one room challenge: nicky's hygge bedroom (week 5)

It is week 5 of the One Room Challenge and things are actually coming along quite nicely thanks to lots of hard work from Nicky’s mom, Deb.

Last week, we talked about moving Nicky’s bed into the corner to give her the cozy hang-out space she was after. That move opened up a ton of floor space. Over FaceTime during week 4, while Deb moved the bookshelf for the 20th time (oh, and did you notice there is a new bookshelf in the room? Ch-ch-ch-changes….), Nicky’s face lit up at the idea of creating a specific area in her room for doing make-up.

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one room challenge: nicky’s hygge bedroom (week 4)

For whatever reason, I’ve had a portion of the voice over from the Muppets veterinary hospital skit rolling through my head for the last week. Totally dating myself, but c’mon. Anyone remember it? “… [T]he continuing stooooory of a quack who’s gone to the dogs…” Definitely watch the whole clip (after you finish reading this, of course). When was the last time you heard that many corny jokes in a row? Life has been a little bit like an overdramatized soap-opera around here lately (and I'm not talking about this challenge). I think it is going to my head. Like Rolf, I’m hoping my sense of humor is staying intact.

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One Room Challenge: Nicky's Hygge Bedroom (week 3)

It just hit me as I typed the title of this post that the One Room Challenge is at its halfway point this week. Holy moly. It is time to get cracking!

Last week, you were introduced to Nicky, her mom, Deb, and the type of look Nicky wanted for her bedroom: soft, textured, neutral with bits of blush and gold. But Nicky is a only 13, so the room also needs to be a little fun and youthful. Our visual discussion via Pinterest (remember, we are working on this project states away!) led to the discovery a few other things that are important to Nicky, namely hanging lights, a little glam, and lots of pillows.

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One Room Challenge: Nicky's Hygge Bedroom (Week 1 and 2)

You may have already noticed that this post is my first for this round of ORC. This is because I had no plans to participate in the challenge this spring. We are on the verge of a major remodel, which made my house totally out of the running. Last Thursday, as the challenge officially began, I had a huge bout of FOMO about not participating. I did what any questionably sane person would do and asked my Insta-friends if any of them wanted to donate a space for a little refresh. My lovely friend Deb raised her hand. Bless all the people who say yes to crazy ideas.

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conversation is better than content

I know, right? It's been 3 months since my last blog post and I feel like I should be going to confession or something. I promise you, a lot has been going on and nothing has been going on and it is still a circus inside my house (and head). 

One of the things I've struggled with for some time is the feeling that much of blogging and social media these days feels like noise. It's like we are all yelling at the top of our lungs into this void and hoping that something sticks. Things begin to all look the same. When I start to feel that I am not inspired by my feeds, that I'm scrolling and scrolling and scrolling, it is time for a change. I don't want to look at the same thing anymore. I don't want to contribute to it either. 

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football at home

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, who asked what it might look like to tailgate from the comfort of your very own sofa. As someone who always tailgates from the comfort of my sofa, this question was not a stretch. All opinions are (as always) my own. 

Fall in the south is a funny thing, especially for those of us who are accustomed to defining fall as that season in which we wear all the sweaters. Unless you have really good air conditioning and no plans to go outside EVER, sweater weather is not the definition of fall here in Texas. Football is the definition of fall.

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one room challenge: shared girls’ room (week 2)

It's week two of the One Room Challenge and while most participants are totally off to the races, I'm still hanging out at the starting line. Tortoise and the Hare, baby. 

There are three things that you really need to have when you start a design project: an idea of the needs of the inhabitants and challenges of the space, an idea of how the space needs to feel and how it will flow with the rest of the home, and a budget. Let's start with the easy thing first: needs and challenges.

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One Room Challenge: Shared Girls' Room (week 1)

It’s the first week of October, which means it is time for the One Room Challenge. For the non-design nerds among you, twice a year, Linda from Calling It Home invites 20 bloggers to fix up one room in six weeks. Home viewers with a penchant for crazy can play along as guest participants. Last year, I took a small, weird side closet in our new house from weird side closet to family room in (a little more than) six weeks.

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