First I’d like to say I have some pretty big things happening on a personal front. I’m not quite ready to share them yet but I’m close and it’s BIG and EXCITING. How’s that for a tease? That’s super annoying, sorry! Ironing out the details and preparing for the life upheaval that’s to come has eaten up any time I’m not working on client projects. Hence, my poor little blog has been neglected. Can you guess? And no, I’m not pregnant. HA! Enough about that…
Wooohoo! It’s reveal day, my most favorite kind of day on the blog. It’s amazing how much work leads up to this day. From client meetings and shopping and troubleshooting and more shopping and accessorizing…it can be a marathon! But when I look back at a project (which is really the best part of writing these posts), it is SO REWARDING to see how far a space can come.
photos courtesy of Jessica Delaney (all the good ones, that is)
Or in this case two spaces! These two rooms belong to a lucky brother and sister. Each of their rooms were having a little bit of an identity crisis. They were definitely not baby rooms anymore but still had some furniture from the baby years.
First up, Grace’s room! Grace is 6 and sassy and opinionated. She loves sparkly things and bright colors and in a lot of ways she likes everything what I like (which is concerning since I’m obviously not 6). Her room started out pink…like very, very pink. It was actually a really sweet space but felt a little too sweet for sassy Miss Grace. The challenge was to update the room and make it a happy and fun place befitting Grace but not make it look like a glitter princess bomb went off in the place (though I won’t lie, we did consider wallpapering the ceiling in glitter paper for a minute).
(look at my sweet little Reed helping himself to Grace’s dollhouse!)
The room is a great size and gets awesome natural light. High ceilings, no major storage issues to contend with…easy peasy. I wanted to give it some zing and personality though and elevate it to something special. We played around with several ideas for wallpaper in this room and at first were leaning very, very neutral. To the point where I stopped presenting anything bold because I just didn’t think it would fly. And then something miraculous happened! This Caitlin Wilson wallpaper – which is the exact opposite of neutral – peaked out of my bag and Grace’s mom had this instantaneous and frightening (for her I think) love affair with perhaps the boldest paper we ever considered for the room. Honestly, once this paper was decided on, everything else really fell into place for me. The sparkly details, the fun, eccentric moments…it all just worked. We changed a few things from the plan (different lamps and no desk) but otherwise, the finished room stays pretty true to the vision.
How fun is this room? We kept the same rug because it was in great shape and a nice, neutral counterpoint to the wallpaper. And then pretty much everything else I picked was either to draw out a particular color from the paper (the deep pinkish/purple) or to balance it (lots of white and gray with some sparkle thrown in).
These Target fillable lamps are my new favorite thing. When I think of fillable lamps, I think of them filled with cheesy sand/seashells but you can literally fill them with almost anything. In this case I filled them with acrylic jewel things meant to be vase fillers (like these) and voila! Sparkle and shine. Grace’s old room had a daybed with big crystal finials on the ends that she loved so I knew I wanted to find some way to incorporate something like that into the new room. Really happy with this solution and she is too which is the most important thing!
These drapes are my simplest but most effective IKEA hack to date. Yes, IKEA. Plain white panels with a band of contrasting fabric sewn right over top. No cutting the drapes in half (don’t make things harder for yourself by cutting a perfectly good drape in half!). I just had a little band of fabric sewn right over the top. The result is a great splash of color on an otherwise very neutral wall.
After we splurged on the paper, I knew we had to save elsewhere. IKEA to the rescue! The 8 drawer Hemnes with new knobs. Not exactly an original idea but $249 for a dresser just cannot be beat and I think it’s actually perfect.
Grace is a hoarder collector so I knew I had to provide some closed storage places for her to tuck her treasures away. The deep baskets on the bookcase are perfect for that and I found the most adorable vintage woven purse (so Kate Spade-esque right?) to hold hair bows, etc. The phone and brass unicorn bookends were vintage finds as well.
And of course a side by side before and after because damn it’s so rewarding to look at it this way!
Ok, next up, Grace’s younger brother William’s room. William is 4 and the sweetest little thing. He thinks Grace hung the moon and when I first started working on this project, he was sleeping every night on the pull out trundle from Grace’s daybed. Just because he wanted to. William’s room and converted crib was basically serving as a storage spot for his stuffed animal collection. So the challenge was to create a room that worked for a little boy but also one that he would like and be comfortable and proud enough to want to actually use. Actually the individual pieces in this room (minus the crib which obviously had to go) weren’t terrible. The rug, chair, and dresser were all nice but overall it was feeling a bit blah and Spartan sparse.
For as large as this room is, we actually had some trouble with the layout. Originally I wanted to keep the bed on the same wall the crib was on and do an oversized plaid paint treatment on that wall. But it was feeling a little tight with a dresser across from it – like it was cutting off the far side of the room and the walkway between the dresser and foot of the bed was a little too tight. I knew all the pieces I had selected would fit in a few different spots so we went ahead and ordered everything with the understanding that we would play around with the bed and dresser once they arrived.
In the end, the bed ended up being much better in front of the window. Once we moved it here, the room felt so much bigger and more welcoming. We didn’t even paint this room – same color, same rug, just different furnishings and decor (which the room was clearly in need of).
We changed the art from the original design board once I saw this brilliance from Gwen. William is a huge LEGO fan so I set up a photo session on my kitchen floor with a Superman mini-fig and printed it really big. The result is so fun and striking over the dresser. And it cost all of $40. Um, yes please.
I really couldn’t be happier with how these two room turned out. They are both so representative of each child which is always my goal and best of all, they are both so proud of their rooms. Do you have a favorite? I thought I would love Grace’s room best and of course the girly part of me does but William’s room is so handsome and classic. I can’t pick a favorite!
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