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! 

Mallory

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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!

Quilt

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, 

Mallory 

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Pink and Green Dining Room

I think a dining room is the perfect opportunity to create a jewel box of a space in your home!  Open concepts are great, until they're not.  I don't want to look at my messy, hot kitchen where I slaved over a meal (or didn't but want people to believe I did) while we are enjoying a dinner party.  There's just something about a separate dining space that has so much potential.  I think its the perfect opportunity to go all out with color and lots of glamour.  This dining room was well furnished but needed accessories and color to bring it to life.  Pink and green are one of my absolute favorite combinations and it gave this room a fun inviting punch.  We accented these colors with lots of pattern play and hits of black and silvery mercury glass for a romantic undertone.  The result is a fun space that feels cozy and intimate and begs to have people over.

Mallory

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Foyers Should Be Fun

Foyers are like first impressions.  If your foyer is sloppy, boring, or uninviting are you going to want to be "friends" with that house?  This foyer for a fun young family with great style, was all about creating a space that welcomes you in and says let's have cocktails and hang out!  Your house should be one of your besties, right?!  The stairs are the star of this design.  We used stair risers from Mirth Studio to set a fun tone for the foyer and pull in the turquoise color featured throughout the home. We opted for pouf seating to accommodate the Littles that live here.  I also created coat hooks out of old Victorian balusters and fun "hand" hardware to give both kids and guests storage.  I think the overall effect is a whimsical foyer that says "welcome to our home, let's have a dance party!"

Mallory