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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 2

I have to admit, the last time that I did a design plan in this type of time crunch, was back in college!  This week has been a whirlwind.  Planning alone is always fun and a little bit of a challenge, but finding myself needing to make design decisions also based on timelines and product availability is something that I haven't had to do in a LONG time!  However, the inspiration has been flowing and I'm completely in love with the direction this sweet little nursery is heading in. 

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board

THE CONCEPT

I moved to the Greater Seattle Area in late 2012.  I've been in love with the great outdoors here ever since.  This area offers SO much hiking, fishing, camping, and so much more.  People chat about the rain a lot, but the continuous mist that sticks around through the winter certainly makes for one of the most beautiful color palette I've ever called "home."  So, what better inspiration can I pull from than that of my own backyard?!  

This is the view we have from our local park! Lucky us! 

This is the view we have from our local park! Lucky us! 

My personal design aesthetic is very clean, straight-forward, and highly functional.  I'm attracted to Scandinavian inspired spaces for their minimalistic feel.  I also LOVE bright, white, cheery spaces.  Living here in the PNW, I've also developed a strong love for gorgeous, natural wood elements, which is why they show up so frequently in nearly all of my client projects!  I'd like to incorporate a "natural" feel to the space while still having an element of sophistication as well.  Here are a few examples of some spaces that reflect my personal aesthetic. 

1. Whitestone Stone Design - Gender Neutral Nursery

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 2

2. A House in the Hills - Mateo's Nursery

Whitestone Design Group | One Room Challenge - Inspo

3. Jaimee and David Morse - Nursery

Whitestone Design Group | One Room Challenge - Inspo

4. Akin Design Studio - White and Green Nursery

Whitestone Design Group | One Room Challenge - WK 2

WHAT'S NEXT

Over the next week, I'll be firming up the last bit of the design plan in order to make sure that all the components I'm wanting in the nursery will fit.  In addition, wrapping up the final details of the purchasing plan and verifying that all the elements are available by the deadline.  You can tune in next Thursday to see the final design plan before I move into purchasing and implanting the design!  

Thank you so much for all of you that are coming along this journey with me!  Your support means the world. 

- Happy Designing -

heather-scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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Be sure to check out what's going on with all of the Designers and Participants this week here

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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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