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Big brother gets a big boy room

Way, way back when I worked on the One Room Challenge for our baby-to-be (six weeks and counting!), I also worked on a little upgrade to Henry's room. It's been a little nuts around here and blogging has gone by the wayside somewhat but this room is just too fun not to share. Plus @lindseykay_photography came by to take photos and they are so bright and cheery that I had to show them off. 

Henry, now a big, bad three year old seemed a little cramped in his convertible crib. His changing table/dresser was taking up too much room and frankly, I had a vision for the space – truly never not updating our home. Since I am still into the wall color (Oystershell by Benjamin Moore) and quite a few of the other pieces in the room, the change was not huge but I love the results. 

First to go was the crib. I found this black metal bed on walmart.com of all places. It was easy to assemble, sturdy and doesn't require a box spring. Win! I wanted to play up some of the black accents in the room and it works perfectly to bring it all together.

I had to find a use for the shibori pillow I brought home from HomeGoods so naturally I bought all new bedding. No surprise the sheets and quilt are from Target. I chose the mud cloth throw from @minimalist_shop as another nice black/white accent. I want it for myself but I'm a mom so I'm used to sacrifice (ha). Really though, this room is beginning to look nicer than my own. 

Is it just me or do you guys also beg, borrow or steal from other rooms in the house for furniture and decor? The nightstand is from our guest bedroom and the lamp from our living room. It looks great but then what happens in those other rooms? It's and endless rotation with one room always feeling a little left out.  

With the crib gone, I was left with this giant mostly empty wall. I'm nothing if I'm not a gallery wall aficionado so I threw together his random collection of art and voilà! The banner above his bed from @askyomother was just a no-brainer. The kid truly wakes up like he's going to Disneyworld. Every. Single. Day. It's perfectly Henry and I love it.

Since selling the old dresser, I had to hunt for a smaller piece that fit right under that window. I found this mid-century guy at a local resale shop and it was beat UP. Even I was skeptical that it could be salvaged but I stained the drawer fronts and painted the rest white and I think it turned out great. It's a perfect fit for the space and serves another great purpose of keeping my kid clothes shopping to a minimum. How do they get so many t-shirts anyway? 

Out went the shag Ikea rug and in came this lovely fringe guy from West Elm. Henry was truly excited about this purchase. He'd seen so many new things come for the baby room so when this showed up and it was for him it was like Christmas Day. For like one minute until he realized, meh, it's just a rug, guys. NBD.

The Land of Nod teepee has been around awhile but I still love it. I have visions of our boys hiding out in there reading books and playing together – I can't wait!

Add a cool, old storage trunk from my mother in law and update complete! Henry now has a room that feels more age-appropriate and leaves him with tons of space for pulling out all his books and tossing them to the floor (cry/smile emoji). But really, I'm proud of how it turned out. Henry's world is about to change SO much and we both wanted him to feel just as special as this new guy coming our way. This room now feels so perfectly him – bright, happy and cheerful. Thanks for stopping by to check it out!

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 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 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!