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 a couple in an online cart. I measured the room over and over to see if I could sneak all the different variety of sizes vintage rugs come in into the room. Because, the downside with vintage rugs is, although they are beautiful, they don’t come in standard sizes. And if you find one you really like, it may not work with the size of your room. We needed an 8×10. In fact, one of my biggest annoyances of our last nursery was when I got a 5×8 rug for this same room and it was way too small and then we lived with it for 3 years. Blerg.
After searching and searching, I decided to leave my vintage rug search and start looking at some of our other favorite rug sources (we have and love this Indigo rug from Crate and Barrel, a shaggy rug from West Elm in our bedroom, a budget moroccan rug from Wayfair and this flatweave from Rejuvenation in the playroom).
When I saw the Marin Hand Knotted Rug, I knew it was the rug. The same feeling you have when you know that’s your child’s name–it was it! It has a beautiful neutral background that is very forgiving and a gorgeous varied blue striated pattern that feels vintage, with a hint of femininity (for our little girl) and it set the tone for the entire color scheme for the room–let’s do blues!
This rug definitely falls into the heirloom category as far as quality and price go. It’s so, so soft and thick, but not shaggy so that it will get matted. It’s versatile and can easily bounce from bedroom to living room to office–and we couldn’t be more giddy to have it living in the nursery.
Before the room ran away from us to a no contrast, non-moody house, I knew we needed to inject some drama in here. Enter the dresser/changing table.
It’s called the Wrightwood “River Blue” Wide Changing Table, but it looked more brownish online. Luckily, Land of Nod offers free samples, so I ordered a sample of the wood and sure enough, it was a beautiful warm neutral navy stained wood. It comes with a separate changing table attachment that is removable so we can use the dresser anywhere after we’re out of that stage of life.
And to be honest, as soon as it got here, I wanted to put it in the entry–it’s stunning! But it also adds a richness this room was missing thus far.
Not to mention, the color plays really well with the new rug. There was one funny hurdle in getting it to our house. We live in a remote part of the country–in Idaho. And apparently Land of Nod only delivers furniture to our area every two months! How funny is that? Normally it wouldn’t be a huge deal since our baby isn’t due until the summer, but their next delivery wasn’t until after the One Room Challenge was over. Fortunately, Chris loved the dresser as much as I did and suggested we try sending it to his brother’s house 4 hours away in Utah and he would go pick it up. That’s just what he did last weekend and I’m so grateful it all worked out.
Now that all the big foundation pieces are in place, we’re ready to start bringing in the smaller accessories. I’m putting the final touches on the “art” for the room and can’t wait to share that with you next week!
Eager to see how everyone else is doing in week 4?–Me too! Check out our fellow ORC participants below!
Rejuvenation and The Land of Nod are not official sponsors of the One Room Challenge, but are long-time partners of Chris Loves Julia. They were excited about our plans and offered to send us these beautiful pieces to feature in our nursery.
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.
Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop.
Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen.
Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]
Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!
Make yourself right at home