Interior decor

One Room Challenge Week 6: Baby room reveal!

Hi guys! It's the final week of the One Room Challenge by Calling It Home and I'm happy to say I (we) made it out alive – with a new baby room, to boot! What's basically been a storage room for almost two years is now an actual functioning place in our home and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

Days (weeks!) would go by when we would truly forget this room existed. Our reminders came by way of not so subtle hints from the moms in our lives. Everyone was more interested in what we would do with that space than us. We were loving the family of three arrangement. It was fun! It was (mostly) easy! And then it just sort of happens, doesn't it? That feeling like, "what if?" It's scary to think how you'll love another little human as much as you do your first but given the joy Henry gives us (along with sheer frustration at times) you kind of get why everyone in the suburbs has like five (kind of). 

So here it is! Just like the rest of our home, a good mix of clean lines and modern but with a healthy amount of vintage and of course plant life to make it feel welcoming and warm. 

While the mint green is where the room design began (actually Lido Green by Benjamin Moore), the dresser/changing table was also a starting point. I once volunteered at a charity-run resale shop in my single days and of course I spent the majority of time picking out pieces to take home with me. I've been hoarding that mother ever since. 

With a wood tone dresser, I wanted a contrast for the crib so we went with this white, simple guy from Ikea. Word of advice to my former self... NEVER spend money on a fancy crib when your kid will probably just go all Bucky Beaver on it. I'm smarter now and a $99 crib will do just fine. 

The hanging pots are making everyone crazy that comes into the room. I feel like I might need to lock the door for fear they might disappear. Everyone is real into them. As am I. I purchased them on a whim at HomeGoods (the way everything is purchased at HomeGoods) having no idea where I would put them. If I had to think of something else for that wall now I couldn't. They're perfect.

I went with a simple gray geometric pattern for the crib sheet and the pillows are a mix of Goodwill, Minted Home and Target. Is it just our Goodwill that gets the overstock of Target? I will take that location to the grave. The modern quilt an is oldie but goodie from my mom. I love how perfect the colors are in the room. 

We swiped Henry's glider from his room (big boy room update coming soon!) and the table is from a new store to our area called Kirkland's. It's not really my aesthetic but I do enjoy this table which is sadly now discontinued. The striped chenille rug is from Land of Nod. Do they ever disappoint??

When the sun goes down, the lighting in this room is truly a challenge. There's no overhead lighting and as much as I wanted to do a chandelier or at least a flush mount, I also wanted this project to be easy. The brass floor lamp (Threshold) is sleek and adds some much needed metal to the room. To block light during the day, I installed a simple cordless Roman shade from Overstock which is blackout for maximum napping capacity.

The best part about styling a kid's room is that you don't really need any fancy accessories when you have toys. I love the color Henry's old toys bring to this room and this wall specifically. I also heart those knob wall hooks – functional and so cute. And that cardi? A gift from a friend that I can't wait to reuse this time around.

I showed off the wall hanging project last week but, isn't it just the best statement piece? This room would not be the same without it and it was such a fun project to collaborate on with my mom. Throw in a lidded boho basket for a hamper and a floor pillow and you've got yourself a pretty stylish lil' nursery! 

Thanks for following along all of these weeks. It's been so fun to see the space transform so quickly and I love that I have it all documented. Our home has been such an evolution since we moved in just under two years ago and I'm pleased to say all of the major interior stuff is complete! Every room in our house now has our stamp on it and it truly feels like home. 

Check out more exciting room reveals on the One Room Challenge link up. You won't be disappointed. Oh! And thank you @lindseykayphotography for making the room look extra cool <3

Shopping sources: Bookshelves / Wall hooks / Dresser (vintage) / Wall sconces / Wallhanging (mom) / Wire basket / Moses basket / Floor lamp / Rug / Glider / Side table (similar) / Crib / Sun pillowMoon print / Moon & teepee canvas / Hanging planters (HomeGoods) / Sheets / Floor pillow / Paint / Roman shade / Hamper (similar)

One Room Challenge Week 3: Paint and room layout

Week three of the One Room Challenge has really kept me on my toes. For first time visitors, the One Room Challenge is an event for bloggers and designers hosted by Calling It Home. Participants have six weeks to transform a space from meh to amazing. I joined this crazy scene as a guest because we are expecting our second little guy in September and figured it would be the kick in the butt I needed to get his room finished. And, it's working! Here is the design board to give you a feel of what I'm working towards...

Last week, I polled my audience to decide on a paint color. I had narrowed it down to Baby Green or Lido Green by Benjamin Moore. I really liked them both but needed some hand holding to pull the trigger. I know, I know. I do this for a living but in your own home it's really hard sometimes to make semi permanent decisions. Thanks to those that weighed in. The winner? Mr. Lido Green. And it's purrrdy. It's minty perfection is going to mix perfectly with the blues, grays and natural wood in the room. 

So, in between work and play dates and pregnancy (ugh), this week has been all about Lido here. Let's just take a quick walk down memory lane to see my starting point. Here is the space in all it's two-toned, nautical glory (disclaimer: we bought it this way).

And here it is updated in Lido Green. The photos don't really do it justice but it's such a transformation. The space feels calm and serene now... exactly the mood we're going for (hint, hint, little one in my belly). 

Now that I have a clean palate, I'm beginning to play around with the layout. There aren't many options in this little 11 x 9 space but here are the two in the running. They are the same besides the placement of the crib and dresser. I'm pulling for Option A so that the crib isn't on the other side of our headboard in our room but Option B will allow for more lighting since I would have a table lamp on the dresser + the two sconces above the crib. The sconces make sense on that longer wall but not really the wall with the door... too small of a space. But, since the lighting isn't hard wired, I can play around with the arrangement and go with what feels best. The room is fairly dark with no overhead lighting so Option B is looking more promising. 

Option A

Option A

Option B

Option B

Other than paint and layout, I placed a few final orders this week and all I have left to buy are plants for some fun hanging pots I recently found. And, I almost forgot – the quilt wallhanging is pieced together and just waiting on a final fabric to arrive in order to begin quilting. It will be down to the wire for that piece but since I have an ace quilter up my sleeve (mom), I know it'll be here in no time.

Thanks for checking in. Not a totally thrilling week but any progress so far makes me happy. I'm going to spend my weekend in Ikea and Land of Nod furniture building hell. Wish me luck! Oh and don't forget to check out the other participant rooms on the One Room Challenge link up! See you next week!

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!

Our bedroom grew up and became an adult, finally.

Our bedroom has been an evolution of sorts since we were married just over four years ago. Never really a major priority while we renovated everything else in our condo and current home. Common areas took precedent because meh, who really sees your bedroom? Well, I for one do. On a good night, seven plus hours. Or actually a bad night I see MORE of it as I lay in bed wide-eyed, exhausted but not sleeping. The worst. So, I wanted our room to feel less like an afterthought and more like a peaceful respite. A really cozy bed with nice linens and an overall calm feel. I had some time at the end of the year so I put the wheels in motion. 

To be honest, I never really had a plan for this space. A plan for me often involves shopping and I knew I wanted to be budget minded. So the dresser, lamps, chair are pieces we've had for a while that I knew would stay. The other things I've picked up along the way with no purpose in mind, just knowing if I liked them, I'd find a home for them... in our home. That mostly works, btw. The trick is to not have to buy a crap load of other things to make that one thing work.

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For the color of the room, we wanted something medium dark. The rest of our house is so light and bright and we wanted this space to feel a little more moody. I chose Whale Gray by Benjamin Moore which can lean a little on the blue side at different times of the day. I love that about it but if you're looking for a more warm medium/dark gray this isn't it.

Above our dresser I added this brass mirror from Target. I recently read to never place a mirror between two windows because it breaks up the view. Since the view is of our neighbor's house and our shades are mostly drawn, I don't think it matters as much. I get the point of that but in this space it works nicely as a vanity mirror. 

The Danish chair is an oldie but goodie. I found it at a vintage store in Michigan for $25. It desperately needs to be reupholstered but has great bones and is still very sturdy. I bought some nubby cream fabric for it this summer but I'm being cheap and haven't pulled the trigger on having it professionally recovered. In the meantime, I put this little throw on top. I dig it.

The planter and lamp are also vintage finds. Mike knows how much I pride myself on what little I spend on home goods. It also drives him crazy to hear it. To him, it's just spending. Anyway, $8 for the lamp, $6 for the giant ceramic matte planter. I'm not humble when it comes to thrifting. I'm just not. And if you're going to decorate anyway, isn't it better to get a good deal and spend less? Yes, it is.

As a married couple we've never had a real bed – no headboard, I mean. Just a mattress on a bed frame in that charming college student sort of way, except we're in our forties now (yeah, that happened) so it's just sad. When we moved in I begged Mike for a proper bed and he agreed it was time to adult up. I love this one. It's low profile enough for the space but the tufting helps to blend the vintage and modern vibe that runs throughout our entire house. 

Do you have that friend that always has the most comfortable fluffy bed with fancy linens and and all the fixings? I do (Erin). I've always been so envious of her beds when I visit so I went out and made that happen. This part is never very budget friendly because bedding just adds up no matter how you slice it. I went with a white linen duvet cover and shams from West Elm, printed sheets from Target, a semi-fluffy mattress cover, new down pillows and a spanking new down duvet. It's so dreamy in that bed now and VERY hard to leave it in the morning. The throw pillows and blanket are from HomeGoods (always a sucker for HomeGoods). Side note: we did the bed in a box thing (Leesa) and it's pretty great if you're on the mattress hunt. 

As for the rest of our decor pieces, they are mostly vintage or from Goodwill with, of course the occasional Target find. I did a crafty thing for the piece above my nightstand. I stumbled upon Mike's wedding vows to me the other day and after a good cry (they are really, really sweet) I decided to see what they would look like framed. Pretty good, I think! I also love how the art honors us because this is our room and our space away from the kiddo... except at 6am when he comes storming in to watch Thomas (grinning + tears emoji).

The nightstands are a craigslist purchase from before we moved out here. I have considered painting them but am kind of enjoying the wood mixed with the brass. For now, they will stay this way. I'll DIY when I must but I don't really enjoy it and I'm not sure I'd do the greatest job. 

For my fortieth birthday Mike wanted to get me something memorable. I decided I wanted that to be a big, big antique Turkish rug. We even went to look at one that was pretty affordable but the colors were just not right. I still pine for one – something to pass down to my kid the way Mike's grandmother passed so many down to his mom and then to us. In the meantime, (until I find the perfect one) I decided a simple jute rug would look just fine here. We have a patterned runner outside in the hallway and then in the bath down the hall so the simplicity of the jute rug mixes better with those. A little tip: you cannot beat Ikea for these rugs. They are at least $150 cheaper than even a more affordable store like World Market. 

And that is the end of our bedroom story. I still have a plan to update our closet door which I've purposely left out of photos but I'll get there. I'm happy with how this room turned out. Even though I didn't really have a plan and we went dark on the walls, the decor still flows very nicely with the rest of our house which makes me feel like hey, I have a style and it's working for us. It's a good feeling. Now, onward to our final room remodel. I cannot wait to show you what's happening in that little space. It's going to be so fun!