We're slowly but surely making some headway on what will be our kids' shared room. There's been lots of planning and budgeting and clearing out, but only a little actual production which means sharing our progress is tricky. We are keeping the paint very white ('super white' in fact, by Benjamin Moore... it doesn't get much whiter!), so that's not even very exciting at the moment. Have no fear, there will be plenty of color. I've never been accused of being shy with color, and at least one of the walls will be stenciled as well.
Since I view this blog as a journal, I really like all of the images to be original content (an obsession that keeps me from mastering Pinterest the way that I want to, I yearn to connect images to their authors for whatever reason). I was hesitant to include any type of 'design board', but ultimately I decided that I've been spending so much time researching and considering products, it would be fun to share some of my thoughts here. I also always think that these collages look more 'designery' than the final product, all the accessories are scaled up and the toys and books and personal touches are missing - so go ahead and imagine this all as less precious and more fun... thanks!
1. Henry Evans Poppies: This is a wonderful block print that I've had forever. It's currently over our own bed and I'm excited to pass it along to our future daughter.
2. Flag Curtains: We'll be relocating these from Little Smith's current nursery to the new room, they're just too much fun to leave behind.
4. Skateboard Book Cubby: This is a DIY we made for the nursery and will now serve as a big boy nightstand.
6 / 11. Animal Prints: Little Smith selected all the art from a big list of options, and he just loves his animals.
7. Cloud Lamp: I'm a little concerned about the halogen bulbs with this guy, but I felt it in the store and it didn't seem to get hot. It's the perfect size for an over the bed task light... and very affordable.
8. Yarn Dyed Bedding: All cotton, simple, and soft.
9. Hand-Me-Down Crib (link to similar): We will be re-using our crib, which was a gift from my aunt. It's very traditional, wood with white spindles, and did have a drop side which we've fixed in place for safety.
10 / 13 / 16. Pretty Pillows: Pillows are always the first thing to go when the budget gets tight, so it's unlikely you'll actually be seeing any of these in our room. I have a big old collection of pillows on my wish list though, and these are a few favorites - so cute!
12. 8-inch Industrial Casters: We will be DIY'ing a big boy bed for Little Smith, and these wheels are the main feature. He loves them, they are huge and very heavy.
14. Storage Bins: Basic canvas bins in fun colors, and they're currently on sale too.
15. Sheep Skin: I always thought that this cheap and chearful Ikea version was fake and cruelty free, but researching it tonight I've learned it's actually a sheep, hmmm. At any rate, this or something similar is a must for warming up the Eames rocker, in my experience.
17. Granny Square Blanket: In my fantasy, I am crocheting this blanket. It's not so likely in the near future, but here's a lovely version, handmade with someone's love.
18. Eames Style Rocker: We will be relocating our very blue rocker from the nursery into the new room. I know not everyone finds it comfortable, but I have loved nursing and reading in this chair- with that cozy sheepskin.
19. Animal Pillow Case and Crib Sheet: I love this pattern and it works well for both boys and girls.
20. Pouf: I'm not set on this one, and not certain of the color either. I'll probably wait until the room is more together to make the call, but I want a bean bag or pouf or something that doubles as a foot rest and kid seat.
21. Wool Rug: I fell in love with this when I saw it in person, not super soft but it just feels good to me. I do have a few other options on the back burner.
22. Painted Dresser: We have a mid-century craigslisted gem that we will be painting white since the veneer is a wreck. It's quite a bit taller than this picture and the legs aren't as nice, but same basic idea.
23. Map Baby Quilt: This is another item that we won't be purchasing just yet but is on my dream list. The map just happens to include the hospital where our child(ren) was/ will be born. The company will mark a location and embroider a name and birth date, so I'd love to get them each a personalized quilt some day.
24. Stenciled Armoire: I swore that we wouldn't buy anything made out of particle board for this space, but this piece just fits perfectly in our narrow spot and solves a lot of clothing issues. I'm planning to stencil the bottom (as shown).
I know, for someone who was hesitant to show products, that was a whole lot of products! Believe me when I tell you there are even more swimming in my head and lots and lots of details yet to be mentioned. I also have a substantial list of DIY projects that keeps getting edited as the days tick on by. One project that we are definitely committed to is making that big boy bed, it's next up on our very long list.
I thought all of the upheaval might be traumatic for Little Smith, but he absolutely loves the work going on and 'helping out' when he can. I think he is actually going to miss the empty room when it goes, hopefully we can pull together something that makes him happy. I sincerely believe that a person's environment has the capacity to profoundly affect their experiences. It's a belief that drew me to architecture initially, and it still rings true. This room is small and basic, but nonetheless it feels good to be creating a sweet little nest for our little ones enjoy as they grow.