baby boy room

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!

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 ;)