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.
Design by LeSueur Interiors
As I’ve let the design plans for the kids’ rooms simmer in my brain, I’ve been surfing Etsy for art that might work for their rooms. I’ll have to hit up some used book stores and thrift stores before ordering anything online, since much of what I’m looking at is vintage bookplates and posters. I like the vintage route for art since it is affordable, beautiful, unique, and adds so much character.
For L’s room I already have the Month by Month prints from Sarah Jane Studios. I bought the little notecards long before I even had kids because I loved them so much. So I’ll definitely be putting these in her room somewhere.
I also want to play with florals in her room - because where else can you do this with abandon than in a little girl’s room? I often call her “Sweet Pea” so I’ve been on the hunt for vintage seed packets or books or illustrations of sweet peas, like this one:
Or perhaps a botanical print like this one:
And wouldn’t those yellow sweet peas look lovely paired with these little yellow butterflies?
(Both prints from Early Bird Sale)
She also adores animals, and has a particular affinity for puppies (one of her first words) so I’ve been searching out dog breed illustrations like these:
For the boys’ room vintage maps are such an easy go-to for art. They’re interesting, beautiful, educational, and still pretty neutral.
M has some ideas of his own, though. He’d really like some superhero pictures in his room. And though he’s never watched anything Avengers-related, he’s obsessed with them and has a few toys and colouring books with them. I kind of cringe at the thought of something character based being featured, but this minimalistic poster is pretty cool:
Though I’m not sure he’d find that sufficient. Another route I’ve considered is framing vintage comic books. (Though it’s quite the hunt finding one that looks cool, features his favourite characters, yet is without anything scary or any scantily clad women on it! Sheesh.)
One item I’m totally kicking myself over not purchasing is this 1921 Canadian flag. My kids really like flags, and they might find it cool that pre-1960’s our Canadian flag was actually different. This flag is linen, it’s cool, it’s patriotic, it’s historical, it’s beautiful - what a treasure! But I waited, and it sold, and I can’t find anything like it online (for a decent price). Darn. Seriously kicking myself.
This old bookplate is pretty cool, but given its age it’s missing a lot of provinces and actually has the old Saskatchewan flag, which may annoy M or confuse my kids as they learn. So I’m not sold on it. And really I just want that old linen flag.
I obviously won’t be getting all of this, but the hunting sure is fun…. We’ll see what I end up with!
By Colette Bream via Etsy
Design by Kelly Deck, via The Globe and Mail