Spring 2020 One Room Challenge // Week 1

By Kylee Niederhauser

If you’re new around here, welcome! I’m Kylee and I work as a property manager + interior styler specializing in vacation rental properties. I’m most often working on other people’s homes, but during this Spring 2020 One Room Challenge I’ll be making over a room in my own home in San Diego, CA! Follow along as I transform my three-year-old son’s bedroom over the next few weeks and stay tuned for the final reveal on June 25th!

After months of anticipation, the big day has finally arrived. The Spring 2020 One Room Challenge has officially kicked off and I’ll be participating for the first time! Over the next 7 weeks starting TODAY I’ll be sharing the entire transformation process on Instagram stories (@therockawayhouse – I already have a few saved highlights under ORC). I’ll also be documenting our progress through a weekly blog series from now through June 25th when I’ll share the final reveal!

mood board | spring 2020 one room challenge

Everyone I’ve talked to about the ORC (who isn’t already familiar) has asked the same question: “What do you win?”. But it’s not a competition! Instead, it’s a celebration of creativity, inspiration and original ideas. They do choose 20 designers to become featured designers for the next ORC round, but the focus seems to be on coming together as a community and cheering each other on as we transform our individual spaces. And I can totally get on board with that.

Many of you have heard the story of The Rockaway House. How we purchased our 1920’s beach cottage after moving back to the US from Germany. How we gutted our drab and dated apartment above our garage and transformed it into a bright and sunny vacation rental. But I haven’t shared as much about the little cottage downstairs where we currently live full-time. 

Our Upstairs Apartment at The Rockaway House

Part of the reason for that is because it’s always been a work in progress. We lived in it as-is (minus a thorough scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint) for a little over a year before tearing it down to the studs and fully-renovating the inside but we’re still working on details. I’ll share that story another time because my point is that, cosmetically, Nash’s room is fine. The flooring is brand new, we built a closet and we added new window treatments. But even though it’s basically a brand new space, it’s just kind of been a bed in a room. Not much personality. And Nash has a LOT of personality!

I’ll be deep diving into details of the project over the next 8 weeks but I wanted to give you an overview of what’s to come. Our ideas and goals for the space are to:

C R E A T E :

  • A feature wall using wood trim boards and an accent color
  • A display area for his artwork where we can easily rotate in new creations
  • A fun graphic print to frame and hang in the room (this part I finished early and you can check it out here!)
  • The effect of black out shades with our current woven shades
  • Plus some small, DIY decor projects that I’ll keep a surprise for now!

S O L V E:

  • Storage and organizational issues (did I mention our two-bedroom home is only 460 square feet?)
  • Hide the internet cables and wifi router (unfortunately they have to live in this spot)

But first… we all know there can be no after without a before. Here are some photos of the room in it’s typical state. No tidying up for the camera, no shame (ok, a little bit of shame). Now do you understand the gravity of the organizational issues we need to tackle?! Thankfully, I have a plan. 😉

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