon references scattered throughout.  This is the mood board I’m working with.  Time to start pulling it together.

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