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! πŸ˜‰ 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!! πŸ™‚  

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
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!

THE ROOM BEFORE

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.

NEUTRAL NURSERY INSPIRATION 
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! 
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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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Meet Megan

Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!

53 Comments

    1. 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!

    1. 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!

  1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

    xo
    cristin

  3. 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!! πŸ˜‰

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

    ~Lisa

    1. Thanks so much Lisa, and congrats to you too! I'm glad you are still finding a few minutes for blog reading! πŸ˜‰ 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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! πŸ™‚ xo

  9. 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!

    1. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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 πŸ™‚ ox

    1. 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! πŸ™‚

  12. 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

  13. 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

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