Healthy Master Bedroom Makeover – One Room Challenge Week 1
It’s been several years that I have known about the One Room Challenge. I’ve admired others that have participated in the past. Finishing a room in 6 weeks seemed crazy to me! I mean seriously! My process, I “MARINATE” on ideas before pulling the trigger. Especially when it comes to my own home. Unfortunately, the marinating process sometimes becomes my paralysis.
If you found this post by way of the ORC website – welcome! I’m Lenora, this is my blog and I’m an interior designer based in Orange County Ca. My firm is 9 Ten Design, I design in and around Orange County and Los Angeles. I’m passionate about creating beautiful spaces and incorporating healthy materials when possible. Healthy materials are materials that are not harmful to human health.
Our Healthy Master Bedroom Makeover officially begins today!
Today I’m officially throwing my hat into the mix. I will be featured as a Guest Participant and will complete our Master Bedroom makeover in 6 weeks! Eek! Not only that I have given myself another challenge. To create a room that is NON TOXIC. Meaning using materials that are NOT HARMFUL to human health. Hence the Healthy Bedroom Makeover. I will get into the specifics of what that means as the project evolves. Stay tuned! I have a feeling your jaw will drop when you find out how many harmful chemicals we surround ourselves without knowing.
Late 2009 my husband Steve, son Emmett, and our dog and cat moved into our “FOREVER” home. I was also 6 months pregnant with our youngest son Wyatt at the time. Like most others, we brought over what we had from our old house. Regardless if it went or not. Our budget was spent on getting into the house and furnishing 2 rooms that had nothing. Now almost 10 years later! We have done NOTHING to our Master Bedroom.
Getting to know the client: “THE HUBBY” AKA (Steve, Steven, Babe, or Dad)
The One Room Challenge has lit a fire under my butt to get it going. Since I do share this room with my husband It’s only fair that, I involve him and treat him as a client. Not sure if this is a good idea? Since he has STRONG opinions. Luckily he does have good taste. With any project, I ask questions to get to know my client’s needs, wants and dreams.
The One Room Challenge questionnaire
9 Ten Design – What do you like about your room?
Steve – “I like the furniture and the layout.”
9 Ten Design – What don’t you like about your room?
Steve – I don’t like how dark the room is and the mattress is no longer comfortable.
9 Ten Design – What colors do you like?
Steve – I like cool colors blues and greens.
9 Ten Design – How would you like to feel in your room?
Steve – Relaxed, and soothing. A place I can rejuvenate and recharge.
9 Ten Design – Would you be open to purchasing a latex bed instead of a standard petroleum-based foam mattress?
Steve – Yes as long as it’s comfortable.
9 Ten Design – What would you like to add to the room?
Steve – PLANTS!
Image Credit DominoMag
O.k. I’m REALLY glad I asked those questions before I started. I’ve been obsessing over the color Black. I was imagining a black accent wall with pops of green like the image above. I do agree that our room is dark. But feel that one wall painted black with the rest of the walls painted white would have been fine. But NO time to debate with him. I’ve learned to pick my battles. Six weeks comes and goes pretty darn quickly.
The Mrs. Pet Peeves (ME) AKA (Lenora, Jeanie, or Mom)
- My Pile of books needs a home!
- The room is really dark, Unfortunately, we only have one window that is blocked by a wall.
- Creating an allergy free environment using as many non-toxic materials as possible. I have BAD allergies and Asthma. To the point that I can’t smell.
- Our current drapes are too low and not enough fabric. When you draw them closed the ripple effect is gone. Losing the soft flow of what I’d like to feel in the space.
- We have MDF wood blinds that do not work! It’s ONLY been 10 years!
- Our current pendant light is WAY too small.
Master Bedroom Before Image
Notice the unbalanced art? Yep, we can’t seem to find the time to re-hang the art that fell down 6 months ago. I know it’s sad.
NO room for all of my books! HELP!
Our sad drapes, they look like sheets without the nice ripple effect
The MDF wood blinds that couldn’t
Let the designing BEGIN!
Now that I’ve got both of our needs and wants worked out, it’s time to come up with a plan of attack. Next week is going to be BUSY!
In the meantime, I’ve created an inspiration board for color and texture. The image is located at the top of the post. Let me know what you think. Remember to stay tuned! Sign up for my newsletter to keep up with the progress. Creating a KILLER room without the KILLER chemicals IS POSSIBLE.
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