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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Inspiration: Big Boy Room Redux

Remember this room?


This was the first room reveal I did on the blog.  It feels like so long ago. In terms of kid years, it really was a long time ago.  Big Boy had just turned 6 years old and now he’s getting ready to turn 10.  He’s already 5 feet tall and knocking on the door of tweenhood.  A while back I had told him that I would redo his bedroom for his tenth birthday.  When I started seeing posts about this year’s One Room Challenge, I decided to jump start my redesign of his room by joining in this year’s fun.


Currently his room looks like this:


In preparation for the redesign I had a local charity shop pick up his dresser, his rug and his desk. Normally I would have tried to sell some of of these items on Craigslist, but honestly I’ve got too much on my plate and just had to get everything out so that I could start of this process with a blank slate. He pretty much only has a bed now.  Kinda sad, but definitely the right motivation for me to get this room redo completed.

You’re probably wondering what I have in mind.  I thought about it for a long time.  I wanted something cool, but calm and that he could easily grow with over the next few years. Also, I thought a lot about the things he does in his room 1) sleep, 2) homework, 3) video games, 4) reading.  At this point he still plays, but doesn’t need as much open floor space.  It’s more about chasing his brother down with a nerf gun. While I loved his old room it no longer suits his needs.

In terms of inspiration I’m going with Relaxing Scandinavian Surfer. These are some images that I’ve found that evoke the look and feel of what I’m going for:

Relaxing Scandivian Surfer

I’ve run the design ideas past my “client” and he likes the direction, especially the relaxing vibe. He made only one request, keep the existing paint wall color.  He likes it just the way it is.  Luckily it’s a grey that works with everything.  So, I hope you’ll follow along as I post updates of his room over the next few weeks.

Lizzie Ravn - I love your inspiration photos. His room was super cute the first time round – can’t wait to see what you do with it this time! And that little midcentury nightstand is adorable 🙂

isadorag - Hoping it lives up to the inspiration. Fingers crossed. 🙂

Charlotte Lindsay - Great inspirational spaces! I love the all white spaces, it makes the space feel so much bigger and you can combine so many different styles of home decor with it. This room with definitely grow with him in years to come!

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Celebrate: Pretty in Pink a Modern Easter Brunch

Do you remember the movie Pretty in Pink? Maybe you’re too young, or too old to remember, but for girls growing up in the 1980s, Molly Ringwald‘s coming of age movies were woven into the fabric of our own adolescence.

Modern Pink Easter Brunch_1

Today, when I think pink, I’m almost always reminded of Molly Ringwald’s movie and how she made a herself a prom dress from something she thrifted.  But with two young boys in the house I don’t often get to indulge pink fantasies. This year I’m in the mood for pink and Easter seems like the perfect opportunity to express that. The color’s optimistic and feminine qualities are speaking to me. The thing with pink is it can easily go too sweet or too girly, so I find that it’s a question of choosing just the right pink, and keeping it as a pop of color rather than covering your whole house in pink.  In the case of my Pretty in Pink Easter Brunch mood board, the pink is balanced out by a lot of white and complementary greens and greys.  This way it stays feminine, but with a sophisticate touch.  Can you even believe Easter is just around the corner? Where does time fly?

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Retail Therapy: Modern Wall Hangings

Macrame Wall Hanging

Have you noticed the wall hanging trend? From macrame to woven hangings, wall hangings have been making quite a comeback.  For a long time wall hangings were kinda 70’s in a not-so-cool-retro way, but wall hangings have been reinterpreted for the modern aesthetic.  The techniques are still the same, but I think that the use of texture and pattern have given them a fresh new life, while retaining their boho sensibility.

One thing I love about today’s wall hangings is that they are not only very tactile, they also feel very sculptural like in the photograph above, with a hanging by the very talented Maeve. The addition of found objects like wood, foliage and feathers gives them a connection to nature that I think can be comforting to many of us city dwellers.  Here are some other cool interpretations of modern wall hangings:

Modern Wall Hangings

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Before jumping to some of my favorite wall hangings you can buy, you can find some cool DIY options here and here.  Here are hangings you can buy, some are one of a kind, others can be purchased at your local chain store.

Modern Wall Hangings

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After looking at all these beauties I think I need to find the just the right spot to feature one in my living space redo.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even try making one.  Making one looks kinda therapeutic and I’m desperately in need of finding a little more Zen in my life.

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