November 23, 2015

House In Progress: Kids' Room


We are slowly checking off tasks on those long lists for our new house (I'm treating moving a little like having a baby and figure I can still call it 'new' for a solid year). Of course there are tons of projects left, like patching the hole in the ceiling before we put a Christmas tree under it and getting faceplate's on our switches... not to mention the bigger goals (which really, I will not mention, because don't get me started!). But there's enough progress that I wanted to begin to document it here, and unsurprisingly the first is our shared kids' room.

I am such a nut for kid's spaces, kid's toys, kid's gear, all well crafted things 'kid'. My own design sensibility is very playful, (childish maybe!) and I love a rainbow of color. Nothing makes me happier than walking in to find my children enjoying their own beautiful space. It was important to James and I that they share a room, and I worked hard both here, and in the version at our last home, to create a space that feels cohesive as a whole, but also allows each of their 'zones' to reflect their unique personalities and interests. 

As with their previous room, I painted everything white and let all the color come from toys and treasures. Unlike the last room, I did not painstakingly paint a colorful stencil on the shared wall. I won't lie, Smith was very bummed and begged me to repeat that wall... but we were under a time crunch and I just didn't want to do it all over again! So instead I splurged on some lighting; a string of rainbow bobbles around the window and a fancy light fixture over his bed (which has a cross on it that reminds him of his former stenciled wall- score!). 

Smith's side of the room is very similar to how it was in our last space. On Roo's side we swapped the crib for a toddler bed. I found a vintage spindle version and painted it white, and it's sort of the cutest (and tiniest!) little thing you've ever seen. We also gave her a shelf over her new bed for some favorite treasures and replaced our old wall hung shelves for this shelving from Ikea. I have to say it is so sturdy and one of my favorite Ikea buys.

The one elevation you don't see in this collection of images is their dresser and Roo's closet (which I absolutely adore). The light is very tricky on that side of the room and without a wide angle lens it's tough, but I will try to get a picture at some point. 

I'm sure this space will continue to change quite a bit (I already have thoughts on bunk beds, twin beds, more colorful furniture, natural wood!), but I also am loving it in this stage. The morning sun bounces off all the colors and literally makes the space glow, it's almost magic. It would be even more magic if they slept until the sun came up, but can't win 'em all.

p.s. Yes, there is a small toy in Roo's mouth in the first picture (a Disney princess from my mom... thanks mom ;), and no, she did not choke.

p.p.s. If you are interested, there's lots more about the planning of our last shared room, and more resources, if you scroll down here

8 comments:

  1. Lilly, I love it! Maybe even more than their last room! You have such an eye for kid design, seriously. So bright and happy! That wooden rainbow is all kinds of wonderful. Where did you find it?

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Kids spaces are always my favorite :) The rainbow is made by Grimm, we got our's at a local shop but they're on Amazon too. It's a great toy because you can build all these giant amazing constructions from layering the arches. Well worth the high price tag!

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  2. Thanks, Lilly! Thinking about it for a gift-- I'll check it out!

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  3. What a happy, beautiful room, I love it so much! A little off subject, but I am wondering if you have any advice for how to transition into sharing a room. I have an almost 4 year old and an 18 month old and we've been trying to move the babe in with her sister for the last 6 months. We keep feeling like she is ready, or maybe we are just ready to have our room to ourselves after almost 4 years:) But every time we try, there are major meltdowns, lots of waking each other up and the whole family sleeps considerably less and it doesn't feel worth it. I thought this transition would be better earlier than later but maybe I'm wrong. When did your babes start to share? Any advice would be greatly appreciated:)

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    1. Hi Erin, thank you and sorry you're having a tough time with the transition. We put them together when he was three and she was seven months, so pretty early on. There were many nights where we had to let her cry in the crib with various sleep issues, and our son was always a trouper at understanding and doing his best to settle back to sleep. Every once in a while there's a rough patch where they wake each other, but for the most part it's been very easy and they both love the comfort of having each other at night.

      I'm wondering if the meltdowns are from your 18 month old, if they are more related to leaving your room than sharing a room. I can imagine that's a tough transition from being right by mom and pop.

      It's never easy and I wish I had a more helpful answer. Every family and child is so different, but it's been wonderful for us and I would definitely recommend sticking it out and trying to make it work if you can... but that's just me! :) Good luck.

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  4. Hello! Just discovered your blog and Instagram.. A feast for the eyes!! What a gorgeous shared space for your littles. Love, love! Sorry if you posted the source and I've missed it, but I'd so appreciate knowing where you acquired that pretty circular rag rug. Well done!

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan! The rug is from Land of Nod. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I'm pretty sure I researched every single circular rag rug available! This one wasn't crazy expensive, and it's nice and soft to the touch :)

      xox Lilly

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  5. Thank you, Lilly, for your swift reply:) I'm not joking, I've been holding off on a rag rug untilI I find the right one so this is exciting! Love your taste!!! Happy weekend xoxo

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