It's week 3 of the One Room Challenge which means we're halfway done already! For those of you just joining, I'm working on putting together a nursery for the impending arrival of my baby boy this summer. All of my design plans and inspiration were shared during week 1 and week 2. Now it's time to really start putting the peddle to the metal and firm up installations. We've made some BIG progress in the nursery, and the biggest transformation by far comes from the bold wallpaper we added. I picked a chevron/herringbone print to add some interest to the walls in this otherwise simple and small room. I love the pattern because even though it is a linear design, it is done in a more painterly way which leads to a more organic and "imperfect" result. To me, the subtle variations are what makes this print so interesting.
I'm also obsessed with the color of this paper. It's called "denim" and it is just like your favorite pair of jeans. This shade of blue matches with everything and definitely nods to it's chambray namesake. If you know me, you know I just about live in jeans and a t-shirt with a blazer on top. This wallpaper is like the perfect jeans/t-shirt base for this room; cool, classic and crisp.
Since I'm not brave enough to take on a wallpaper DIY myself, (and let's face it, I'm not really oozing with extra energy these days) we outsourced the installation to an amazing company here in Fairfield, Grega Painting. Our home is 100 years old and so I was a little nervous about the process. Anyone who lives in a really old house probably knows that most of the walls, ceiling heights, windows, etc. aren't perfectly level. This makes certain projects a little tricky. I was especially nervous with this wallpaper because the pattern is very deliberate and it could highlight imperfections if it wasn't done just right. My fears were eased as soon as I saw progress after the first day. They did such an amazing job hanging the paper, you would never notice a single flaw. The room is totally transformed now and I'm in LOVE!
In addition to getting the wallpaper installed, I also laid out the rug this week so that we could easily bring in the rest of the furniture. I wanted to go with a natural fiber for the rug to keep with the beachy feel, and also to tone down some of the other color this space will be getting. I ended up going with a tried and true favorite jute rug of mine. This is now the 3rd one of these rugs I have in my house! Truth be told, I didn't source this rug myself. I saw it for the first time in my sister-in-law's house last year and I immediately complimented her on it. I love the natural fibers, but it also has a hint of metallic thread woven in so it reflects light beautifully. Another big plus is that it is soft on bare feet, something not all jute rugs are. The biggest plus of all however is the price! This rug is a total steal. When I asked my sister in law where she got it from I was so pleasantly surprised to hear the answer; Target! While this is certainly not family heirloom quality, it is perfect for what I need it for; a great durable piece to last for a few years and survive the wrath of children and a dog. If you're interested in this rug, you can check out my affiliate link here.
Now that the foundation pieces are in place, next week I can talk all about the furniture, including my all time favorite furniture purchase; the bold colored dresser! FULL disclosure, I've been sneaky and have actually already moved in some more pieces than I'm sharing right now since I'm going to be out of town on vacation next week!!! ( I'm taking the beach theme very seriously, and figured I should do some additional research- wink wink). Because of this, I've actually gotten a lot more done and will share all the rest remotely in next week's post. I'm hoping to get everything written ahead of time and just click publish while lounging on the beach drinking a daiquiri (virgin, of course).
I'm pretty obsessed with the furniture that has made it's way into the room, and it's starting to really bring things together, so check back next week to see it all! Until then, you can always follow along with all of the other ORC participants here. There are so many amazing designs for this round, and I've been having a blast each week trying to keep up with as many as I can!