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Classic Christmas Porch Decor | Our 2016 Holiday Porch

I am so excited to be closing out this week with a look at our very first holiday decor of this season AND in this house! Getting the holiday decor up has been a little slow going around here for a few reasons (baby on the way, sick kiddo, and general post-move fatigue); but as usual, once I finally get myself going, I tend to really get into it despite my commitments to “keep it low key” (which I promise myself year after year after year)! What typically holds me back from getting started with our holiday decor is deciding on what direction to go. Since I participated in several holiday home tours a few years back , my Christmas stash is borderline excessive and embarrassing; but that also means I can pull off a variety of looks without having to run to the store. You guys know that decorating with red isn’t one of my preferred colors; but around the holidays, I just can’t seem to get enough of it. So, I decided to embrace the red for our outdoor porch decor and went for a very classic yet fresh take on our porch display!

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

Greg spent all last weekend hanging lights along our roofline while I stayed cozied up with a sick Henry on the couch. Greg really loves to hang lights, but our first year in a new house is always a bit tedious as we figure out the best arrangement, buy new lights to meet the new requirements, and determine how to hang everything on our new digs. I’m thankful Greg genuinely enjoys that part so I can turn my attention to the craftier projects. With the lights looking so wonderful, I really wanted to pull together a front porch display to match. However, our front door is tucked back into a “vestibule” of sorts so I didn’t want to clutter it up with a bunch of stuff that either wouldn’t be seen and/or crowd our walking path. I turned to a bunch of things we already had on hand and my tried-and-true combo of a green wreath and green mini tree to pull together one charming vignette!

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it;” and that sentiment couldn’t be more true for our wreath. Years ago, I shared my 15-minute ornament wreath here on the blog. It worked so well then that I have literally turned to the same technique every year since (just swapping out different colors and bows to achieve different looks!)

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

I always start with a fresh green wreath (this oversized one is from The Home Depot) and tie on ornaments in clusters of three with floral wire (you can see the full tutorial HERE). I think what really makes this a winner is the textural combination of the greenery, pinecones, and metallic ornaments. The fact that it comes together in a matter of minutes also helps 😉

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

The holidays are a great time to get a little whimsical, so I didn’t pull myself back when I wanted to combine two of my favorite ribbons (a buffalo check and a stripe) into a single massive bow. It’s finished off with a sparkly branch, and I am kind of obsessed with how it turned out!

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

Not only do we have some empty space to the right of the door (where I did have a porch plant until this week), but we were also looking for a way to hide all the plugs, timers, and cords from all the various strands of lights we have about. As I was considering all my different planter options, it occurred to me that my Fall apple cart would be the perfect addition to our holiday porch!

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

After sanding off the apple seeds on the wheel, I loaded in a table-stop pine tree…

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

…and topped it off with another patterned bow.

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

A remnant of faux fur always comes in handy this time of year; and since we don’t get much rain here in southern California, it became the perfect way to conceal those cords as well as the tree base.

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

The vinyl “Merry Christmas” was a last-minute decision (as I said, when I get rolling, I tend to really get rolling!) and brings the whole display together nicely!

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

A jute rug and some white lanterns (both from Marshalls/HomeGoods ages ago) ground the whole display! I am so glad I followed my instincts and went with the classic red this year. Combined with our steel blue door and white house, the arrangement couldn’t be more perfect, and it’s really gone a long way in getting me into the holiday spirit.

Looking for a classic take on your Christmas decor this year? Check out this holiday porch decked out in classic red, white, and black for a charming display!

If you’re just getting started with your decor, I hope this quick little display gives you some ideas for your home. This weekend, we do the inside of the house, so look for that update sometime next week (hopefully!). I also have another sewing tutorial coming up for you, as well as some more fun Cricut Christmas crafts! See you back here next week!

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P.S. While I’ve got some fun things in the works for you guys, I did want to mention (as you might be able to tell from some sporadic posting in recent weeks) that I’m starting to get bit behind. Between holiday commitments, preparing for baby, and just plain being exhausted, I can’t get as much done in a day as I used to. I so appreciate you all coming around here each week to see what I’m up to and please know I’m trying my hardest to keep up. The best way to stay up-to-date on new posts hitting the blog AND if Baby Boy has made his entrance yet is to follow me on Instagram. Of all the social media outlets, that’s my fav (and easiest!) to update! Have a great weekend, friends!

The Pros and Cons of Decorating on a Deadline

Two weeks ago today, I wrapped up my very first round participating in the One Room Challenge (ORC) – an online home decor design challenge where bloggers from across the web commit to decorating an entire room from start to finish in the span of 6 weeks AND document it in “real time” on their blogs. The ORC is something I have seen and followed along with for many years, but never felt compelled to participate in myself. I decided to play along this time around for a variety of reasons, but primarily used the challenge to motivate myself to get the baby’s nursery not only started but completely finished. Now that the dust has settled and my energy has (mostly!) recouped, I thought I’d take a minute to share a few thoughts on the experience as a whole and weigh in on some of the pros and cons of decorating on a deadline!

Decorate a room from start to finish or let it develop naturally? Click through to read the The Pros and Cons of Decorating on a Deadline

First…how about a quick tale of two different rooms!

Our NC Home Office

Years ago (about 3.5 to a be a bit more precise), I remember deciding (and declaring here on the blog) that I was going to makeover our North Carolina home office/craft room while my husband was away on a short-term deployment. I thought the hot summer combined with the clear deadline of his return would motivate me to finally put a design in place after waffling in the space for a good two years. At first, I was able to make some fantastic progress on the office side of the room with a few projects that were already at the top of my To-Do List. While I made fast progress on one half of the room, I stalled out big time with ideas and a solid creative direction for the craft side of the room. Instead of walking away and waiting for inspiration to strike, I forced more projects for the sake of progress and being able to call the room “done.” This ultimately resulted in re-doing certain aspects of the room (even several times over) throughout the following year; and I was actually unable to bring the room to a well-designed finish I was truly satisfied with before we had to move. At that time, I remember thinking to myself that I would never force a room design just to meet a “deadline” again…because it simply led to too much wasted time and money and a whole lot of frustration!

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Henry’s “Big Boy” Room

About a year later (when Henry was about 3), he was ready to transition out of his crib, and I was (more than) ready to finally move on from his owl-themed nursery decor. I picked some fabrics I loved and built a design plan around them. I certainly didn’t intend to do the room from start-to-finish and didn’t put a strict deadline in place. However, this room came together rather efficiently, probably in about a month or so. In this instance, I had a solid design in place and simply worked from one project to the next in a very linear fashion.  To date, it’s still one of my all-time favorite spaces, and often I reflect on how easy of a room it was to design. However, it’s always stuck with me that I got some feedback from readers that they found it a bit boring to follow one space from week-to-week. By the time the room was done, so were my readers!

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I share these two anecdotes to shed some light on my perspective coming into the ORC. While I have successfully designed rooms from start-to-finish on a condensed timeline; more often than not, my room transformations unfold more like the first story. I have learned over the years (and waaaaayyy too many re-done/un-done projects or replaced items) that I create better spaces when I pursue the projects and decisions that feel really right and walk away when I am stalled, frustrated, bored, or unsatisfied. Additionally, having watched several previous ORC participants share that it was not only a really stressful experience, but that they also regretted some of the decisions they made because of the strict deadlines and pressure to deliver…the experience never felt like a good fit for me, the blog, or my readers!

So Why Did I Participate?

For a few reasons, actually! Each time the ORC has rolled around in the past, we have either been getting ready to move,  just moving in, or all our rooms were done. This time around, the timing was perfect. We were settled enough after our move that it didn’t feel disruptive, and I was super antsy to get working on some more creative projects (rather than just the tedious moving in stuff!). The other big reason was Baby! I know he won’t be in his room at the get go, but the timing of the ORC and my due date couldn’t have been more perfect. I was chomping at the bit to work on baby items, and the nudge of the challenge was just enough to get me started. As I’ve shared a few times here and there, I have also been feeling a bit directionless and hopeless about the state of this house, and thought a full-on room makeover would be the perfect thing to get my creative juices flowing again. Lastly, I was honestly curious about what all the blog “hype” was really about. I was interested to see what kind of traffic, new readers, and opportunities participating in the challenge would bring!

And Was It Worth It?

In some ways, yes…and in others, nope! The biggest perk is that we have a fully finished nursery that I am completely smitten with. I have a bunch of back-logged posts/projects that I am hoping to share once baby gets here to help ease the load of my posting schedule. And it feels so wonderful to have one room in this house that feels like me. The rest of the house may be a chaotic, undecorated mess. But this room…this room is how I like things to look, function, and feel.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Thankfully, the nursery room came together much like Henry’s big boy room did. I started with a solid plan (both design-wise and time management-wise) and executed the entire plan in a very linear fashion. From paint color and fabrics to art and storage, I had a very crystal clear plan of what I wanted to do, and the challenge was the perfect motivation to force me to execute it all. Participating in the challenge also encouraged me to make some decisions I would have potentially held back from (i.e., the wallpaper and the closet built-in), which in the end, turned out to be two of my favorite elements in the entire space.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

However, there were some aspects I didn’t quite enjoy. For one, I try very hard (although it might not always appear that way) to vary my content from week to week. I realize some of you guys come here for decorating ideas or organizing ideas or military content, etc. Keeping the topics changing from week-to-week (hopefully!) keeps you guys from getting too bored or saturated with a specific topic. 6+ weeks of nursery content may have been boring if nursery decor isn’t something you’re “in to” right now. Also, posting in real time felt very unnatural for how I typically do things around here. I like to show you guys all the projects in a space across isolated posts and then do a final reveal post once everything is done. Even though the room is done and you all have seen it, there are some things I want to re-visit in more detail, and I hope it doesn’t feel too redundant for you. Lastly, even though I had a good plan in place (and I committed to myself that I wouldn’t do this), I too found myself doing some last-minute running all over town for the “perfect” finishing touches just to meet the reveal deadline. In all honestly, I am quite happy with every last basket, diaper pail, hamper, crate, and accessory, but I don’t think I really needed to stress myself out trying to find those things last minute just to meet a self-imposed deadline.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

(Pssst – You can catch up on the One Room Challenge posts below:

WEEK 1: DESIGN PLANS | WEEK 2: PAINT AND BUILT-IN | WEEK 3: WALLPAPER| WEEK 4: FABRIC PROJECTS | WEEK 5: ORGANIZATION | Week 6: Final Reveal

In Summary

Whether you’re a blogger/designer or not, I do think “designing on a deadline” has its time and place. If your faced with the need or desire to pull a space together quickly, consider these pros and cons before you get started!

PROS 

  • A Deadline Gets the Room Done! As I said above, the best part of participating in this specific design challenge was that the nursery is 100% done. It is decorated, stocked, organized and literally ready to go. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be saying that right now without the ORC deadline. If you are just so sick and tired of looking at a room in its current state, a deadline will indeed motivate you get it done!
  • Motivation to Follow Through on Already-Made Decisions. In the few rooms I’ve worked on that have come together quickly and easily, I started out with very good and solid design plans. There was not a single element that I was waffling on or worrying over. From the wallpaper to the shelves and everything in between, I had all the large nursery elements planned out before the clock even started running. A good design plan combined with a deadline is a sure fire way to get yourself to actually take the plunge and follow through on specific ideas and products. I had been talking about painting the ceiling for weeks. Without the deadline, who knows how long it would have taken us to get it done (which had to be finished before we could do anything else in the room). If you know what you want to do in a space and just can’t find the motivation to start, set a deadline!
  • Focus. While I prefer to work on projects across various spaces as inspiration strikes, that approach can admittedly lead to a serious lack of focus. I am very guilty of floating from room to room and project to project (or even having several projects going at once), which can make a house feel un-done and constantly messy. Focusing on the nursery and the nursery only allowed all of my creative energies to stay fixed in one spot (as well as the mess, the tools, etc.) There were indeed times when I didn’t really want to work on the nursery because I was suddenly feeling inspired to work on something else. The deadline forced me to keep my eye on the nursery and follow through until it was done.

CONS

  • A Deadline Can Lead to Hasty or Poor Decisions. I think this is the biggest con and carries more weight than the others. When you have a deadline, real or self-imposed, it can cause you to make decisions you wouldn’t normally make just for the sake of calling a room “done.” Whether it’s choosing a rug you don’t love or agreeing to pay a price for something that you know will eventually go on sale, deadlines can force your hand when it’s just not necessary. If you find a deadline will help you get a room moving, commit to yourself that you won’t buy or pay for something you don’t truly love or can realistically afford.
  • A Deadline Makes Things Stressful. There were definitely a few occasions when I didn’t have the time or energy to work on a certain aspect of the room; but because of the deadline, I had to keep rolling so that other projects wouldn’t get off track. We stayed home a few weekends in a row to accomplish projects I needed Greg’s help with, and I flat out wore myself out hanging that darn wallpaper by myself. Imposing a deadline can add another layer of stress on projects that may already be a bit stressful (ahem, the ceiling), and they can certainly steel some of the joy and fun of DIY (which are notorious for going wrong somewhere along the way anyway). If you have a lot of DIYs in the space you’re trying to complete, maybe a loose deadline is a better way to proceed in order to keep stress levels in check!
  • A Deadline Doesn’t Guarantee a Room You’ll Love. I can speak from a lot of experience on this one. Setting a deadline, in hopes that it forces you to design a room and finally make some decisions, even if they aren’t the right ones, can lead to disappointment and a lot of wasted time and money. If I was told I could only participate in the ORC if I decorated our family room, I wouldn’t have participated. I currently have NO idea what I want to do in there. No direction, no inspiration, no concrete vision. Sure, a deadline for that room would force me to get thinking about it and start researching ideas more seriously. But the stress of a deadline could also result in design paralysis by over-analysis. A deadline might also cause me to settle on a design prematurely; I typically don’t start on a room until I know for sure what direction I’m going in. I think creating a from room start-to-finish on a deadline is best accomplished when you already have a clear vision of what you want, you just need to motivation to follow through.

I can’t say that I’ll never work on a room from start-to-finish again. As I said, I think self-imposed design deadlines have their place. Over the past 2 years, I’ve gotten SO in the habit of working on the house as a whole that it was actually a nice change of pace just to work and focus on one space at a time. While I do prefer to make decisions a little more organically, there is something so wonderful about having a completed room in such a short time span. Of course I can say that because I love how the room turned out!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I would really love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you like to work on a single room all at once, or make adjustments to your home whenever inspiration strikes? Can you think of any other pros or cons to design deadlines that I didn’t cover here? As a reader, did you enjoy the week-to-week updates or would you prefer makeover posts to be a little more spread out?

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One Room Challenge Final Reveal | “Super Star” Baby Boy Nursery

Six weeks ago, I kicked off our very first entire room makeover in this house as part of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home! Ever since, I have focused all my time and DIY efforts into this room, tackling everything from paint and wallpaper to storage and styling. I am beyond thrilled to be proclaiming the room “done” with just a few weeks to spare before baby gets here, and I am so excited to share all the final details with you today! As many of you know, we have been waiting and praying to bring another baby into our family for a very long time, and working on every single element of this baby boy nursery transformation was truly a labor of love. I’ve got a lot of pictures to share with you today, so get comfy and let’s get to it!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

If you’re just stopping by for the first time, we moved into this rental home in Southern California this past summer. I started with a pretty neutral canvas in this upstairs bedroom and had big goals for transforming it into something bright, fresh, and functional. Here is a quick reminder of where we started 6 short weeks ago!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

You can catch up on all the projects and design decisions by visiting the previous One Room Challenge posts below:

Week 1: Design Plans | Week 2: Paint and Built-In | Week 3: Wallpaper | Week 4: Fabric Projects | Week 5: Organization

Now that you’re all caught up, come on in and have a look around this finished space!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

The long wall opposite the door is the main focal point of the room. The sky-blue ceiling paired with the silver-and-white star wallpaper created a bright and fresh backdrop to our darker nursery furniture.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

The entire jumping-off point for this room was the Super Hero Kids fabric by Ann Kelle. Not only did I use the primary colors in the fabric to accent the space, but the stars in the fabric also provided a secondary decor theme that is sprinkled throughout!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

This wonderful star mobile was generously provided by Brandy of Brandalyn’s Paperie. The paper stars are perfectly sized, spaced and hung to create a simple yet stunning arrangement above the crib. It really is the perfect accent to finish off this corner, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with what Brandy put together for this makeover! Be sure to check out her shop for other great paper products!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

There was just enough space right next to the crib to place a rocking chair and ottoman for feedings and reading…

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I transformed the rocking chair years ago and am thrilled with how well it’s held up over the years (and through 2 moves!). The white fabric felt like such a gamble, but its proved super durable and ultimately flexible as it moves from room to room as we move from house to house.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

One of the biggest projects in the room was to create better storage in the closet. Not only did the previous sliding doors make it very difficult to access anything in the closet, but it really closed off the already-tight space between the crib and closet.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

By removing the doors, constructing a built-in bench, and adding in lots more functional storage, the closet is not only a lot more functional and easier to access, but it sure is wonderful to look at too!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

The closet now serves many functional purposes including as a side table to the rocker, as a folding surface for little laundry, and as the ultimate clothing storage station! Everything from books, burp cloths, clothes, and shoes are now stored here!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

An old toolbox was given a fresh coat of paint and now works perfectly to hold all the feeding supplies we’ll need in the early months! Those brightly-colored burp cloths are still one of my favorite things in the whole room!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

As you continue around the room, you come to an expanse of wall between the closet and door. We wanted to keep it furniture free for good traffic flow, making it the ideal place to create a gallery wall!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

As I shared in my very first ORC post, these prints from Amy’s Simple Designs were what really pushed me to go for a super-hero-themed nursery. The kids dressed up as super heroes work so perfectly with the Super Hero Kids fabric and add the perfect amount of color and whimsy to this side of the room! Amy’s shop is filled with so many fun prints and the quality is exceptional. A big “thanks” to Amy for providing the prints for the space; they are easily Henry’s favorite part of the entire room!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Now let’s flip around and look at the other corner of the room. Here is the view from the rocking chair:

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I love this corner so so so much (and it’s a good thing too, because I’ll be spending quite a bit of time in that chair!). Not only is this corner a gem to look at, but we’ve outfitted it to be as functional as possible once baby arrives!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

As I shared with you last week, the drawers are outfitted with perfectly-tailored drawer dividers to hold all things baby…

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

Beyond just outfitting the inside of the drawers, we added some other smart storage solutions elsewhere too!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

A simple peel-and-stick hook holds baby’s bath towel for easy access…

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

In the corner by the door is a hamper and diaper pail…

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Since we were able to store so much in the closet and the dresser drawers themselves, this allowed me to put fun accessories and books on the top shelf of the hutch!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

The wooden crates on the top hold our back supply of extra diapers and wipes. Thanks Sister!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Even before we found out the baby’s gender and decided on the nursery theme, a dear friend gifted us this frame. I’m so struck by how perfect it ended up being in our space!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I was so excited to discover there was just enough space on this wall for the dresser as well as a rolling cart I snagged from IKEA on clearance years ago.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We removed the top of the cart and outfitted it with some perfectly-fitting baskets to hold more baby necessities!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Everything we need for diaper changing, swaddling, and infant care is all stocked and ready to go. I love how easily accessible everything is in this cart!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

This corner is finished off so nicely by this awesome print from Sprout Jam. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly where I wanted to put it. It’s another somewhat subtle super-hero accent that helps pull all the elements in the room together. Be sure you take a moment to check out their shop of amazing prints. And if you find something you love, which I know you will, use the code “THIHM” to get 15% off your entire order!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

There are so many elements of this room that I love…but this view really is my favorite!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

There are obviously some other projects and updates I’ve made to this room in the final week that I haven’t yet shared in detail. Don’t worry, I will share every last detail in some other posts down the road. Today, I just wanted to stick to all the pretty pictures and enjoy the fruits of my labors! Before I sign off though, here are a few quick “before and afters” of each wall in the room.

crib wall

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

closet

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

gallery wall

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Far Corner

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I’ve done my best to link up the products used in this room below. If I missed something, just let me know and I’ll add it in!

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I especially wanted to thank Sprout Jam, Amy’s Simple Designs, and Brandalyn’s Paperie for providing all the artwork for this space. Each of these shops offers really unique and high-quality products that truly provided the finishing touches to this room; I hope you will check them all out! Last but not least, don’t forget to visit the final room reveals of all the other participants by clicking here:orc-logoSo there you have it! I am beyond thrilled with how this room came together…and maybe even more excited that it’s truly done, fully stocked and ready to go for whenever baby boy makes his entrance. I’d love to hear what you think of the space in the comments below; and I hope you all have a great holiday weekend. If you need me, I’ll be sitting right there enjoying the one and only complete space in our house!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

See you back here next week!

Megan Signature

One Room Challenge | Week 5: Organization

Another week has gone by, which means it’s time for another One Room Challenge update! We’re heading into the home stretch, and there is still a lot to do in order to make this room look complete. Decorative elements aside however, one of my goals for participating in this 6-week challenge was to truly make a complete and usable room for baby. As such, this week I took a break from the decorating projects and turned my attention instead to function and organization. From the closet to the drawers, this week was all about carving out more storage and identifying the best solutions for all of our baby items!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

Before I dive into the nitty gritty of the organization projects we tackled this week, here is a quick glimpse of where we are at right now. If you’re just joining in this room’s progress, you can catch up below:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

Closet Organization

It’s been a few weeks since you last saw the closet. After constructing a simple built-in and adding some wallpaper, it sat just like this while we worked away on some other elements in the room.

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

This past weekend, Greg spent a few hours bringing my closet built-in visions to fruition!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

I am planning on going into detail about what all we did here and why we made the decisions we did in another post. The short version is that I really wanted some functional AND aesthetically-pleasing storage (since we took the doors off) that would allow us to sort and store all the baby items we’ve accumulated from Henry and will eventually be used by this baby. I wanted the project to be as simple as possible (since I really couldn’t be much help!), so we went with a Closetmaid system from The Home Depot. Using a combination of a few new things as well as some shelves we already had, we ended up with exactly the storage capability and look I was going for!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

Once Greg had the shelves in place, it was my turn to get to work. I had to transform this somewhat organized mess into something a little more streamlined and nicer to look at!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

Using some small hangers from HomeGoods and some TJENA boxes from IKEA…

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

…I was able to find a home for pretty much everything!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

Back before the One Room Challenge even started, I spent some time going through and inspecting all of Henry’s old clothes that we’ve saved. I tossed anything that was really soiled or worn, and categorized the rest by size and put them back into the beaten-up file storage boxes you can see a few pictures up.  The file storage boxes hold clothes really nicely, and I was worried the IKEA boxes wouldn’t be big enough. I was quite relieved to see that not only did everything fit in them, but I actually think these boxes hold kids’ clothes a bit better! For the time being, I used some painter’s tape to keep track of the sizes. I am still brainstorming what I want to do for labels here!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

The boxes hold clothes according to size, but as I was going through everything, there were some things that just didn’t seem best sorted that way. Shoes, pajamas, hats, bathing suits, and socks are all things that Henry moved in and out of at different rates than his clothing. As such, I used the three wire basket drawers to hold these items (which was also a good call because these collections were a bit larger than each stage of clothes). You can probably guess that I’m not loving the “mess” that is visible through the wire drawers, but I have a plan in mind to remedy that!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

We don’t tend to hang a lot of baby clothes, but I was sure to include a short rod for the few things that are nice to have on hangers. The shot below also reveals a bit more of my intention behind this specific closet design. The space between the crib and the closet was really the only logical place for the rocker. But there was absolutely no room for a small table to hold things for feeding sessions (now) and story time (down the road). The white built-in bench now serves as a great side table to the chair, as well as a folding surface for clothes.

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

I have some tweaking and arranging still to do here obviously, but I am thrilled with how this whole corner turned out!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

The Dresser Drawers

Admittedly, a lot of the storage in the closet is “deep storage” (i.e., clothes baby won’t wear for a while). My intent was for items we use/need less frequently to go up on the high shelves in the closet, and our more day-to-day type stuff would mostly be held in the dresser. As baby grows in and out of items, we can move them down and back up as necessary. We’ve got some time to fine tune this area before baby comes, but I wanted to get this area up and running too!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

My first step was to line the drawers. No, this isn’t at all necessary, but it sure does make me happy! I had just enough spare wallpaper to line all 6 drawers…

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

…as well as make some drawer dividers for the top 2 drawers!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

I will be sharing the details of both of these projects later; but for now, you can bet the insides of these drawers make me pretty giddy! It was a little tough to organize these drawers when I really don’t know quite what we’ll be using this time around, so I gave it my best go knowing we will fine tune once we get into a rhythm with baby. The top two drawers (the ones with dividers) are holding jammies and swaddle blankets…

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

…and the other holds all the cute itty bitty stuff like socks/booties, bibs and hats!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

The next two drawers down hold newborn clothes (near drawer) and extra crib sheets and changing pad covers (far drawer).

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

The last two drawers hold the next two sets of clothes (6 and 9 months). I have space in the closet if I want to move these back in there, but I thought it might be handy to have the next couple sizes pulled down. We’ll see!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

The cart right next to the dresser currently holds more swaddle blankets and some baby carriers. My plan is to outfit the other two shelves with diapers and toys…

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

So there we are 5 weeks into this nursery makeover! The room feels thiiiiiis close to being done. and I am honestly looking forward to pulling together the final elements this coming week. What’s left to do you ask? Here is my final checklist!

  • Frame and hang art
  • Hang mobile
  • Label clothing boxes
  • Paint burp cloth caddie
  • Stock up on baby items (i.e., diapers, wipes)
  • Star garland for dresser
  • Shop for a few necessities (i.e., hamper)
  • Arrange shelves
  • Stage and photograph

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

Although we have plenty of time until baby arrives (we hope!), it will be so nice to have this room completely done so I can turn my attention to a few other things in the final weeks. Be sure to stay tuned to Instagram for sneak peeks of a few final updates and come back next Thursday for the final reveal!

Week 5 of this One Room Challenge is all about organization! Come see how I outfitted the nursery closet and drawers to hold everything baby needs!

Last but not least, don’t forget to check in all the other participants’ progress by clicking here!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Megan Signature

One Room Challenge | Week 4: Fabric Projects

This week’s One Room Challenge update is all about fabric projects for the space…and let me tell you, I have been a sewing machine this last week! (Ha ha, get it? Sewing machine? Okay…moving on!). I know each week I say “These are the projects I’ve been most excited about,” but it’s true. Now that a majority of the hard, labor-intensive projects are behind us, the coming weeks will be filled with the smaller, more fun projects I enjoy the most. I have been waiting weeks to play with all the fun fabrics I selected for this space; and while their overall impact in the space isn’t as dramatic as past week updates, it’s so nice to have these elements done all the same!

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Before I dive into the details of everything accomplished this week, here is a quick peek of where the room sits as of today!

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The room has been cleared and arranged, the ceiling has been painted, and wallpaper has been hung around the room and in the closet. The big addition this week: textiles!

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As many of you know, fabric is my thing. I honestly could spend hours looking through fabrics, assembling collections, and selecting just the right ones for a particular space or project. For this color- and pattern-loving gal, fabrics are absolutely one of my favorite elements to add into a space, and assembling this collection for this room was just too much fun. Here is a reminder of my fabric “plan” for this room!5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

Super Hero Kids Fabric | Blue Plaid Curtain | Red Star Flannel | Grey Star Flannel | Red Star Minky | Blue Star Minky | Yellow Chevron Flannel | Grey Alphabet Flannel | Blue Chevron Flannel | Grey Diamond Flannel | Green Dot Flannel

Buffalo Check Cornice Boxes

Let’s first chat a bit about the window treatments for this room. Like in many other spaces I’ve done over the years, my first (and ultimately final) choice was to do cornice boxes over the two windows. I have always loved the clean, simple lines of cornices and think they are a great way to add a punch of pattern and color without requiring yards and yards and yards of fabric. Since the walls were going to be quite busy and the room is already a touch small, not adding extra “fluff” around the room seamed like the obvious choice. (This choice may come back to haunt me if Baby Boy prefers a completely dark room – only time will tell!)

I will go into more detail on the cornice boxes in another post if there is interest, but the process is fairly straight forward. Using the extra plywood from the closet built-in, Greg cut and assembled the two wooden structures for the boxes.

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

There are lots of different ways these boxes can be assembled. Since we had hardware on-hand from past cornice boxes that likely won’t get hung in this house, we just repeated our past process of using L-brackets affixed to the inside of each corner. Notice, below, that Greg also notched out a 3/4″ x 3″ section of the returns so that the boxes could be hung in line with the trim in the room (rather than above it).

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

With the boxes built, I had the fairly straight-forward task of covering them with batting and fabric. However, what I thought was going to be a quick and easy staple job turned into a bit more of a project than I was anticipating. #storyofmylife The fabric I found and used here is actually a curtain panel from Lowes. I was super pumped to pay $24 for an 84×50″ cut of fabric (rather than $20+/yard of other fabrics I was looking at online. By the dimensions, I had PLENTY of fabric to cover both boards. But when it came time to make the pattern consistent across both boards, it was an entirely different story. I honestly think I sat and stared at the boards and fabric for about 90 minutes straight, brainstorming and trouble-shooting various options. The problem? If I wanted the exact same scheme of squares to run across the top of both boards, I didn’t have enough length of fabric (once you factored in excess for wrapping, etc). The only way I’d be able to have the same pattern across the top of both boards was to cover the small board with one width of the curtain and then piece together another length using the remainder of the curtain – this option would require pattern matching and sewing. I knew that having the same pattern across the top would ultimately matter to me, so I took the time to cut and piece the fabric together for the larger board.

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

Once I finally made the decision between easy+quick versus correct+tedious, then it was a fairly straight forward job of carefully stapling both some batting and the fabric panels around the wooden boxes.

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

Here is a quick snapshot of the return on the larger window box. It may be hard to see, but there is actually a seam there where I had to join excess fabric in order to make the strip long enough to fit on this board while still keeping the same pattern of squares across the top as the smaller board. It’s certainly not perfect, but was worth the effort in the long run to have both boards look the same!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

The other unforeseen issue I ran into on these boards was how difficult it was to work with the checked fabric. The past few times I have made cornice boxes, I’ve used an all-over or solid pattern, meaning I didn’t need to stress over how the patterned was centered or laid out on the board itself. This time, however, getting the check pattern on the fabric to line up with the edges of the box was SUPER tricky. As you can see below, in my efforts to pull the fabric taught (to reduce puckering and create a nice tight box), it also skewed the pattern a bit. At first I tried to tell myself it didn’t matter. Then I determined it really bothered me, so I attempted to fix it. Despite un-stapling and re-stapling the top and bottom two different times, I couldn’t get the pattern to straighten out without un-doing and re-staple the entire project. As of right now, I don’t want to re-staple the sides (which were also pretty tricky because of the notching) so the wonkiness remains. Let’s just pretend it’s straight, okay?!?!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

I learned my lesson on not pulling the fabric too tight, so the second box turned out pretty close to perfect. Good thing this is the view I’ll see mostly while sitting in the chair 😉

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

All in all, I am thrilled with how the window cornices turned out and still think that buffalo check fabric is such a home run in this space!

Sewing for Baby

The other fabric-related projects I tackled this week were a bunch of things for baby! Even though some of the things I worked on aren’t directly related to the “design” of the room, I figured I might as well knock them all out while I had my machine threaded and was in the fabric zone! On my list to make were:

  • Crib sheets x3
  • Changing pad covers x3
  • Burp cloths
  • Hooded towel
  • Car seat cover

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

I am going to go into detail about what all I made and what tutorials I used in another upcoming post, but I’ll give you a peek today! Because I knew pretty much everything I was going to make, I decided to spend one full day cutting and another day or so sewing. I’ve never really worked in such a “mass production” way before, but it was really nice to move from project to project without having to stop and pull out my cutting supplies each time!

Crib Sheets

The first project(s) I made were the crib sheets and changing pad covers. I made both of these items when Henry was a baby and both made my Top Projects for Baby list, so these were a “must” again. Why three of each you ask? Last time around I made two of each. However, I twas surprised to learn how LONG both the crib and changing pad were used with Henry, so I thought having one more of each would help with wear-and-tear and boredom! Plus, it gave me an excuse to work two more fabrics into the space 😉

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

Just as my design board suggests, I used the super hero fabric, the red/blue star minky, and some grey and red star flannel for all the items. With each set I made, I felt like the room got cuter and cuter…and I still don’t know which ones I like the very best! Thankfully, they all coordinate so I can mix and match to my heart’s content!

Here is the Super Hero kids sheet and changing pad cover…

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

Here is the red star set…

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

And here is the grey and blue set.

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

I honestly can’t choose a favorite, I love them all so much for different reasons! For now, the red is on the crib and changing pad since they were made/photographed last!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

Burp Cloths

As silly as it sounds, I honestly couldn’t wait to make some cute burp cloths for baby. They were one of my most-used and favorite projects when Henry was a baby and I was literally chomping at the bit to sit down and transform all these adorable flannels into super fun (and absorbent!) burp cloths!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

I like to line my burp cloths with terry cloth…so while this project is a bit messy to complete, the results are so well worth it!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

Too Ambitious?

Both the carseat cover and hooded towel are cut out and ready to go, but I just didn’t get to them this week (cleaning the house won out over some sewing time this weekend – boo!) They’ll take me about 2-3 hours total to finish up (hopefully today!) and I’ll be sure to share those when I give an in-depth look at everything I’m making for baby!

So there we are at the end of Week 4! This room is really starting to feel complete (the most complete room of the whole house, that’s for sure!), and I can’t wait to start bringing in some more of the finishing details that are cluttering up the upstairs hallway and playroom. Our final “big” project is to wrap up the closet, which is on the docket for this weekend (along with Halloween costumes!) – wish me luck that I get it all done!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

A big thanks again to Linda from Calling It Home on organizing this fun design challenge. Don’t forget to check in with all the other participants here!orc-logo

See you back here next week!

Megan Signature