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Design Challenge #2

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on August 31, 2009

Because of the love I got for my previous design challenge (Yes, a few comments equal love.  I’m a blog whore.  Show me a little attention and I’ll totally put out.), I decided to do a numero dos.  (sidenote: I sometimes speak in Spanglish.  I have never taken Spanish.  I have about 8 years of German under my belt (Gutentag! Tchus! Ich habe hunger!), but I don’t know how to spell in Spanish.  In general my Spanish knowledge consists of Cerveza (sp???), Camarones (it’s shrimp people.  shrimp tacos are awesome), and botana (Technically I’m not sure if this means “appetizer” or a specific appetizer.  I just know that if I say it the waiter brings me grilled jalapenos, onions, and potatoes with avocado and tomato.  With the aforementioned cerveza, what more could you need?  Dang. Now I’m hungry.)


Anyway, so I’m taking on the 17 year old boy’s love of baseball room challenge.


I kind of agree with a color choice the Design Star contestant made.  Navy blue.  So I’ll start with a color like this:


Midnight Navy, Benjamin Moore

Midnight Navy, Benjamin Moore

This rich blue floor to ceiling on all FOUR walls.  Sheesh.  NO ACCENT WALLS.  I mean, never say never, but my god I’m over accent walls.  I’d also paint the weird ceiling that seems to be varying heights, and I think I’d paint the woodwork too, but in gloss.  Blue everywhere.

The floor the actual contestant put in works for me.  Is it laminate or real wood?  I also like her window shade choices.  They adds some nice texture while staying pretty minimal.


Another idea would be to put curtains all along the headboard wall.  Here’s a fun print from Urban Outfitters.  The wall is so small you could probably do the entire thing for under $200.  Then you could center the bed on the newly curtained wall to add a little symmetry to that wonky room.  Oh, and you’d probably need another set of panels for the other window.  Ouch $78 more dollars.  Find them here.

Up next, my favorite part of the design, and what got me excited about it in the first place:


Stricken by Don Hamerman

Stricken by Don Hamerman


Thread 2 by Don Hamerman

Thread 2 by Don Hamerman


Rawlings by Don Hamerman

Rawlings by Don Hamerman

All images from Jen Beckman’s 20×200.  If you’ve never checked it out and you’re at all interested in art or up and coming artists, you’ve gotta check it out.  Jen offers prints of new editions twice weekly at very reasonable prices: $20, $200 and $2000 depending on the size you choose.  I am generally of the opinion that bigger is better, especially with these beautiful photos.  I saw them months ago, and they were literally the first thing I thought of when considering how I would design a teen boy’s baseball room without going all theme-y.  I’d put them in brushed silver, super minimal frames and let the kid take them with him once he moves out of the dorm.


Moving on.  Bedding.  Ugh.  

Osborne 13-Piece Complete Queen Dorm Room Ensemble

This option is reminiscent of Yankee pinstripes, which is kind of cool.  If the navy on the walls is the right color, this might actually look kind of baseball chic.  It’s only $119 AND listen to everything that comes in the set:  comforter, one standard sham, one standard pillowcase, fitted sheet and flat sheet, one standard bed pillow, two black bath towels, one dry-erase board with marker and one large black hamper.”  Wow.  Just add a six pack and you’ve got everything you need for college.  

I worry that this room is getting depressingly gray.


Do you think his friends would make fun of him if he had a zebra rug?  I can’t help it.  I like the pattern and the natural element it adds.  100% wool 3 1/2′ x 5 1/2′ rug from Bed Bath and Beyond.  I’m really curious what this looks like in person.  Though I think if we add this, we need to go back to the bamboo-like window treatments or find some more simple panels.  Maybe a simple ticking stripe.  Maybe in red.  That could be cool.  Not sure about mixing that mod 60’s gray and white pattern with the zebra.  This is the kind of thing that makes it hard to design online.  If the rug reads neutral enough though, it’d work.

For bedside lighting, howserbout we reduce the clutter of the tiny room and add two pendants on either side of the bed?  Again, adding more symmetry to the wonkiness of the tiny room along with a little industrial chic.  I need to stop using the word chic to try and convince you this room is fabulous.


Bed, Bath and Beyond at $59.99 a piece.  I’m sure they’ll get yanked of the walls in the midst of a WWE marathon. But I hope not.

Parsons Desk With Drawers, Wheatgrass

The classic West Elm parson’s desk.  $299.  In green, or black, or white.  Glossy.  Why not?

JULES Junior desk chair

Ikea Jules chair. $39.99  Cause sometimes you just have to do homework.  Or roll back and forth across your new wood floors until your mom yells at you to stop.

I like the locker looking shelving that the kid had to begin with.  I would’ve kept that.  I guess he probably needs a little more storage/places to hide contraband, but I think that maybe painting the clearly hand-me-down furniture he already had would be a decent and money saving idea.  What about painting it the same glossy blue as the woodwork?  Would that be weird?  I think white would be too feminine, but grey would probably be okay.  I’d also do some interesting/manly hardware.  I’ve seen really cool leather pulls before, but I bet those would be too expensive.  Here are some cool Ikea options:

GREJ HandleGrej $6.99 for a two pack

 SPÄNN HandleSpann $9.99 for a two pack

Picture 9These are actually my favorite, but they don’t seem to be available.  Maybe lucite isn’t manly?

And two tiny night stands:

RAST NightstandIkea $14.99

I do not love this nightstand, however it reminds me of a bench and has the appropriate bat-like wood.  Is that lame?  I think it’s kind of lame.  It looks like something the kid built in shop.  I’d be okay if it was something he built himself.  How about a pair of these instead:

ODDA NightstandOf course, it’s $49.99.  


Okay, this is not my most fantastic room ever, but I feel like it’s a little more sleek and symmetrical than the design star.  I tried to get a cohesive feeling going, rather than just throwing a bunch of random stuff in a room.  And seriously? Big flat screen?  Is this what the world is coming to?  I hope I don’t put TVs in my kids’ rooms.  Maybe not till they can buy it themselves.  You’d have to mow a lot of lawns to buy a flat screen that size.  But if you ARE going to have a flat screen.  Don’t put it on the desk where you’re supposed to be doing homework.  Hang it on the wall or stowe it away in some furniture of some kind.  Sheesh.


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  1. AmandaG said, on September 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I definitely think he would get made fun of for having a zebra rug. Love the curtains!

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