Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! On the agenda this week is furniture shopping, plus looking for all the stuff we need for projects. Let’s start shopping!
“Good morning, Dani!”
“Morning, Kat! Come in. I have good news and bad news. Well, mostly bad news.”
Happy ORC, everybody!
First, the bad news. Dani had ordered a large, beautiful wooden console piece to separate the room and store toys. You can see it in front of the bed in our moodboard here:
But when Dani and her husband grabbed the measuring tape, they realized that the piece wouldn’t fit down the stairs into the basement. D’oh!
It’s a bummer that the piece won’t fit downstairs, but here’s the good news! Dani already has a backup in mind. We’ll see next week if it works out.
And anyway, what’s a design challenge without a little excitement?
Furniture Shopping Goals
Dani’s been able to find some of the things on our list already, including:
- a super cute teepee, already baby-approved
- wood-print foam floor tiles
- a kid-sized table and chair set (free from an acquaintance!)
What are we looking for? Our focus is on getting the large furniture pieces and the stuff we’ll need to start our DIY projects:
- two chairs for the seating area
- a set of shutters we can string twine between to create our artwork display
- a door we can repurpose into a chalkboard frame
- a new rug for the playroom side, guest room side, or both
We want to get the large pieces in place before starting to add details, but while we’re out we’re also keeping an eye out for solutions to the following:
- ideas for visually dividing the playroom from the guest room
- storage ideas since the mega-storage piece isn’t going to fit
- ideas for ambient lighting
- curtains to cover the un-window?
For real this time, let’s start shopping!
Furniture Shopping Highlights
Indoor Flea Market
First stop is a massive indoor flea market in the Netherlands. This photo doesn’t begin to do justice to the size of the place!
The trick with this kind of place is to scan the room with laser focus. You want to try to look past all the beautiful, expensive pieces that you don’t need until you spot something that’s actually on your list, while still keeping your mind open to new design possibilities!
You never know when they’re going to pop up, whether they’re large-scale vintage finds…
…modern but charming finishing touches…
…or part of a dead animal!
While the rational part of my brain admits this is part of a deer skull, in my heart of hearts I choose to believe this is, in fact, a jackalope skull.
This chair caught our attention because of its light pink finish and neutral upholstery. And it was only thirty euro, which is a steal for a refinished vintage piece.
We asked the seller if we could try sitting in it, so he held the dummy in the bonnet while Dani gave the chair the booty test. I wish I had gotten a picture of the man cuddling that mannequin! Such a tender moment.
The chair isn’t bad, but we weren’t ready to pull the trigger. Dani is afraid that the chair would be hard to match. I suggested we could try coordinating the chair with a complementary one instead of trying to match it, but Dani is skeptical.
The occasional set of shutters popped up, but they’ve all been refinished and they’re all pretty pricey. We leave with lots of ideas, but nothing for the playroom.
Although not entirely empty-handed:
Here I am, grinning just like you might expect from a maniac holding a face in a jar. BoyfriendMan proposed I buy myself the jackalope skull as a celebration present for being accepted to UNC (!!!) and I didn’t bother trying to resist. My jackalope skull now!
Next we stopped at Kwantum, a Dutch home decor store known for its fun, colorful designs.
Dani was drawn to these natural-finished lamps. The color and texture are great.
Look how outdoorsy the bottoms are! Something about natural wood is so relaxing.
The texture of this chunky rug is hard to resist. It’s a bit expensive for our budget, but it’s thick, neutral (read: versatile), reversible (long-lasting), and it might help keep our teepee open!
Rug browsing. It looks like she’s reading a gigantic, fuzzy book.
Cute foxy rug for playing with cars!
I mentioned that throw rugs can also be used as a wall hanging. Dani asked me how you hang a rug. I’m not sure how other people do, but I just
nail mine to the wall.
I’m so sophisticated I can hardly stand it.
Lovely natural colors and textures. The mustard yellow and sage combination feels so earthy to me.
I love the power of a small throw rug to add color and pattern into a space, but for this project, Dani is looking for rugs with thick, cushiony texture.
Fun felt baskets to add extra baby-friendly storage.
Adorable baskets with natural texture! Don’t they look like the bottom of a hot air balloon?
We didn’t buy anything here (not even a skull!), but we’re still thinking about that round, taupe rug.
When all else fails, look to Ikea!
This chair comes in beige and costs 79.95. Two of them would be within our budget, but its clean lines have a mod look that doesn’t match the shabby chic, vintage aesthetic that Dani’s home usually rocks.
Dani’s been in love with this blue Strandmon chair for a while now. Who could look at this chair and not love it? But at 179 euro, it’s still a splurge for a budget decorator.
The soft, playful colors of this rug make it an attractive option. A hint of girliness in the pink stripe and cuddly purplish undertones in the grey stripes balance well with the neutral grey and beige stripes.
It’s on sale! This rug was looking better and better, but we decided to think about it for a while before buying.
We thought these gauzy hanging panels might be a good choice to visually separate the two halves of the room. It would be convenient to be able to modify how separate the rooms are by sliding the panels.
They come in a variety of neutral colors, so they’re easy to fit into any palette. but Dani was really attracted to the lilac colored panels.
Once again, we left the store with new ideas and no furniture.
Furniture Shopping… Can Be Frustrating
We stopped at a couple more places that didn’t make the highlights reel but still didn’t buy anything. I’ve also spent a good chunk of time researching armchairs at online retailers. I knew they weren’t cheap, but damn!
Not going to lie, it’s a little disappointing that we didn’t end up buying much on our “shopping day”. Furniture is expensive, and when you have a certain aesthetic in mind, it can be tough to achieve your design goals within your budget.
On the plus side…
As we continue with our One Room Challenge multipurpose playroom renovation, we have a ton of new ideas and a much better idea of what we can find locally. I know that design ideas sometimes take a while to percolate and coalesce, so who knows what effects our exploratory mission might have on our final playroom design!
Earlier in the week, Dani had seen a set of shutters advertised for a decent price in the Facebook feed of a nearby antique place. The antique store wasn’t open on our shopping day, but she’s going to try to grab a pair of these shutters this weekend.
I’m still a fan of that pink chair we found at the flea market. It’s vintage, unique, and fits our color scheme, and at the chair’s price point, we could spend a few extra euro on the coordinating chair. I’m going to keep trying to sneak the idea into Dani’s head. Don’t tell her.
Design Plans Master List Check
As I low-key try to manipulate my friend with sloppily-photoshopped images of her pet poodles, the sun sets on another week of the One Room Challenge!
Let’s take a moment to check back in with our design plans master list.
(Pretty much) done:
Teepee for hide-and-seek. Wood-print foam floor tiles. Kid-sized table and chairs.
Still in progress:
- Room divider.
- Rug situation.
- Toy storage.
- Adult seating area.
- Easy rotation art display area.
- Chalkboard DIY.
- Ambient lighting.
- Deal with the un-window.
- Decal map DIY – newly added! Dani has a colorful decal map to add color to the space, but she’d like to be able to easily take it with her when she moves. We’re thinking of mounting it onto a board instead of the wall to create a piece that’s easy to grab and go.
We have a lot of work ahead of us!
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