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Brothers’ Hyggeligt Bedroom: One Room Challenge Week 2

Brothers’ Hyggeligt Bedroom: One Room Challenge Week 2

It’s week two of the One Room Challenge™, and we’ve begun to implement our plan for turning our older son’s sparsely decorated room into a shared room for him and his baby brother that’s meget hyggeligt—in Danish, that’s “very snug and cozy.” (Check out my ORC week one post for some reminiscences of my time studying abroad in Denmark and getting introduced to the concept of hygge.)

Here are a few recent photos of the room. It is super-long and changes widths to accommodate closets, making for an interesting layout challenge.

 To recap, here’s how far we’ve come since buying the house last year, with work performed by our contractor and his team (check out “before” photos in my previous post):

  • Evened out the heights of the ceilings, smoothed them with plaster over new drywall, and painted them

  • Took down the old, prickly-textured walls and put up drywall over new insulation

  • Added recessed lights, moved ceiling fan box to a more central location, installed new ceiling fan

  • Removed old trim and doors and installed new trim, doors, and hardware

  • Refinished floors

And here’s where we’re at with our plan:

  • Replace bulky curtains with new custom blackout Roman shades [ordered from Selectblinds.com, which is partially sponsoring the window treatments—arriving next week!]

  • Incorporate a mostly earth-toned/neutral palette

  • Include an accent Persian rug [ordered from South Shore Rugs—arrived and is gorgeous!]

  • Install photo ledges [ordered from Etsy—hopefully arriving next week!]

  • Add framed art: family and travel photos and a few other collected pieces [solicited older son’s input—still need to order prints and purchase frames]

  • Purchase and install light kit for the ceiling fan (the lights are currently on the other side of the room from the bed, but the ceiling fan control is right next it—this should make story time and bedtime easier) [need to order]

  • Use the existing bed, move the crib from the nursery, and continue using the vintage midcentury dresser currently in the room [all set!]

  • Keep the existing paint color: Benjamin Moore’s “Mosaic Glass” [all set! I am just not up for painting right now. If I had it to do again, maybe I would have gone for a deeper color, but for now, it’s cheerful and clean-looking.]

  • Make a reading nook:

  • Purchase a new, deeper bookshelf for books and toys [purchased and assembled—bought two matching ones but don’t think the second will actually fit]

  • Add soft seating—either a structured beanbag chair or something else that’s kid-friendly (read: can stand up to being rolled around on) yet cute [bought a nice beanbag chair on Facebook Marketplace, but still deciding whether it’s the right scale for the room or should stay in our playroom instead]

  • Repurpose an existing rug [need to decide between “sweater rug,” Beni Ourain, or putting the Persian rug here rather than another spot in the room]

  • Consider an accent wall of some sort with paint or wall treatment [need to decide: I’m stuck on whether to do this or not]

In addition to these elements, I’ve bought of the same fabric as the Roman shades from SelectBlinds in case I want to either make cornice boxes to enclose the tops of the shades (has anyone tried this? Good idea? Bad idea?) or a coordinating pillow—but want to avoid it looking too matchy-matchy. Many thanks to SelectBlinds for providing some sponsorship for the window treatments and coordinating fabric!

I adore the vintage Persian Hamadan rug we got from South Shore Rugs, a lovely little Massachusetts company with great rugs, fair prices, and fast shipping that’s free in the domestic U.S. I tried it out in our living room to start, and here’s one of two places it could end up in the boys’ room—this wall is still a blank slate! The other potential place for the rug is in the reading area.  

 Rug from  @southshorerugs , in our living room before I moved it upstairs, morning light

Rug from @southshorerugs, in our living room before I moved it upstairs, morning light

 Same rug, different space (boys’ bedroom), evening light so tones look warmer

Same rug, different space (boys’ bedroom), evening light so tones look warmer

I’m enjoying seeing what everyone else is up to as well! A number of ORC participants are working on children’s spaces…here’s a quick round-up of the featured designers’ kids’ spaces, and I’m still looking through all of the guest designers’ spaces for children (let me know if you’re one of them in the comments so I can be sure to check it out!):

Thanks to Linda for creating and hosting the One Room Challenge™, and to media partner Better Homes and Gardens!

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