We have lived in our home for almost 33 years and believe me it has evolved and changed many times over the years. When you live in a home for this long you have to change with the times and make it continually work for you.
Our home has seen two children grow up and move out on their own. With this change, walls came down and rooms took on new titles such as gym, office, and master closet.
Now, not only do we have three grandchildren, but our they have grown from babies to elementary school aged kids. One is getting ready for middle school! Yikes.
Over the years our family room has been a family room, billiard room, bedroom, nursery, and man cave, to currently a playroom/kids bedroom for the grand-kids. They don’t live with us, but we wanted a space they could call their own. Keep in mind they live less than two miles away from us and are always here. 🙂
Grand-kids room before
Well, now that they are getting older, and the fact that they seldom sleep in this room because they prefer the pull out couch in the living room, it’s time for another change.
So, we have decided to make this room grow up with them, as well as making it multi-functional. In it’s next life it will serve as a family room, play room, and guest space.
I want to take you along with me as I plan out this new space, shop for furniture and accessories, pick paint colors, install new flooring, choose window treatments, and everything else that goes into decorating a new room. Thru this redesign you’ll learn how to plan your room and create a beautiful and functional space just like mine.
Along with this post, I will link other posts that go into more detail with each step of the process. I want to teach you how I decorate from beginning to end so you can apply the same principles into a project in your own home. So, step one to plan your room is right here. 🙂
To plan your room what do you want and need in your space?
The first step to plan your room is to sit and think about everything you want this space to be. What do you want the room to do for you? How do you want it to feel? What do you want to spend?
Grab a piece of paper and jot down everything that comes to mind. Include style ideas and colors you like. What are you keeping? What is going? Who is going to use it? What are you using it for? What are you going to need to purchase? Even better yet, create a design board like mine. It really helps you visualize your ideas.
For me, one thing I definitely want is for this room to change from a juvenile and playful space into a more grown-up but family-friendly space. I love the farmhouse style and want to incorporate this into the design.
It will need to function for the grand-kids as a place they can hang out, play, and sleep. It will also need to be a space where my husband and I can watch TV and relax. And finally, as a comfortable space for guests to stay when we have them.