Thursday, October 17, 2013

One Room Challenge: Week 3 - Art, Books and more...

My daughter's room has been evolving for a while. This is the wall dedicated to art and books. I love some type of a fixture/furniture/space dedicated to books. In this room the floating shelves are perfect for just that. I chose to install them to the far right of the wall so there is no way anyone could walk into them. They could also be installed at a lower level, as a result.

This is how it started, with the determining of the floor plan.
Once the room was painted I drew out a floor plan. This "old" floor plan (shown below) had the bed against the window.  I moved the furniture accordingly. I liked how it was framed by the curtains.
But there was not enough room for Emily to sit on her bean bag and enjoy reading, relaxing, listening to music, time with friends.
For the bed to be at or along the largest wall (bottom of picture) was not an option. It would somewhat close off the entry into the room.
This is how she wants it. With the bed in the corner against both windows. The large window is not completely covered so I am happy with this layout.
This gives her a large area for bean bag and lounging.
I can see her desk (right wall) and keep an eye on her while she studies. The dresser with the mirror is against the left wall. This is good as it allows reflection of any light from windows and makes the room appear larger.
The wall of artwork and pictures and a dedicated library space is perfect (bottom of picture).
This wall adds a range of colors which pop.
This is how the wall was planned out. Some old artwork and new pieces lined up against the wall to look at the effect of the colors against the wall. I also wanted to keep some space to add more items to the wall over time.
These fine handcrafted papers  found at a local Paper Source were wrapped around canvas boards. The paper choice was a collaborative effort.


I had written a post about this months ago. Go here to read details.
Scotch Blue painter's tape used to template the art and the bookshelves.


Here you have a glimpse of the old layout with the bed.

The mosaic-like piece at the bottom of the wall was inspired by Salvage Savvy. Go here to read how my kids and I worked on ours. We did it last year. It was a ton of fun to create!

It used to be in the basement, by the kids' play area.
More pictures...


The 2 fine handcrafted paper art pieces look good in reality but the purple one seems to blend in too much or not really stand out in any way... 
...and we had picked it because it had sparkle. Have to make some modification to this piece, I think.
As you can see, I have used some art that we have had for years. They are meaningful not only to the kids but to me as well. On this wall these would be the butterfly pieces and Belle from Beauty and the Beast, a classic.
I did, though, purchase one new piece for the wall by the bed. I also used parts of our "old" room's wall decal shown below.
This is how it came together. Easy...
This is my Indian Girl Matryoshka Print by Amy Perrotti on Etsy. I loved the close-up and of course, the aqua color.
Emily chose to hold on to these particular flowers, birds and animals so we incorporated them in the design.


I love how everything on this wall is framed by the curtains from west elm. Unfortunately, these are no longer available. I had these in the room before and the color is stunning against the Hazy Lilac walls.
So there you have it. To be fair, some of this was done some months ago but other elements require completion before the end of this challenge. Thank you to Linda for the push to finish.
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  1. i am really loving that wall color with the pops of color!

  2. I love the floating shelves. Books as art, so cool. The wall looks great, and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

  3. The new floor plan really opens up the room and the expanded bean bag area may become the favorite study area, just sayin' from my personal experience. I'm really loving how you and Emily are working together on the room and have combined the Indian Girl Matryoshka Print with the decals previously in the room to create a very personal {and pretty} statement.

  4. Dying over those bookshelves - they are very cool! I'm sure your daughter will love the new floor plan. My girls always want there furniture arranged in whatever way will give them the most floor space!

  5. I loved sleeping by the windows in my room growing up. I can remember laying in bed staring out the window just daydreaming. And the extra lounge space is going to be quite nice for her i'm sure!

  6. The new floor plan makes the room feel huge. I really like how you reused your wall decals and brought some of the former room into the new room. The art is so colorful and creative. What a fun room.

  7. I do like the new floorplan - allows more room for a young lady to be creative. Looks like it is going to be a fun room for your daughter.

  8. Yes, all little girls need hang out space ... love the colors and special pieces you have incorporated into the art wall! xo

  9. I love the art! Maybe a frame around the purple piece would make it stand out more?

    I like the new floorplan, too. I tend to put kid beds in corners because they like to have the floor space for playing or reading on the floor, stuff like that.

  10. Love those floating books, such a great idea for a kids room! I agree with jessica, maybe adding a frame to the purple piece would be a good idea -- maybe in a bold glossy black.

  11. What a pretty room!

  12. looks great...your daughter must love it..

  13. Your walls are looking fantastic!!!!!! I love the Indian girl art and the mosaic art the most! Will definitely try to do that one of these days! The decals are super cute too!

  14. I love the colors and how you incorporated the decals with that fun new print. Can't wait to see how it turns out! :)

  15. Very cute! What a perfect girls room!

  16. I love the look of the floating books - can't wait to see how it turns out!

  17. Thank you for including my Aqua Indian Girl Matryoshka Close-Up print in your redesign! I love how the room turned out. I hope your daughter enjoys her new room. I'm sure she will. :)

  18. How adorable! I really love the colour combinations and the art work and arrangement are beautiful!