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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 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. 

Baby boy room reveal

Oh my this post is so long overdue! This little guy is over eight months old now and truly the cutest little thing. I was honored to be asked to put together his nursery and had so much fun in the process. You may recall the plans but it's been a while so I'll remind you...

With the wall color already up (Glacier Bay by Behr), I wanted to add accents that fit. This wasn't hard to do since a light blue- green is quickly becoming one of my favorite kid room neutrals. Not only does it blend well with so many other colors but it's something other than gray or a traditional baby blue. Don't get me wrong, I love those, too but in a kid's room it's fun to do something a little more unexpected. To make one of the walls even more fun, I chose the arrow decals (Etsy) – like wallpaper only a fraction of the price and way easier to install. I also like that once the baby phase is over, they're easy to remove for a different look. Although I think these guys can hang out for a while. 

For decor, I started with the black and white Ikea rug. (Side note: I love adding a rug to warm up a space and add some character...yes, even if it's already carpeted –trust me, it helps!) Black and white is a no-brainer in a baby's room (they dig the contrast) and this rug is pretty giant and affordable. It was an easy leap from black and white striped rug to black and white striped animal and so began the safari theme. I love this bedding from Land of Nod, don't you? Who doesn't love a baby animal? I carried that over to the zebra print for above the crib. 

To work with the wood trim in the room and for more texture, I brought in a leather moroccan pouf ottoman and then chose the Target shelf with the wood tone and the wood tone lamp. Unfortunately, the shelf was recalled so my client selected the white bookshelf in it's place. The floor lamp was nixed for safety purposes – totally get it. 

For wall art, I found the idea for the embroidery hoops on Etsy and my client used a local woman to make them –@posey_twine_embroidery on Instagram. They turned out so cute and these are actually embroidered instead of screen printed like the original ones I found. Win-win!

The rest of the furniture and window treatments were already in the space from their now toddler but I helped to pick out the glider. I know a thing or two about gliders from spending hours upon hours in ours so I get the importance of comfort. I love Babyletto for gliders and baby furniture. They're comfy and look so cool but cost far less than the aforementioned higher end store that we all know and love. Target also carries a lot of this line so shipping is usually free. The modern lines of this one help to blend the traditional look of the crib and changing table so the space feels more cohesive with the rest of the decor. 

For the final touches, I styled the bookshelf with existing toys and books and I found those canvas bins on Amazon. You can never have enough baskets and bins in a kids room to quickly give the appearance of clean ;) 

And there you have a cheery baby boy room. Maybe not your traditional baby blue but I love to see how kids rooms are evolving to so much more. This one is playful and bright but also stylish and something he can grow into. Such a fun project for such a fun family ;)

The mother of all bookcases

When a friend asks you to style the bookcases of her impeccably designed condo you first drool over every detail of the space while your jaw drops at the size of said bookcase project and then you just get to work because you already said yes and here goes nothing. I truly wish I had more advice about bookshelf styling but other than taking everything off the surface and just going for it section by section, I don't really know how it comes together. It just does. Ok – there is some thought in this process which I'll share as you read along. 

Here is the view from this room (sometimes my heart truly aches for city life) and also some really fuzzy before photos to show progress. Nothing beats a project that comes with it's own measurements and really bad before photos to make you look good. 

So this was more than just a bookshelf, it was a library, really – shelves on every. single. wall. They use it as their family/media room.

My main goal was to honor their style by using personal mementos (pictures, books, etc.) and then bring in some cool objects to fill in the rest while trying extra, extra hard to not overwhelm the space with a lot of stuff. Easier said than done in a room full of shelves. You have to fill them but there's definitely a balance to strike. The key is to not go crazy with the amount of things on one shelf. And some shelves just need one thing only. Also, don't go crazy with small things. You really need to balance small objects with large ones or it can look junky fast. If I'm starting from scratch I might try to stick to a color palate but for this room, I prefer the pops of color here and there to liven up the space. And coincidentally, the pieces I chose go really well with the paintings which was kind of dumb luck but I'll take it. 

When I'm shopping around, I'm looking for interesting shapes and sizes of things and also that everything will work well together. I'm loving all of the natural decor out there right now. Lots of wood, stones, hides, metals. I stuck mostly to that theme while I was perusing my typical go-to places (Target, HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, CB2 – you can spend a lot of cash on decor objects but I truly don't understand why you would when there's so much good stuff out there for less.) My personal favorites are the burl wood boxes from CB2 and the sort of weird giant wood chain I found at HomeGoods. I need these for myself ;) 

Books were mostly from their personal collection. They have tons of art books which made my job super easy. You can't go wrong with a giant Andy Warhol book now can you? I did use some filler books and I've mentioned this before but my secret is Goodwill. I stockpile pretty books for occasions such as this. Taking into consideration how the book looks but also the title and topic when I can. Another tip – take the dust jackets off. The bindings are always far better looking than the jackets. So yeah, I arrange little piles of books at my local Goodwill to see if they'll look cool stacked up – you have your weird things and I have mine. At least the result is pretty. 

This room is multi-purpose because it's not only the family room but also the play room. To make it feel more cohesive I swapped plastic bins for pretty baskets and used them throughout the rest of the room for additional storage, too. These seagrass lovelies come in a bunch of sizes from Target and half the price of Pottery Barn... seriously guys, shop around (or get a stylist that does ;). As a side note, I did a fool's errand and rearranged these kids books. I do this in Henry's room, too. Why? I cannot help myself.  

So, three hours later there you have it (plus a bonus shot of some really pretty art). I'm super happy with how this space turned out. I bought a lot of stuff for this project and I'm very pleased that it all worked together so nicely in addition to their existing things. I love how the photos honor their family and the room just feels cool and fun... just like them. Don't you just want to get cozy on that sofa with a glass of rose and read about Andy Warhol. I know I do ;)

Do you have a built-in or a bookshelf that you're struggling to style? I can help!