Surprise! We decided to join the One Room Challenge! I’ve been wanting to join the One Room Challenge for a year now but with our wedding/honeymoon, it just wasn’t possible. And the timing couldn’t have worked out better than it does right now; it’s like it was meant to be! We have been wanting to convert the guest room into a nursery for our baby girl due in September so this gives us the most perfect push/encouragement/ timeline we could ask for.
For those of you who don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, it is a challenge put on twice a year by Better Homes and Gardens to transform ONE room in your home in an 8 week period. There are always featured designers (goals) and then there is guest participation that is open to the public to join! How cool right? What better way to work alongside other DIYers, bloggers, designers, etc., and support and encourage one another, not only for these 8 weeks but hopefully making lasting relationships too.
So as I mentioned above, we plan to convert the guest room into a nursery as our entry for the challenge. I will be posting here weekly on Thursday for these 8 weeks to give updates on the room. You should 100% check out the other challenge contestants at www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog to see what they’re up to as well. Fors this first post I will just be sharing my plans for the room. Who wants to take bets on if I’ll stick to the plans of get creative and change paths along the way? I think a bit of both but I’m LOVING the plans and put so much thought into them that I don’t truly see myself diverging too much.
Guest Bedroom Before:
To be honest, up until about 10 months ago, this room was still neon yellow (like the rest of the house when we purchased it) and had a giant crack in the wall due to foundation shifts + repairs. The only thing we’ve done to this room makes it somewhat decent by repairing the gaping crack and painting the walls. Other than that, this room is pretty untouched. It’s a pretty standard bedroom that is roughly 12×13 feet with one window, a closet, and a door to the bathroom. Here are the before photos below I just snapped tonight. Let’s ignore the mess… we’re all friends right?! Lol
Entry Way Wall:
The Nursery Plans:
Well, that was embarrassing but there it is! Now for the design plans! First and foremost, the room needs to be functional. This will be our first baby’s room so I want it to be a space that we want to spend time in, has a playful, yet serene feeling, and of course is functional for mama and baby. Another huge thing I’m hoping to achieve is a room that will grow as she grows. I know trends don’t last forever but incorporating some transitional pieces will help.
- Sputnik Chandelier– Maybe it’s just me but I feel like lighting is so important in a space. It sets the mood and tone. I love this playful sputnik chandelier with gold metal. A little classy, a little fun, and bonus- it ties into the 70s light fixtures I chose to keep in her bathroom
- Modern Board and Batten Accent Wall– I am being careful not to go too crazy with geometric lines here between the chandelier and the funky wall, but I plan to soften it up with other features in the room so I think the balance will be perfect.
- Wallpapered Ceiling– the part I am MOST excited for is equally the part Cody is LEAST excited for. I know it will be a ton of work to remove the popcorn ceiling and float the ceiling one layer at a time… but I’m up for the challenge, pregnant and all. I just love a statement ceiling I could not resist.
- Convertible Crib- Part of what I mentioned above is having a room that will grow with her, at least for a few more years. I haven’t made a selection yet but I am definitely going to purchase a 3 in 1 convertible crib that goes from crib to toddler bed, to day bed.
- Dresser/Changing Table– Another piece that will grow with baby girl is a dresser with a detached changing station. I know there are so many cute changing tables, but I would love to remove the changing table part and just have a dresser as she gets older. This is a piece that could grow with her for a long time
- Textures– I’m all about texture! I plan to find a neutral yet textured rug, soft curtains, pillows, blankets, etc where I can break up the harsh lines.
Check out the mock-up I made below for a better look into the plans. The exact colors and more details will be announced as we go so be sure to follow along at www.instagram.com/itskayllie for day-to-day updates as well as check back to my blog on Thursdays for new posts.
Until then, go check out the participant’s posts at www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog