I am so excited for this round of the one room challenge! This will be my second go around and the first time I will be blogging each week about my progress, design, etc. If you missed the first ORC I completed last spring, check this out. I did our primary bedroom and I was thrilled with the results. I will be doing a guest bedroom for this round.
I knew immediately I wanted to design the room in a Grand Millennial style. I have grown to love this blend of old and new and have been wanting to incorporate it more into our house. If you are unfamiliar with this style here is a great quote from Ariel Okin:
“I think a ‘grandmillennial’ is really a ‘New Traditionalist’—someone who has an appreciation for the past,” explains Manhattan-based interior designer Ariel Okin, 28. “It’s someone who references the work of legendary designers like Billy Baldwin and Nancy Lancaster and Albert Hadley, who realizes the staying power of good, well-edited design while putting their own fresh spin on it to make it feel updated and unique.”
However, we are looking to move soon and I need to walk the line of what I love and resale. This can be tricky as I don’t want to invest too much money or permanent design features that someone else may hate. Normally I would tell myself and anyone else, do NOT design your home around resale as you never know when that will be and you should always love your home. I am talking we have been looking at houses for the last year and are eager to move so in this case I have to keep it in mind. So to find the middle ground of loving my home for as much time as we have left in it, and to keep it approachable for buyers I decided I would not use wallpaper or lattice as I had originally planned. I will save these for my next house. Because of this, I wanted to go bold on the paint so that paint could make the statement. I know some people may not love it but its just paint and in an afternoon it can be changed. I had a few Farrow and Ball paint colors I loved but because I want to keep this makeover on the more affordable side, I went to Benjamin Moore to color match it. The winner is Lulworth Blue! It’s bright, classic and will surely make a statement. I also wanted to add a few architectural details to transform the room so as crown molding and bead board to the ceiling. We have a textured plaster ceiling and I want to cover this up. I will keep you updated with the selections I pick and the costs. I am still unsure about what I want to do for the bed. I have been looking for a vintage 4 poster bed but have not had luck yet. I have mentioned I want this to be on the affordable side so another thing I will be doing is thrifting/antiquing furniture and accessories to save money and because its essential in a grand millennial room.
Here is the design mood board I created to guide me in this process. I am sure some things will change and evolve but this is my jumping off point and how I can show you my inspiration.
My to do list consists of:
-Paint the room blue
-Add crown molding
-Add bead board to the ceiling
-Install closet organizer and closet doors
-Make skirted tablecloth
-Thrift and antique for most of the furniture/accessories
I am sure things will change but this is where I am starting at. When I am finished I want this room to feel classic, fresh, inviting and the perfect blend of old and new. What do you think of the design? I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions below!
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ll follow along as the weeks go by. 6 weeks until the reveal so stay tuned!