Brothers’ Hyggeligt Bedroom: One Room Challenge Week 5
For the past week, we’ve been working to finish our One Room Challenge™ shared boys’ bedroom for our almost 5-year-old son, Danny, and baby brother Glen. Our date to wrap up the project is actually tomorrow, November 1, because we leave for Cuba on Friday! So it’s ended up being a very short window of time for us to do our project…but that’s fine! We’re almost there. I’ll still post my final update with the rest of the Challenge participants’ reveals, as long as Cuban internet access is possible. I’ve heard it’s tricky but doable, and we’ll be in Havana this time next week, so might have the best luck there.
Meanwhile, here’s a look back at some elements we planned to incorporate into the room:
I shared earlier how I’d first been immersed in the Danish concept of hygge—snug coziness—years ago when studying abroad in Denmark. I’ve continued to aim for a hyggeligt room, part of which is achieving that cozy feeling without cluttering the space.
Here’s our progress to date on our to-do list:
Replace bulky curtains with new custom blackout Roman shades: Done! Ordered from SelectBlinds, which is partially sponsoring the window treatments; looking good!
Construct cornices to hang above shades: Done! This wasn’t on our original list, but we added it to dress up the windows a little more, using fabric ordered from SelectBlinds in the same pattern as our shades. Hanging the cornices has proven a little more difficult so far since our ceiling studs are under two layers of ceiling materials (from when we had the original ceiling re-done to make smooth)—getting the right hardware tomorrow. This has been our biggest DIY project for the room; the main image for this post shows me cutting some wood to size on our friends’ miter saw. That might be one of our next purchases, as I’ve found I could really use it on a more regular basis.
Incorporate a mostly earth-toned/neutral palette: In progress! We’ve got lots of this going on!
Include an accent Persian rug: Done! The beautiful rug from South Shore Rugs looks awesome with our vintage mid-century dresser.
Install photo ledges: Done! Ordered from Etsy—we ended up just using one of the two we ordered and are still debating whether/where to add the other. The weathered gray finish goes well with the bed, crib, and shades.
Add framed art: family and travel photos and a few other collected pieces: In progress! We’ve added numerous photos and some other art, and will be putting a few finishing touches on the room with additional art tomorrow. As I’d shared earlier, I might be most excited about a large, custom hanging canvas from Frame Sticks, with a photo of a llama I took a few years ago in Ecuador on our first international trip with Danny. The magnets have been holding the frame and canvas together very well, and I’m really pleased with how it looks. The company generously sponsored this canvas.
Purchase and install light kit for the ceiling fan: Done! It’s a low-profile light for our relatively low ceilings, and is a nice alternative to the recessed lights for bedtime stories.
Use the existing bed, move the crib from the nursery, and continue using the vintage midcentury dresser currently in the room: Done! We moved the crib in yesterday, and it fits well in the space we’d planned for it.
Make a reading nook:
Purchase a new, deeper bookshelf for books and toys: Done! Needs to be tidied for photos!
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: Done! I initially planned to use a nice beanbag chair I found on Facebook Marketplace, but found it works better in our playroom. Instead, using another FB find, an IKEA Ektorp slipcovered armchair, in this space, and am happier with its scale within the room.
Repurpose an existing rug: In progress! Still determining final rug layout for the room.
Add soft textiles: Done! We’ve gotten new bedding for Danny and have some throws and accent pillows as well.
Consider an accent wall of some sort with paint or wall treatment: Decided not to do this for now; will revisit in the future along with the idea of re-painting in a different color.
I’m excited to share how the room has turned out, and am glad Danny will finally have a space that feels cozier, especially as we prepare to move Glen in with him. Here’s hoping they’ll be great roommates!
Before the room reveals next week, check out the featured designers’ spaces in progress, along with fellow guest participants’ rooms! I’m so impressed with all the creativity on display. Many thanks to Linda for creating and hosting the One Room Challenge™, and to media partner Better Homes and Gardens!