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.