If you’ve been waiting to have a little design fun around these parts, today’s your day. I’m thrilled to announce my participation in this season’s One Room Challenge! For the unfamiliar, the One Room Challenge features 20 bloggers as they tackle a room makeover – in just six weeks. You get to enjoy weekly updates, following along on everyone’s journeys, with a culmination of 20 final room reveals. You excited yet?! I know I am.

It seems only fitting that on the eve of my son’s third birthday, I tackle transforming his nursery into a full-fledged big boy room. Here’s what the room looks like now (at least when its photo shoot ready).

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I’ve loved this room as a nursery. It has a sweet, tranquil vibe, but really nurseries are designed as a space for us, the adults, to function and care for our tiny humans (when stumbling around in the middle of the night). But now that I have a full-fledged person, with very big thoughts and very strong opinions, on my hands I’m eager to create a space that reflects his burgeoning personality. I want to give him a room where he can evolve and grow. I think it’s also time that we finally transition out of the crib (any advice on this highly welcome).

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I have a lot of goals for the redesign of this space. Ample toy storage, a good sized play area, and a big boy bed are all on the must-have list, but I also need a spot to read bedtime stories and a super functional closet. I want this all to come together with a modern, sophisticated, but still kid-like vibe. No problem (ha!). So be sure to check in every Wednesday for the next six weeks. I’ll be sharing my inspirations, design plans, resources and progress sneak peeks that will all lead up to the official reveal. It’s going to be one heck of a good time.

And if you check in on Instagram today, you’ll get a bonus! I’ll be sharing a before tour of the room on Stories! Oh, and be sure to follow along with everyone in this season’s ORC by clicking on the links below. It’s a super impressive group. I cannot wait to see what rooms everyone will tackle.

For details about the nursery’s current design including where to source everything, CLICK HERE and HERE.



Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

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  1. Could you share where his table and stools are from?

  2. So sweet. My son is a teenager…not as fun 🙂 Can’t wait to see this.

  3. So excited to see this room choice for the one room challenege! Something a little different than the normal. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

    1. Thanks – I thought it would be a fun challenge and push me a bit more than I would otherwise do. Should be really fun.

  4. Oh, it’s always bittersweet when a nursery becomes a big kid room! I’m really excited to see the transformation; I’m sure your son is going to love it!

  5. I love the white and blue rug in the room! Would you remember where you got it?

  6. Excited to see what you do with this room! From the IG live – I love the light fixture and paint and vote for you to leave them. 🙂 Also, we have a round fireplace, so I feel your pain with the wall! Looking forward to your big “reveal” of how you tackle that design challenge!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel. That curved wall is a beast but I’m sure I’ll figure something out!

  7. Oh goodness, I cannot wait to see what you do! This room is so beautiful as a nursery but big boy rooms are my favorite!

    We’ve transitioned two boys out of cribs now and it’s been a surprisingly easy transition (and easy is a word I don’t take lightly in parenting ;). We’ve always left both a crib and a big bed in the room and let the kid choose where they want to be. Both our boys went back and forth a bit but ultimately chose the bed 100%. I think it lasted a few weeks with one and a couple months with the other. Obviously you’re on a bit of a bedroom so not sure that would work, but good luck with whatever you do!

    1. I love the bed switching idea Cathy! SO genius. Totally going to do that (post photo shoot of course!).

  8. In our younger days Tim and I would change rooms a couple of times a year but not anymore

  9. What a great idea! I had to transition my oldest out of the nursery and into a big boy room about 6 months ago to make way for his little brother. He was about 27 months and actually getting too big for his crib (he can now pass for a 4 year old). I spent a good month talking to him about his new room during our nightly bedtime conversations and created a Pinterest board that I used to show him things that would go in his room. He even got to choose his favorite print. The transition went amazingly smooth so much so that he would attempt to drag any visitor upstairs to show them his big boy room.!


  11. I love a good nursery but I’m a sucker for kids’ rooms. Capturing the personality of tiny humans is such a treat. Can’t wait to see what you do!

    1. It’s going to be so fun. It’s kinda like designing your own dream kid’s room!

  12. So excited to design alongside you this year for ORC! Can’t wait to see how this space turns out 🙂

    1. Feel the exact same way Jo! It’s gonna be so fun!!

  13. Oh I’m really excited to follow along! I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job 🙂

  14. Cannot wait to watch the progress of your son’s room! Good luck during this remodel!