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.
After a marathon of caulking, the raw wood needed to be primed before painted. Farrow and Ball, a sponsor of the One Room Challenge, sent us the primer and paint we needed for the room. Although we have used their paint before (most recently in our home office), it was our first time using their primer and the coverage was fantastic.
We’ve painted so much over the past 8 years, we definitely have figured out a system–Chris always does the rolling while I cut in–and can crank out a room pretty quickly thanks in part to just using the right tools. You can check out all of our go-to, tried and true, favorite painting supplies right here.
For the paint color, we decided on Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White, a warm white that really brightened up the whole space without it feeling cold or stark. (Years ago, I ordered a free swatch card with all of their colors right here.) One of my favorite details is how the natural wood stair treads pop in all that white. We’ll definitely seal them before all is said and done, but I love the added warmth in that little slice of the room.
If you missed it on Instagram, we also finished up the wardrobes we shared last week and the way the rich black plays off of the soft, warm white feels just right in here. But! We’re excited to start bringing in the girls’ favorite colors before the big reveal next Wednesday. I ordered soft pink curtains and so many fun pillows and textiles. We’ll also be installing all the accent lighting over the next day or so–there is sure to be more updates before the final reveal. But, really, there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint is there!?
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We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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