One Room Challenge: Sources & Behind the Scenes Fall 2014

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Last week at this time we were all a buzz on blog land, Instagram, and Twitter with the room reveals in One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home!

In honor of Follow Friday I’m sharing some of my favorites from this round on Instagram! Make sure you hop on over and follow these talented ladies (left to right): Aquahaus (Celine), Fabulous By Design (Jane Bernard), Design Post Interiors (Beth Barden) and Design Dump (Autumn Clemons)!

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Linda gives a good round-up of all the ORC love and features this week. One of my favorites to follow is Centsational Girl who shared two of her ORC favorites (and mine) in her “Best of the Blogosphere” .

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Home on The Runway featured one of my absolute favorites and standouts this ORC round from Design DareDevil! Just an amazing transformation and a must see!

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You can find more ORC features on Calling It Home here.

This ORC round I completed my daughter Sofia’s Big Girl Room. You can catch the big reveal here!

Big Girl Room

If you’re just joining the ORC fun you can get caught up on Operation Big Girl Room here:

Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3|| Week 4 || Week 5 || Week 6

This is what her room looks like today!

Big Girl Room

Here’s is what inspired her bedroom transformation: Cherry Blossoms. Princess Themed. Chandelier. Birds. Butterflies. Pink. Blue. Green.

Sofia's Big Girl Room

For more details on the inspiration check out Week 1 and Week 2.

The Cherry Blossom painting by Oopsy Daisy was the very first thing I purchased for Sofia’s nursery.  It’s a timeless piece of art that has transitioned well from nursery, to toddler room, to big girl room.

Big Girl Room

The chandelier was a must have to transform this room. The paper chandelier from Pottery Barn Kids (pictured in inspiration board) inspired me to find the shell chandelier from Lowe’s Home Improvement!

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I attempted to install the chandelier myself but needed a second pair of hands and someone taller. My husband and I spent several hours trying to figure out the wiring. Thank goodness for YouTube videos that saved the day! However, I’m giving full disclosure here that we need to fix the wires again before using the light because they’re not tight enough when we fasted the chandelier canopy.

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Big Girl RoomBy far this dresser in Annie Sloane Chalk Paint is my favorite piece of furniture in her room! Another timeless piece that has transitioned well from nursery to big girl room! Secret number two: Add a few pieces to make the dresser more “big girl”. Remember sometimes less is more! Simply adding the DIY princess jewelry box and updating the photo in the picture frame was all I needed here.

Big Girl Room Closet

The three drawer whicker dresser from Pier One Imports was probably my best upcycle that added function and design to Sofia’s closest.

Big Girl Room

The play chandelier from Hobby Lobby was a hit! It took me a few tries to figure out the best way to fasten it onto the play castle tent from Amazon.com but well worth the $12! Another secret is that the pillows are from our kitchen and my daughter Charlotte’s room. When you design a space don’t forget about accessories you already have in your home!

Closet Before

Big Girl Room

The biggest transformation was her closet. Going from disorganized and cluttered, to a organized play space fit for a princess.

Big Girl Room Closet

Big Girl Room Closet

Secret behind transforming this space is organization, utilizing existing pieces to add function and design, and adding small low budget accessories such as the designer hooks to hang her princess dresses and display jars and plates. I kept the tower shelving unit to display all her dress up accessories. You can find the DIY tutorial here along with DIY tutorial on the fabric letters above her bed.

Big Girl Room

The bookcase didn’t need a lot. I simply added additional canvas storage bins for toys that I found at HomeGoods.

Big Girl Room

My childhood rocking chair made by my grandfather is a sweet sentiment that also serves as function.

Rocking Chair

Once black and gold I simply spray painted it Ballet Pink and stenciled her name in green. Truth be told I had done this for her nursery, but hadn’t finished the green detailing. I was going to give it a fresh coat of pink, but like the chippy and vintage look!

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Here’s a close up of the fabric letters above Sofia’s bed that I made before she was born. You can see them in her nursery and the DIY tutorial here. These were inspired by Anthropology fabric letters. I considered updating the letters, but can’t part with them yet. I simply added these butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids and the canopy to complete the big girl & princess look!

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The bed and bedding was the biggest issue for me in this round.

Big Girl Room

We’ve transitioned her room from just a bedroom to a play room and wanted enough space for both my girls to play. Additionally, my girls are 18 months apart, which means Charlotte will be turning 2 in a few months a possibly sharing a room with her sister.

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Using the daybed from my inspiration board I decided to transform her toddler bed into a daybed. I loved the Pottery Barn Kids bedding, but due to the time of year full sets were unavailable. Easy solution was to use her current sheets and Harper Quilt with her name from Pottery Barn Kids and mix and match it with other bedding we already owned. Adding a few new pillows such as the pink bolster pillow from HomeGoods gave it a great refresh. Hoping to have another update for you this spring, so please check back!

Big Girl Room

The canopy was a must have to add the princes aka “princess castle” element for Sofia’s bed. As much as Sofia loves it she also loves pulling it down, which is driving me crazy!

Big Girl Room

This wall needed something to pull it together. The bookcase use to sit up against the wall before we moved the play kitchen by Kids Kraft into her room.

Big Girl Room

Simply adding wood and canvas wall art from Hobby Lobby, a DIY memory board of Sofia’s treasures and favorite things, and butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids completed the look.

Big Girl Room

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Loving how the gallery wall looks! Simply rearranging items and adding a few more such as Sofia’s own Starry Night masterpiece completed this look.

Out takesThe lighting was great one morning right before we rushed off to school. In the moment of trying to capture the room there was an impromptu tea party! Unfortunately, that was the only day the week of the reveal that I had good lighting and many of my photos are darker than I had wanted.

However, I did complete every item on my To Do List!

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s Big Girl Room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier –
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

One Room Challenge Master

Here’s a photo from my first ORC last spring, which started my love affair with the room designer challenge! You can check out all the details in my Master Bedroom reveal here.

High & Low Finds

Thanks to ORC I now have two more complete rooms in our home!

That’s a wrap for ORC Fall 2014! Don’t forget to check out the other designers and bloggers on Calling It Home!

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

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Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy – Amazon.com

Princess Castle – Amazon.com

Faux pink chandelier in princess castle – Hobby Lobby

Designer hooks in closet – Hobby Lobby

Bird clipboard wall art display – Hobby Lobby

Canvas and wood wall art above play kitchen – Hobby Lobby

Memory box display – Hobby Lobby

Dresser and mirror – Old World New Home

Paint – Sherwin Williams Meander Blue 6484

Baskets in white bookshelf – HomeGoods

Pink and white polka dot pail and basket – Pottery Barn Kids

Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids, HomeGoods

Flower night stand – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink and green herringbone weave rug – Pottery Barn Kids

Decorative boxes in closet – Michael’s

Butterfly and Penelope bird wall decals – Pottery Barn Kids

Blue wall bird cage – Hobby Lobby

White bird cage – Michael’s

Cherry Blossom canvas painting –  Oopsy Daisy

Faux crystal lamp with pink polka dot lamp shade on nightstand – Babies R Us

Silver picture frames – Pottery Barn Kids

Floral arrangement – Target

DIY princess jewelry box kit – Melissa & Doug

Penelope French Fabric Board – 3 Buttons N2 Bows

Chalkboard table and chair – Southern Marketplace

Ribbon wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Fabric letters – Sarah Sofia Productions

Closet tower shelves – Sarah Sofia Productions

Upcycled six drawer whicker piece – Sarah Sofia Productions

White picture frames on gallery wall – Michael’s

Small round mirror on gallery wall – Hobby Lobby

Owl bookend – Hobby Lobby

Piggy bank – gift

Green and blue plastic plates in closet – Target

Glass jar with lid in closet –Ikea

Glass jar in closet – HomeGoods

Mirror in closet – Already owned

Hangers and blue canvas organize system – BuyBuyBaby

Silver bird bookends on dresser – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink bolster pillow – HomeGoods

One Room Challenge Week 2: Big Girl Room

Last week was the first week of One Room Challenge Fall 2014.  Did you get a chance to check some of the talent?

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

I have to say I’m thrilled that some of my favorite participants like The Pink Pagoda , Bijou & Boheme,  Abby M. Interiors, Mimosa Lane, and Design Manifest are back! Not to mention designer crushes like House of Turquoise, Chinoiserie Chic, The Decorista and Waiting on Martha are participating in this round! Some of my other talented friends from ORC Spring 2014 are linking participants again with me such as The Pink Clutch, Simply Styling’s, and Charming in Charlotte.

OK, enough talk let’s get down to the fun stuff, photos and updates on Sofia’s “Big Girl Room”!

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Last week I shared with you what my daughter’s room currently looks like. Details of her room and my overall plan of Week 1 ORC here and my master bedroom from Spring ’14 ORC here.

This week I’m sharing my mood board and inspiration behind transforming this room into a Big Girl Room!

Sofia's Big Girl Room

Her nursery and current bedroom centers around this cherry blossom painting.  Details of nursery here and here. I want to keep this painting as the centerpiece along with the dresser.

She currently sleeps in her converted toddler bed, which can also be used as a head board for a twin or double. I’m playing around with the idea of making it into a day bed like the one shown in the mood board.  However, if the budget allows I would like to use the headboard and have a twin bed in her room.

Big Girl Room

If you know me I have a huge coral crush and my other daughter’s room is coral and robin’s egg blue.  Coral goes well with blue and shades of pink and if my girls ever were to share a room coordinating bedding would be great! (Yes I’m always thinking ahead and love to coordinate!) I love this look from Serena & Lily!

Currently, Sofia has my childhood bookcase that my mother repainted for my other daughter Charlotte.

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The idea is get more toy appropriate storage such as the one shown in the mood board from Ikea and put this in Charlotte’s room.

I purchased this white chandelier that was inspired by the one from Pottery Barn Kids, shown in the mood board. It might be time to call my handy man Ken again, because the last time my husband and I installed a chandelier it was quite the process and ended up hating each other for a few hours.

White Shell Beaded Chandi

Next up is making her room more princess like by adding the princess castle play tent and canopy as shown in the mood board above. Check and check. We gave Sofia the princess castle play tent for her birthday and have it up in her room now!

This white canopy should arrive later today and will replace the blanket we put over her current bed at bedtime to resemble her “princess castle”.

classic tulle canopy

Then I will get to work on DIY with butterfly garland that look similar to this one from Pottery Barn Kids.

Butterfly garland

I killed two birds with one stone and printed up to date photos for Sofia’s room and for her grandmother’s birthday! Now I need to replace the current photos with the ones I’ve printed.

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Next step is to tackle Sofia’s closet. I meant to capture a photo of the before for this post, but will save it for next week.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a real “big girl” bed (it’s currently in the converted toddler bed stage that we call her big girl bed)
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in ORC here.

 

Coral & Robin’s Egg Blue Nursery: Finishing Touches

Kasey Loftin Photography

Kasey Loftin Photography

I’m so excited to finally share my daughter Charlotte’s nursery with all the finishing touches.  As many of you may know, moving and having a newborn takes away a lot of your free time, add another child into the mix that’s less than 2 years old, and your free time shrinks even more.  Needless to say it has taken me this long to post.

You can read all about the details of this coral and robin’s egg blue inspired nursery in my previous post: http://wp.me/p1s2CI-jZ  Here are my favorite photos, some taken by Kasey Loftin Photography and the rest taken by me, Sarah Sofia Productions.  When you walk into the room the first thing you notice is the crib and the beautiful mirrors hanging about it with the blue stencil walls.  Your eyes then move to the left corner, where I have designed a nook with wall frames, photographs, glider, and side table.  Then to your right you will find the blue dresser with Charlotte’s monogrammed letters and coral piece sitting a top a stack of my favorite childhood books.

We are currently using the nursery as a guest room until Charlotte grows older.  The colors blend great together, making this a wonderful guest retreat and nursery.

Kasey Loftin Photography

Kasey Loftin Photography

Kasey Loftin Photography

Kasey Loftin Photography

coral & robin's egg blue nursery

coral & robin's egg blue nursery

coral & robin's egg blue nursery

coral & robin's egg blue nursery

Vendor Credits:

Room Design and Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com and Kasey Loftin Photography http://www.kaseyloftin.com/

Stencil – Painted by Sarah Sofia Productions, Cutting Edge Stencils – Rabat Allover Stencil http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/

Antique Blue Dresser – Lisa Phillips -Nooks ‘n Tables www.nooksntables.com

Vintage Children’s Rocking Chair – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Rug – Company C Wool Rug April Blooms http://www.companyc.com/home.htm

End Table  – Southern Marketplace

Glidder – Pottery Barn Kids http://www.potterybarnkids.com/

Catalina Crib – Pottery Barn Kids Simply White

Crib Skirt and Bumper – Serena & Lily Punch Basics http://www.serenaandlily.com/

Crib Sheet – Serena & Lily Aqua/Melon Mosaic

Elephant Coral & Aqua Wall Art Prints – Rizzle & Rugee http://www.etsy.com/shop/RizzleandRugee

Threshold Moroccan Glam Mirrors – Target www.target.com , painted by Sarah Sofia Productions in SW Charisma (6605)

Square French Antique Mirror – Southern Marketplace, painted floral design by Sarah Sofia Productions in SW Youthful Coral (6604)

French Tassel Window Panel – Serena & Lily in Punch

Chandelier – Pottery Barn Kids

Coral Accent Pillow – Overstock.com

Blue Lamp – HomeGoods

Paint – Main room color: Sherwin Williams Aqueduct – darker Robin’s Egg Blue (6758)

Paint – Stencil on accent walls: Sherwin Williams Aquantint – lighter Robin’s Egg Blue (6936)

Paint – Accent coral colors for mirrors and accessories: Sherwin Williams Charisma – darker Coral (6605) and Youthful Coral – lighter Coral (6604)

Coral & Robin’s Egg Blue Nursery: Sneak Peek

IMG_7275Coral and blue were our wedding colors and I’ve wanted to decorate a room in these colors for sometime.  We recently moved into a new home and with the arrival of our second daughter any day I finally have a room I can decorate in coral and robin’s egg blue!

Besides my love of the colors, my inspiration for this room stemmed from the coral sculpture that is displayed on the dresser, a mixture of girl nursery’s on Project Nursery, Rabat Allover wall Stencil, and the floral yet whimsical rug that ties both the coral and blue together.

The wall stencil is the main focal point and took me over 7 hours to paint.  The walls were painted in a darker Robin’s Egg Blue, and then I stenciled the Rabat Allover, in a lighter Robin’s Egg Blue to get the effect.  I had planned to do juts one accent wall, but decided I needed two, one to place the dresser and the other for the crib and mirrors.

Continuing the shabby chic, eclectic, vintage look that I used for my daughter Sofia’s nursery, I found the perfect repainted antique dresser by Lisa Phillips, to serve as one of the focal points of the nursery.

The other focal point will be the white crib place against the other stenciled accent wall.  Since my daughters will be 18 months apart, I decided to buy the same crib, Pottery Barn Kid’s Catalina.  Above the crib I plan to have two painted coral mirrors that resemble the shape of the stencil and flank a larger square antique looking white mirror that I found at Southern Marketplace.

I have moved my daughter Sofia’s glider into the nursery, which is light green and picks up accent colors in the rug.  I’m reusing a blue lamp we had in our guest room as well as Sofia’s changing table, no reason to reinvent the wheel when you have accessories and furniture that will fit with your nursery.

I had two childhood rocking chairs that I repainted for my daughters, the one pictured here with my daughter Sofia sitting in it, is spray painted in Robin’s Egg Blue.

Coral accessories, bedding, and white crib will provide just enough pop to bring the entire room together.

The bedding and crib arrive this week and I’m busy putting the finishing touches on the nursery. Look for another blog post soon with the nursery all pulled together!

Here’s a photo of the room from the previous owners before we moved:

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Here’s a sneak peek of the nursery’s transformation:

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Vendor Credits:

Room Design and Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Stencil – Cutting Edge Stencils – Rabat Allover Stencil http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/

Antique Blue Dresser – Lisa Phillips -Nooks ‘n Tables www.nooksntables.com

Vintage Rocking Chair – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Rug – Company C Wool Rug April Blooms http://www.companyc.com/home.htm

End Table  – Southern Marketplace

Glidder – Pottery Barn Kids

Coral Accent Pillow – Overstock.com

Blue Lamp – HomeGoods

Paint – Main room color: Sherwin Williams Aqueduct – darker Robin’s Egg Blue (6758)

Paint – Stencil on accent walls: Sherwin Williams Aquantint – lighter Robin’s Egg Blue (6936)

Paint – Accent coral colors for mirrors and accessories: Sherwin Williams Charisma – darker Coral (6605) and Youthful Coral – lighter Coral (6604)