Arlo’s Sweet Southwestern Nursery -ORC- Week 1

orc-week1-fall-2016bWell hey there boys and girls! So excited to be back for Calling it Home’s latest edition of the One Room Challenge. We took a few seasons off from our first room transformation, and since another man human has arrived who is ready to move in to his abode, we figured this was a good opportunity to get our booties in gear, and get this room finished.

Above is our furniture/inspiration board for this little man’s southwestern inspired, modern nursery with just a touch of glam…afterall, little boys can be fabulous too!! Since our last gentleman’s room was very monochromatic and bold, we decided to go with a softer, more soothing palette this time around.

The only challenge thus far, the rug. I definitely want the room to reflect a southwestern vibe, but not be completely drenched in it. Ya know what I mean? I’ve been considering the rug above, or possibly the one below? Or something neutral and completely different..I have no idea…What do you guys think?


I’m also trying to keep the rug budget extremely low since I saw what happened to the rug in Butter’s room over the last two years. Lets just say it has seen it’s fair share of something that rhymes with schmeses.

Here is our TO DO LIST:

1. Paint, paint and more paint – next week I’ll show you some of the before pictures, but to give you a hint: Under the Sea nightmare. We have an under the sea mural left over from the previous home owners, and though it is not awful (after all we left it for this long), it is definitely time for it to go. After testing out a few colors, we’ve landed on Benjamin Moore Paper White. I wanted something light and bright, but with a touch of gray, Paper white is the ticket. Unfortunately, I think the baseboards and ceilings will also have to be touched up, or completely repainted, so that is our first major hurtle. Luckily my significant other, whom we will from now on refer to as “Captain Goodtimes,” has offered to take the reins on this one.

2. Shiplap – Okay, this one is looking iffy. We would reaaaallly like to have a gray white washed shiplap wall behind the crib. We’ll be getting some estimates from our favorite contractor peeps to see if we can squeak this into the budget.

3. Chandy – we need to get a chandelier ordered asap and replace the current “nipple light” in the room. You guys know the kind of light I’m talking about.

4. Window treatments – 2 drapery panels, and some type of roller/roman shade that will block out as much light as humanly possible. I’ll also be removing the current blinds that are starting to look a little icky.

Oh, and did I mention that there’s another whole half of the room?? lol. Guess we need to figure that out as well:)

So far our source list looks a little like this….

Crib – Nurseryworks

Rugs – Wayfair and/or Overstock

Side Table – TBD

Glider – TBD

Moroccan Pouf – this one is from World Market, but found some fab ones at HomeGoods too

Sputnik Light Fixture – love this one, but hoping we can do a little $$ saving DIY..stay tuned


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One Room Challenge – The Reveal

Better late than never right?:)

Last week I may have completely and utterly slightly overbooked myself, so our little One Room Challenge got neglected a bit.  Not to worry, our day has finally come to reveal Butter’s big boy room.   For those of you just tuning in, Linda from Calling it Home organizes this little endeavor twice a year, for bloggers to transform 1 room, in 6 weeks. I learned about the competition days before it started, so yeah, this was done with very little pre-planning.

Alrighty, here goes nothing:)

Let’s remember the enchanted forest nightmare where we started…


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IMG_3035016 IMG_3011013black and white rug | bat boys throw pilllow | black and gold lamp | hashtag pillow | mint city maze pillow | real gold piggy bank | messy mouse print

ORC COllage1-600stockholm chandy | Rhino | wall urchin |polished brass knobs |







ORC Collage 2gold arrows pillow |chaplin needle point | black & white throw | hashtag pillow | mint maze pillow | white teepee




The Deets

(I will continue to update this list, there’s sooo much in this room:-)

Batboy Pillow Case – Little Pop Studio

Nixon Alpaca throw by Jonathan Adler

Chaplin Needlepoint Pillow

Nursery Works Crib


Throw Pillows

black and white – ikea

mint maze – Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Hashtag Pillow – Jonathan Adler

Marquee Star – Homegoods

Rhino Head

Stockholm Light Fixture

Black and Gold Lamp – Nate Berkus



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One Room Challenge – Week 5

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Final stretch. I don’t want to give the whole room away, so here is just a little peek:) As you can see, Lady Cordelia decided she was the perfect model for the week 5 shoot..though I don’t remember hiring her?  Isn’t this teepee from Tip Top Teepee Shop the most perfect little thing you’ve ever seen?? It makes me soo happy!  As you’ve read from previous posts, the painting took up soooo very much time, that I will really be scrambling to get everything else in place by Thursday.  I’ve seen many of our other One Room Challenge lovelies are starting to primp for photos.  Yeah…we aren’t quite there yet:)

Here’s what’s left:

Finish chandelier – we’re giving a tiny makeover to the Stockholm from Ikea, and though it’s simple, it has been a bit time consuming

Intall book shelves

Hang Artwork – Oh, and probably find some last minute pieces

Zhush/Style dresser

Hang window treatments

Add toddler – Butter bear has been kicked out of his room for a couple of weeks, though he hasn’t seemed to mind:)

If you haven’t already taken a look at the other ORC peeps, you MUST. There are some serious renovations going on that are putting my measly paint job to shame.  Go see go see!


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One Room Challenge – Week 4

Well, there’s no turning back now. When faced with the daunting task before them, my painting team bailed.  I supposed when they are working for free, and related to you, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  So here’s where we stand after not 1, not 2, but THREE coats of primer to cover the Neverland ranch nightmare mural. If you’ve seen the before pictures here, you’ll notice that I could pretty much end this makeover here. What a difference so far….




What a beautiful paint mess. Remind me next time that DIY painting is wildly overrated:)  I also started putting together Butter’s bed (see below). I’ve had several of you inquisitive friends ask, “Doesn’t a big boy, need a big boy bed?” No, let’s not be crazy. If this little curly haired tornado is still willing to sleep (and STAY PUT) in his crib, I’m going to ride this wave all the way to the shore. If he wants to stay contained until his 15, I’m completely okay with that.

How amazing is this Batboys Pillowcase!!! Even cuter in person. I’m still toying with quilt options, but the J.A. Nixon Alpaca throw is really giving off the vibe I’m looking for.

So, things we STILL need to do:

Paint 2 coats of white – I decided to go with Sherwin William’s Extra White. And sadly, the ceiling needs to be painted too. The Extra White is too different from the ceiling white, so add another day of painting to the agenda:)

Set up teepee reading paradise – I’m going to need blankets, enough pillows for a pillow fight, and some more stuffed friends

Hang window treatments – after patching about a million holes in this room from the previous owners, I am in no mood to drill into it, but thus, it must be done

Finish light fixture – Thanks to my Pops, the light fixture is hung, but the rest of it needs to be assembled. FYI the Stockholm has a BILLION pieces.

Add book storage – we have tiny bookcase already in the room, but for this boy who LOVES his books, we need some additional storage

Hardware for the dresser – thinking a bronzy gold, or something a little bit more grown up than the yellow and aqua knobs he currently has

Artwork – I have admittedly given this little to ZERO thought. I may be running to Homegoods the day before the reveal:)

Ceiling – I asked the client what he wanted on his ceiling, and he had a very specific request. I’ll save it for the reveal

There are SO many amazing renovations and designs going on for #oneroomchallenge. Hit up Calling it Home, and dive right in.

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