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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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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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Before & After : Studio Six The Salon & Spa

We were approached in the late fall by two wonderful business women (and sisters!) that had taken a leap of faith and bought a hair salon together.  We were flattered when the two of them thought of Whitestone Design Group to transform the space into the business of their dreams.  With one of the owners being a Professional Esthetician, they needed to retrofit the existing hair salon into a business that could also accommodate skin care and massage.  Using the minds of Professional Interior Designers proved to make their wishes come true in one of the most rewarding transformations we've done to date! 

AFTER : 

BEFORE : 

We went on quite the journey exploring what look we wanted to achieve, but it was the surrounding businesses and the owners love of a feminine color palette that determined the overall aesthetic.  Together Heather Scherie and Katie developed a new space plan that would maximize the selling power in the reception area of the salon.  With a smartly thought out design plan and a flexible team of contractors, Studio Six was able to keep their doors open for business throughout the two weeks of construction.  Remodels are never easy, but this project was certainly one of the smoothest we have experienced thus far! 

AFTER : 

Although the space turned out beautiful, perhaps the part of this project that we are most proud of is the amount of revenue the salon is now producing through the product display and storage we factored into the space.  A crisp, white, lighted product feature wall allows the salon and spa to highlight speciality items that drive their business and increase sales.  

AFTER : 

The makeup application counter allows them to book appointments with prom attendants, brides and their bridesmaids, and the date-night-bound woman.  It also serves as a great way for them to try out products on interested clients and host tutorials and seminars.  

AFTER : 

Renovating your business gives your clients and staff confidence.  As an owner, it shows them that you are committed to your business and increases everyone's sense of pride.  Working with an Interior Designer on Interior Architect can help lead you down the right path to making the financial decisions that will help increase revenue and customer experience.  We are so proud to have been part of this tenant improvement project and look forward to working with them on the next phase of their growth!  Please enjoy some more of our favorite details shots from the photo session.

AFTER :  

Paint Colors below are from Benjamin Moore's Color Stories Palette, Lace Handkerchief CSP 220 and Picnic Basket CSP 730.  Trim color is Benjamin Moore's White Dove OC-17

We really appreciate you taking the time to check out our before and after transformation of Studio Six, The Salon and Spa.  Interior Design is our passion and Whitestone Design Group is here to help with both Commercial and Residence Renovations of all sizes.  If you know a business owner in need of a renovation, or a growing business moving into a new or larger space, we certainly can make their transition easier and more enjoyable!  For inquiries, contact us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com

xx

 heather scherie & katie

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