One Room Challenge :: Week 1 – A Neutral Nursery

If you’re new to my blog, and stopping by for the One Room Challenge, thanks so much and welcome!!  I’m Megan, wife, and mom to the sweetest 5-year old boy you’ve ever met.  And, we have a baby on the way!  I’ve been blogging for the last five years about home decor, organization, fashion and fitness.  I hung up my lawyer hat a couple years ago to be a stay-at-home mom, and never looked back!  I can honestly say home decor and fashion are much more fun than all-day depositions! 😉 Like most busy families, our lives move quickly, but we try to savor the moments.  Our son is now in kindergarten and the baby-on-the way is due in March!! 🙂  

For the One Room Challenge, if you’re a regular friend of HWH, you won’t be surprised to hear we’ll be creating a NURSERY for this little baby! As for the ORC, I’ll have just six weeks to transform the room, and will show you my progress every Wednesday, along with 19 other awesome design bloggers.  The final reveal will be November 11th.  AND, you can also join in
The nursery-to-be was formerly James’ nursery and then his big boy room.  I first featured his nursery back in August 2010 when I had just started blogging!  Those little dark pictures didn’t do justice for the love of the room back then, but there is a super sweet picture of him at just 4 months old and thinking of having another one of those little nuggets around after all these years gets my teary-eyed! I can’t believe we’re actually having a baby!   You can catch the 13 week bump update here.

Because the room is across from our master bedroom, it makes the most sense for it to become the spot for all those middle of the night feedings and diaper changes.  Oh my gosh, while typing those words it just hit me that I’m going to be up in the middle of the night again feeding a tiny baby and changing diapers! #helpme!!  That’s the thing about having kids 6 years apart- you get baby amnesia!


When the room belonged to James, it was a color mix of light blue, dark blue and red that fit his playful personality. You can see more pictures and details of his former room here, with source lists, but here are a few shots so you can see what the room looks like as we get started.

For this nursery, I want to go with a soothing mix of neutral colors and textures, kind of the feeling we have in our master bedroom, which is perfect right now since we don’t know if we’ll be having a little boy or girl.  If I get to find out before the six weeks is up, we may add in some pale colors like soft blue or lavender.  
A decor challenge like this with a tight six-week deadline is enough to make even a non-pregnant woman crazy stressed, so I enlisted one of my very favorite interior designers with a knack for gorgeous, neutral spaces to help create the vision for the nursery.  
I’m thrilled to have Sita Montgomery to bounce ideas off of and to help the whole thing come together within the timeframe.  She is such a genuine person and so great to work with, not to mention brilliantly talented with putting the pieces together and with tricky things like scale.
Sita does in-home consults, hourly design, and now also offers e-design planning. If you’d be interested in working with her, shoot her an email! But definitely check out her design portfolio, you’ll seriously be drooling over her beautiful work! 

Each of the bloggers below are also participating in the One Room Challenge and you can click on their name to follow along with their progress too.  I can’t wait to see what everyone has up their sleeves!  See you next week!

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  1. October 7, 2015 / 11:56 am

    eeeee! I came her fingers crossed you were doing a nursery!!!! Can't wait for this!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Yes! So exciting! I'm heading your way next!

  2. October 7, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    My kids are 6 years apart and I love it! You don't get baby amnesia but it's so much fun getting to go through both of their stages and then reliving it again with the little one!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      I'm already feeling so thankful and just generally more appreciative of this pregnancy! I know the love and joy in store and we are just so thrilled to be getting a baby brother or sister!

  3. October 7, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Can't wait to see the progress. I remember that sweet nursery James had!! And yes, Sita's designs are fabulous.

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:19 pm

      Hi Lauren! I really loved James' sweet nursery, even though the photos didn't do it justice. And it's so fun all the things you can do with nurseries these days! THRILLED to have Sita on board. She is so good!

  4. October 7, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    Love your room choice! Can't wait to see what you do, love your inspiration!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      I've never done an all neutral room, so I'm super excited!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks friends! So fun to be doing this together! Our kiddos sure are lucky ducks!

  5. October 7, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    So awesome! Sita lives in my neighborhood! I want to hire her to help us with our home build… We are starting in the next few weeks! I can't wait to see the darling nursery!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      I hope you get to work with Sita! She really knows what she's doing and it will take so much stress off of you during the process. Her personality is easy going and she's just generally a great person!

  6. October 7, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I love a neutral nursery! It's going to be amazing! Excited to follow along and get some ideas for our nursery.

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:28 pm

      Let me know how it comes along Tiffany!

  7. Cristin {Simplified Bee}
    October 7, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    First off, congrats on the baby-to-be! That's fantastic! I love nursery rooms and can't wait to see yours unfold over the weeks.


    • October 7, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you so much Cristin! I'm excited to be doing this ORC with you!

  8. October 7, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Ooh can't wait to see the results. I can see a very lucky little one in the future xx

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much! These six weeks are gonna go fast!

  9. natasha {schue love}
    October 7, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    So fun!!! I cannot wait to see the nursery come together!! And trust me, you can baby amnesia even if they're not 6 years apart! Baby number is all kinds of crazy fun!! 😉

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:19 pm

      Ha! You have experience so I'm trusting you! 🙂 Bet y'all have the cutest Christmas card this year!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:43 pm

      Linda, thank you so much for including me in the ORC. So fun and crazy all at the same time!

  10. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    October 7, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Oh I love your inspiration. Can't wait to follow along.

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Marty! Big changes are coming!

  11. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    October 7, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Hoodie-Hoo!!! So excited to be doing this with you…our poor phones are already tired from the constant back and forth!!! So excited to see Baby A's precious room come together!!! xoxoxo

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:27 pm

      I'm gonna need a new phone plan soon! 😉

  12. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    October 7, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    How exciting! I can't wait to see how the room comes together!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Thanks Caitlin! Hope you are doing well!

  13. Allison
    October 7, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    A nursery is such a fun space to design! I can't wait to see what you do. You and Sita both have amazing taste. I am so excited for your baby Megan!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Allison, I'm so happy to have you following along! Sita has been a Godsend and I think I'd be going so crazy without her!

  14. October 7, 2015 / 11:58 pm

    Congrats on number 2!! I too just welcomed our second, a baby boy 2 months ago and have a 2 1/2 yr old daughter.. You will wish you could clone yourself for the first little bit, but we are finally starting to find out groove!! Your nursery looks amazing!!! It's such a blessing!! All the best!


    • October 9, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa, and congrats to you too! I'm glad you are still finding a few minutes for blog reading! 😉 I'm going to have my hands full, but our son will still be in school for the first few months, so I think that will help.

  15. October 8, 2015 / 12:33 am

    What a sweet nursery you are creating. Love the precious animal prints in your one inspiration photo. Look forward to the outcome of room and more importantly baby!

    • October 9, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Holly! Those animal prints are adorable! Isn't it amazing how much can change in one year? Excited to see your living room change too!

  16. Christine Dovey
    October 7, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Oh I love nurseries!!!!! My last baby has a white/cream neutral nursery and I have to say, I love it the most of all the ones I've done. There's just something sweet about an angelic like palate for a nursery I think. So looking forward to seeing yours come together!

    • October 7, 2015 / 10:45 pm

      We are right on the same page! I need to go back and make sure I've seen yours. I love your style!

  17. October 8, 2015 / 1:58 am

    Awe how exciting. Congrats!
    And you are in good hands with a design partner like Sita. I love her work.

  18. October 8, 2015 / 2:03 am

    This is going to be so fun to follow along. Good luck to us both during these five weeks! And congrats again on your little one. Exciting!

  19. October 8, 2015 / 3:31 am

    So much fun Megan! I adore Sita and her work is amazing! No doubt this will be the sweetest nursery ever!! Can't wait to see it all unfold! 🙂 xo

  20. October 8, 2015 / 4:41 am

    I've seen Sita's work before, and LOVE it. This is going to be gorgeous and so much fun to watch! Congratulations!

    October 7, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Awwww…..this will be a special ORC:) Love that you are doing your nursery and how cool that Sita is helping you! Hope we get to find out the sex during the challenge!

    • October 9, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Sita has seriously been so good to work with already! I can't imagine trying to pull this off on my own in 6 weeks! I'm excited to follow along on your progress too!

  22. October 8, 2015 / 5:58 am

    I can't remember whether I already said this on some form of social media… but congrats on Baby Number 2!! Decorating nurseries (and kids spaces in general) is my fave, so I am really excited to follow along and watch this sweet nursery come together! Oh, and I agree – decor over depositions any day!!
    – Angela, Blue i Style

  23. October 8, 2015 / 5:30 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the neutral nursery!! Can't wait to see the progress 🙂

  24. October 8, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    Love all those neutral nurseries as inspiration! My son's nursery is also very neutral and similar to those. Congrats on baby #2!

  25. October 9, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Did I miss it on your blog? What about James' room? Did you move him?

  26. October 10, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Oooohhhh I am doubly excited about finding you! Congrats on bebe on the way! I'll be stalking this nursery progress as I get started dreaming up one of my own. Also desperately needing great maternity clothes…which it looks like I'll be finding here for the rest of my pregnancy 🙂 ox

    • October 11, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      So cool to be pregnant at the same time!! I had to buy maternity jeans a few weeks ago and I'm living in them! So glad you found me! 🙂

  27. October 11, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I am so excited to see you are doing a nursery!!! How fun and what a sweet, precious reward in the end! Was so fun meeting you at haven and so exciting to be on this journey with you! xo, Paige

  28. The Zhush
    October 12, 2015 / 12:39 am

    OH! Nursery rooms are my favorite! Congrats to you and good luck with everything! LOVE the whole concept of where this space is heading! XX

  29. October 13, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    The big boy bedroom looks so cute! I love that red desk and I love how you used the wagon for book storage! Congrats on baby #2 🙂

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