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Capturing life is so important! This new blog series called ‘Monthly‘ encourages me to snap everyday photos and share each month with 9 photographs.

Once the leaves start changing, I feel time starts to fly extra fast! Blink your eye once and it’s already Halloween!! This month was mainly filled with working on and finishing the nursery. Oh, and road trips! We visited lots of charming places and enjoyed the beautiful North Eastern fall foliage.

On a different note, October 30th marked the day we arrived in our home. I vividly remember the first evening, not being able to turn on the heater and trying to keep warm. On one hand it seems like a lifetime ago, and yet on the other hand, it feels like it’s been just yesterday. So much has happened in those last twelve months. The house is looking better than ever and we got a majority of projects done. This journey has truly changed us in so many good ways. It’s taught us a lot about ourselves individually and as a couple. It has made us stronger and more resilient. It’s been the best decision we have ever made – other than getting married πŸ˜‰

But now, let’s get into the month of October!

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1 / The nursery is almost finished – thanks to the One Room Challenge! 2 / Cannot believe that it’s been a full YEAR since we arrived here!! But then I just look at the house – inside and out – and I’m amazed at all the progress!Β  3 / Still in awe with our DIY nursery mobile! Just love that we chose a more grown up color scheme for this room πŸ™‚

4 / The gallery wall in the nursery is probably my favorite piece all over the house! It’s inspired me to (finally) tackle the dining room gallery wall I’ve been meaning to create. Next month! 5 / We’ve been keeping up with taking weekly baby bump pictures and believe it or not, Halloween marks the first day of the third trimester! It’s just nuts how quickly time is zooming by – and this cute little belly is a constant reminder for what is soon to come! 6 / New England really is SO picture perfect!

7 / Supposedly the fall foliage has been rather mediocre this year, but we still enjoyed the gorgeously colored trees! 8 / Remember the pink wall in the old crafts room? It’s a stylish changing area now!! 9 / Indoors Fall has made its mark as well. I just love how the warm orange colors pop on the floating credenza in the dining room!

 

We’re off to the fourth week of the One Room Challenge and our black + white Scandinavian nursery is starting to sport some personality! Remember to follow the other bloggers right here or check out ORC on Instagram with #oneroomchallenge

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Week Four

We had the most marvelous Fall weather here in the North East and one of Adrian’s brothers came for a short cross country visit with his wife. We headed down to Portsmouth NH, where Adrian had his first few mouthfuls of oysters πŸ˜‰ And because we enjoyed some gorgeous days, things in the nursery kinda got put on the backburner a little. But nevertheless, there’s progress!

Curtains

We bought these pretty LENDA curtains from IKEA. I know how much curtains shrink when you wash them, so it’s super important to wash them BEFORE adjusting the exact length! Especially in a nursery, where who knows what may or may not happen to them over time… Crazy poop explosions or projectile throw up sessions anyone..?

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After washing them, I ironed the six panels for 2 1/2 hours! My goodness that was a piece of (boring) work! Then I cut and sewed them to a perfect 88 1/2 inch length. Remember as you’re measuring things out, most curtains will get a little longer over time, just from their own weight. So it’s worth it to make them just a tad smaller than what you really need them to be in the end.

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After an afternoon of sewing like a maniac and seeing the grey curtains in the nursery I was a little unsure if I reeeally liked them or not. Although the fabric is gorgeous and has such a beautiful linen look – and admittedly, I LOVE them now that I see them in pictures – I’m a little torn of possibly changing them out with the same LENDA curtains in white. But since IKEA is 1 1/2 hours away from us, this for sure won’t happen anytime soon πŸ˜‰

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Paper Diamond Mobile

The other day I worked on the paper diamond mobile that hangs above the crib. I always knew I would be making these paper diamonds, but wasn’t exactly sure on the color I was going to use. I had visions of whites, blacks, light greys or even a DIY watercolor paper in blue tones. In the end I simply decided to go with black.

When I proudly showed Adrian my craft project, his response wasn’t quite what I was hoping for: “isn’t it looking a little dark and witch-crafty…?” Okay OKAY! I get the point and I totally see what he was talking about. After all, isn’t it supposed to be FOR the baby? Well, I’m a strong believer that the nursery is mainly for the parents πŸ˜‰ Sure, the comforts and safety needs to be created all around the baby, but the looks? Just for the parents πŸ˜‰ LOL

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To soften it up juuuuuust a tad, I added a few white and light blue pompoms. I love how they remind me so much of falling snow – perfect for our winter baby πŸ˜€

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By the way, a full tutorial will follow at some point!

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And that’s already it for week four! Today I’m going to buy some picture frames for a little gallery wall in the changing nook and I’m excited to share that with you next week! Thanks for following along as our little black + white Scandinavian nursery is coming together!

 

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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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ˜‰ 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… πŸ˜‰

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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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ I’m excited to have you follow along as the former crafts room becomes a cozy, cute nursery!