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One Room Challenge: Fresh, Bright Nursery with Bold Pops of Color

If you're visiting from Calling It Home, welcome to Olive and Tate! I'm Stephanie, wife, mama to a two year old boy and expecting a baby girl in June. You can read more about me here and see more of my home design work here

You guys! The time has FINALLY come! After listing our house for sale months ago, selling, finding a new home and renting our new home back to the current owners, we are now just days away from finally being able to get our hands on our next renovation. And I'm sure you can guess what space this very pregnant mama is planning to tackle first....our sweet girl's nursery! It has been so difficult not to be able to nest, see and organize what we have for her and create a little space just for her in this world (clearly, patience is not my virtue). But, the wait has given me ample time to plan so her the design for her room is completely ready to roll - so many gorgeous elements will hopefully come together to make a functional, beautiful, inspiring nursery for my babe. 

Since today is Week 1 of the One Room Challenge, I thought I'd start with the plan for the babe's room. I've got a lot to accomplish in the next six weeks (especially considering we can't get into the house until this weekend!) so I've tried to think through all of the details and the goal is to stick to the plan as closely as possible. 

My overall idea for the space is a fresh white nursery with bold pops of color and subtle patterns. As a first time girl mom, I can't resist the urge to add soft touches of pink and a strategically placed monogram or two, but I think it will all balance nicely. 

Here's a little breakdown of all of the elements in the room:


I'm really excited for the paint scheme in this room - the walls and trim will all be white and the ceiling will be painted an incredibly soft shade of blush pink. At this moment, the walls will be Benjamin Moore Wedding Veil and the ceiling will be Sherwin Williams Intimate White (a suggestion from a reader!) but I have multiple samples waiting in the wings for swatch tests. 


photo via @demiandolive
When I first dreamed of a girl nursery, I knew I wanted one thing: a giant art piece by Anna of Demi and Olive. Anna and I met and the Creative Council Conference last year and I am just a huge fan of her work. Her talent, color play and style are essentially what this room is built around - I want her piece to pop, hence the white walls and soft patterns. The photo above is the actual piece Anna created for my girl's nursery and I literally squealed when I saw it. 

In even more amazing art news, two of my very kind and talented friends happen to be amazing local artists whose works will also be in the nursery! C. Brooke Ring just released her new line of what I call Bathing Beauties and I had to have one for the space 

photo via @cbrookering
And what would a One Room Challenge space be without a custom work by my friend, Marquin of Marquin Designs? You can see the stunner of a piece she painted for our ORC living room here and the delicate little canvas she created as a gift for our baby is the sweetest little slice of perfection. 

photo via @marquindesigns


I'm working with the amazing team at Carousel Designs to create custom curtains and linens for the space using soft, small patterns to punch up the space. Carousel Designs also made custom stitched monogrammed blankets and pillows that brought tears to my eyes when I saw them in person (#hormones).


I scored a major find at a local antique store in the form of a faux bamboo Thomasville dresser. It's currently in storage but will soon become my very first attempt at a chalk paint DIY. I've been assured that chalk paint is crazy easy to use but I'm a little nervous - I mean, I love me some spray paint, but it's best for baby (and maybe the dresser) that I give up the can and move on to the big girl stuff this go 'round. 

And that's the game plan! Think I can pull it off before the deadline (and my due date)?? 

Go check out all of the other One Room Challenge Guest Participants on Calling It Home's blog here - there are always so many gorgeous spaces, ideas and plans to ogle - I just love this time of year!

Stephanie [Olive and Tate]
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  1. LOVE the art for her room! I know it will all come together beautifully!

    1. Thank you friend! You know first hand how fun it is to create a space for a sweet little girl and i am loving every minute! xo

  2. DYING over the art already. I mean...I want it. For me. xx

    1. I think Nancy and Evie need matching bathing beauties in their lives! xoxo

  3. going to be so beautiful!! can't wait to see!!

    1. You know Piper's nursery is my ultimate muse! I'll have you girls over for a visit once it's all done xo

  4. Love the room! So honored to have created a little piece of this beautiful decor!!

    1. Oh, I'm the one who is honored! I waited and waited to finally design this space and you know I wouldn't have done it without your work!

  5. Love, love, love this!!! That rocker is to die for!

    1. Can you believe it's from Target!? I'm not sure what our final rocker will be but that is for sure a chair to lust after!

  6. How sweet will this room look! Very excited to follow along!
    I am tackling my first ORC this season!!

    - Mal @

    1. Welcome to the ORC crazy train!! Once you do one, you'll be in for life ;-) Thank you for your sweet words and for popping over! xo

  7. Love these plans. I'm a neutrals gal but these pops of color are going to be absolutely adorable!

    1. I want to be a brave user of color and pattern but when it comes down to it, neutrals calm me and feel like home - I'm hopeful the fun pops in her room will bring in a ton of personality and spunk! Especially because the rest of our renovation will be suuuuper neutral!

  8. CUTE! i love the pops of pink and that light fixture! xo jillian - cornflake dreams


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