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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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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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A Ceiling Mount Curtain Rod

I think we’ve covered just about everything from the girls’ room, but one question we keep getting over and over is regarding the curtains and the unobtrusive curtain rod we chose. So I thought dedicating a short post to the setup would be beneficial. Since the bunkbeds and the wardrobes went all the way up to the ceiling, I really want the curtains to carry the eye up, too, especially since they are one of the first things you see when you walk into the room. We worked with Martha & Ash before on the curtains that were in our living room and then the guest room. They are made with such quality materials with attention to detail, I knew I wanted the same luxe, thick curtains for in here. I sent for a variety of color swatches and landed on light pink with a Euro pleat across the top. Greta gasped when…

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A High/Low Budget Breakdown of the Girls’ Room!

Thanks for all the love for our One Room Challenge reveal last week! We had so much fun designing and DIYing this room for our girls. When we mentioned to some other ORC designers that we were going to do built-in bunks for this room, we were met with, “Are you sure you want to do that room then? Or if you do, someone would send you beds!” Because here’s the thing with the One Room Challenge, it is such a large event that so many eyes are watching, brands are anxious to get their product in the rooms. Linda, who is in charge of the whole thing, works really hard to curate 20 great sponsors for us to choose product from, and lucky for us, it was a lot of companies we were already familiar with and loved, like ATGstores and AllModern and Annie Selke (you can see the full…

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The Reveal! A Shared Girls’ Room Complete with Built-In Bunks | One Room Challenge: Week 6

Designing and building this room over the past 6 weeks with Chris has been a lot of hard work and late nights but most of all, a complete pleasure and an experience we’ll remember forever. But even before Linda asked us to be a part of the One Room Challenge (we’re so grateful!), we thought about creating a shared room for our girls one day. Truthfully, we’ve been dreaming about this room for 6 years. The 4 years we struggled with secondary infertility, I wondered if Greta would ever get the chance to share a room with a sibling like I did with my sisters growing up. And when Faye was born, she asked the first week if they could share a room, and I said, “One day.” And now, 2.5 more years later, that day is today. And that room is this room. This room that used to look like this: We…

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11 Whimsical and Sophisticated Wallpaper Designs (Perfect for Kid Rooms!)

Choosing the wallpaper for the girls’ room was no simple task. In fact, it was probably the thing I agonized over most. I ordered samples, I changed my mind, the room evolved, the placement of the wallpaper evolved. And then I found this Forest Floor wallpaper from Hygge & West and everything just kind of clicked–it was the one you could say. We received a comment from a dear reader last week asking: Hi Julia, At some point, can you talk about your decision to use such an “adult” looking wallpaper pattern? It really is beautiful with the black built ins – I’m guess I’m just wondering what led you to dark/luxe versus fresh/bright? Thanks! While I wouldn’t say this wallpaper is strictly “adult”, I do see how it could be perceived as more sophisticated and we’re never one to shy away from a dark wall, although I think dark can be equally…

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One Room Challenge: Week 5 | There’s Nothing Like a Fresh Coat of Paint

If you’re just tuning in, we’re renovating a shared room for our daughters in 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge! My sweet mom loves to make any object or situation instantly desirable and charming by starting a sentence with, “There’s nothing like a _____.” Insert warm cup of cocoa, fall leaves, a bowl of spaghetti, a towel right out of the dryer, lines on the floor from the vacuum, etc. And today, I’d like to adopt her optimism, because after cracking open a couple cans of paint in the girls’ room this week, truly, there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make a room feel clean, wonderful and so close to being complete. To jog your memory, below is how it used to look just a couple weeks ago after we finished building the bunkbeds, but before we built the reading nook. After a marathon of caulking, the raw…

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One Room Challenge: Week 4 | Those Wardrobes

This week, we finished facing the book nook,  installed 4 can lights in the room, and ordered a pretty light for the middle (can’t wait to show you!) and we also started on installing the wardrobes–week 4 was a busy one. That same angle used to look like this: A few weeks ago, we talked about how we were going to tear out those closets in favor of Ikea Pax wardrobes and we loved reading all of your positive experiences with Pax! It made it even easier to swing the hammer and get the closet out. The room looks twice as big and so much taller without the header board. Then we got to building. We knew we would have to take the carpet out of the closet because we got the taller Pax–for that dramatic floor-to-ceiling look–and we were about 1/4″ too short in here with the carpet. Although…

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