One Room Challenge- Week 2- Inspiration and Game Plan

It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge, and today I want to talk a little bit about the inspiration for the space and also walk you through my game plan for getting everything done. 

The second I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to do the baby's room for this round of the ORC. I really didn't think I would be doing a baby boy's room though. Truth be told, I was so (irrationally) convinced I was having another girl that I actually designed and sourced an entirely different nursery for a daughter! So, when I recently got the exciting news I'd be having a boy, I had to start back at square one for the design.

Luckily around this same time I was out sourcing product for another project of mine and I stumbled upon some great finds in the kid's shop at Serena and Lily. First, I found an amazing herringbone wallpaper that will lend lots of texture and pattern to the room. And then I found an adorable nautical throw pillow. I instantly fell in love with the color, and the print reminded me of my childhood summers on the shore in Rhode Island. It has the exact feel of a New England beach town, and since I now live in a New England beach town full time it seemed perfect. Just like that, I had my inspiration piece!

Me and my girl back in 2015. I spent my childhood summers in a sleepy beach town on the Rhode Island Coast, called Quonochontaug. Long before Watch Hill, RI became a hot spot for T-swift and her pals, I would go with my family for carrousel rides along the strip. We'd pop into the candy box for some penuche, and would sit outside watching the sailboats and waiting for the sugar rush to kick in. All these years later, it is still a favorite spot to bring my own family. My daughter LOVES the beach, and already talks about how excited she is to bring her "baby brudder"

Me and my girl back in 2015. I spent my childhood summers in a sleepy beach town on the Rhode Island Coast, called Quonochontaug. Long before Watch Hill, RI became a hot spot for T-swift and her pals, I would go with my family for carrousel rides along the strip. We'd pop into the candy box for some penuche, and would sit outside watching the sailboats and waiting for the sugar rush to kick in. All these years later, it is still a favorite spot to bring my own family. My daughter LOVES the beach, and already talks about how excited she is to bring her "baby brudder"

While I'm definitely inspired by this beachy vibe,  I want to avoid going for a full blown nautical theme. Instead I'm using the print as my roadmap, and adding in some other elements to try and make the space feel unique. Some preppy gingham, a painterly chevron, some boho ikat and lots of natural fibers and pops of solid colors will be rounding out the space. I'll  be getting an amazing custom lacquered dresser from the talented team at Broome Street Studios, and some really fun accessories like this brushstroke lamp from Jana Bek Design. Keeping the color palette classic, but adding in a mix of styles should help to keep the space looking fresh, and avoid the biggest nursery trap of all; having everything being overly matchy matchy. 

 

Luckily, after I picked out the wallpaper and pillow, most everything else in the design plan came together pretty easily.  I say most because I still have a few big decisions up in the air. What will I do for the window treatments and artwork? At this point, your guess is as good as mine, and the clock is ticking!

Indecision on some items aside, I'm feeling fairly optimistic about being able to tackle this space within the 6 week period since the work is almost entirely cosmetic. The biggest project that needs to be done is to wallpaper the entire space, and we've already gotten the work underway. Once the wallpaper is all up I can move in all of the furniture and really hone in on the details. So, as of right now, my game plan is as follows:

  • Install Wallpaper (As I mentioned we already have some progress here, but check back next week for the full reveal!)
  • Finalize floor plan and layout
  • Set furniture in place (I can't WAIT to show you guys the changing table! Hint- it isn't shy on color!)
  • Decide on and install window treatments
  • Style all soft elements (pillows, blankets, rug etc)
  • Add in additional accessories
  • Choose artwork for above the crib
  • Deliver and raise a baby (I'm pretty sure that this will be the really hard one!)

Thanks so much for following along. Make sure to check out all of the other ORC participants here and check back next week to see the progress on the room as well as my ever growing baby bump.

xx, Kate