Design Challenge Finalist
My name is Jackie Konczol and I married my amazing, loving, handsome husband 6 years ago. Together we have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter, Olivia, and another little girl, Holland, on the way. She is due to arrive at the end of May.
Hello! I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my husband and four kids. We moved to Salt Lake almost three years ago after living in Philadelphia, PA and Rochester, MN while my husband completed medical school and residency. We loved living in different parts of the country, but are enjoying being back in Utah (where I grew up) and being close to family! I love spending time with my husband and kids outside and exploring new places and cities with them. I love to read and love beautiful things!
I have three boys (ages 10, 7, and 4) and a 7 month old little girl. It is wonderful to have a baby in our home again, and we are also really enjoying entering the older kids stage as well (double digits!). We’ve loved watching our family grow and change and each new stage is better than the last.
I graduated with a BFA in Interior Design from Brigham Young University in 2002 and after working in the lighting industry for a couple of years, spent almost ten years consulting mainly for family and friends. In 2014, I felt ready to expand my business and started Natalie Hurst Interiors, LLC. The nursery I will be designing for the Oilo design challenge is for my first niece (arriving around May 4th), and I couldn’t be more excited!
Living on the east coast definitely influenced my design style. I’d describe my style as classic, with clean lines and beautiful textiles, and modern elements mixed in. I’ve always loved the marriage of traditional classic architecture and modern furnishings and accessories. I also love incorporating a little something unexpected in each space.
My name is Rachelle Halterman, I am originally from the beautiful country of Ethiopia. I was adopted at the age of 5 into a family of 13 and have since maintained my status as the favorite child ;). I am a student at Utah Valley University (shout out to the Wolverines) studying public relations. My dream is to work with non-profit organizations as their public relations manager. I am a first time mom to the cutest little boy named Amari. The dream nursery I created reflects a lot of my style. I love things that are "simple and clean". I hope you all enjoy this classic nursery feel with a modern twist.
I am a wife, a paralegal and a self-proclaimed cupcake extraordinaire. I have been the epitome of a “Pinterest Fail” a time or two – but hey, who’s counting. I never let me failures get the best of me. My motto: Try, try and try again!
When I heard about this challenge my initial thought was, I have not an ounce of experience in this area and I could never create a design board that conveys my ideas in such a cohesive fashion. However, it occurred to me that my “Nursery” board on Pinterest was just that. Then it clicked, I can totally do this! It took work, lots of altering and most of all patience, but in the end seeing it all come together was actually pretty rewarding. I joked with my husband that I might have a career in design boards should I ever tire of my legal profession.
For me, it always takes a while for my vision to come to life. It was almost a relief seeing everything all in one place and having so much more direction whereas, over the years, the spaces in our home have slowly come together. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty with a little DIY. Whether it be something I have created on my own or an old piece of furniture that I have given new life to, I like the meaning that each element provides.
When I found out we were expecting, I could not wait to start working on the nursery. However, this also meant that my husband’s dream of the spare room becoming his man cave, was now a lost reality. Halfway through my pregnancy, routine testing provided some unfavorable information about our growing baby. Our world stopped – everything felt like it was on hold. We wanted to be sure we were amply prepared for our future as parents so we proceeded forward with additional testing. After an excruciating two weeks, I received the call, our son was healthy! While my darling son is not here in my arms yet, my journey as a parent has already started. I feel very blessed to be able to continue on this path and eventually experience the absolute most gratifying moment when I will get to hold our son come June. Of all the titles I go by, I am almost certain MOM will be my absolute favorite.
I can't believe we finally get to plan our nursery! We've been dreaming of this time in our lives for quite some time. You see, when my husband Tyler and I started trying to conceive about 3 years ago, we didn't know what a trying process it was going to be.
Lets rewind back a few years. We figured it would take us a few months of trying and then we would soon be expecting our little bundle of joy. When we reached our year mark, with still no bundle on the way, we decided to see an infertility clinic to help us. We told close friends and family about this process, but after 3 IUI's and 2 rounds of IVF, it became such a burden to keep quiet. I was scared to share our story, but I thought to myself that there must be others going through this experience as well, and if I could let them know that they aren't alone then it would be worth it to share the personal heartache we were experiencing. Little did I know, my life would be completely enriched through sharing and meeting so many incredible, supportive people, both experiencing infertility and also there to help us through the process.
I shared our story in May of 2015 on my blog asliceofstyle.com, and I finally felt like I wasn't living a double life. To share our infertility struggle felt like we weren't the only ones carrying our burden, and I was amazed at the beautiful community that grew because of it! We started another round of IVF late last year, and I documented in on my blog through letters to our future child. This IVF round was so much easier emotionally because I was able to express my feelings and the ups and downs with so many supportive, encouraging people. We transferred 2 embryos on December 18th with a 20% chance that both of them would make it. When we found out we were pregnant 10 days later, it was literally the happiest day of my whole life! I felt like I was in a happy dream.
2 weeks after that, Tyler and I went into the fertility center to find out if we were going to have one baby or two babies. When the ultrasound technician said, "I'm looking at the twins!" I screamed! I was so excited!! During the transfer day, Christmas music was playing. The Rudolph "silver and gold" Christmas song came on and Tyler joked that if we had twins, we would name them silver and gold. We've been referring to them as "silver and gold" since we found out there were two!
We don't know the genders yet, but we will find out soon. They have blessed our lives and taught us so many valuable lessons through the hard times that will make our entire lives happier. We are so grateful for the long process, including the hundreds of injections and lots of tears that it took to get them here, and we can't wait to welcome them into our home. I'm continuing to share my pregnancy on my blog with letters to our future children as well as updates on my Instagram @asliceofstyle. We are so very grateful for this opportunity to design their nursery!
Based out of Philadelphia, Barette Widell is the co-owner and creative director of Widell + Boschetti, a boutique interior design firm that symbolizes how important a blend of disciplines can be to a successful project. What started as a hobby, helping friends decorate their homes, soon turned into a prosperous business. W+B has moved from project to project based purely on client referrals.
Together Barette and her partner Christina mesh their perspectives to create work that is lush, dynamic and reflective of a singular harmonious vision. The firm is dedicated to providing clients with innovative design and value. W+B trademark has become a juxtaposition of traditional and modern. They incorporate furnishings that are simple and streamlined, without being trendy or cold. W+B‘s designs are a stunning mix of styles and periods, pieced together in surprising ways, always staying in budget while still exuding luxury.
Not only is Barette a business owner, she is also a mom to son Dillon, 2 years old and pregnant with another little boy, Landon who is due in June. Before Barette was an interior designer, she moved from Ca at age 14 to pursue her ballet training on scholarship at the School of American Ballet in NYC. Next came her move to a Philadelphia at age 19 where she had a successful 10-year career as a professional ballerina with the Pennsylvania Ballet.
When finding out she and her husband were expecting again, she knew right away that she wanted to design a nursery that would reflect her own California childhood. The theme and vision behind this design is both calming and powerful. With mixes of blues, creams, whites, woods, pictures of the ocean and sand, and real elements from the beach such as drift wood, Barette's desire is to create a haven for her son that not only will he love now, but also as he grows older.
My name is Aly Cook. I am 27 years old and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been married for almost 7 years. I am a mom to three children; two of which we get to celebrate here and one that we will get to love and hold in heaven. I have a beautiful girl named Isla and and a little boy named Graham. I am currently pregnant with my fourth little one, which is our rainbow baby. A rainbow baby is a baby that is born following a stillborn or loss of a baby, because the rainbow is a symbol of hope and promise. I am so excited to decorate this little one's nursery, because we are so excited to have this baby here with us! I majored in Photography at Brigham Young University, and have always loved the creative process, but the only design experience I have has been in putting our home together. I have always joked that I need more homes, and more resources because designing rooms people can enjoy with their families is so rewarding. I have always loved anything that deals with design, photography, fashion, interiors, etc. I love it all. Describing my style is hard for me because I really love everything, and believe that with the right tweaks, almost anything can work. I love all things pretty and shiny. My style is still evolving but I think it always will. My motto is just buy what you love and make it work!
Wow! What a great surprise and an amazing opportunity at my fingertips. First off, Hello-I am Alissa Dias. I like to consider myself a Jane-of-all-trades in a world of limitless opportunities. I have interests in many hobbies, and I mean hobbies. I am a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, a wife to an amazing man (also in the USAF) who travels the world for work, a mother to two mischievous big dogs, an avid Crossfit©-er, a dirtbike racing, motorcycle riding, sports car driving, airplane mechanic-ing, tom-boy who also enjoys calligraphy, reading tarot cards, decorating, and the art of coffee brewing. Like I said, a Jane-of-all-trades; with a very diversified Instagram feed. (@alissadias362) I am lucky to have found a well balanced routine in my wild life out here on the island of Oahu, HI.
Now my “stage of mommyhood” isn’t like most who probably entered this challenge. My husband and I conceived a beautiful little baby in September 2015, but 12 weeks later we miscarried. We have been totally consumed in expanding our family and have no plans on stopping or pausing this journey. We have the upmost confidence that within the next cycle or maybe a couple more that we will get past the scary 1st trimester stage, and by the end of the year will have our child in our arms. Out of all my hobbies, interests, and career goals, I know that my main purpose in this lifetime is to be a mother. The 12 weeks I was given to grow a child was the most beautiful and peaceful time of my life and I cannot wait to have the opportunity to continue the process for a full term.
Since our loss, we have been healing mentally and physically (the D&C procedure is no joke). A way that we have found a lot of growth and recovery is spending precious time in the nursery that we started, and have continued to add to. My husband and I both actually created the design board which was so fun for the both of us. We like simple, natural tones with pops of color to accent our exciting life. We envision a fun, open, relaxing atmosphere with nodes of our own interests and artifacts from our childhood.