Let’s Get This ORC Party Started!

I probably should have thought this out better.  This is probably going to cost me thousands in therapy bills down the road.  Did I really complete two One Room Challenges for my other children and leave my middle child for last?   I should have thought this one through better.

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Kevin’s Room

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Anna’s Room

But here’s my chance to redeem myself!  Do you know what today is?  It’s the one year anniversary of me entering the world of interior design and blogging. I can’t believe it’s been a year…thank you so much for all of your encouragement!  It’s also the kick-off of my third One Room Challenge!!  Thank you so much for thinking this brain child up, Linda.  Over the next five Wednesdays (it started yesterday) 20 designers/bloggers will be completing a room and showing us the good, the bad, the ugly and finally the amazing.  Then every Thursday there is a link up party were we can see a ton of talent.  I am hoping to link up on Thursdays and hopefully I will be able to show you how I took Michael’s old “pirate” room and changed it into a teen room every boy would want to hang out in (no girls allowed).

So here’s my client:

willow interiorsMichael is a great kid, but is going to be a tough client.  He hates change…not good.  But he hates his current room…good (that sounds bad).  This is not going to be a themed room because this kid has way too many interests.  He loves football, baseball, skiing, music, guitar, singing, acting and fishing.  Okay.  So what I’m thinking is I will stick with his two main loves music and fishing.  We are just going with a feeling here…are you with me?  So it’s going to be “A little bit country (fishing) and a little bit rock’n’roll (music)”.

Here are some ugly before photos of what we are working with and then I will leave you with some pretty inspiration photos and then I’ve got to go and get to work for my man!

It’s all coming back to me now.  Michael’s room was the first room we did when we moved here (I’ll have to remember that for the therapy sessions).  And I’ve got proof:

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Then his younger brother moved in and we got bunk beds.  After that we added on our master, Michael lost a window but his brother moved out.

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And now his present day tween room has hints of the past, his sister’s old desk I was trying out (was thinking maybe I could paint it…not going to work), an old bookshelf around from our original nursery that has spent time in everyone’s rooms and his electric guitar stuff…

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The only things staying are his Pottery Barn Kids bed and dresser.  I’m guessing he wants his fish hooks gone. 🙂

So here’s some inspiration for a little bit country and a little bit rock’n’roll:

A boy's room full of character and interest/willow interiorsArchitectural Digest

Michael Angus/House&Home

BM Rockport Graysource

teenage boy   gray walls and art/willow interiorsElle Decor

Jeanne Oliver

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Maple Leaves & Sycamore Trees


wool blanket/willow interiorsBarrie Benson/Domino

traditional kids by Shannon Malone  love the lights!source

 There you have it folks.  I swear I can do something other than kids’ rooms.  Maybe after this I’ll even finish our master…

Go HERE and HERE to check out all the unbelievable talent the ORC has cooked up this year.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by! – kate





48 thoughts on “Let’s Get This ORC Party Started!

  1. Michael is a lucky kid. I love your inspiration photos, Kate, and am looking forward to seeing your changes!! I have 2 boys rooms to tackle in the near future too but maybe I will just live vicariously through your makeover 🙂

  2. He is so adorable in his bowtie! Love all of your inspiration especially the Barrie Benson image – so beautiful. Are you going to be changing out the carpet? That alone would make a world of difference. Either to a berber or an inexpensive laminate that looks like wood – it’s amazing how far laminates have come. Can’t wait to see what you do!

    • Thanks Vanessa! Great suggestion about the carpet! I wish it was in the budget for a new one. I did rip up my daughter’s during the last ORC and there are old wood floors under…but I might hold off a cpl of years here…with boys they r always wrestling someone or messing arnd on the floor. 🙂

  3. Kids rooms are fun – and isn’t it the truth that we leave our own rooms for absolute last?! Lucky kid to have you designing a new space – can’t wait to see what you do!

  4. Kate! (Yay for boy rooms!) I am dying over those inspiration pictures! This room is going to be Fantastic!!! So jealous of Michael right now! haha Good luck with the challenge. Can’t wait to check in next week!

  5. I LOVE all the inspiration pics Kate! I need a little inspo for my sons room so I am excited to see how this all comes together….it’s going to be fabulous {can you even use the word fabulous when referring to a boys room?} xoxo

  6. What a wonderful kid space this is going to be. I cannot wait to see your progress and how it all unfolds.

    I too am participating in the One Room Challenge. My challenges? I just moved to a completely new state (Texas) last week and therefore have no idea where to source things other than Wal Mart and Home Depot. 🙂 I am currently battling strep throat and just want to lay around and eat soup as opposed to painting a 30 year old polyurethaned oak coffered ceiling that has never before seen paint. The accompanying powder room rivals the worst gas station stall ever. But a bonus is that the previous owners installed a wine glass and bottle holder on the ceiling of the bathroom. I kid you not. Come take a peek.

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  10. I love your inspiration images!! I recently revamped my stepsons room & your first inspiration image was the same as mine! Can’t wait to see more! Xx jana

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