Brothers’ Hyggeligt Bedroom: One Room Challenge Reveal!
For the past five-plus weeks, I’ve been thinking about how best to bring the Danish concept of hygge—snug coziness—into the room that’s been our almost 5-year-old son, Danny’s, which he’ll now be sharing with our baby, 10-month-old Glen. To bring the idea for the room to life, I’ve stuck to a modest budget and repurposed some items from Danny’s current room and Glen’s nursery, while investing in a few new furnishings and decor elements. (Note: I’m posting this with spotty internet access in Cuba, so please excuse formatting issues, which I’ll fix shortly! Update: fixed! Let me know if you still see anything that looks wonky!)
This is my second time as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge(TM), created by Linda of “Calling it Home”; sponsored this season by media partner House Beautiful. I like that the Challenge has given me the motivation I needed to go beyond where this room has been in limbo for the past year since we moved into our house.
Before (pre-renovation above; post-renovation below):
To give the long, relatively empty room a much cozier feel and make it a better space for Danny and baby brother Glen to share, we hung photos and other art, brought back the Beni Ourain and added other rugs, changed the window treatments, included a deeper bookshelf and comfy seating for a reading nook, installed a low-profile light kit for the ceiling fan, gave Danny some new bedding, and move the crib into the room.
The cordless blackout Roman shades from SelectBlinds* made some of the biggest visual difference in the room. They have great light-blocking fabric, and I liked that I could get the same fabric by the yard, which I used to cover the cornices we constructed. I got the shades all in the length of the largest window and hung the same height from the ceiling to disguise the fact that each of the three windows is a different size.
We ended up hanging the cornices from the ceiling for both practical and aesthetic reasons: using brackets to hang on the walls would have required more space on each interior back side of the cornices, which made them look oversized (in fact, they were originally larger to accommodate brackets, but because they looked huge, we re-cut and re-assembled them with help from friends with miter and table saws). Hanging from the ceiling was a little difficult because it was hard to find the joists—we have two layers of ceiling because part of the whole-house renovation was to put new ceilings over the existing ones.
Since our ceilings are relatively low, I also feel like hanging the cornices at ceiling height maximized use of the space. I might still like to add decorative nailhead trim at some point.
For the reading nook, we moved in the 8x10 West Elm sweater rug we’d had in Glen’s nursery, bought a bookshelf, and got a gently used slipcovered IKEA chair (in white—while I don’t think it’s the most practical color for a kids’ room, I’m hopeful that since it’s on a different floor from the art supplies, it can stay nicer for longer, and if not, we can change out the slipcover for navy or something). I’ve got our handira (Moroccan wedding blanket) there too since both kids are obsessed with the sequins and fringe—I admit, I am too, so this blanket tends to move around the house. I also hung photos of the two children taken when each was around 6 months old, some vintage art, a silhouette we had cut when Danny was 2 years old, and a string of pearls plant.
For bedding, a shoutout to my local Pottery Barn Kids store in Burlington, MA. The women there were super-nice and helpful as I was trying to learn more about layering bedding. I had already bought PB Kids organic flannel sheets and the coordinating duvet cover online, but it was all looking washed out by itself and I wanted some deeper color. The navy quilt and sham I found in Burlington did the trick (and go well with the blue in the Persian rug), and I also included a pillow with some cute deer that I’d kept meaning to find a home for, plus a few other accent pillows and a deep green throw blanket.
The vintage Persian rug from South Shore Rugs* was another one of the most striking additions, and while I’d originally thought about putting it in the reading nook, I liked the way it complemented the vintage midcentury Kent Coffey dresser so left it there.
In that area of the room, I also wanted some large-scale art, so had a photo from our first international trip with Danny—a llama from the mountains of Ecuador—printed by Frame Sticks^, and hung it from the company’s magnet-secured wood frame. I love the way it turned out, and would highly recommend this women-owned small business’s products.
More photos below! I still have a few more finishing touches I’d like to do, like hanging more art—including some we’ve just bought in Cuba—but for now, I feel like we’ve accomplished our goal of transforming Danny’s room into a hyggeligt shared bedroom for him and baby Glen. Now, to see how this room-sharing experiment actually goes... 😉
I’ve really enjoyed my second time participating as a guest in the One Room Challenge, and appreciate the opportunity to connect with fellow DIY enthusiasts (so impressed with all the work I’ve been seeing!) and see what the talented professional designers—both featured and guest participants—have done with their spaces. Many thanks to Linda of Calling It Home and media partner Better Homes and Gardens. Looking forward to checking out everyone’s rooms!
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