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A Rug and Dresser for the Nursery (and Beyond!) | One Room Challenge Week 4

It’s time for another update on our One Room Challenge, where we’re making over our nursery for our 3rd little girl due this summer. Week 4! How did we get here?! So far, we have added loads of pretty trim in week 2 and dreamy wallpaper in week 3. And if you missed the before, head to week 1. This week, we rolled out a new rug and dresser for the space–the foundation pieces if you will, that needed to be less baby/nursery specific and more could-transition-elsewhere-after those precious years. This rug, the Marin from Rejuvenation, was definitely the choice that took the longest of any decision in this room. After we nailed down our wallpaper choice, I looked at no less that 750 rugs for the room. Probably a lot more, actually. I looked at vintage rugs for days. I pinned several of them (see them on this Pinterest board, if you’d like). I put…

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The Be All, End All of Cloud Wallpaper | One Room Challenge Week 3

If you’re just tuning in, we’re making over our nursery in 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge (check out the before here). It’s week 3, and just like last season when we participated, we’re doing it and sharing it in real time. Meaning, the progress you see, is right where we’re at. Last week, we left you with the addition of molding (and earlier this week, we shared how we painted it all). But this week, the wallpaper went up and everything changed. Initially, I had my eye on this cloud mural–which is gorgeous!–but since there was no repeat, it couldn’t be applied to more than one or two walls. For several days I tried to push it and think of ways that we could make it work, but in my gut I knew that a one-walled mural, especially above wainscoting, was not the look I was going…

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25 REALLY Cute Crib Sheets

I’m so glad that one crib sheet is not enough, because even if it were…it could NEVER be. There are too many cute crib sheets out there to only buy one. And while I’m mostly content with white sheets in my own room, give me all the cutest patterns for the baby’s. They add personality and a splash of pattern or color to a nursery, and hey!, they make really pretty photo backdrops too. A few of my go-to sources for crib sheets are Land of Nod, pottery barn kids, Serena and Lily, Anthropologie and this Etsy shop is an absolute gold mine. Here are 25 favorites I’m eyeing for our own in-progress nursery right now: |  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  |  12  | 13  | |  14  |  15  |  16  |  17  |  18  |  19  |…

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Paint Pails, Playlists and Painting the Nursery

This year, we’ve partnered with HANDy Paint Products, our favorite painting tools that make the job so much easier,  to tackle four paint projects in our home. Naturally, the first project on deck was painting the wainscoting we added to the nursery last week before the wallpaper had to go up. Since the main walls, above the trim, were getting wallpapered, there was a lot of brushwork to do. In fact, the only thing we rolled was the ceiling. Inside each box and everything else including the crown molding, chair molding, wainscoting (plus the thin portion of wall around the wainscoting a roller couldn’t get to) and baseboards all needed to be cut in and brushed. Years ago, we upgraded from using the red SOLO cup (you know the ones) for cutting in, to these HANDy Paint Pails for trim work and it has made the whole process so much more enjoyable. There’s a…

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Adding Wainscoting In The Nursery | One Room Challenge Week 2

We had such an eventful week getting home and recovering from the kitchen makeover we did for the sweetest couple in Baltimore–thank you for all the love on that reveal! We rested and worked from bed for two solid days (just long enough for my ankles to return to a normal size–haha!) before we felt enough energy to break out the nail gun, miter saw and caulk once again to add some pretty dreamy trim to the nursery walls. As a refresher, here’s where the room was last week! So clean, so…plain. There’s a million different ways and styles to add wainscoting to walls. We actually first looked to the height of the crib we had picked out for the room, because one thing we didn’t want was for the top of the crib to line up exactly with the top of the wainscoting, creating an uncomfortable tangent. Our crib is 36″ tall and we decided…

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The Start of a new Nursery: One Room Challenge Week 1!

A few weeks ago, we shared our happy news that we’d be expecting our third child, another little girl, this summer! So when we were asked to participate in the One Room Challenge again this Spring, we knew exactly the room we’d want to tackle in the allotted 6 weeks–the nursery! Which currently looks like this: But before we first spruced up the room, back in 2014, it looked like this: The space has served as our second daughter, Faye’s room, for the past three years (check out those pictures here) until she recently moved into the bunk room with Greta, which was coincidentally the room we tackled for the last One Room Challenge (read more about that here)! A few weeks ago, we cleared out the nursery and sold or gave away most of the things that filled the former room for a fresh start, with the exception of the…

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The BIG Plans for Faye’s Nursery

I made the large letter art for Faye’s nursery (easiest, cheap tutorial right here) shortly before she was born and it’s been such a defining part of her room. But this weekend, we took it down to make room for something new… EEeee! We’re spilling a few more details including how long it took us this time, how I told Chris, and even talking baby names in this week’s podcast.   Ps. After a lot of questions, my jeans are these (I have them in 2 washes and I want more!) and my top is from here. 

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Nursery Mood Board: If Faye were a Boy

I recently found a private pinboard I completely forgot about. It was the start of a nursery for a little baby BOY! I started it before we found out Faye was a little girl and I was so certain we were going to have a boy. Ha! So much for intuition. We couldn’t be happier with how Faye’s room turned out, but if she were a he, it might have looked more like this. 1. Loch Awe print 2. Globe Mobile 3. Flush Mount 4. Crib 5. Striped Crib Sheet 6. Throw Pillow 7. Area Rug 8. Dresser 9. Ink Blue Graham Glider 10. Insignia Pillow 11. Striped Kilim Pillow It’s similar to the vibe of Faye’s nursery–calming, sophsticated, with a touch of charm–but more masculine. Things like the shelf of baskets and books, and even her current curtains would work well in this space, too. We even have the same glider…

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Some Great! (and a couple not-so-great) Children’s Books

When we showed Faye’s room last week, a few of you (it may have been on Instagram) asked about what books we’re loving these days especially when you saw the book ledges in her room. We have children’s books spread out in three or four different places in the house–in the nursery, there’s a stack in the reading room, downstairs with the games and a couple in Greta’s room–but since Faye came along, we’ve been doing most of our reading in here. I rotate books a lot because Greta seems to constantly pick the same ones for me to read to her and variety is the spice of life, as it were. In fact, I have hid two particular books because not only can I not stand to read them one more time, I also plain don’t like these books: Run, run run from these books! Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel…

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Easy “Chalkboard” Basket Labels

A couple of you asked about the chalkboard labels on the extra storage baskets when we showed you Faye’s nursery last week. I added the labels to help me identify what’s in them (naturally) but also to bring a cohesiveness to the mismatched baskets. Also, the truth is, they aren’t chalkboards at all and they were cheap, fast and easy to make. All you need is some black card stock cut into whatever label shape you want. I had these that were pre-cut into rounded rectangles so I just went with that. A white paint pen. And some mini brads. (I found all of these from our local craft store.) Write your labels–I like doing this as fast as possible so it looks natural and not overly stylized. Poke a little brad through the card stock (you may need to pre-poke with a pin or needle) and stick it right into…

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