Eclectic Gentlemen's Lounge - Week 1

It's time to let the cat out of the bag....I am beyond excited to be participating in the Fall 21 One Room Challenge as a guest participant. This is my first ORC but I have been following the work of participating designers for a few years now. I am excited to share the "behind-the-scenes" design journey over the next eight weeks.

We moved into our new home just under two years ago (how has it been that long already?). With three active boys, play space was a priority, and I quickly set-up & repurposed toy storage from our previous home just to get things "put away". Functionality & necessity won out over design and in thinking of which space I wanted to tackle next, the playroom was top of mind to give it the attention it deserved.

Initial Inspiration

The concept was inspired by "SERPENTINE" wallpaper from Hygge & West. The minute I laid eyes on these snakes with metallic gold accents creative sparks started to fly. I mean insanely gorgeous is this wallpaper?

Staying true to my design sensibilities of "classically creative", I started to weave the web of how this room could feel masculine & collected but still function as a daily play space for young boys.

Design Brief

1. Never be the oldest thing in your room

  • Sourced an absolute stunner of a rug - vintage Persian - from my favorite resource @thehobbitdoorhouse

  • Sourced vintage art from Facebook Marketplace.

  • Reupholster Vintage Club Chairs from my Great Grandmother in a durable & gorgeous Schumacher Velvet.

2. Kid Friendly Storage & Function

  • Custom Built-ins to hide Hot Wheels™️, Legos™️, dinosaurs & all other toys needed for building & battles.

  • Table Large enough for puzzles and art but easy to wipe clean.

  • Chairs that look beautiful, wipe clean & stack to create more floor space for forts.

3. Stay true to Authentic Self

  • Layer Patterns & Textures

  • Create unexpected color combinations

  • Whimsical Art

  • The room should exude happiness & play

4. The Nitty Gritty

  • Smooth out heavily textured ceiling & walls

  • Paint & Wall Paper

Mood Board


Unorganized Clutter

The "cake frosting" ceiling...thankfully I have a skilled contractor to help!

I am excited to get started! Check back on Wednesday each week to see the progress.

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Thank you to One Room Challenge for hosting this awesome event and to Better Homes & Gardens as the media partner.

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