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Here we go! Let’s show you around this joint!
I’m starting with the kids’ bedroom. Sorry if you think that’s lame. But I’m hoping this room will undergo some big changes soon (before Christmas) so I’m starting here. Maybe starting at the front door would make more sense… Meh. Whatever.
Here’s how I’m gonna’ do this: show you the room first, then give you an idea of what I am doing, plan to do or dream of doing “some day”. So dream with me, eh?
As you may remember from my planning, there will be two kids’ bedrooms - a boys’ room and a girl’s room. But after an emotional summer for my kids, and a much later than planned transition into our house, we decided to keep M and L together for now. I think the plan is to have them in their own rooms by Christmas. ish. (I’ve learned that in any year a new baby is born you need to add a lot of “ish” to your timeline.)
The plan long-term is to have two single beds in there for the two boys. When Baby E moves in, though, he’ll obviously have his crib for a while.
Like most of the rooms, this room has a big beautiful big window, which I love (and wouldn’t trade). But it has it comes with its challenges. For example, bunk beds would cover part of the window if we tried to squeeze them in there. Thus, the low single beds.
The window also obviously lets in tons of great light, which I love. But this is not what you’re going for in the napping stage of life with Little People. So this room is the only one that had its window treatment up before we moved in. I used Jenny’s (second) tutorial for making a roman shade out of mini blinds.
I was scared of trying it, but it ended up not being too hard. It helped that I decided to do an outside mount roman shade (for style, and for light-blocking purposes). This reduced the need for straight sewing and exact measuring - my two biggest weaknesses with sewing. The shade works reasonably well, but the window is really big (5 feet across) and the cheapy blinds I got from Walmart aren’t super strong/well made. I used a heavy material (a drop cloth, actually), and so it’s a little clunky to pull the blind up. But it works, and I’m happy with it. I still plan to create a simple matching pelmet box over where the blind is mounted, which will finish it off nicely, I think.
Now, I’ve just shown you four pictures of the same wall. You know why?
Bam! Here’s the other wall. Thrilling, I know.
Yes, this is a small room. But, a.) I like small rooms for kids because I want to keep the room mostly for sleeping and dressing (and maybe I’m a really mean mom, perhaps?), and b.) This room has THIS:
That, right there, is a walk-in closet in my kids’ room. It goes way back and has a big bank of built-in shelves too. It wasn’t on my radar for what I wanted in a house, but the floor plan we worked from had it already… and why would you argue with that? So because of the big closet it means that beds are all you really need in the bedroom area, which is pretty nice.
This will be the boys’ room (likely), and the look will be sort of “preppy hunting lodge”. (You know, cuz’ THAT’s a thing.) I’m going for a bit of a Ralph Lauren/Tommy Smythe vibe with the decorating.
- I have some very cool art to hang, and I can’t wait to show you soon.
- Some swing-arm sconces (plug in) are slated to go on either side of the window.
- I have an antique dresser (not the one pictured in the mood board above, but rather a much-less-precious one). I’ve painted the dresser a dark green and my dad put in metal drawer slides. I just have to line the drawers and decide whether I’m spray painting the hardware or not, and it should be ready to go.
- I’m going to upholster those headboards (post to follow). I splurged and went with that great navy plaid that I wanted.
- I bought some great grey ticking stripe sheets sets at Target (you can see it on my son’s bed, right), but need to sew a bit more bedding (throw pillow covers and a duvet cover, which is nearly done). I’m also hunting for some good wool blankets, preferably tartan.
- I have some shelves to go up the wall beside the door to hold storybooks (similar to the picture ledges I used in our condo nursery).
- Beyond that it’s all little accessories and organization.
- For this room I don’t have much in the way of long-term plans. It’s a pretty straight-forward little box. And long-term changes will depend on the preferences and needs of the boys living there. I would, however, like to change the light fixture at one point. For now it’s a plain little flush mount. But no rush on that one.
In my goal to establish the kids’ rooms before Baby #3 arrives, I’ve been collecting some bits and pieces along the way. Here are a few of the goodies:
For Little L:
(Please take a moment and appreciate the background carpet and wallpaper in this picture. :) That’s the old house on the farm that we store stuff in.)
I’ve hoped and dreamed of an upholstered French headboard for-EVER. So the fact that this sweet little one came up for sale on UsedRegina right when we were ready for it, for a good price, from the sweetest lady I’ve ever met buying used stuff? Golden. So excited for this beauty. It’ll get a coat of warm white spray paint, and some upholstery.
I’ve already got the fabric I’ll use to upholster the headboard - a pretty floral from Waverly.
And more fabric! The key to the whole room - yellow polka dot for the drapes. L loves polka dots. Also, I love hearing her say “polka dot”. (Or should I say “poh-ta dot”?)
Literally as I wrote the post on art for the kids, I purchased these botanicals off Etsy, from a great little shop called Early Bird Sale. They arrived super fast and are in immaculate condition. I think they’re perfect, and just hope I can find the right frames…
I got this dresser for a steal, and it’s totally the style I was looking for. But to get it for the price I did, I had to commit to buying it before I saw it in person, since the seller brought it in from out of town. Truth be told I’m not sure the drawers are ready for everyday use. I’ll do what I can and get my dad to look at them.
If it does go in L’s room it’ll be painted either a creamy white, or perhaps a paler hue of the sea foamy/minty colour from the headboard fabric. AND I have the sweetest little glass knobs that I bought on clearance from Anthropologie ages ago that will be perfect.
If it doesn’t go in L’s room I have a few other ideas of places throughout the house were it could go as a little bureau/console-type deal. We’ll see. And if it doesn’t go in L’s room I have a crazy idea that I’ll have to mull over for a while… Maybe this spindled etagere?
I’m thinking it could be sweet painted yellow or mint green (or maybe white) with baskets on the lower shelves for folded clothes (the closet in the room is a good size, so I wouldn’t need a ton), and the upper shelves for books and display? It could be super cute. And my little L could totally get her inner stylist going at an early age. OR it could be a major magnet for clutter and knick-knacks and drive me crazy. Plus, I don’t even own this piece. It’s sitting over at the old house, and I’d have to check with Grandma… but it may be an option.
And for the Boys:
This dresser. It’s so good. Sturdy old antique with a lovely wood tone, and just right lines. I’ve already detached the mirror since that makes it too feminine, I think, and because this will sit beneath their window. It needs a bit of polish on the edges, but I’m debating - maybe I should keep the patina, since two little boys are bound to rough it up some more? Hmmm… maybe this dresser won’t last long in their room, now that I think about it… ;)
A CHANGE PAD?
I snagged this large shallow basket from Urban Barn on clearance. I plan on making a little pillow to put inside and I’ll use it atop the dresser for a change pad. Can you see it? No? Trust me. I’m 94% sure it’ll be awesome. ;)
THE BEST NIGHTLIGHT EVER
This globe is something we’ve had for months now, but I don’t think I’ve shared it on the blog. I’ve wanted a globe with a light in it for ages. Mostly because of my warm-fuzzy love of the movie While You Were Sleeping. I had been scouring ebay and Etsy for illuminated globes for a while, but never bought one because I wasn’t down for paying 100+ dollars plus shipping. Finally on a whim I checked UsedRegina, and lo and behold - this perfect one for $15! Wahoo!
It gives the just-right glow to be a nightlight, but can be displayed prominently too.
Also, Little M loves it, and has a remarkable ability to remember the names and locations of countries, which is fun. Though I’ll need to purchase a current map soon so that he’s not learning about Burma and the USSR.
I’ve mentioned this painting before. It’s a vintage paint-by-numbers. I love the colours and I love the kitsch. And it was cheap, which is also what I wanted. It’ll hopefully be a collection of vintage-vibe art in the boys’ room.
And that’s what I’ve got so far! I’m so excited to bring everything all together… One day.
Dreaming of Little L’s room gets me very excited. It’s going to be so darn pretty.
Cue swelling happy music: I did manage to snag the little French headboard I’d been eyeing, so I plan to paint it white and upholster it with some DIY creativity.
Unfortunately I snoozed too long on that curvy little dresser in the inspiration board above. I found it on Kjiji, I paused, and it sold. Too bad, because it has great brass casters and the cutest little keyholes on the drawers. But I’ll hunt down something like it: antique-y, sturdy, but not too precious, because I want to paint it a yellowy cream colour.
I plan on buying an affordable task lamp for her bedside, and I’ll likely spray paint it yellow. I love the way the utilitarian lamps juxtapose with the girly beds in these inspiration pictures.
I’ll likely include a pair of lamps on top of the dresser in the future (when the surface no longer needs to be a change table) too. For those, I’ll look for a used pair that I’ll spray paint, but may buy new if I find the right colour for the right price. I may actually want something a little more modern looking than the pair in the inspiration board to keep things fresh and young. And while we’re on the subject of lighting, down the road I’ll be keeping my eyes open for a sweet chandelier to replace the overhead fixture in her room.
The goal is to make the room sunny but not in-your-face, sweet but not frilly, country but not cliche. And, you know, make a room my little girl loves being in. :)