S18 ORC I WEEK SIX I THE REVEAL


Reveal Day (plus three days) has finally arrived for Q’s bedroom. And since I have waited too long already, let’s just cut straight to those photos...

Okay now let's back up a bit...

These past 6 weeks I have been participating in the One Room Challenge by Calling It Home, making over Q's bedroom. Alongside me are 20 Featured Designers and hundreds of Guest Participants that deserve your eyes as well.

If you missed the weekly progress of Q's bedroom, you can catch up below.

WEEK ONE I WEEK TWO I WEEK THREE I WEEK FOUR I WEEK FIVE

If you have been following along from the beginning...

Then you saw all of the bad and ugly, thank you for sticking out these weeks to see this room finally as it should be. I am so excited to be sharing it like this, so cozy and full of memories, history and wonder. It is everything I wanted for my little 7 year old boy. He isn't a baby anymore, so this is sort of my coming to terms of that and giving him something that suited him. But, I didn't want just "handsome". I needed this room to be his haven, a hug that he could wake up in and walk back into at the end of the day. So let me tell you how I made that.

The walls...

First of all, the color was his idea. When asked what color he would like to paint his room, "green" was what I got. I showed him tons of different shades of green. We even had a moment of browns when he was helping me paint the kitchen and declared that he wanted his room the same color (what the what?!). But he circled back around to green and gave me more direction towards a dark hunter green. I narrowed it down and then we lived with large swatches on the walls for a bit to see which one would win us over with the lighting and other elements of the room. It was Sherwin-Williams, Olympic Range.

I knew that I didn't want to just paint the walls and be done with them though. I wanted to go big with color and add in more character that this Victorian house deserved. So I added a picture rail (which came in real handy for hanging lots of pictures), shoe mold that was missing, and plinth blocks at the doors to hide a mistake. Painting everything in the same color gave this room some drama (it feels so much taller than before) and helped tremendously with how badly things had been done in previous renovations.

And we love it.

The bed...

I found the antique bed frame years ago at a local thrift store not realizing the issue I would come into with an old bed and modern times. I couldn't find a mattress to fit it! I did a lot of rigging to make it work with a full size mattress for awhile, but I tired of it falling and looking silly. I reached out hoping a solution would finally present itself. And it did! @greely6 told me about a friend who bought a foam mattress that was bigger than needed and then cut it down! After some online searching I found this one that was priced so I didn't feel so crazy taking a saw to it, and then I did, and man it was fun...and it worked! I was so happy to finally have a mattress sitting down in the side rails like it was meant to be, which was really why I bought it in the first place, the side rails! Now it looks like it did way back when and sleeps even better than before (we camped out in the floor a night to test it out).

For the bedding, I decided to keep it light and simple so maybe it will actually get made every once in awhile. The quilt and jersey sheets combo is a favorite in our house (I also have a quilt and jersey sheet set on my bed). It is so comfy and easy to throw in the wash. I went all white this time to help brighten the moodiness of the room, not that I hate it or want to fight it, I like moody.

Then I added a faux fur blanket for cuddly nights and something really special. The Forbes Tartan. This was one of the most important pieces that I wanted to put into this room. It represents the history of Pop. Vernon Dewell Forbes Jr. was one of the greatest men that ever walked this Earth and was adored by so many including my little man. A few years back we learned there was a lot of Scottish blood running through those veins of his and naturally ours too. And if you know me, I love digging into history. But just learning it wasn't enough, I wanted to own it and honor it. Thus, that tartan made a trip to the states all the way from Scotland so we could have a piece of it here with us until we make it there one day. You will spot a few more pieces of Scotland scattered about the room.

I also bought this "magic bedskirt" and attached it with velcro so I could add toy storage hidden underneath the bed to free up the cluttered closet. It was such an easy and cheap fix that paid off big time. The storage bins are actually from our local Family Dollar, and I happened to find very similar ones at Fred's and Dollar General (I picked these for their height to work with the bed). So remember to check out your local dollar store for easy solutions that will help out the day to day life.

The desk...

Yes, I painted it in that wondrous green too. You know, maybe it is the Scottish blood that calls us to green and hilly pastures, I'd like to think so. But I had a reason for painting it this way, because it was right inside the door and felt so in the way. It wasn't a nice antique either, it was an awful yellowish tone that stuck out amongst the rest of the furniture in the worst way. Now it blends into the walls, creating a more peaceful entry into the room, and dang it you know everything just looks good green. There I said it.