Friends, we have been SOOOOOO excited to share this room and new project with you! Elsie and I have been talking about new project ideas for 2020 and one thing we landed on is we’d love to see A Beautiful Mess do room makeovers for single parents. So that’s exactly what we are doing, and we are kicking it off a little early before the new year just to get the project rolling!
Why are we doing this?
-We love doing room makeovers. Before and after decor content is not only really fun for us to work on creatively, it’s also something that we can tell from stats and your comments that our readers love seeing. So, having more of this type of content on our site is a win-win.
-We wanted to branch out from our own spaces more, but we quickly realized we probably needed a way to narrow this down as we can’t do a room makeover for everyone in the world. As we discussed, Elsie and I both felt passionate about doing room makeovers for single parents. We recognize that the role of parenting is so important—our parents had an enormous impact on our lives and it’s one of those jobs that just doesn’t get recognized in the same way a career job does. We also can see that doing this important, tough job without a partner is even more challenging than with one (recognizing that there are a million different situations out there and admittedly this is a generalization).
We see you parents! We see you working hard to raise the next generation of kind, loving, smart, creative leaders. And we see you parents that are currently doing it alone. You rock! And if we could give you all a room makeover we would. And although that’s impossible, we still hope that through this series you feel celebrated. We see you and our hats are off to you, friends!
My beautiful and amazing sister-in-law, Michelle, is a single mom. And she was kind of enough to let me kick off this project with a room in her home. I’m going to share some before and after photos and talk a little bit about what we did in the room. Then at the end of this post, I’m going to let Michelle tell you a little more about herself and her family in her own words.
Michelle chose this room for her makeover as it’s the nursery for her foster daughter, and she also chose the rainbow theme (again, read Michelle’s story at the end of this post to know more). We also talked about all the needs of this room. There was the obvious, a crib that eventually could become a toddler bed, a changing table, room for clothes and baby things, etc.
She also needed some space for her twin nieces to visit from time to time (which is why she had that wooden bunk bed in the room previously). Bonus that this extra sleeping space would also serve as guest sleeping space should that ever be needed. And even though this was needed sometimes, it wasn’t needed all the time. So I wanted to find a solution that didn’t take over the room or block the window light quite as much as the previous bunk bed.
Here is the mood board I emailed Michelle before I started ordering things for her space:
I’ll link everything here as well as the end of this post, where there will be a room details section. I started designing around this rainbow pillow and used that as the basis of the color scheme for the room. I wanted to avoid too many primary colors while still sticking to the rainbow theme. As you can see, we also found this really cute and affordable trundle bed that fit the space well. I think my favorite item was the rug (like most bloggers, I am rug obsessed—ha) and one of Michelle’s favorite items was this light fixture.
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We also added a few floating book shelves for bedtime stories, a rainbow mobile, and I am SO in love with this handmade rainbow that hangs above the changing table. The space feels simple, easy to navigate, colorful (but not overwhelming, feels calm) and has all the functionality that it needs. So happy with how this space turned out and immensely grateful that Michelle allowed me into her home and to basically be my test subject for this project. 🙂 And now I’ll let Michelle tell you more about herself:
“What can I say about my life … nothing went as expected, and that’s OK. I married young, for the wrong reasons and it ended about five years ago. From the mess of a bad marriage came the beautiful blessing of my son, R., my only living biological child. He should have been one of three siblings, but it just was not meant to be and my body would not carry the other pregnancies. I worked front line social work for nearly a decade, working with families struggling with substance abuse trying to reunite with their children.
From where I sat, I saw the need for good foster homes in my community. It laid heavy on my heart, that while I didn’t seem to be able to carry more children, I had more than enough maternal love to go around. My ex-husband, being adopted from the foster system, was adamantly against the idea. So, it was in my new freedom as a single mom that I took on the task of being a foster parent. I have been fostering baby M since birth—she had some early health struggles and needed a momma to sit with her in the hospital. Her smile is infectious and R and I are excited to announce that she will be part of our forever family. Our rainbow baby after the storm of loss.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“
Thank you for letting me share! Obviously, this first one is very close to my heart as I also get to welcome another beautiful niece into my life.
I know Elsie has already started on her first single parent room makeover for this series. We hope to show you at least three to four in 2020—that’s our goal. But who knows, maybe we’ll find the resources to do more. Cheers to all the awesome parents out there! xo. Emma
Room Details: crib toddler bed / crib sheet / rug / floating shelves / felt ball mobile / rainbow pillow / trundle bed / comforter set / rainbow wall decals / pom curtains / changing table dresser / rainbow pull knobs / rainbow wall hanging / light fixture
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop. Project assistance by Ethan Randolph.
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