One Room Challenge – Week 4 – Art And Troubles

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This week of the One Room Challenge has been about choosing art and other details for my kids’ room.

Deciding on art for a room takes me a lot of time, sometimes years, because I like using vintage pieces and thrift store finds that you don’t encounter in just one visit to the market.

Throughout the years, I have been collecting cool art for the kids’ room from estate sales, flea markets and thrift stores, but I need more!

I want to have this wall covered with art from top to bottom:

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I want the wall to have a worldly feeling with art from different geographical places and cultures. In my last trip to Chile, I bought some pieces that I want to add. I also went to the Rose Bowl this month and found some cool and colorful paintings. I am also thinking about adding some of my own photographs to the wall because it is a cheap way of adding art.

Here are some photos of my trip to the Rose Bowl, my favorite way of spending a Sunday:

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These are some of the items I  found.
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I have found more art for the wall, but I will wait to show you the rest… I don’t want to give out too much before the big reveal.

Now, the question is, how do I fix the dresser?

First, I need to finish taking out the stickers and cleaning the surface. I had bought these knobs from Anthropology to replace the current hardware, but they don’t look good – they are too small and get kind of lost. I am thinking I should do some DIY copper hardware to add to the dresser instead. I like that the dresser is white, so I won’t change the color, but it definitely needs an extra “something” that I am trying to figure out.

Maybe this should be the plan?

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So it looks similar to this bookcase from The Land Of Nod? We will see.  Next week I will let you know what I have done.

As for the problems I have to solve this week, I need help deciding on:

  • Bedding: what color should I use? I am thinking about something neutral because the emerald toy storage and the yellow door give the room enough color, plus, the gallery wall will be colorful and I don’t want the room to look too busy. Any ideas on what I should use? Also, I need to get affordable and fun pillows. Any ideas on that, too?
  • Rug: I am inclined to get this one. Thoughts?

Right now I am a little bit stressed out about the final details. I don’t have much time to order items and receive them before Week 6, so I need to make decisions by Sunday. HELP!

Here is my story for this challenge so far: Week 1Week 2 and Week 3.

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18 replies
  1. Molly says:

    So bummed your hardware didn’t work out, because it is so cute! I have the same dresser and updated it with a mix of knobs from Target and Anthro. I recently discovered that Hobby Lobby sells hardware and most of it is about half the price of Anthro’s knobs, so you may want to check there! I love the rug, by the way. Excited to check back for progress!

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  2. amanda says:

    I’m the same way about art. I only buy what I really love and I have all kinds of eclectic pieces. I have a large wall I want to cover with art in my living room, but it will be a while before I’ve got enough to hang. I like the rug but the sequints might not feel good underfoot and could be a vacuuming nightmare.

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    • Mila says:

      Amanda! You are right, I need to think practically about the rug, especially because my children are filthy animals… he.

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  3. Su says:

    There is a very similar rug at World Market in the same faded color scheme it may be less. I know, because my daughter has admired it many a time. xo

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    • Mila says:

      I need to find new bedding this week and I need to get more art, too! Stress. Not sure if I will find the right things… oh well. I could also just bring in some photos from the living room…

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  4. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Your space is really coming along! I love the penguins. I am a bit late to the TOHOT party this week due to my college semester finals but I’m so glad that I didn’t miss this. Have a wonderful week.

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    • Mila says:

      College semester finals! I remember those. There is no time for anything else in finals week. I am sure you will catch up this week!

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