ORC Week 1: Shared Kids’ Room Plans

I am a first time linking participant in this round of the One Room Challenge. If you’re not familiar, it’s a biannual event hosted by Calling It Home, where design bloggers make over a space in six weeks, sharing weekly updates. I’ve been following it forever, harbouring mild envy at what people are able to achieve, and soaking up all the gorgeous inspiration too, of course. It’s very exciting to be settled enough now to be able to join in!

The kids have been sharing a room since we moved here six months ago. It was supposed to be temporary, but now we’re thinking we’ll stick with it and eventually use the third bedroom as a study/guest/music/reading room instead.   I’m basically adapting the plan I had for Sebastian’s room in the last house (which we moved from before it was finished) to make it fit both him and his sister, bringing more feminine elements in to balance all the “boy.” I put together a mood board, which I think maybe reads more on the “boy” side, but I’ll bring more “girl” in with the styling at the end.

Peg Board // Pendant Shade // Fierce Print // ShelvesChicago Print // Curtains // Wall LampBookcase // Decals // Fabric // Duvet SetWall Hooks & Chest of Drawers  – no longer available // Throw // Rug

I’ve sort of had most of this in mind for a while, but because we’ve moved so often the last few years, it hasn’t ever come to fruition. Now, though, now it’s happening!

This is what the space looked like when we moved in:

We’re still renting, so the walls have to stay white, but there will be plenty of colour coming in everywhere else.

The room is about 11’x 12′ – not huge, but plenty big enough for two small people. I love that the window is in the middle of that wall – it makes it a really easy space to work with – yay symmetry! Here’s the floor plan:

I’ve made a bit of progress already, some of which you got a sneak peek of in this post – more on that next week. I’m so excited at the prospect of having a proper finished room in six weeks…bring it on!



  1. April 7, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    This is my first time doing ORC too-slightly nervous but really excited! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing how your shared kiddo's bedroom turns out…our girls share a room and wouldn't have it any other way 🙂 Kristin @ Postbox Designs

  2. April 7, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I love your color palette–it's actually pretty similar to the one I am doing in the nursery (…minus pink walls, lol), but I think it's the perfect gender neutral palette! Can't wait to follow along! PS–how did you make that floor plan?! Do tell!!!

  3. April 7, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    I love the shared bedroom & the colour pallet is great for both boy & girls. I'll be following along as I also complete my ORC! Hollie

  4. April 8, 2016 / 8:10 am

    love the dresser you picked out! good luck with the transformation!

  5. April 8, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Oooh your design plan looks fantastic I will look forward to following along with this one 🙂 Thank you for your visit today! x

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