Wednesday, October 31, 2018


It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge Fall 2018 edition and I’m starting to feel good about how this room is coming together. 

Check out the progress from past weeks 

A few things happened this week including getting the furniture put together, framing the art prints and the rug arrived. This was the 2nd rug to arrive as the first was too white and my dog, Miss Finley likes to mark her spot when new rugs come in...ugh. I was torn between these 2 Momeni by Erin Gates rugs but in the end ended up going with my original plan although I still keep thinking about the other one.

I loved this rug but was worried it would compete with the wallpaper

I’m going to be heading to Homegoods and Crate & Barrel kids to find some last minute decor pieces. Follow along in my stories on Instagram to see what I find and then check back next week for the BIG REVEAL! eeeek

Thanks again to Liz at Calling it Home for organizing the One Room Challenge

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


We’re getting closer to the end of the One Room Challenge. I was nervous about getting the room painted and wallpapered and now that is done I can breathe a sigh of relief. As soon as I took that breathe I got a notice that the window treatments I selected are on backorder. Every designers nightmare. Well, that and items arriving damaged which is usually about 60% of the time. Interior design sounds like such a fun job but there is so much done on the back end putting out fires. It’s the not so fun part of the job. 

We’re ready to start putting the room together. I’m going to be on the hunt for accessories, bedding and a mobile for the room. I’m also debating whether or not I want to change out the hardware on the Hemnes dresser. I like the look gold the hardware that comes with it but for a piece that is very familiar I like to change it up a bit and add a different design element.

Here's a look at what happened this week

The light fixture was installed and I love it. I sort of have an obsession with light fixtures and there are so many fun ones that I wanted to use but in the end I think this was the right choice. 

Excuse the mess but this wallpaper just made my day when it was installed. I've been waiting forever to use it and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Mason likes it too because he just stares at it, which may not be a good thing when we're trying to get him to go to sleep. 

Things to do this week:
-hang art
-hang crib mobile
-put remaining furniture together
-hang bookshelves
-style room
-photograph for the BIG REVEAL next week! 

It doesn't sound like much but this is the most stressed I've been. I'll be on my own with the kids trying to wrap this up with Halloween next week too I'll be running on fumes for sure. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


We're at the halftime show of the One Room Challenge and things are moving along quickly. It's amazing how fast time flies when you have a newborn. Although I've been stressing about getting this room done in time, I'm finding it hardest to have the time to sit down and blog about it. Be sure to check out Week 1 and Week 2 to catch up on what's been going on with the Boys Modern Nursery Update. 

This week we removed the wallpaper and prepped the walls and everything was painted. We went with Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace. It's not only one of my favorite white paint colors but it matched the white of the Serena & Lily wallpaper perfectly. This room is probably one of the brightest rooms in our house and with everything having a fresh coat of paint it's quickly becoming my favorite room. 

We will be in this house forever but I wonder when this shiplap ever comes down if the next owners will wonder what Zelda is?

It's bittersweet for this guy. This used to be his room and he didn't want to share with his big brother but we gave them a really cool room to make up for it. 

I just love a fresh coat of paint in an old house to make everything look new again. We used BM Chantilly Lace in this room. 

Up next is installing the light fixture

Big brother testing out the rocker. Do you think he'll take over some of the feedings? bahahaha....he says he doesn't have time. 

Bye Bye light fixture!!!

Testing out some current pieces we have. This shelf was my grandmothers and it may have found it's home. Perfect fit for this wall. 

Things we can check off our list for week 2: 
-paint room
-electrician scheduled
-wallpaper installer scheduled
-furniture ordered 

Wallpaper is being installed this week and the furniture is starting to arrive. I'm so happy with the crib we selected too. I can't wait for you to see it. 

Things to do this week:
-find a rug
-find a reading lamp
-book shelves
-start looking for decorative accessories
-order changing pad
-lamp for changing table
-order crib mobile
-order frames for prints
-figure out crib bedding
-get blanket monogrammed

If you've been following along with the One Room Challenge you can see everyone's transformations coming along. Here are the Guest Participants for the One Room Challenge 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


We're one week into the One Room Challenge and a lot has been going on around here. We made progress this week in terms of getting the ship lap installed and I can't wait to see what it looks like painted. We're also in the process of getting all the furniture, wallpaper and light fixtures ordered so that they'll be ready to install. I'll also run you through a bit of the design thoughts I had for this space.

Things we can check off our list for week 1: 
-get shiplap installed
-order light fixture
-order crib
-order rocker/glider
-order wallpaper 
-pick paint color 
-schedule painter 
-choose art prints
-start to look at window treatments 
-schedule wallpaper installer after painter

Before we had the shiplap installed I debated doing the whole wall in shiplap and wallpaper on the ceiling but after seeing a couple inspiration photos I decided to take it 3/4 of the way up the wall and do wallpaper on top and I'm so glad I did this. When deciding to do this, keep in mind your furniture height. I wanted to make sure that it came up a good amount above the crib and dresser. It's easier to clean handprints off wood then it is wallpaper and we all know little ones are messy. I chose Benjamin Moore's chantilly lace for the paint color. I matched it to the white of the wallpaper because I didn't want it to be too bright or too gray and the chantilly lace was a perfect match. It also happens to be one of my favorite white paint colors. Yes, there are MANY white paint colors. We chose the Benjamin Moore Aura paint in satin because it creates a beautiful finish. 

Now let's talk a little bit about how I came up with this design for the nursery.  Before we found out we were pregnant, "SURPRISE" I had a design plan for my younger sons bedroom (which is now the nursery). I was so set on this design and couldn't wait to implement it so when we found out we were having another boy it was an easy decision when it came down to what the nursery would look like. As much as I love a serene nursery, I know the reality of how fast kids grow and how rough boys are on spaces. This is a room that will grow with him for years to come. If his big brother wants to move back into his room one day, he can. 

I had a crush on Leslie Mitchells matchbox car prints years ago and knew I wanted to incorporate these into the room. These prints and the wallpaper were my jumping off point. The only hard part was deciding which ones to choose for the room but this one was one of my favorites. 

For the wallpaper I knew I wanted to use this Serena & Lily paper after I installed it for one of my clients. It's such an eye catching print that is classic and will pair well with other colors and designs in years to come. It also looks amazing as a back drop to Leslie's prints. 

For the furniture I had fallen in love with a crib that was $2500 and there is no way that was happening so I searched for something similar. I wanted simple with a modern vibe to it and I found this Dwell Studio crib with a much better price tag.  Norfolk 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Since the layout of the room is difficult because of radiators (damn you old houses) and windows that aren't centered we have one solid wall that I am putting the crib and dresser on so I wanted these to look right sitting next to each other. I had searched everywhere for a decent sized dresser and guess what I ended up deciding on? The IKEA Hemnes dresser in my basement. This dresser has deep drawers and is a taller height which is great for adding a changing pad on to. It saved us some money too. 
IKEA HEMNES White Stain 8-drawer dresser

I also got lucky on the rocker for the nursery. I knew I wanted a recliner this time around but I didn't want it to look like a recliner. After testing out multiple I narrowed it down to 2 and the deciding factor was the recliner. The Crate and Barrel glider is seriously one of the most comfortable gliders so if you're looking for a glider I highly recommend that one. In the end we went with Pottery Barns Wingback Recliner. I was lucky to score the floor model heavily discounted which helped me tremendously because if I would have ordered it, it wouldn't have been here in time. 

Modern Wingback Swivel Glider & Recliner

Cat approved too! 

Next up on the list that I need to get going on so that they arrive in time is the window treatments. I've gone back and forth on this debating between a fabric roman shade or a woven shade and I think I decided on a woven shade with a blackout liner. I just have to figure out which one I like better for the room.  Debating between these two colors:

1. Color Sample - Hatteras Beige Taupe D02-22 Color Sample - Bonaire Flaxen E389 2.

As of now I think I can safely say we're on track to finish in time. With that being said, it is still early on and and newborns don't really care about deadlines and this is a fast turn around for a room. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018


I’m so excited and nervous to share that I’m participating in my first One Room Challenge. This is my first time to join in with Linda of Calling it home who hosts this biannual room makeover series called the One Room Challenge (ORC). For those of you who haven’t heard about it, it’s a challenge where hundreds of bloggers design and or renovate one room of their house in just six weeks. Yes, I’m officially crazy for taking on this 6 week challenge with a 6 week old but I’ve been wanting to participate for a couple years and I have the perfect room for the challenge. 

Over the next 6 weeks I’ll be sharing the design plans and the process behind the design. You can follow along with me as I share what's happening on the blog and on Instagram. 

For this project I've decided to makeover one of my son's rooms into a nursery for my newest son. You may remember seeing pictures of this red room with it's cute Nantucket-ish wallpaper but that was the only thing cute about it. The wallpaper was damaged and the whole room was in need of a fresh update. Before we knew we were expecting my original plan was to update this bedroom for my son, Jake. Well, we had a little surprise...another baby on the way. I was so in love with the design concept I had come up with for Jake that I decided to keep this plan but tweak it a little but and add some fun whimsical touches for the baby. I also wanted it to be a room that he could grow into and if his older brother wanted to share a room with him one day, they would easily be able to do so. 

Here's a look at what the room looks like.


Here is the MOOD BOARD for what I'm envisioning the room to look like: 

  • Remove wallpaper 
  • Add shiplap to the walls
  • Choose Wallpaper
  • Select paint color for the shiplap/walls
  • Artwork for above the crib
  • Add a rug that will anchor the room 
  • Order a simple modern crib and mattress
  • Order a comfortable rocker/recliner with a high back for middle of the night feedings
  • Change out the light fixture
  • Find a dresser that is a nice height for diaper changes and has a lot of storage
  • Bookshelves 
  • Floor lamp for reading books
  • Window treatments that are blackout shades
  • Storage for books/toys
  • Hook for the back of the door to hang towel/bags
  • Lamp for dresser
  • Crib bedding
  • Crib Mobile
  • Possibly add a mirror above the changing table
  • Add a side table next to the rocker 
  • Pillow for rocker
  • Laundry hamper
  • decorative accessories 
Wow, I hadn't written that out until now because it was all in my head. I better get my butt in gear! I hope you'll drop by the blog next week to see the progress. You can also find me on Instagram where I'll be sharing some behind the scenes and Pinterest


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