Chicago interior decorating

One Room Challenge Week 5: Mother and daughter collab

Another week down for the One Room Challenge by Calling It Home and since I was so productive early on, this week was mostly full of fun stuff like room styling and not so fun stuff like organizing Henry's old baby clothes. It's been so rainy here so what better way to spend the days than to sort through a basement of tiny baby things and stock the room for those first few months. There was a lot of oohing and ahhing as I went through the old 0-3 month onesies that are so cute I could cry. It's crazy to think I'll be dressing a teensy delicate thing again soon. Crazy and a little frightening, I'll be honest. 

One thing I wanted to share this week is a pretty cool project my mom and I have been cooking up. I've been really into the modern quilt wall hangings that pop up in my feed now and then. Since my mom is a very skilled quilter, I thought it might be fun to collaborate on one as the sort of piece de resistance in the baby room. She didn't take much convincing given it was for a grandbaby ;)

To start, I taped out the area on the wall that I wanted to cover. Next, I sketched up some ideas on graph paper to show scale. Each square representing two inches with the goal of creating a wallhanging that measured roughly 26 x 36 inches. After mostly drawing up ideas that resembled the flags of unknown countries, I landed on the one in the middle there. Four colors, nice and simple with the stitching to contrast the color of each block.

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My mom then directed me to a site with a lot of solid color fabrics which are not common in the quilting world... modern quilts apparently have some trailblazing to do. I found some fun colors that mimicked the scheme of the room which I laid out on a page to see how they would work together. 

Once we found the fabric and the thread, she got to work piecing it all together. She is speedy. Here it is step by step... hand pieced, pinned up and mostly quilted. This would take me a year. I might get my creativity from my mom but I have no patience for this sort of thing. I just want to see results so much faster than that. 

Once it was all quilted together we decided it would look nice with a border on it. I went with a black patterned fabric that's a little playful. This is also the backing of the quilt if you were to flip it over. And check out how we alternated the color of the thread... it's all in the details ;)

Last, she added a place at the top for the quilt to be hung. First it was a sleeve in the back to put a dowel through but I wanted the dowel to be more obvious so she added the tabs which I love. Any way to incorporate more natural wood into the space helps to make it feel that much warmer. 

And there it is in it's rightful place, exactly as I envisioned it. It was so fun to dream up an idea and see it come to life. Thanks, mom for the hard work. Not only does it make the room but it's sentimental because it's from you. 

Thanks for checking in, guys. Next up is getting this space photographed and ready for the reveal. I'm so excited to show it off! See you in a week! Be sure to check out other room transformations in the One Room Challenge link up, too! 

One Room Challenge Week 4: Furniture, layout and I did DIY thing

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Another week down for the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home and I'm pretty pleased with the progress. To think in two weeks we'll have a completed baby room for a little guy that won't be here until September. That has to be some sort of record for preparedness. 

For impact, here again is the before of this room...

With painting complete, this past week I enlisted Mike's help for some of the furniture assembly. I went with the very basic Gulliver crib from Ikea in white. It looks fresh in the space while also a nice contrast to the midcentury dresser on the opposing wall. I'm still playing around with the bedding and of course pillows that will only be thrown to the side for the mother-loving fear of SIDS... but I can't help myself, the room will just not be complete without them (even on the ground).

The bookshelves are from Land of Nod. I like the storage they provide in a kind of a toy box/bookshelf hybrid. So much styling to do there. The side table is a nice solid piece that I scored for under $50 and works perfectly with the modern vibe. I also installed an affordable blackout Roman shade which is double duty pretty and functional (and so necessary).

For layout, I went with the crib placement on the farthest wall from our bedroom. It's better for everyone that way. I know myself and I'll run over for any sudden sound otherwise – ruining sleep for baby and selves. I mean it's another six feet away so it's not like I moved his crib to the basement but it might help a little. 

Other than furniture and layout, I did a little thing that may not seem too impressive for the more seasoned DIYer but since I'm not I'm a little pleased with myself...

This house is old and the doors are flat panel with probably original brass hardware. I don't have a problem with them – they speak to the simplicity of our home. We weren't drawn to this place for it's wow-factor character but to it's clean lines and seriously well considered layout. There is literally no better way to arrange the space in our home (trust me, I've spent hours thinking about it). Kudos to whoever designed and built probably a half million of them. So, despite being ok with the doors, they really did need some love. Exhibit A: The hinges. Original brass-turned-yuck. I've been semi-irritated with them since we moved in but the thought of taking down every door and putting on new hardware did not seem likely. And then one day I was at a friend's place and saw her husband just take one off a door (still hanging) and replace it with a new one. DUH! So simple! So I finally decided to try it out in our house starting here. 

Since I still like the old basic brass doorknobs we have, I bought new brass hinges at under $2 each to match.

It really was simple. Take one off, replace it with a new one and repeat. $6 a door plus a few new coats of paint and you have some pretty (be they basic) updated doors. If you were in the room they may not stand out but trust me, you would have noticed the grungy old ones. I took Mike into the room tonight and he may or may not have "oohed" ;)

And that was my week 4, folks. No, it's not the most labor intensive space to transform but at 22 weeks pregnant with a toddler and a business, I'm ok with it. In the end it, it will match the overall feel of the rest of our place and will be such a sweet little space to bring our boy home to. And speaking of... here he is at 21 weeks! Isn't technology amaaazing you guys? We're already so in love. 

Thanks for checking in! Next week I'll talk about the wallhanging I designed that my mom is probably hand-quilting as I type. It's by far going to be my favorite part of the room. Stay tuned and in the meantime, go see the other transformations happening on the One Room Challenge link up. Cheers!

One Room Challenge Week 2: Paint dilemma, etc.

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It's been a fairly productive week for the One Room Challenge – the six week event hosted by Calling It Home where bloggers and designers transform a room. I'll admit I chose a room that doesn't require a whole lot of manual labor. Outside of the items I have to purchase for the room, the only big task is painting... um and a quilt wallhanging (sorry, mom). So, this week was mainly prep, selecting paint and a few purchases. Nothing too exciting but I do need your help so keep reading!

For prep, Henry and I taped off the trim and ceiling with the best tape ever and dusted the walls a little – this room has not been used in almost two years. We don't have to paint the ceiling (hallelujah) so that's one less task. Once the room was taped, I spackled the heck out of it and sanded. And spackled and sanded. So many holes.

For paint, I want to go with a minty green. I pulled all of my greens from my collection of paint chips and landed on Baby Green and Lido Green both by Benjamin Moore. Baby Green is more of a true mint green while Lido is still minty but has a little more earthiness to it. I'm on the fence. I like the brightness of Baby Green but I almost feel like it's too baby-y – too predictably baby room. Lido feels a little more in line with the feel of our house which is a little more organic and boho with a modern lean. Buuuut, I might need some help here.

Here is a visual of Lido. I love it here it but doesn't represent the same in our room. In fact, Baby Green actually looks more like this in the space. 

There are literally no images of Baby Green. How is it possible that no blogger has used this color before and shared a photo or two? Maybe that's a sign? Anyway, here are the two side by side. The one on the left is Baby Green, the one on the right is Lido. I put the art pic up to it to see what would work better. Lido is the clear matching winner here but do I care about matching that closely? Not really. I do like the brightness of the other. Ughhhh - send help. This is not an actual problem. I like both of them so I'll probably just let Mike decide. But if you happen to have a minty green that you're over the moon for, lemme know. TY.

On to shopping – that's the easy part. Since I put the design board together a while back, I have a list of everything I need. Here's a reminder of the room, if you missed it. 

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I have everything on the board (and then some ;)) with the exception of the crib, end table, sconces, and moon picture. Yes, we have a crib but since Henry chewed the living heck out of it, I'm getting a new one from Ikea but actually in white because of the changing table. For that, I have a mid-century dresser that I've been hoarding since I was single. It's walnut-y so I want the crib to contrast that.

Next up is painting and working with my mom on the quilt wallhanging. I've sketched out some designs and we're heading to a few quilt stores this weekend on the hunt for solid colored fabric... apparently not an easy find in the quilting world. 

Thanks One Room Challenge for keeping me motivated. Seriously. I just realized today that this baby will be here in FOUR months. For some reason I keep thinking he's six months out and we have all the time in the world to spackle. This event couldn't have come at a better time and I can't wait to see how it all comes together! Thanks for reading and please continue to peruse the One Room Challenge link up for more design ideas. 

One Room Challenge: The baby room... awww :)

I went public with my baby bump on Instagram last week so it's officially out there – we're having a baby boy this September! Woo hoo! We're super excited to add to our little family and for Henry to have a little brother to school in all things trains. It's also exciting because now people will stop bugging me about what we're doing with our fourth bedroom. Because of course, how could I overlook the chance to design another nursery? So, that's what brought me here today. I haven't blogged in a while but for the next SIX weeks I'll be blogging and documenting the progress of the baby room transformation for the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge is a six week event hosted by Calling It Home where bloggers and designers transform a room and blog about the progress weekly. This is my first time participating as a guest and I'm super excited because it will keep me motivated and I've also never shared a project from start to finish in this way... just a before and the magical after – the details are the fun part (sometimes).

Here's what I'm working with – this is how the room looked when we moved in. Yep, that's a fishing pole curtain rod. I mean it's kind of clever actually. Not really my style but a neat idea nevertheless. And talk about theme. This one is nautical to the core right down to the sand colored lower half of the room to the sea colored upper half... oh yeah and it's sponge painted (get it? sponge?)! I shouldn't joke. My mom and I sponge painted a hallway once so at one point it seemed like a good idea to me. We immediately painted over it seeing the error of our ways but I sort of get how you could get sucked in to a faux finish. 

Currently, the room is just storage for stuff I aspire to decorate with, rugs I don't know what to do with but dog pee prevents me from selling and other rando things. We have kept this door shut for the last year and a half and truly forget that this room exists. But hooray! It does! And I get to turn it into one super cute baby room!

I'm just a little excited for a few reasons..

1. It's for our new little peanut to be! For a while we weren't sure if we wanted to have another baby (mainly due to sleep deprivation) but as time went on and the challenging parts of that first year with Henry faded a little (it was HARD) we both knew our family just didn't feel complete. Alas, baby two is on the way! 

2. It's my house so I don't have to edit myself. I get to show off my style and if I want to do some weirdo things no one is around to say otherwise ;)

Here is the plan. Fairly modern to fit the style of our home. Mints, blues, grays and I couldn't resist throwing in a little brass. My favorite part (and likely the most time-consuming) is the quilt wallhanging. I've been coveting the ones from @louisegray_studio for a while now (shown above) but since my mom @debsembler is a very skilled quilter I thought it might be a fun project for us to design our own together. I'm excited to blog about that when the time comes. And in the meantime, I'll be hunting around for inspiration since neither of us has created our own pattern before... it should be interesting. 

Thanks for reading my week 1 post! I hope you'll check back in to see my progress over the coming weeks. It's going to be so fun! You can also check out other room transformations on the One Room Challenge link up... tons of talent and inspiration here, guys. Go! And see you in a week!