The Youth Room

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and I were “house shopping”…. I selfishly had one big requirement. I wanted an office that looked like a little cottage. When we found this little cape cod, tucked away in the west end of Richmond, we fell in love with it because 1. It had a cottage-like upstairs and 2. It had a room for Michael as well! When you walk upstairs in our home, you turn left and you’re in my Office (that I LOVE!) and then you turn right and you enter what we like to call the “Youth Room”! A better name for it would be the “Game Room”… or the “Xbox Kinect Room”…. or the “Man cave”.


I don’t care what it’s called. I am just THRILLED that the xbox is upstairs and all of those cords are not hanging all over the living room! THANK THE LORD!!! I can’t stand cords everywhere!! This room was decorated and designed with wear and tear in mind. We realized that any room that had a ton of teenagers in it all the time had a high probability of getting destroyed. Luckily, we have only had a few knicks in the paint, but nothing has been broken….. I don’t think. There was a guys all-nighter here the other weekend when I was gone so who knows what happened!


The youth room looks like an IKEA catalog… but because it’s cute (well I think it’s cute)… but because literally EVERYTHING in the room is from IKEA.  If you want this look…. go to IKEA! It’s cheap and modern and awesome and we love that store. Really, Michael and I have gone on numerous early morning dates to the IKEA store. We get breakfast for 99 cents and then shop until 12! (Yes, 99 cents… and it’s not THAT bad!).  I think our mindset is “Oh, breakfast was only 99 cents, now we can spend $50 in frames!” …. or at least that’s how my mind works!:) So this room is ALMOST done. There are still empty frames and a really old, gross FAN! We’ll get a cool chrome one one day. Ha! One time, we had some kids from church over to the house and one girl said “umm… is that fan supposed to be “vintage”?!?!”.  Basically, she was asking…. “That’s SO ugly, why is it still in here?!”.  Like I said, it’s still a work in progress! However, it’s so close to being done that I figured I would go ahead and blog it! Enjoy!


Talk about some NASTY lighting. Whew. That looks awful. Thank goodness we made some changes! I would NEVER hangout in that room if it still looked like that! Here’s BEFORE:


One thing I do not like about this room…. those CORDS!!! ew. I just have to get over that.

Empty frames…. woops. Couldn’t get everything done!

Thank you Ikea for making cool things that are CHEAP!

xoxo, Katelyn
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