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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!