Hello design lovers! We're back with Week 2 of the One Room Challenge, and if you caught my first week post, you know that we're designing a nursery for our baby-on-the way! It's super exciting to be creating a room for this little one, but even more exciting that there's actually going to be a baby in our house soon. We already have a 5-year old son, James, and he is giddy to be a big brother! In fact, their birthdays are supposed to be just days apart. Good things coming this March!
I brought one of my favorite designers on board to help with the nursery design since I absolutely love her work and wanted someone to bounce ideas off of and to have on-call for those little decisions to be made along the way. When I first contacted Sita, I explained that I wanted a neutral nursery (especially right now since we don't know the baby's gender yet), with a soothing, calm vibe and texture. I'm in love with the design board that she created below. If you're interested, Sita can put a design board together for you too!
crib | dresser | glider | pouf | bedding | bird art | ampersand art | lamp | mirror | stripe wallpaper
The design is a starting point that we can tweak along the way, especially since we're not sure if we're having a little boy or little girl yet. Sita assured me that this design could easily lean in either direction, but I decided to hold off making a final decision about the rug and fabrics until we know, or we may go for more neutral tones.
We're starting off with a room that has creamy white beadboard (already) and we'll be painting the walls light gray, to be dressed with art and a mirror over the dresser. Since the beadboard isn't bright white, we opted for a grey crib and dresser and a neutral glider.
The crib fabric is from Pottery Barn Kids and I was lucky to order it on sale and with a coupon! We are lucky that many of the items in the design are provided by sponsors of the ORC or we'd never be able to have gotten all this stuff at once, especially once you see what we did below!
The nursery was previously James' room, and it was bittersweet to clear it out, but he's already loving his new room with the big bed that was already in there for guests. He actually moved out of this room over the summer since I didn't want him to feel like he was getting the boot for the baby. He just thought he was lucky to move to the big bed! :) We sold the twin Pottery Barn bed (similar) and the Babies-R-Us dresser he used since he was a baby. The Joss & Main rug was given to a friend.
After the room was emptied of furniture, all that was left were the Cars decal stickers that James put on his bedroom and bathroom door. I still haven't removed them! Shhhhhh! I might be trying to hold on to what little bit of toddler there is left in him.
Otherwise, we have a blank slate to start with.
And lots of holes to patch from the previous gallery wall.
CUSTOM BOOKSHELF WITH BENCH SEAT
One thing I knew I wanted to add to this room was a built-in bookshelf flanking the large window with a bench seat below. I'm also looking down the road to when this room will eventually become my office (sneaky me!) and our two kids will have the jack-and-jill bedrooms down the hall. I figured now is a good time to create and install the bookshelf, but I also knew I didn't have the carpenter skills to do this myself.
I started asking friends for referrals and put out a message on my mom's group Facebook page for requests for carpenters/cabinet makers and got quite a few names. People are happy to share their good sources if you just ask! Most of the people I corresponded with quoted me around $2,000 and I ended up going with a friend of a friend who came highly recommended and actually came out to my house so we could discuss in detail exactly what I had in mind.
I knew the investment would be worth it given our success with the media cabinet in our living room. That piece was built in when we originally built our home and it would have been expensive to try and buy something similar and it wouldn't have been custom to our space. One of the questions I get asked on my blog most is, "Where can I buy your media cabinet?" I wish I could point people in a better direction, but I just have to answer that it came with the house.
Back to the nursery, Dave at Texas Custom Woodwork was my man for this project! During our initial consult and a couple thereafter, he brought things to my attention that I hadn't even considered, such as the need to order more crown moulding (I asked my builder where he got it and Dave went and got more) for the very top of the bookcase so it would match exactly and look like the bookcase had been there since the house was built. We also discussed ripping back the carpet, but ultimately decided to build right on top. Sita helped me choose to go that route.
Other considerations were the number of shelves and the height of each and Dave was able to show me a rendering of how it would look with four stationary shelves. I'm not a fan of the adjustable shelves with lots of holes for potentially moving the shelves because it tends to look unfinished. We have that style throughout our house and never move the shelves anyway, so we're just left with those holes showing. I also wanted thick shelves and modern face fronts on the doors/drawers to coordinate with the rest of the house.
Here's the drawing Dave sent me right before he got started on the construction:
He even sent me a couple of pictures of the bookcase in progress at his shop.
It only took him about 5 days to build the unit and then he and his assistant showed up bright and early Friday morning to install. Installation took the whole day, until about 6:00 p.m.
When James came home from school, of course he wanted right in on the action and my heart almost melted when I saw he had brought his construction toys into the room to "help." How cute are they sitting alongside the other grown-up tools?!?! #dontgrowup!!!
I'm absolutely in love with how the unit came out! It's exactly what I wanted and Dave did such a good job constructing and installing it. He even put those soft slide drawers in (which I didn't even think of). The piece still needs to be caulked, painted, and I need to decide on drawer/door pulls which he'll also install for me. The bench seat and roman shade are works in progress.
I cannot wait to see the bookshelf and room all painted and then to decorate those shelves! I bought that adorable little stuffed lamb recently and it's the very first baby thing I've purchased! James' very first gift was a stuffed giraffe, so it's extra special.
Would you consider a custom unit in your home?
If you'd like to get in touch with Dave at Texas Custom Woodwork, shoot him an email at: email@example.com and tell him Megan sent you! I will definitely be working with him again, so don't keep him all booked up! ;)
Get caught up on my past ORC posts here:
Week 5 :: Painting Stripes on the Ceiling