ORC Week 4: Nursery Accessories Guide

Lots of things have happened since last week including a never before change to the One Room Challenge rules for this fall challenge!  Due to all the recent natural disasters, the challenge has been extended for one week, which means the final reveal will come on Thursday November 16th. The ORC is a crazy busy time when things go smoothly, so imagine trying to design a room from scratch it the midst of hurricane cleanup! My heart goes out to these people! I personally am thankful for the week reprieve, because although we were not directly effected by these devastating storms, items that I had ordered for the room had been delayed as a result of the storms.  Its been an altogether crazy time of what I like to refer to as "drop back and punt."  My original chair for the nursery, that I was madly in love with (more on that next week), has ceased to be an available option, so I ordered a new chair last week with two day shipping.  The new chair is now missing in action, so  I am totally thankful for the one week reprieve in reveals to straighten this all out!

On to the fun stuff I had planned to talk about this week: Accessories

Animal heads for over the glider

Animal heads for over the glider

I think most people will agree that accessories can make or break a room!  In a nursery, however, I feel that accessories have to be much more thought out.  Obvious issues like the safety of options come into play, but I also try to draw on my knowledge and experience from being an arts educator before a designer.  I try to use my knowledge about child development and color and compositional theory to design baby and child spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing spaces, but offer the visual and tactile stimulation babies need.  Here is my go to checklist when selecting items to accessorize baby and child rooms and some of my picks for my own baby's nursery!

Do I have different textures?

Touch is so important to babies, so your nursery should have different textures for baby to experience and enjoy.  This can easily be achieved in the fabrics, rugs or floor covering, and storage choices.

PB Teen Macrame Hamper

PB Teen Macrame Hamper

Do I have color, and a contrast of colors?

Babies especially love items with high contrast.  Although babies cannot see colors initially, I try to use lots of colors (that will later be appreciated as baby gets older) with lots of contrast (for babies to enjoy from the beginning). I love both the natural pattern of this little accent rug and the bold contrast and color.  

Here is my PSA/soapbox moment for the day:  While adults might enjoy neutral spaces for their calming qualities, babies need stimulation.  Please do not give your baby a neutral nursery, even though you may think it is pretty.  Okay, off the soapbox, back to the design!  Seriously, I could go on about this forever...

Zebra Hand-Hooked Rug

Zebra Hand-Hooked Rug

Are there items baby can track with their eyes?

Tracking objects is an important thing for baby to learn and pretty garland swagged on a wall is the perfect way to easily achieve this.

Do you have a variety of silhouettes and shapes for baby to enjoy?

New babies respond to circles best but any bold shape or form is good for baby to look at and learn focusing skills.I love a grouping of these different animal heads for a wall and they go perfectly with my Bohemian Safari theme!

Are there ways for the baby to look at their face and other human faces?

Babies need and love to look at their faces and the faces of other people so I love mirrors and family photos in a nursery.  I'm placing photos on the changing table and this mirror above the table so my little one has plenty of opportunity to look at herself and her family!  It doesn't hurt that this mirror is super pretty too!

Are your accessories useful and functional?

I think pretty things are great, but when it comes to a nursery, functionality is also crucial.  I think every room needs multiple good sources of differing light.  I love lamps for a nursery because they offer a softer alternative to overhead lighting. The other must have for me is storage.  Can you really ever have enough?  I'm using these hooks not only because they go great with my design, but my plan is to hang outfits on these hooks to make things easier for my husband when he dresses the baby.  He has admitted that accessorizing a little girl is not going to be his strong suit, so these hooks give me the opportunity to set everything out for him!

Do you have something totally frivolous that you just love?

Sometimes having something just for the sake of being pretty is important too!  I added our sweet baby's name (we are keeping it a surprise until she arrives) to this adorable gold mirrored flamingo.  Its something I hope she will enjoy for years to come!

Next week I'll be showing some sneak peaks of the finished parts of the room!  Be sure to check back to see my progress and all the progress happening in the other rooms here! As always, a big thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for making this fun event possible!

Thanks for stopping by and happy accessorizing! 


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ORC Week 3: Makers Gonna Make, Make, Make, Make, Make

I absolutely cannot believe we are half way through the One Room Challenge already!  I just hit the third trimester milestone a few days ago and I am feeling the squeeze; both on time and my organs! I spend a good portion of my time these days resting and eating so I knew that this was the week to knock out as many of the DIY's I had planned for the ORC that I could!  I planned a few big projects for the nursery and a few fun special projects.  I have always loved a good DIY and the satisfaction I get out of making something unique, but I think my hormones are in overdrive because making things for my little girl has been the biggest pleasure ever!  So far I have tackled a mobile for over the crib, a jungle leaf garland for the changing area, and the Craigslist dresser renovation.  Still left to do is an acrylic float frame for the art that I hope to tackle this weekend.

DIY Nursery Mobile

As much as I would have loved to use a chandelier, the ceiling in the nursery is an unexciting 8 feet tall.  I opted for a pretty semi-flushmount fixture, but I knew that I wanted that "chandelier look" in the form of a mobile for over the crib.  The only problem was what I wanted didn't exist.  I  love a bohemian looking chandelier with stones or wood beads and I thought that felt balls what be a nice and soft substitute.  I purchased 100 felt balls in my chosen color pallet from Easy, and two sizes of embroidery hoops, turquoise string in a size slightly darker than the walls, and some ribbon for accents from my local craft store (I plan to post a full tutorial in a separate blog post soon).   I think the result is beautiful and unique!  I left some negative space so that it still has the lightness and movement of a mobile.

My nursery mobile DIY

My nursery mobile DIY

My go to source  comes in all these fantastic colors!

My go to source comes in all these fantastic colors!

DIY Leaf Garland

Garland inspiration from BHLDN (no longer available)

Garland inspiration from BHLDN (no longer available)

One of the things that I really love about my fabric inspiration is the curving and twisting foliage that is a backdrop in the print.  I wanted to create that pretty movement and give a nod to the jungle theme of the fabric somewhere else in the room.  While on Pinterest, I saw this gorgeous wedding leaf garland from BHLDN that I thought would be so pretty in our nursery.  The only problem was it was no longer available.  I bought craft felt in the standard sheet size in two colors, made a leaf template, and went to town.  I later decided to add some spray glitter in a citron hue to add some more dimension.  I only spent about eight dollars on the whole project but, it just took a lot of time in cutting and an entire season of Father Brown on Netflix to complete!  

Duralee fabric inspiration with a section of the completed leaf garland

Duralee fabric inspiration with a section of the completed leaf garland

DIY Acrylic Float Frame

My mixed media art for over the crib 

My mixed media art for over the crib 

Float frame inspiration via  Apartment Therapy

Float frame inspiration via Apartment Therapy

More float frame inspiration from  Jana Bek  Designs 

More float frame inspiration from Jana Bek Designs 

To say I have been obsessed with lucite float frames is an understatement!  The first time I saw one it was used to frame a Hermes Scarf, and the result was just so beautiful I couldn't get it out of my head!  It was actually not my original intention to DIY a float frame.  I had spoken with a few local companies but the lead times for my small project weren't feasible.  After an evening on Pinterest and a visit to about five different blogs to see how different people had pulled off the project, I have high hopes that mine will look as equally Pin worthy.  This week I had my acrylic cut and ordered the hardware so I plan to tackle this baby over the weekend.  Wish me luck!

Craigslist Dresser Renovation

Dresser Remodel

I showed you guys this completed Thomasville dresser last week, but it is just too good not to share again!  We used Amy Howard High Performance Lacquer in White Perfection after we primed and sanded the piece.  The tassels are another Etsy find, and I am in love with this pretty lavender hue!  My mother stripped the layers of nasty paint off the hardware and then polished the original brass back its natural beauty.  She should probably get some level of sainthood for this job.  Speaking of my mother, she made this beautiful quilt for the room as well!


As you can tell, this week has been cray busy but in the very best of ways!  Come back next week when I will be talking about all the accessories I have sourced for the space!  As always, a huge thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting this event!  Be sure to check out all the other spaces taking shape back over at Calling it Home

Happy DIYing, 


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One Room Challenge-Week Six-Finale

Reveal day is finally here for the One Room Challenge and I can barely believe it!  Where did these weeks go??? 

This is my very first One Room Challenge and I am so pleased with how this Master Retreat turned out!  This project definitely pushed my limits.  If you read my first post you know between week one and two of the challenge I moved... to another state.  This meant I had the fun of driving back to South Carolina from North Carolina a half dozen times to work on the challenge.  While it gave me a lot of time to think, I think I will stick to One Room Challenge spaces in the future that are in state!  Or my own house!  All that to say, I really love these clients and I loved working on their master space.  

I did a number of things myself for this project because I wanted to be authentic to the One Room Challenge experience.  That included hanging wallpaper, spraying the IKEA bookshelf and vintage peacock chair, and designing and upholstering this grand headboard!  I think this headboard really is the piece de resistance of this room.  My client's amazing dad built the frame based on my design and I upholstered it in blush pink linen and added an adorable pompom trim.  I was literally watching election results on Tuesday at one in the morning in my client's playroom and upholstering the headboard. I'm a very hands on decorator, but even this was a little much for me!  That's the great thing about the ORC; pushing your design limits is a learning and rewarding experience!  Some of my best work comes out of problem solving and last minute decisions. 

As many things that went our way on the challenge there were a few things that just did not arrive based on the time constraints.  Most importantly, and sadly, our beautiful Anthropologie aqua linen tufted sofa did not arrive.  Crying big tears about this one, but I will post updated pictures of it in the room next week.  Anthropologie shipped our beautiful sofa in time, but the shipping company called an old number for the client and failed to contact us about delivery, even when we contacted them.  Seriously.  So our sofa has been sitting in a shipping warehouse for two weeks.  Insert choice expletives here.  We also ordered lampshades and Lucite curtain rods that have since been backordered  and a fun wood trim for the curtains that didn't make it.  If you know anything about design you know it takes patience with ordering.  

Alright, let's get down to the good stuff!


And the AFTER!

Our headboard is complemented by fabrics by Lulie Wallace

Ballard Designs antlers for a masculine touch

This is where the sofa will go when it arrives!

Entryway into the master bedroom

Those curves and that trim!!

Judy.  Our CB2 bust we gave a blush makeover!

Art by Leslie Weaver

Jewelry station, what every girl needs!

His and Hers finials 

Our sweet chair standing in for the sofa

So that's it y'all!  I hope you loved our Romantic Master Retreat.  You can see more of my work by subscribing on my home page!  Be sure to head over to Calling it Home and check out the other rooms.  I know I cannot wait to see them all!  And a special thanks to Linda of Calling it Home and House Beautiful for creating such a fun event!

Happy Decorating,



Sources:  Serena and Lily: Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier, Zig Dhurrie rug, woven hamper | West Elm: Nailhead 3-Drawer Dresser, stone box | Hygee and West: Daydream wallpaper | Anthropologie: Washed Wood Six-Drawer Dresser, gold lumbar pillow, gold chevron pillow, duvet, Volcano candle, flower vase, throw, bone inlay frame | CB2: Judy Bust, green tray | Homegoods: bench, bone inlay side table, mercury glass lamps, Bone inlay tray, lotus votives, small frames | IKEA: VITTSJÖ shelf | Leslie Weaver: bedside mixed-media faces | Cottage Grove Vintage: Peacock Chair, brass sconce, jewelry dish, whale ashtray | Cotswold Marketplace Charlotte: Green Canisters, sea glass beads, sea glass vase |  Ballard Designs: plaster antlers | Target: Boxwood wreath, gold tray | Vintage finds:  mirror, brass frog, candle holders | Michael's: frames | Minted: Gallery wall art and frames | Hayley Mitchell: face print | Teil Duncan: nude print | Lulie Wallace: floral fabrics and floral prints.

One Room Challenge-Week 5-Accessories

I cannot believe we are at week five of the One Room Challenge!  Time is flying and we still have a lot to do, but it's all starting to come together!  The biggest change happened to the room this week with the installation of the wallpaper.  And by installation, I mean me, on a stepladder at 11 at night!  I'll admit that I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew, but the result is totally worth it!  We used this Daydream paper by Hygge and West in the most gorgeous gold and blush.  Our original plan was to use this paper in the white and gold, but we made a last minute decision to go with the blush, and we couldn't be happier!   

In other news, our headboard is complete... at least the wood structure is complete.  It's now time for me to work some DIY magic.  I designed the headboard and my amazing client's father constructed it to absolute perfection!  We have a gorgeous blush linen planned for the headboard, that will hopefully  be the perfect compliment to our wallpaper.  

Finally, we were able to accessorize most of the room once the missing dressers from West Elm arrived this week!  Accessories are my absolute favorite part of any room, and are really the glue that hold a space together stylistically.  We pulled lots of green and turquoise objects from the color pallet of the fabric for our accessories.  I also love using brass and mirrored objects, as they create both warmth and light.  We are still waiting on our custom lampshades and finials, but it is exciting to get a glimpse of what the finished product will look like!

That's it for now!  Be sure to check out the other amazing rooms here!  I am excited about some of these as much as I am our own room!  Seeing people's creative vision is so inspiring!  

Happy Decorating, 


Bar Cart Bliss

It's Friday y'all!  I can see the five o'clock finish line just ahead and there's a glass of wine waiting for me.  What's better than happy hour in YOUR house and YOUR pajamas after a super long week?!?  Here's a fun bar cart vignette I recently completed for a client to wet your whistle for the weekend! 

Cheers Dears,                                                                                                                                   Mallory