It’s week two for the New Year New Room Refresh challenge and I’m sharing easy tips for preparing a space for a room design or refresh with my daughter’s global bohemian bedroom makeover.
Welcome to week 2 of the New Year New Room Refresh hosted by my amazing talented friend Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living. She is a genius when it comes to dreaming up blogging series that gets us motivated! Last week all the featured participating bloggers shared plans and inspiration along with the space we are refreshing this month. (Yay for an extra Tuesday!) Today I wanted to give you an update on the plans and the steps I took to prepare my daughter’s room for the design with some quick tips. If you are coming from Monica Wants It, welcome!
Easy Preparation Tips for a Room Makeover
Here are some easy tips to help you get a room in order for makeover or refresh.
- Organize and declutter.
First make sure everything is its place by organizing and decluttering existing items.
I’m huge fan of the Kon Mari method of organization by category and not by room. All my daughter’s books, clothes, games, and toys “live” in her room. The space is too small for a dresser but the tatami room closet is nice and deep. Her toys are organized by type and stored in pull out drawers on one side, clothes organized on the other with board games stacked in between.
The only other storage she has in the room is a woven chest for dress up clothes, a storage ottoman for legos, and a bookcase for her many books.
Quick storage tip: Books that were too deep for the book shelf store in a magazine bin.
I don’t like having books that are too long sticking out of the bookcase so an easy solution was to stash them in a book basket that was just the right size.
- Try different furniture arrangements.
To prepare a room for new decor and furniture, make sure the existing pieces are in the right spot. Shuffling things around will also give you the opportunity to vacuum under pieces and make room for new pieces coming in.
We made progress in my daughter’s room by moving the dollhouse to the reading nook and centering her bed so we could finally properly hang a couple of things.
The big Cozamia art print is a great statement piece and looks even better ON the wall.
I was happy to get a push pin into the sand walls (the walls are made of real sand!). A cute tear drop dream catcher is finally displayed.
I also removed a layer of pink curtains and hung the white sheers from her reading nook over the shoji screen and reading nook window.
Quick decorating tip: Use tension rods above oddly placed windows and doors for a rental friendly solution to hang curtains.
There are metal Japanese curtain rods (requiring pinch and pleated curtains) right about the window and door. They are not at the optimal height for hanging curtains so I used a tension rod between the wall and wall unit for the doors and between the two alcove walls above the window. I was super happy to be able to reuse existing curtains. The room looks a bit taller now. Mission accomplished.
Clean as you go.
While you do all that decluttering, organzing, and shuffling, make sure to have a vacuum and dust rag on hand so you can get underneath/behind furniture, baseboards, and anything that should get a wipe down.
Having a clean and organized space will make your room makeover go much more smoothly and enjoyable!
Now that my daughter’s room is all in order, I just have a couple of DIYs and decorating to do. Here’s an updated inspiration board.
GLOBAL BOHEMIAN CHIC BEDROOM PLANS!
Rearrange the furniture placing the bed centered on the right wall. Repurpose the reading nook. Possible doll house area?
- Paint the bedside table gold.
- Paint and recover storage cube ottoman.
Address window treatments. (Cover the ill-placed curtain rod?) Make sure new window coverings can move to a different house.Was able to reuse existing curtains. Wahoo!
- New bedding cohesive with the colors and design of the space.
Here’s the resource list:
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- Cozamia art print
- Dark Blue Herringbone Pillows
- White Marble Top Gold Metal Accent Table
- Cow Print Rug
- White Twin Quilt
- White and Gold Dream Catcher
- Navy Cotton Trellis Flatwoven Rug
- Wolfton Heath Velvet Suede Pillow
- Thread Bare Fabric by the Yard
- Parasol Acrylic Art Print
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