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We’re off to the third week of the One Room Challenge and our white Scandinavian inspired nursery is starting to look like a baby’s room! Remember to follow the other bloggers right here or check out ORC on Instagram with #oneroomchallenge

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Week Three

Seems like time is flying over here and things are really taking shape in the nursery! I think the biggest moment was putting up the crib and starting to think about different fabric options for the mattress cover!

The Crib

Here came my first frustration. The crib. Originally I wanted the super adorable SINGLAR bare wood crib from IKEA. Of course it was sold out and not to be back in stock until like February 2018! Currently they even took it completely off their website – can you believe our luck!? So I looked on Amazon and found this pretty one. I finally made up my mind to go with the white one (the grey crib was the runner up) and there we went again – to be shipped within the next 3-4 months!!! Whaaaaaaaaat!!!??

Since I wasn’t ready to shell out the big bucks for a pretty one like this one, we went back to IKEA and got the pretty SUNDVIK crib instead. I love that the slats are not round and the crib converts into a really adorable toddler bed down the road.

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Putting up this crib was a special treat for us, especially since we’ve wanted to add to our little family for so long and had really given up on the idea of ever getting to put a crib together for our future baby. Call it nesting or whatever else, it was a beautiful feeling to prep something so special for this kicking little critter inside of me ๐Ÿ™‚

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DIY Crib Mattress Cover

Unless you’re willing to spend the big bucks over on Etsy, I feel there really aren’t too many beautiful crib mattress covers out there, right? And since we’re having a winter baby I wanted to make this crib extra cuddly and warm, with flannel fabric! So I simply made my own cover from some fabric I found at Joann’s. It’s a really simple tutorial, which I will share at a later point.

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DIY Changing Pad Cover

The changing pad came the other day and same as with the mattress cover, there’s just nothing out there that I really liked as far as covers go. Either they’re too cutsie, too expensive or seem rather impractical for frequent washing.

Our closest Walmart has a pretty good fabric section where I picked up some dark heathered grey T-shirt fabric. With the same principle as the mattress cover, a couple of pretty covers were created in a matter of half an afternoon.

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Book Shelves

I believe it’s a great practice to surround children with books. Instead of stuffing them into a box or bookshelf, we hung a couple of IKEA picture ledges right above the butterfly chair and not only do they hold quite a good amount of favorite story books, it also acts as a really adorable focal point that adds a pop of color! May the story telling soon begin!

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One last thing that happened this week: Adrian hung the curtain hardware this morning. The curtain panels are bought and already washed and basically ready to be sewn up to the correct length. Which is a project that’s scaring me a little since it’s kinda big ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL

That concludes week three – thanks so much for following along as our white Scandinavian inspired nursery is starting to come together!

 

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We’re off to the second week of the One Room Challenge and our white Scandi nursery has already gone through some serious changes! Remember to follow the other bloggers right here or check out ORC on Instagram with #oneroomchallenge

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Week Two

I was able to really pin point the design direction for our nursery in week one of the challenge. With these general ideas in mind, I started to make concrete plans! I spent some hours online window shopping, pinning away on Pinterest and playing with some new ideas. I also started to make some decisions for things that we’ll need to buy. All in all, a really good, productive week!

Craft Room Be Gone!

Before we were able to get anything done in this room, the craft room had to go! And by go, I mean, I had to move everything downstairs into the office. It looked like a bomb had hit our house and left a huge mess – and all I could think of was the song: Welcome to my World… LOL

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In the office, things didn’t look much better… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Painting the Nook – AGAIN!

As you may or may not remember, there’s that super cute closet nook. And way ago, I went out on a limb and tried myself at colorful walls. The nook was painted blue – which ended up being a huge disaster… and then a few months later I painted it pink. I mean, the pink was PERFECTION and I absolutely loved the barely there color. But of course this baby had to be a boy and those pink walls needed to go again ๐Ÿ˜‰

I played around with soft greys for a while – heck, even with some serious geometrical wall art ideas – but then decided to just go with white. It’s clean and simple and it looks really really good now!

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Adrian had built these shelves for under $50 some months back, and painting the 2×3’s that hold up the shelves was the BEST idea of the whole entire week! Now they look so much more custom, rather than sore thumbs! By the way, the nook will be transformed into the changing station. The shelves are just the right size for a changing mat and there’s so much storage here!

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Once the nook was painted, I couldn’t help myself but to feel the need to give the rest of the room a new coat of paint as well. It took me about 2 1/2 hours and the room looked so fresh and beautiful, a real dream!

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New Electrical Outlets

While I was painting away, Adrian exchanged the old electrical outlets. Now they’re not only safe for this babe, they’re also all the same and not painted over in a lavendery, ugly color from the previous owners!

Throughout the week I also made some decisions about curtains, ordered curtain hardware, looked at all sorts of cute and functional storage options and started to think about fabric options for the DIY crib mattress covers I’m going to make. Yep, and that pretty much concludes week 2 of the One Room Challenge! I couldn’t be more excited for this white Scandi nursery and how it’s all just starting to come together!!

 

 

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Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be participating as a guest at the One Room Challenge (ORC) for Fall 2017! In case this term is new to you, the One Room Challenge is a six week long challenge where all sorts of awesome bloggers are making over a single room in their homes. Six weeks of fun projects, progress, maybe a few frustrations along the way, and eventually exciting reveals at the end. You can follow the other bloggers right here or check out ORC’s on Instagram with #oneroomchallenge

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Week one

As you might have read a few weeks back, our little family is finally growing and we’re expecting a baby boy in January 2018! And since baby equals nursery, we have a perfect contender for the ORC. Plus, the deadline of six weeks is the perfect excuse to get this room done & finished well ahead of baby’s arrival!

So for week one of the challenge, I want to introduce to you the inspiration behind this room makeover!

Scandinavian Nursery Inspiration & Feel

Although I originally really liked the idea of a dark, moody space for our little offspring, the white and bright look won in the end. After all, this nursery is supposed to fit right into the rest of the house, which we kept in beautiful soft, light colors.

Since ‘room feelings’ are important to us, I’m focusing on how the nursery should feel at the end. I want a happy space for our kid. A more or less neutral design (aka, not the typical baby blues all over), and BOY, it needs to be cozy! Nothing beats a cozy room where you want to spend lots of time in.

Lastly I need this room to be minimal. I hate nothing more than clutter, although it might look pretty, I don’t want a room that’s super time intensive to clean up. I think as a new mom I’ll have my hands full with other stuff, so easy storage, smart DIYs and little details that help keep things clean and tidy are going to be crucial factors.

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The picture below really shows well, what I’m thinking for colors. Lots of white, some greys, with pops of natural wood, blacks, blues (okay, that one’s not in the picture) and possibly some brass. In general, this nursery will look very much like a beautiful winter landscape ๐Ÿ™‚

Originally I wanted to go with the natural wood crib from IKEA, but of course it was sold out! So right now I’m between these two choices from Amazon. I’m thinking of making my own mattress covers from pretty fabrics and possibly a bumper to keep the draft of this old house to a minimum. Another DIY will be a pretty playgym for baby Menig. I love the use of a sheepskin for underneath – especially since we’re having a winter baby!

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An important aspect of the nursery will be the cozy reading nook! I’ve always loved the idea of displaying cute children’s books on IKEA picture ledges. It’s almost like art by itself and it is a daily reminder to cuddle up and spend time together. Since the room is pretty small, I probably won’t be able to put a big cozy chair into the nursery, but I still have my sturdy butterfly chair that could possibly be a contender!

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Creative wall decor and mobiles are yet another aspect I’m REALLY excited about! I especially love to make these paper diamonds – which are really easy to craft! Maybe greys and blues? And then the main mobile over the crib, a beautiful Himmeli! I’ve never made one before, but I’m sure I can figure it out. Lastly, I already got a similar woven art piece that I made years ago. It features the perfect colors and will give the nursery that extra cozy feel!

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There you have it! Week 1 of our Scandinavian inspired nursery for the One Room Challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m excited to have you follow along as the former crafts room becomes a cozy, cute nursery!

 

Capturing life is so important! This new blog series called ‘Monthly‘ encourages me to snap everyday photos and share each month with 9 photographs. Play along and share your monthly on Instagram by using the hashtag #HOMmonthlyย 

September was one crazy month somehow. Although we didn’t get any huge projects done (well, besides painting the entire HOUSE!!) we still were plenty busy. We had a huge tomato harvest, which to date has given us 96 pints of finished and conserved tomato sauce!

But the biggest part of September was the announcement of our baby coming in January 2018! During the last 4 weeks nesting really kicked in and I feel the need to get this house to the finish line ASAP. Even though we still have plenty of time, I’m in the middle of making nursery plans, and just in general, making this house a home. A couple of rugs, a few paintings hung and electrical plugs replaced can make such a huge difference in accomplishing that task!

Let’s get into the pics!

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1 / We finally started to reap the fruit of our (garden) labor! And really, when you have 35 tomato plants, tomatoes will come out of your ears a week into picking season… Good thing I know how to conserve the goodness for the colder months to come ๐Ÿ™‚ย  2 / Over labor day weekend, Carter’s was having a fantastic baby clothes sale! I may or may not have ordered some ridiculously cute outfits… 3 / September was also the month of starting some first Fall decorations, in this case, a simple DIY wreath to welcome in the warmer colors of Autumn.

4 / For the gallery wall in the bedroom, I made this fun DIY letter art piece! 5 / And of course, we announced that we’re expecting a baby in January 2018 ๐Ÿ˜€ 6 / Adrian knocked out painting the house! What a difference it made!

7 / A project I was especially excited to finally finish: the bedroom gallery wall! 8 / Although we had a crazy heat wave, we still enjoyed some Fall touches on the barn entrance. 9 / Lastly, I started on moving the crafts room to my office!

 

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It’s the last DIY post for our lovely bedroom gallery wall, and today I’m going to share how to make modern letter art! These pieces of art are SO much fun and really create a pop of modern and lend some fun personality to walls in any room! Wanna learn? Buckle up, here we go!

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How to Make Modern Letter Art โ€“ Supplies:

Step 1

First up, open the Silhouette software and get creative! Play around with different fonts, sizes and variations. Anything goes! To make your letter art more interesting, use two different fonts in two different sizes. I love how the “cuddle” really stands out.

If you like my letter art, feel free to download the FREEBIE file here ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!!

HOW TO MAKE MODERN LETTER ART

Step 2

Once you’re done creating, hit the CUT button and off you go! See my great-grand-mother of a Silhouette? I think this beast is like 6+ years old and working with her is always a huge hit and miss LOL It might just be time to finally upgrade again!

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Step 3

Take out your letters carefully and start placing them on the backdrop. I like to cut mine from plain watercolor paper, since I love the texture so so much. If you’re curious how I do this step, check out this post.

How to Make Modern Letter Art

Step 4

Plug in your hot glue gun and start assembling your letter art! To create the 3D look I went for, only use dollops of glue on the bottom of your letters and let the glue cool while the letter sticks up a little. This creates that extra awesome interest.

From all the years of scrapbooking in the past, I’ve developed a very exact eye for straight lines and centers. If you’re struggling, lightly mark some lines with a pencil and erase them once you’re done.

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Step 5

Frame up your piece and enjoy!

After this fun project I had so many ideas for just about every room in the house! Lots of these coming up, I assume ๐Ÿ˜‰

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