Hello! Welcome to my second One Room Challenge! For a quick introduction to the event for those who managed to make their way here from my Instagram feed, the ORC is a six week event where bloggers and designers redo a space (usually in their own home). It’s a very challenging timeline but a fun ride.
Now for those who don’t know me, I am a new mom living in a condo in Boston with my husband, four-month-old daughter, and two cats. By day I care for our very energetic baby and manage a few client projects and by night I am pursuing a masters degree in interior architecture. If I were to make my own Sound of Music song about my favorite things it would cover snow on city streets, baking bread, riding my bike by the river, and not finishing knitting projects.
But back to the reason you are here! We are all going to have a bit of deja vu because once again I am redoing our nursery! For a little background, last spring I completed my first ORC while waiting for a then unknown-gender baby. It was a race against the clock in multiple ways. Sweet little Elin was born two weeks after the reveal! Here is where we started and ended up:
A little less than a month after Elin was born, we heard from our downstairs neighbor that she was going to sell her condo. My husband and I love our neighborhood and had long dreamed about buying that condo to eventually combine that space with ours. So we managed to pull financing together and we closed on the unit 6 weeks later. Then moved downstairs a week after that so we could rent our previous condo which was more space than we technically need. It was definitely the smarter choice than renting the smaller unit but it was certainly hard to say goodbye to that bright nursery I had poured my heart in soul into.
All this leads into the fact I am redoing another nursery this time around. Thankfully this one won’t involve repointing any brick but I am going to tack on the miniature half bath that is in the same area of the condo. The before photos this time are not nearly as gnarly but the rooms possess their own dilemmas.
The nursery is off the living room/dining room. The curtains on the french doors were left over from the previous owner and I’m considering keeping them and cutting them down so they fit better. The doors themselves need a new paint job. Ideally I would also replace the knobs but that ends up being quite pricey so it may need to wait. The floors are a wide-plank pine that have definitely been refinished a few times.
The shades and the paint color are also original. Shades in a nursery seem like a necessity but the color will need an update. A drywall shelf along the changing table wall will probably stay but be camouflaged into the ceiling. The overhead light will also be replaced by a DIY experiment! But heading back to the scary space:
Don’t let this photo fool you, this bathroom is pint-sized. There are no windows and one overhead light. big changes are going to happen in here!
Lastly, here is an overhead shot of the bathroom. When I say it is tiny, I mean it. The longest wall in there is about 3 and a half feet long. And in a very me move, I managed to fall off the shelf I balanced on while taking this photo and almost put my head through the wall. So on that note, I’m going to leave you for this week. I’ll be back next week with inspiration images, mood boards, and some progress photos!
Please make sure to check out everyone else participating in the ORC!