The Nursery Reveal! | One Room Challenge Week 6

We did it! Our daughter's nursery is officially complete and ready for her arrival in approximately 3 more weeks. It's Week 6 and reveal day for the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge. I can't wait to show you around!

If you're just joining in now, Hi! I'm Stevie. I'm an interior designer and soon-to-be mama from York County, Pennsylvania. For the past six weeks, my husband Anthony and I have been making over a spare bedroom into a dream nursery for our little girl due at the end of this month! We're old home lovers, thrift store enthusiasts and semi-confident DIY'ers. You can see more of our house here, or catch up on our ORC posts below:

 Week One | Week Two Week Three | Week Four | Week Five

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We didn't have a theme that we were going for with the nursery; more of a color palette and a "vibe". Our house was built in 1903, but sadly the upstairs had been completely renovated and lost all of it's original character. My biggest goal with the nursery was to create a historic-inspired space that felt like it had always been there. I love eclectic interiors that have that "collected over time" look, mixing styles and eras of furniture to create a room that feels truly unique. But before I get too far into the design, let's take a quick peek at what the room looked like in it's previous life as a spare bedroom/hodge-podge of all our leftover furniture:

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The starting point was definitely the crib. I had my sights on either a vintage style crib and once I saw this oil-rubbed bronze beauty, I knew it had to be the one. I love that it looks like it could be antique, but is still pretty simple. The single row of decorative balls feels like a modern take on the traditional ornate styling of wrought iron cribs. I wanted the crib wall to really become the main feature of the room and got the idea that a black and white wallpaper mural would be just the way to do that. 

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I'm thrilled to have partnered with Walls Republic for the One Room Challenge on this stunning custom wallpaper mural! Walls Republic is a great resource with thousands of modern, stylish wallpapers and murals to choose from. They also offer a "Create Your Own" mural option, where you can have any image from Shutterstock made into a custom sized wallpaper mural. Anthony and I chose this beautiful 19th century engraving because of the gorgeous details and the little storks wading in the water. Ok, they might be herons, but our last name is Storck so it just felt too perfect! Through Walls Republic I was able to customize the size to fit our room and have it printed in greyscale (the original image had some slight sepia tones) onto high quality non-woven paper.

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Our friend and neighbor Janie Reeves of Design2Finish generously installed it for us and with Anthony's help they had it up in under an hour. If you're local to PA, MD or northern VA and in need of a fantastic painter and wallpaper hanger, she's your woman! A big thank you to both Walls Republic and Janie, the mural is truly a showstopper and our favorite part of the room! 

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In addition to framing the mural out with simple chair rail moulding, we continued the same moulding around the perimeter of the room as a faux picture rail for a little architectural interest. Anthony had never done and finish carpentry before, but he figured it out quickly and got it done in just a couple of evenings last week. And he said he had fun doing it too, so maybe there'll be some more decorative moulding projects to come at the Storck Home! We painted all the trim, baseboards and the interior of the door the same color as the walls - Farrow & Ball's French Gray - to give the room a really cozy, cocoon-like feel.

For the main storage piece in this room, we reused an IKEA dresser that we had bought for our last apartment. Instead of a separate changing table, we topped it with a wooden changing tray and pad insert. I was originally thinking of a white tray, but I'm glad I went with the wood for a little warmth and contrast on this side of the room!

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Over the course of my pregnancy, I had slowly been collecting artwork for the nursery. Everything is vintage except for the Emily Jeffords print on the far right - I love her work! The small piece in the brass frame is a page from a vintage book of Whittier poetry that was falling apart. I actually used a floral illustration from the same book to decorate the shelves on the other side of the room. Instead of making the gallery wall cohesive with matching frames, I decided to keep the eclectic look going by taking a list of the sizes I needed to Salvation Army and seeing what I could find. I came home with a mix of wood, black and brass frames, none of which cost most than 99 cents! 

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I know I said the mural was my favorite part of the room, but really we have so many favorite parts of this room it's hard to just pick one! This vintage velvet settee was a yard sale find a few years ago, and actually Anthony was the one who spotted it! Despite it's petite size, it is so so comfortable. Even our boxer, Chloe loves it! I imagine spending a lot of time between this settee and our rocker, cuddled up with our little girl. The antique mirror above it was another lucky secondhand find. 

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The closet in this room is pretty funky. It's kind of like a long and narrow walk-in, with 3 big "steps" that cover the slant of the stairwell ceiling below. There was no rod or shelving when we moved in and we decided to install the storage on the very back wall to make the best use of all the space back there. You can see a progress photo of the closet organization here.  I had always planned on hanging a bookshelf on this shallow side wall of the closet, but on Sunday Anthony suggested that we remove the closet door and paint the interior of the closet to feel like an extension of the room. I'm so glad he did because I love this little nook so much more now! 

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On the fourth wall, we built simple shelves using primed MDF boards and pine brackets from Lowe's. We painted them the same color as the walls and trim because I wanted the items on the shelves to be the focus. I styled them out with a collection of vintage finds, a couple photos (including my nearly complete polaroid baby bump pictures!) and an adorable handmade elephant doll gifted to use by a friend. Next to the shelves, we hung a plug in wall sconce for reading bed time stories and late night nursing sessions. 

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The rocker was a $30 Facebook Marketplace find, that was originally purchased as a placeholder but since has really grown on us! It's a little dated, but the high back makes it super comfy and we don't plan to replace it anytime soon. I've already spent a lot of mornings rocking in this chair and thinking about what it will be like when our baby girl is here! 

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Designing and creating this room has really been a dream come true! Anthony and I both love spending time in here and we're so glad we hopped on board with the One Room Challenge this go round. It feels so good to have a beautiful room prepared just for our little one. We are so looking forward to all the time we'll be spending in here as a family in just a few short weeks!

I'll be sharing a post next week with sources for all the items (that aren't vintage at least!), but in the meantime feel free to ask me any questions on Instagram! I'll also be doing a video room tour on stories so we should definitely be friends over there ;) 

There are so many amazing One Room Challenge room reveals to see! The 20 featured bloggers are linked below and you can browse the 200+ guest participant room reveals right here. Thanks for following along! 

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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!

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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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!

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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