Apr 6, 2016

one room challenge week 1-gradys grown up bedroom

oh boy. *deep breath!

it's me. i'm baaaaaaaack!

how in the world did a week become 5 months? YIKES!

(by the way--thank you to all those who emailed me and messaged me on instagram about my...um...absence!
i did not plan to take such a long break, but i must admit that it was a bit therapeutic.
i HAVE been posting about all of my projects on instagram, so if you follow me, then you know that i have been as busy as ever.)

i am still NOT finished with my previous one room challenge space, my laundry room and mudroom. we had some major issues with the fabrication and installation of the cabinets, as well as the paneling. we are still dealing with a few details on some of the issues, which are holding us up from completion.
ugh. i dont even want to think about it. it has been so frustrating.

however, i am going to go out on a limb and promise that i will have not only the laundry room and mudroom but gradys room as well!
so...two reveals for the price of one? not bad, huh? *even if ONE of those reveals is 6 months late!

OK!! onto the good stuff.
for this round of the one room challenge, i am "officially" working on my son gradys room. he recently turned 12 and is super excited and opinionated about his bedroom.

here it is before:

for previous rounds, i transformed my teenage daughters bedroom:
(gradys room is actually a mirror of this room! same size, same everything.)

it started as this:
(you can  see more pictures of this project here)

in another previous round, i worked on my daughter charlottes room:

which  started out like this:

(you can read more about this project here)

as well as my mini office:

which started out here:
(you can read more about this project here)

gradys room is a complete BORE right now. yuck. i am falling asleep just looking at it!

 it is a large bedroom, which is wonderful, but everything in his room is too small for his current needs. he has sleeping in the same bed since he was 3. 

now that grady is 12, and has some thoughts on his new bedroom.

he wants his walls BLACK.
i know, i know. black walls.
everyones "sick to death" of seeing them.
but guess what?
i'm not.
and apparently, neither is my little man.

so, black walls it is!

other than that, i know i will be using a dresser that i scored from a sale at down east  last year for $240.

he definitely needs a bigger bed! i purchased this bed on clearance at jc penny over two years ago, and it has been sitting in my garage, just waiting for this moment. (i am glad that i bought it when i did, as it is no longer available.)

i know that i want to keep the room feeling simple and masculine. grady also wants a place to play video games in his room, so there will be a desk as well as a comfy chair to sit at.

i am thinking of using the herman miller aeron chair that we have had forever. i bought it as a college graduation gift for my husband, almost 17 years ago. (at the time, i was working for a design firm that specialized in systems furniture and owned the reproduction rights to herman millers designs, and so i got a great discount on it!)

i will keep the overhead light fixture, (the z gallerie sputnik chandelier), his table lamp and the nightstand, but will most likely try to paint or update the night stand in some way.

i hope you will forgive me for completely checking out and disappearing from my blog for several months. it was actually good for me to "get away" for a while. and while disappearing in the middle of a project is SO LAME, the absence has refreshed me and i am ready to share with you all the things that i have been working on for the last few months!

lets DO this!


  1. I've loved all the spaces you have done. So glad to see you back at blogging!!

  2. Hooray!!!! I'm so glad you're back. I've missed all the creative energy I get from your projects! (I even tried watching some hgtv, but that did nothing for me.):)

  3. I have enjoyed all of your ORC makeovers and I am sure this will be no different. By the way, I'm not tired of black walls either. Grady is a lucky boy! I look forward to following along with your progress.

  4. Hi Autumn! So glad to see you. Can't wait for this. My son is going to need a room refresh, and I will copy yours.

  5. Good to see you back Autumn! I always love your ORC transformations and excited we get 2-for-1 this time around ;)

  6. I loved your mini office. Can't wait to see your room come together.

  7. So glad you're back. I've been waiting, too. I didn't think to check your Instagram account. I'll do that from now on!!

  8. Glad to see you back! How on earth do you keep your office so neat? Yikes. Do you access those boxes and files that are up high or are they basically just storage? I had some new shelves installed and am trying to style them right now! Tricky indeed...

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  10. Autumn I'm so excited to see you're back and doing this round of the ORC! I can't wait to see more of this project! I did my son's room black with a lot of wood for the last ORC and I still love it, even though there were definitely some concessions I had to make to give him what he wanted. I still love the black and would do it again in a heartbeat, such a great color for a bedroom!!

  11. Glad you are back! can't wait to see this room.