Eleanor's Room One Room Challenge The Victorian House

One Room Challenge: Week 2 (The Design Plan)

Light blue, right? That was one of Eleanor’s only requests. Well, much like the canopy bed, she wanted it fervently… until she didn’t.

Early on in our discussions about her room makeover, I had her flip through a paint fan deck and show me colors she liked (in general, not necessarily for the walls). She picked two shades of blue, jade green, and lavender. From there, we started choosing specific pieces to work into her room design. Much of what I’m bringing in that’s not sourced secondhand is from a One Room Challenge sponsor. (They’re making it possible for me to give my girl a room that would otherwise not be happening on this level right now and I’m so grateful.) I’ll list them together at the end of the post, and specific products will also be linked throughout so it’s easier to source things if you’re looking for something similar.

First, we focused on choosing a rug. She liked a lot of the Rifle Paper Co. x Loloi collection, so we were able to narrow down our choices pretty quickly. Once we decided on the Rosa black rug, that gave us a more concrete direction for paint and fabric colors. Great!

Rifle Paper Co. x Loloi - Rosa Black Rug

Now here’s where a six week timeline can really work against you. How accurately can I choose colors to work with the rug going solely off of the product photos? The exact paint color can wait a little longer, but I need to choose my fabric now to allow time enough for the order to arrive and for me to make something of it. So I was off to the Fabricut showroom to make some selections.

I’m going to make the headboard for Eleanor’s bed, pairing it with a box foundation and metal base from Tuft & Needle. Eleanor’s getting a new mattress too, moving on up from a twin size to a full. She’s thrilled! I showed her an upholstered bed that came in a bunch of colors to get an idea of what she would like. (The bed is sold through Target and Overstock in different fabrics and I would probably just buy it or the headboard if I wasn’t making one, but that wouldn’t be much of a challenge now would it?) I expected her to like some of the blues, and she did, but lavender was her favorite. Hmmm. She was drawn to the color early on, too.

I chose plenty of fabric options to fit our initial plans, mostly blues with some greens, but I made sure to grab a couple of purple options too. I had three pretty solid schemes to show E, along with the wild card lavender.

Fabricut Blues 1 | Eleanor's Room | One Room Challenge | Making it Lovely
Fabricut Blues 2 | Eleanor's Room | One Room Challenge | Making it Lovely
Fabricut Blues 3 | Eleanor's Room | One Room Challenge | Making it Lovely
Fabricut Lavender | Eleanor's Room | One Room Challenge | Making it Lovely

Surprise: light blue is out. Lavender, it is! Plus a beautiful red/orange, just because it looks so dang good with it.

Fabrics: Modern Moire • Conservatory • Devon • Edie • Inner Circle • 04227 • Flamme de France • Treviso

We were planning to bring a little lavender in through the bedding with a print, but we’re doing a whole lot more purple now. Is it going to work with the rug? It’s not actually IN the rug, but I think it’s looking good all together. Again, were it not for the timeframe, I would wait and make choices after seeing it all in person. But we move forward! (Really, it’s a wonderful thing. I take too long if not pushed sometimes.)

Bedding, Fabric, and Rug Choices for Eleanor's Room | One Room Challenge | Making it Lovely
  1. Wisteria Branches Jersey Bedding
  2. Dream Quilt (Pomegranate)
  3. Fabled Land Horse Pillow (Anthropologie, discontinued)
  4. Signature Scallops Embroidered Percale Bedding
  5. Devon Fabric (Lotus)
  6. Devon Fabric (Orchid)
  7. Fleece Blanket (Rose Blush)
  8. Rosa Rug (Black)
  9. Inner Circle Fabric (Panda)
  10. Shropshire Fabric (Whisper)
  11. Edie Fabric (Spice)

I’m also changing out Eleanor’s playfully modern light for the more classic Truax globe fixture from Crystorama, but then I’m bringing some of that irreverence back in with two Pop Wall Sconces from Blueprint Lighting in rubbed sage. I’ve also picked up an Art Deco dresser that I found through Facebook Marketplace, and E now has perhaps the most beautiful dresser out of all of us. I may be a little jealous. It also has handles that look like little mustaches, a fact that she likes very much! I’m calling this image “round pretty things for Eleanor’s room.” Accurate, yes?

Round Pretty Things for Eleanor's Room

Do I need a little lamp on the dresser? Maybe. And we have a bookshelf to prep for painting. And lambrequin construction and shapes to research, because oh yes. I’m finally getting around to making some lambrequins! It’s going to be lovely.

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My One Room Challenge Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors for generously providing product.
• Blueprint Lighting • Crystorama • Fabricut • Garnet Hill • Loloi • Tuft & Needle

My One Room Challenge Posts

Follow along from the beginning!
• Week 1: My Daughter’s Room • Week 2: The Design Plan

And check out my previous One Room Challenges!
• Spring ’16: Our Bedroom and Den • Fall ’16: Front and Back Entry, Stairs, and Hallways • Fall ’17: My Home Office

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  • Jacqui
    October 9, 2019 at 7:09 am

    This is bananas good. I can’t wait to see it come together!

  • Gwen E
    October 9, 2019 at 10:29 am

    General design question: I love picking different fabrics that go together but struggle with trying to incorporate the fabrics into a room that really only technically needs 1 or 2 main fabrics- that being the curtains and perhaps a bed cover. Can you elaborate on how mood-board transitions from gorgeous color combinations to actual things in a room?

  • Sarah
    October 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Love the direction she picked (and only half because it’s the one I would have picked!). Is it too soon to request a source for the black/white knob above the brass snake? It’s soooo pretty!

  • mimzyandcompany
    October 13, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Ooh! Love this plan…can’t wait to see it! Excited to see the lambrequins, they’re so appropriate for your house.

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