The Nursery | One Room Challenge Week Four

It's week four of the One Room Challenge and while it doesn't feel like I made a lot of progress this week, I did spend a lot of time working on the practical/functional aspects of the room. Here's a rundown of what we did this week!

But first, if you're just joining in now - Hi! I'm Stevie, an interior designer, thrift store regular, kind of outdoorsy wife and soon-to-be mama! My husband, Anthony and I are slowly renovating our 1903 fixer upper in York County, Pennsylvania. You can see more of our house right here and my last three ORC posts here: Week One | Week Two | Week Three

Last week my best friend, her adorable baby boy and I took the hour drive down to our nearest IKEA. I (surprisingly) kept to my list and came home with just these few things:

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1. Skubb Box, set of 6 - I got 4 of these in black. Two for organizing the nursery dresser and one for each of our nightstands in the master bedroom. 

2. Sanela Cushion Cover - I'm loving this mustardy yellow in the nursery. It's a warm accent color that contrasts both the green-gray of the walls and the burgundy background of the vintage Karastan rug. In fact, this exact color is in the pattern of the rug so for $8 this velvet pillow cover was definitely going in my cart!

3. Antilop High Chair - This obviously won't live in the nursery, but we decided to go with the famous $20 IKEA high chair because it seems like everyone who has it loves it! I have heard that the tray is hard to remove, so I'm considering ordering this removable placemat for easier clean up. 

On Saturday, I washed all the 0-3 month baby clothes so I could put them away with our new organizers! You can tell I'm nesting because I went full Kon-Mari with the folding. I am fully aware that these drawers will never look like this again but it was important to me to separate out the few newborn size items we have so I remember to use them before she grows out of them! I used these drawer dividers for the wide drawers and the IKEA boxes to divide up the small top drawers. Since our dresser is from IKEA, they were a perfect fit! 

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In other news, we also got a rocker for the room! It's not the glider I had on my original mood board. From the reviews it seems like that one sits pretty low and I was worried about it being comfortable for two taller people like me and Anthony. With time running out before reveal day - and my due date - I convinced Anthony we should buy this old rocker off of Facebook Marketplace, even if it's just as a placeholder until we find something new. It's obviously a bit dated, a little darker than what I wanted and I'd rather not have two button tufted upholstery items in the same room. But for $30, it was well worth the peace of mind for me having a something to rock our little girl in when she gets here and we were actually both surprised by how comfortable it is. So we may or may not end up replacing it, but for now it's just perfect!

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If you watched my room tour on Instastories this week (it's saved to my "nursery" highlight!) you know that aside from the gallery wall above the dresser, deciding on art and wall decor for rest of the room has been a bit of a challenge for me. I think I finally decided to go with a couple shelves by the rocker - as seen in the mockup below - and probably a mirror over the settee. I like the idea that the mirror would reflect the mural on the opposite wall, instead of another piece of art competing with it. I'm thinking it has to be round or oval otherwise it would be too many rectangles with it hanging between two windows. We'll see what I find! 

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With just two weeks left in the challenge, we still have a lot of work to do. Here's hoping for a productive weekend!

As always, you can see the week four updates from the 20 featured bloggers below or and the rest of the guest participants here. Thanks for following along!

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The Nursery | One Room Challenge Week Three

In case you missed it, I'm currently guest participating in the One Room Challenge making over our former guest bedroom into a nursery for our daughter -- who's due in just 6 more weeks! You can read my first week's post here and my week two update right here

And if you just found this post from the ORC page, Hi! I'm Stevie, an interior designer, thrift store regular, kind of outdoorsy wife and soon-to-be mama! My husband, Anthony and I are slowly renovating our 1903 fixer upper in York County, Pennsylvania. I'd describe my style as eclectic, traditional and country with a little bit of modern thrown in to keep things fresh! You can see more of our house right here.

In my last update, I talked you through the layout of the space and gave you a peek of the new paint color (French Gray by Farrow & Ball) and the custom mural that will be installed on the wall behind the crib! This week, I snapped some updated progress photos so you can see how the various elements of the room are starting to come together now that we're at the halfway point of the challenge. 

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Won't the mural be so dreamy on this wall? It's been delivered so we just need to make a trip to Lowe's for the molding to trim it out with and pick a day to hang it. The wooden chair is a stand-in until we find a nice glider and the pillow covers will change too. I just ordered this one from H&M for the room! And don't worry, the pillow in the crib is for decorative/photoshoot purposes only. Once our little girl is here and sleeping in the crib, that pillow will live on the settee on the other side of the room. I was giving it some time to decide but I think I do want to paint the inside of her bedroom door the same color as the walls so it blends in like the closet door. Of course, I'm hoping to replace all of our boring hollow-core doors with solid wood paneled doors from a local architectural salvage shop someday, but that's a project for another time!

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Anthony hung these woven wood shades as soon as the paint was dry and the round basket is a new addition! She doesn't have many toys yet (I'm sure that will change quickly!) so I might store some extra blankets in there in the meantime. And you can see some of the art I've been collecting for the space in the corner. I'll talk more about that in just a minute! This is where my room progress photos devolved into a Chloe photoshoot. But really. With that face, who could blame me? 

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Back to art! To be honest, choosing art for the space has been a bit of a challenge for me. I don't want to take away from the mural but I do want the room to have the cozy, collected feel that I love. I'm still not exactly sure what I want to do above the settee or next to the chair but I plan to do a small gallery wall above the dresser. Gallery walls are notoriously tough to plan and put together! So I've gone the route of going through things I already had and picking up a few thrifted and vintage pieces over the last several months. I'll probably collect even a little more but won't end up using more than 5 or 6 pieces in the final configuration. Here are the options I have so far:

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On the left, I have a piece by artist (and former co-worker of mine) Linda Rugel-Swanson that I got a few years ago and just LOVE! Below that is an Audobon bookplate that I got from this Etsy shop. I had to, not only for the beautiful colors but the fact that it's a wood stork. Obviously our last name is Storck, but also Anthony's family when Anthony's family emigrated from Germany, they opened a lumberyard in Baltimore called the Storck Lumber Company. Next is a pretty floral canvas and pressed flower I found during two different trips to Salvation Army. And after that are a lovely card from our baby shower, my favorite Emily Jeffords print ever (that I got to purchase from her in person at a craft market in South Carolina), a book of Whittier poetry that's falling apart but that I plan to save some pages from to use as art, and a canvas from our first anniversary photos with Savannah Smith Photography

Because I want my gallery wall to look like it was collected over time (which really, it is!) I got the idea to measure all of the art I had collected and take a list to Salvation Army to see what I could find in the way of frames. I found some really great options, and most of them were just 99 cents! I'm excited to play around with arrangements and see what works best. I'm considering painting the lighter wood frame for more contrast, but I'll just have to see once the final configuration starts coming together. 

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In addition to the frames, this past week I found a lot of smaller items like a plug-in sconce for next to the glider, a bookshelf, drawer organizers, curtains, the diaper pail and a few other odds and ends. The biggest things left on our to-do list is to hang the mural and trim around it, install picture rail moulding for some historic charm and find a glider. I'd say we're in pretty good shape for being at the halfway point. And at 34 weeks, my nesting instincts are only getting stronger! Our other projects for this week are to finish packing the hospital bag and install our carseat base. The weeks are really winding down until our daughter will be born! In between client work and the One Room Challenge, I'm also working on a third trimester update post that I'll be sharing soon, if you're into that sort of thing. 

Remember you can check out the 20 featured bloggers below or right here and the rest of the guest participants here. Thanks for following along!

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The Nursery | One Room Challenge Week Two

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I'm back with an update on our nursery project! This week, I want to dive a little deeper into the design process and share the floor plan we decided on, a peek at the new paint color, and reveal a very exciting feature of the room I haven't mentioned yet!

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When I'm laying out a space, I always start with the most important piece of furniture and for a nursery that's of course the crib! I quickly realized that nurseries probably have the most floor plan options of any room because there isn't one large piece of furniture to work around, like the bed in a normal bedroom. Of the things you typically find in a nursery - a crib, a chair, a dresser, changing table, maybe a bookshelf - none really take up that much space. So really, I could have put the crib on any of the four walls and found a way to make the other furniture work. But because I had something special (and more permanent) planned for the focal wall, I needed to be 100% certain that I was picking the best layout that would work for the room even if we transitioned it into a room for an older child or back to a guest bedroom in the future.

Here's the layout we settled on:

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While I tend to prefer the focal wall being right across from the door you enter a room from, we decided to center the crib on the longest wall instead. With this plan, we'll have two "zones" in either corner and plenty of open floor space for play. In the top right corner of the plan, we'll have the crib, glider and a round end table to make a nice spot for reading and our bedtime routine. In the bottom left, we'll have the settee and dresser/changing station with storage for toys in between. It wasn't my first though aesthetically to have the crib and the dresser so close to the door, but I think it will prove to be very functional for us when we're popping in throughout the day for diaper changes and naps. 

At the same time I was deciding on a floor plan, I was also deciding on a paint color. As I've mentioned before, in the rest of our house I've been mostly drawn to super dark or super light colors. I really wanted to challenge myself to use more of a mid-tone in this room and I think I found the perfect shade in Farrow & Ball's French Gray. In person, it reads as an understated sage green and it picks up on the shadows of the settee for a pretty tone-on-tone effect. My mother-in-law, brother-in-law and I spent an afternoon painting the room a couple of weeks ago, and even before the paint was dry I was in love! 

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Now onto the surprise. Since we bought our house, I've been itching to do some type of mural to bring some old world charm into our fixer upper. As soon as I thought about doing a black and white mural behind the crib, I knew I had found the perfect way to make the nursery design really special! Walls Republic has been on my radar for a while as a great resource for modern wallpaper and murals, but did you know they also offer the option to create your own mural using any image on Shutterstock? I'm thrilled to be collaborating with them on a custom mural featuring this 19th century engraving. I'm a sucker for trees and landscapes and of the dozens of options I showed Anthony, this one was his very favorite. Since our last name is Storck, we like to think that the birds walking in the water are little storks! 

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The mural has been printed and is currently on it's way to us. I'll share more details about the process of ordering our custom mural once it's here and installed but for now, here's a little mock up I did of how it will look in the room:

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So good, right?! I've been dreaming about this room for years and now that it's starting to come together... "excited" doesn't even begin to cover it! Be sure to come back next week when I'll be sharing updated progress photos and talking about what we're doing for the rooms functional needs like window treatments, storage and organization.

And don’t forget to check out the 20 featured bloggers below or right here and the rest of the guest participants here. Thanks for following along!

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive | Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design | Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators | Sacramento StreetShannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

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