It's April! And that means it's time to kick-off another round of the One Room Challenge! I had so much fun participating this past fall, and can't wait to get started as a guest participant again!
For those of you who don't know, The One Room Challenge is a biannual event taking place every April and October. Designers and bloggers pick one room to transform in just six short weeks. Each participant blogs about the progress weekly and we all get to follow along watching the transformations take shape. Check out all of the other guest participants here.
This round, there is one obvious room that I need to do. The room will be a special passion project for me for a very exciting reason... Kate Smith Interiors is growing! Or, I guess I should clarify a bit. I, Kate Smith, am growing. As in literally growing. I'm expecting my second child this summer and for this One Room Challenge I will be designing and installing the baby's nursery.
I'm so thrilled for this project for a few reasons. First, this is a rainbow baby for me, and I want the room to reflect the joy, love and excitement that I'm feeling. I'm sure other parents can relate, but it's truly amazing how wanted and loved this baby is before he is even born! Second, we recently found out we're having a boy! As much as I'm all about girl power, and LOVE having a daughter, this will be a totally fun change of pace for our family. There are no other grandsons on either side of the family, and on my maternal side of the family this will be the first boy in 57 years! Everyone in my family was a bit surprised and super excited by the news. In fact, I believe my exact words to the Doctor when she told us were "Really!? Are you sure??!!??". (In all fairness, my response to my husband when he proposed a decade ago was "Are you serious?" so maybe I'm just not great with words in surprise situations. But, back to the room, I digress.)
Ever since we found out the news, I've been brainstorming how to make the perfect space for my little guy. Like most rooms I do, I love classic with a twist. I want some elements to be super traditional, but I also want it to be fun and spirited. The color palette will be pretty traditional, focusing on the good old red, white and blue. But the execution (if all goes according to plan) should have some fun, whimsical and unexpected elements built in. For now, I'll leave you with a sneak peek of my design board, as well as some pictures of the "before" space. His room is a small bedroom across the hall from the master that has been pretty much untouched since we moved in. It's mostly a blank canvas to work with, and I can't wait to get started!