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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | ONE ROOM CHALLENGE REVEAL

Today feels like Christmas!!  The nursery is complete and it’s finally time for the big REVEAL!   I can’t believe that six short weeks ago, I decided to get on board with the One Room Challenge with the suggestion of a dear friend.   I really can’t believe that I DID this in six short weeks!  But, it happened and now there is a beautiful, sweet nursery to show for it.   This space is so personal to me…  I put my heart and soul into this room.  Truly a labor of love as I was painting the trim in this room the night before shoot and reveal day!  In the end, it was completely worth every second of time that we put into this nursery and am truly grateful to everyone that had a hand in making my vision come to it’s full potential.

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If you've popped over onto this post from the One Room Challenge site, Welcome!  I'm so glad you're here!  I'm a professional Interior Designer and Blogger in the Greater Seattle area with a high focus on Commercial Interior Design, Residential Remodels and my team and I specialize in Remote Design Projects all over the world!  This is my first time as a participant in the One Room Challenge and although it's been taxing, I've genuinely enjoyed every second of it. - heather scherie

Looking back at where this all began, the room was where clothes no longer worn went to die, baby items we weren’t ready to get rid of "just in case we decided to have another child" got stored away, and our sweet Rhodesian Ridgeback had the joy of having the biggest “dog bed” in the world.   We basically moved in 10 months ago, got it to habitable spot and really never stepped foot in it again.  And although we knew once we did find out we were having child number two that this room would need to become that child’s bedroom, had it not been for the One Room Challenge, it may have stayed just as uninspired for at least a few more weeks!  So, here it is in all its glory. The before and the after. 

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group - Before - Pacific Northwest Nursery

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I feel like I had SUCH a clear vision from the beginning of what I wanted to accomplish in this baby space. It's fun to reference back to the Design Inspiration Board and see the path from start to finish really never wavered.  It feels organic, minimal, and that Pacific Northwest palette really shines through! 

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If you've missed any of what's lead me up to this point, you can catch up week to week below: 

week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I have so many favorite details on this project.  The drapery panels and the crib bumpers turned just the way I imagined them.  I still can’t believe that I actually whipped out the dusty sewing machine and fabricated them!  It’s been so long since I actually worked on my own soft goods… It’s even crazier that I remembered how to do it!  Well, in perfect transparency, I did have to reach out to my mother for a little guidance, but that’s what moms are for, right?

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

The artwork blows me away!  I can’t wait to get a float frame on this piece, but I wasn’t able to fit that into my timeline for this challenge.  I absolutely love working with talented, local artists.  For this particular piece, I worked with a great friend, Wynne Earle, who is one of the most talented artists I know.  I talked through the overall feel of the nursery and shared some photographs of images I was inspired by and THIS beauty is what she came up with!  I’m so particular about art.  Picky is actually an understatement.  But, this is what commissioning a piece of art specifically for your space gets you!

Acrylic wash on canvas

Acrylic wash on canvas

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group - Pacific Northwest Nursery - Before

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

If I had to pick one last detail to fave from this project, it would have to be the semi-custom dresser that my husband and I built.  I had an idea in my head and when I see the final product, I feel like he and I nailed it!  I wanted simple, clean and highly functional.  This dresser doesn’t disappoint!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect, but it feels like a piece that’s all our own made with our own four hands.  Six, if you count our toddlers sweet efforts to help!

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery - Before

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

Here are some detail shots I just can't get enough of! 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

For anyone who's concerned about where the Ridgeback, Miss Makeena, wound up laying her head... 

No need to worry!  The princess is VERY happy in her new bed. 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I owe a HUGE “thank you” to Wynne of WHEarlePhotography.  When the daybed, which was a huge solution to one of the initial challenges of the entire project, was massively delayed, I gave her a call to see if she could work with the time adjustment.  Although I knew I was going to be asking A LOT!!  She happily said that we would make it work.  As promised, she came out the day of delivery, photographed this incredible shot list, and turned the images around the very next day for me! It was fascinating watching her edit and seeing just how much goes into each image! I owe her sooooooo much and couldn’t have done this without her.  I may have had a six week challenge, but this brave woman gave herself a 24 hour challenge.   Bona fide - rock star. 

Another huge “thank you” is owed to my lovely husband, who looked at me a little sideways when I suggested that I join this challenge, but smiled and said okay anyway.  He got on board with all my ideas and supported my vision even though he couldn’t clearly see it until the end.  He did so much of the heavy lifting for this girl and I am beyond grateful.  

Thank you so much to all of the vendors who agreed to work with my crazy deadline and shipped so many of the adorable things you see here far quicker than their promise dates.  Next week, I will be sharing all of the sources for the details and products that were used on this project.  So, if you’ve got your eyes on something here, I can’t say enough wonderful things about everyone that I purchased items from. 

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Most importantly, thank you to those behind the scenes of the One Room Challenge.  This platform gives so many talented Designers and Bloggers the opportunity to put their very best skills to the test.  It's been such a fabulous experience and I have relished in the opportunity to remotely meet some seriously talented individuals that I fully intend on developing further relationships with.   I am so, so, SO impressed with the reveals from both the Featured Designers and Guest Participants.  PLEASE don't miss the opportunity to check in on some sensational before and after projects.  Click here to see all of the submissions. Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home and the partnership with House Beautiful for making this possible. 

Lastly, thank you to you.  My readers, followers, supporters and clients.  Without you all, there would be no me as a Designer.  

- Happy Designing - 

heather scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | ONE ROOM CHALLENGE - WEEK 5

One.  Week.  Left.  I can't believe what a wild ride these past five weeks has been.  I can't believe I've made it?!  I can't believe that next week, it'll all be over and the space will be complete?!  Of all of the weeks, I can say without hesitation that this past week has been the most demanding.  Painting, drilling, coordinating, and making last minute judgement calls has been what this week has been made of.  But, as this challenge is coming to it's close, I feel the sense of relief starting to seep in that makes every, single design project worth it. 

Along with getting everything in place for this awesome One Room Challenge, this mama is busy getting everything ready in our home to welcome this new babe! 

Along with getting everything in place for this awesome One Room Challenge, this mama is busy getting everything ready in our home to welcome this new babe! 

No lies, I'm completely and totally exhausted!!  I have had multiple nights this past week wondering, "What the hell where you thinking?!  I mean, you're 80 thousand months pregnant for God's sake and your toddler has never been busier!"  However, I just took the time to check some items off of last weeks list and that at least makes me feel a bit better.  If you're just checking in for the first time this week, you can view the previous post in relation to the One Room Challenge below: 

week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 5 Checklist

Receiving the custom designed fabric was one of the biggest highlights of my week!  Having a fabric line for Whitestone Design Group has been a DREAM of mine for years...  Seeing it come to fruition has been beyond rewarding and the excitement of seeing the soft goods in place is keeping me motivated.  

The other HUGE win this week was wrapping up the DIY Dresser that we are using as storage and the changing table.  THAT was a labor of love... When I originally drafted up my design plans for my intentions with the old dresser, I thought that the construction would be a piece of cake.  Lies... all lies.  It took quite a bit longer than I expected and I got a few more splinters than I was planning on.  However, I am really, truly happy with how its come together and I look forward to putting a Designer DIY post together once this challenge has concluded to share how we made it happen. 

The sad news...  I had to cancel the daybed.  After weeks of delay, I finally called and cancelled.  As Designers, we always have to have backup plans.  I really loved the Lubi Daybed by CB2 because of it's size and color, but a six week timeline is no joke and as Tim Gunn of Project Runway says, I had to "make it work!"  So, "bye bye" beautiful grey daybed and "Hello" natural linen!  

Out with the Old

Out with the Old

And in with the NEW!!! 

And in with the NEW!!! 

WHAT'S NEXT

So, as you can see on the list above, there are some big items left to complete.  We were able to put the new trim and baseboards in, but I fear that there just won't be enough time to wallpaper the closet.  None-the-less, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am excited to share how this gender neutral nursery comes together next week with you all!  

This week, I'll be finishing up all the soft goods for the space, pillows, draperies, etc.  I'll be finishing up my little crafting projects which you can see more of on my Instagram Stories ORC Highlights.  I'll be patiently waiting for the remaining furniture pieces to arrive as well as the commissioned art (eeeeek! I can't wait).  And last, but not least, I'll be starting to fill the room with all the tiny, little things it takes to take care of the new babe!  

Here are a few teaser images to get you through to next week.  As always, thank you SO much for following my journey.  Having babies is such a special time in life and getting to be involved with this One Room Challenge in the midst of it all has been more fun than it has been stressful for sure. What a ride!!!  Make sure to check in to see what the others are doing here.  I'm in AWE of some of the rooms that these talented Designers are pulling off in just 6 week! 

See you next week! 

- Happy Designing -

heather scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | "ONE ROOM CHALLENGE" - WEEK 3

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 3

This week has been interesting as I've been doing most of my work from a distance.  A GREAT distance.  As in, I'm currently checking in from Maui!  I wouldn't trade vacation for anything in the world, and one of the best parts about my job is being able to doing 85% of it from anywhere, BUT, with this six week deadline (only 3 of which are left), it's been an interesting challenge to make sure all the necessary things are getting done! 

Thank the heavens above for the internet and technology.  My biggest task for this week of the One Room Challenge was to make some final decisions on the items I'll be using in the Pacific Northwest Nursery and ensuring that they'll be available on time.  Because there are so many resources online these days, that option has been sooooo helpful.  I'm generally a "touch, feel, fall in love" kind of girl, but I've decided that with this project, I will have to leave those enjoyable parts of the project for the end.  Here are a few of my decisions I still have left to make.  PLEASE!!  Do not hesitate to weigh in with your preference on any of these items.  I've already been so lucky that have the help of some readers with a few other selections I'm so excited about. 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS... 

1. Crib

I love both of these.  I'm going for "unfinished" kind of natural feel, but I like the small painted detail on crib #2 even though it's not completely what I initially was shooting for. Both have non-toxic finishes and are convertible. And both have that minimal look that I was looking for initially. 

2. Paint 

I love Benjamin Moore's paint and their color selections.  I want a nice, earthy green to pair with the clean, bright white I get from BM's Simply White, so here are the two I've narrowed it down to. 1. is Boreal Forest, AF-480.  2. is Lush, AF-475. 

3. Drapery Pattern

I love both of these SO much!  I feel that its impossible to go wrong with either of these, but am a little afraid that one might be a tad overpowering.  However, either way, I need to decide ASAP because this is one of the projects that could push me over on time. The fabric I don't use to make the draperies out of will be used as additional pillows for the nursery. 

WHAT WE HAVE SO FAR - DESIGN SOLUTIONS

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 3

1.  Because the room is all hard surfaces, ya know, brick, drywall, and bamboo floors, I need a BIG area room that's soft and provides a lot of visual texture.  So, I'm going to go with this 8'x10' jute/sisal rug to help cover the majority of the floor. 

2. BYE BYE boob light!!! Can't get the existing one down fast enough!  And a HUGE "thank you" to everyone who helped me to select this gorgeous light fixture.  So excited to see it in this babies space! 

3. I'm loving layered rugs right now, so I'm repurposing an existing 5'x8' moroccan wool rug that I own to accomplish that soft, layered look.  I'll probably position this rug underneath the crib.  

4. Want to come visit?!  We've got you covered!  This day bed is AWESOME.  It's size is perfect in the room AND folds into a Queen sized bed solving our issue with needing the extra room to sleep guest.  Our pup Makeena will be happy to know she's still got a good size comfy spot to take her many snoozes in. 

5. The room isn't quite big enough to have a daybed and a large rocking chair in.  So, I decided on this small scale rocker that will go with the rest of our homes decor once we're done using it in the nursery.  We have a great rocking chair in our sons room that we'll use in our living room when the baby is small and requires a lot of night time feedings from half awake parents.  But, the small scale should work great for getting babe to sleep for day time naps in the privacy of he or she's own room. 

6. Woven wood blinds - because I'm a SUCKER for texture.  Then, more texture.  On top of some additional texture!!!  I have a love affair with texture :-) 

7. I've decided to do a collaboration piece with my favorite Pacific Northwest Wood Craftsman. So, although I do love the look of this particular piece, you'll have to check back week 6 to see the final outcome of the custom side table that we come up with! 

8. I love Moroccan leather footstools.  The color is perfect for the nursery and I'm praying that since I've ordered it from Morocco directly, it arrives on time! 

9. Every little one needs a rocking chair.  And this little modern gem is going to do just the trick! 

10. This is where I seriously need to get on my game.  I need to make a selection for the drapery fabric and I need to make it soon!!!  None-the-less, I feel confident about the patterns I have to choose from and I can wait to implement them. 

11. I'm so in love with this fawn fabric!  This textile is soon to be made into adorable bummers for the, yet to be decided, crib.  Haha, seriously, if you have a suggestion, I could use all the help I can get! 

WHAT'S NEXT 

By next week, I'll have to have made all final decisions and product should definitely start rolling in by the truck fulls.  We'll be painting, building, DIY-ing, and documenting.  All of which, I'll be happily sharing with YOU!  Be sure to check out what the other Designers are doing with their One Room Challenges here. 

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Thank you so much to all of you keeping up with what's going on with this Challenge with me!  I truly appreciate your support more than words can say. 

- Happy Designing - 

heather-scherie with Whitestone Design Group

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NURSERY REVEAL

Although my passion for Interior Design is wrapped up in construction and remodels, this particular design plan is most certainly the closest project to my heart to date.  I am so excited to announce that my wonderful husband and I are expecting a baby late this spring!  I knew when we got married that we would eventually want to start a family, but nothing in this world could have prepared me for how much more I would fall in love with him when we discovered that we were pregnant.  Now we find ourselves in this excruciating waiting period for our little bundle to arrive...  Our bedside tables are piled with baby books, our date night conversations are suddenly filled with name options for our little nugget, and our newest project at home is complete... THE NURSERY!! 

Yes, we are that couple that has chosen to wait until our delivery day to find our the gender of our baby.  I know that it is really challenging for my husband, especially when we have our doctors appointments!  But, for me, I didn't care whether we had a boy or a girl and therefore, didn't see a reason to find out the sex.  When it came to doing the nursery it did provide some challenges.  I found that so many of the adorable things out there for children have become so gender specific.  However, I throughly enjoyed the challenge and I'm so in love with the outcome. 

I DID have to give up my closet to do this room... Yep, I was that girl that had an entire bedroom devoted to fashion, but seeing as how this room is directly next to the master bedroom, it only made sense.  The sacrifices we make for our children!  

I owe a very special thank you to my dear friend Heather Roddy of Valzora Bell.  I use her pretty much exclusively for nearly all of my projects that require a custom touch with softgoods such as window treatments and pillows.  Naturally, she was my go-to on my own project too and she worked diligently with me to get all the details just right for my perfectionist mind!  We added this adorable felt, fuzzy ball detail to the lead edge of the curtains to make them a bit more special.  And the bumper was made to fit this crib specifically!  That's the beauty of going custom on your details! 

Here are some of the details that make me fall in love with this space every time I sit in it.  I'm assuming that I may be spending a lot of time "sitting" in this room, so it's a good thing I'm particularly fond of it!  Perhaps the baby will be partial to adorable details :-) 

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and take a peek at what's in store for my life!  I'm so passionate about baby spaces and if you'd like to see more of how I came to all my design decisions for our nursery, check out my family | manzer babe Pinterest Page!  It can be so challenging to wade through the endless options of ideas for nurseries, so if you find yourself or a loved one needing a little help with that special place in the home, feel free to email me at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com.  

All photos taken by Wynne H Earle of WH Earle Photography

For more images of this gender neutral nursery, please view Bellevue Nursery on our Gallery Page.

Thanks again and Happy Designing!

heather-scherie

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GENDER NEUTRAL NURSERY

A NIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR OR A PRETTY, PRETTY PRINCESS? 

I LOVE baby spaces!  I also love a challenge...  So, designing a nursery in which the gender of the new baby is unknown creates such a fun opportunity for me to push myself! It can become such overkill to do the predictable pink nursery for a little girl and the typical blue nursery for a boy time and time again. Time to get creative!

My personal design style is tailored, but soft and inviting, which I was really able to apply to this particular room.  It goes without saying that it's so important in a gender neutral nursery to strike a good balance between masculine and feminine.  I used heathered wool drapes and the bold accent color of black to give the space that "menswear" look I'm so fond of.  I threw in softer elements such as the adorable Norwegian rocking sheep and the sheepskin rug to pack a punch of that softness  I wanted to accomplish. 

"Themes" aren't really my thing, but while browsing the Land Of Nod, I came across a changing pad cover that was just too irresistible to pass up!  It was covered in the most adorable little tan sheep, making me have one of those swooning "awwww" moments.  It was certainly the right color palette to work for this baby space. Paired with a few sweet sheep art prints I found on Etsy, it was just enough without feeling like I was throwing sheep around everywhere!  I needed to find balance between the organic and earthy feel of the sheep, so I mixed in strong geometric prints with a large area rug and designed custom crib bumpers with a strong Nate Berkus fabric that I couldn't be happier with!

With the defining design elements established, I was now free to fill in the blanks on all the important, functional pieces.  A gorgeous crib, a ridiculously comfortable rocking chair, plenty of storage, and great lighting.  Lastly, it just wouldn't feel like a space that I designed without mixing some metals, so you better believe I found all kinds of wonderful accessories to put the finishing touches on this adorable nursery! 

Naturally, once the little bundle of joy arrives, we'll be able to add some touches of that are more indicative of a sweet baby girl or a handsome baby boy!  I've included some images and links below for some of the fun ways to personalize it come June! 

I can't wait to share the pictures with everyone of how this Gender Neutral Nursery came together.  This has truly been one of my favorite projects to work on to date!  Check out additional baby spaces I can't get enough of on my Baby Spaces Pinterest Page!

If you are interested in Professional Interior Design Services, please contact me at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com.  

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY MY FRIENDS!  HEATHER-SCHERIE

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