Bo’s Colorful Farmhouse Bedroom

I am finally sharing Bowen’s nursery! As you know, he has been sharing a room with his big sis since he was about three months old. Now he finally has a space to call his own. I’ve said before that I planned on the two of them sharing until Bo was ready for a big boy bed and keeping his room as a designated guest room, but when do kids ever do what you plan?! We decided it was the right time for him to have his own space to sleep and play and it has been working out nicely…during the day. The kid naps like a CHAMP in his crib. Nighttime is a whole other story. (He thinks he needs to sleep next to mom.)

Disclaimer: I apologize for the crazy variation of green in these pics. A photographer, I am not! The Kelly green looks so great in person, but trying to photograph it has been a nightmare. The three North, South, and East facing windows are also challenging to photograph around. I may end up painting this room after all!!

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I moved the trundle-bed that was in Hollis’ room in here. Obviously Bowen isn’t ready to use it, but it’s so nice to have for guests (the trundle pops up and turns into either two twin beds, or one king size bed). It has also been super handy for having a cozy place to nurse him, or read books, or even change his clothes and diapers. I really wanted a black and white buffalo check duvet, but found this gray and white one at Target for such a good price and decided to snag it! I love how classic and neutral it is, so we can use it for a long time even if we change things up.

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It was fun to plan a space with just him in mind and not having to take into account his sister or anyone else. I’m so used to designing ‘girly’ spaces for Hollis, so it was a lot of fun to make things more ‘boyish’ for Bo. I tried to avoid too much of a theme, and just used the already green walls as a starting off point. Brian has a good collection of tractors and farm toys from when he was little and they are just too cool not to use in the room.

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For the most part the kids play downstairs in their playroom, but since our house is two stories, it’s nice for them to each have a place upstairs to play and keep busy when I need to be upstairs cleaning or doing projects. The old school Shirt Tales toy box is also Brian’s from his childhood.

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I’m still tweaking a few things here and there. I am on the hunt for some wire baskets to hang on the wall for book storage. I’m also getting some ideas for how to layout his closet which needs a makeover asap. As you can see, there is not a lot of room for a dresser currently, so I’m trying incorporate one into his closet.

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So far little man seems pretty pleased with his new room. Now if we can just get him to sleep in it at night…

Inpsirado: Colorful Modern Farmhouse Kid’s Room

bos-room-2Since the holidays, our family has been passing around a nasty cold back and forth to each other. Pretty typical stuff this time of year, but it’s baby Bo’s first time getting sick and he’s been having a rough time sleeping and resting thanks to a stuffy nose and cough. In an effort to help him get a little more peace and quiet, I went ahead and moved his crib into the guest room so his big sister doesn’t keep him up anymore than he is now.

I had planned on my little ones sharing a room for a couple of years, basically when Bowen was ready to move to a big boy bed. I liked having the kids in one room where all the little toys (aka mess) could stay together and all the essentials little ones need (wipes, diaper cream, medicine, etc.)  could be easy to grab for both kids. I also really enjoyed having a designated guest room that was always clean and ready to go without having to do any deep thinking of where guests would sleep. Ultimately I decided that it wasn’t fair to keep Bo from having his own space for the chance that we might have a guest for a brief time. We have a few good options for sleeping arrangements for when we do have guests, it will just require a little moving around, no big deal.

So since this was kind of a spur of the moment decision, I have some planning I need to do for how to decorate little man’s room. The walls are a Kelly green (Valspar’s Woodlawn Promised Land) and while I may paint in the future (you all know I love to paint), I still really like the green and am going to try to make it work. The room is the smallest of the three bedrooms. It has three windows on three of the walls, a closet and a built-in desk on the fourth wall so there is not a whole of open wall space. I like that the wall color adds some interest since I don’t have room to hang  a lot of artwork.

Here is what it looks like now.

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The lack of wall space also makes furniture placement a little tricky. We had a large, queen sleigh bed in the room while it was a guest room, but have decided to move it into Hollis’ room because she has the room to accommodate it. We moved her twin trundle daybed (which turns into a king size bed or 2 twins) into Bo’s room which gives him a lot more floor space to move around and to play. Right now I have the bed and his crib both in the space, so once the crib is out and he’s ready to use his big bed, I will add in some functional toy storage for him. I have big plans for the closet in his room, which is a good size, but I want to tweak it a bit to be able to fit a dresser in it and keep from having a dresser take up precious space in the room. The built-in desk helps a lot since it provides some good shelving and doesn’t take up anymore floor space.

Here is the plan I’ve come up with so far. I have already ordered the gray buffalo check bedding and have mostly been working off of that. I found some super cute (little kid) bedding at Target that I just about jumped on, but decided on something more classic and timeless. I love me some buffalo check, and I think the soft gray will be easy to work with if I ever do decided to paint.

Colorful Modern Farmhouse Kid's Room // thegoldbrickroad.com

Clockwise From top left: Globe, Wire Basket, Plaid ThrowBest Things Print, Hardest Print, Rug, Valspar Woodlawn Promised Land Paint, HamperExploring Pillow, Velvet Pillow, Curtains, Cage Light, Bedding

 

As you can see, I’m trying to keep with the modern farmhouse style that we have going on in our home. I’m also trying to tie in the green and make it work, but we will see how it turns out!

 

 

Shared Room Update

Writing this post after a good nights sleep. A night of sleep without a toddler foot in my ribs. A night of sleep without a tiny arm landing on my face. A night of sleep where I got to lay comfortably in any position my little heart desired. No numb arms, no body parts hanging off the bed, no rolling over and silently praying I don’t wake someone up.

The reason for this awesome nights sleep?!

The kids’ room is finally done and they are both sleeping…wait for it….IN THEIR OWN BEDS!! (high fives self!)

I decided before Bowen was even born that the kids would share a room for a while. How long? I don’t know yet, but right now they are both doing really good sharing and seem to enjoy having the other one near by. I enjoy having all of the diapers and little clothes and toys (and messes) all in one room. I also really like getting to keep our guest room for now. It’s nice to have a room clean and ready for guest at any given time.

I posted earlier about the ceiling in the kids’ room needing to be addressed. We thought long and hard (two years) about what we could cover it with. There were a surprising amount of options out there. We wanted something cheap, easy to apply, and of course, I wanted something that looked cool and fit in with our farmhouse. I loved the way rustic wood covered ceilings looked but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Also this house is old, like a hundred years old, so the walls and floors and ceilings are not even close to being perfectly square. I knew that cutting pieces of wood to fit would be a nightmare and I wanted something easy to work with.

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So….I ended up using faux wood peel and stick vinyl. The price was right and the look was right. We started with just a few to experiment and see how it looked and if it would even work. Right away, we loved how it looked and we also quickly realized that the sticky backside of the tiles were not enough to fight gravity and stay on the ceiling. We tried different adhesives, but ultimately the only thing that really kept the tiles up was a nail gun and brad nails. Is this a project I would recommend for everyone? No. So I won’t be doing a tutorial on it right now. Only time will tell if it was worth it or not. Since our ceiling was covered in paper (i.e. no texture), and in horrible shape, we felt we really didn’t have anything to lose with trying this. I will say that the tiles themselves were really easy to work with. (I’m already trying to think of other projects I can use them on) They were light and easy to score and cut to size. We love how it turned out and are crossing our fingers that it holds up well for a long time.

Here is what the room looked like before…

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I ended up painting that gray wall to match the other three walls. With the ceiling being significantly darker, I wanted to lighten up the rest of the room as much as possible. We also switched out Hollis’ queen size bed for a trundle/daybed that my parents gave us. It gives the kids so much more room for play space and the trundle rolls out an pops up to match up with the other mattress to make a king size bed. It’s really versatile and Hollis loves it. shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com IMG_0903

I also added some simple, black and white artwork. (More on that soon.) And I ended up painting the curtain rods from gold to black to brink out the black pom-pom trim on the curtains.  shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com

I also switched out the gray shelves and gold brackets. I tried to tie in the rustic “wood” ceiling with some rustic wood shelves and painted the brackets black. It was fun to add some special things for Bowen like daddy’s red tractors,  a sailboat Brian and I bought years ago that’s followed us from house to house, and of course, his outfit he wore home from the hospital.  shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com

I needed another shelf for the room, but I wanted something that wasn’t too matchy-matchy with the other shelves. I immediately thought of this green one I found in the attic a while back. I loved the shade of green and that it was already rustic looking. The corbels on the shelf don’t match (one’s a closed circle and one is open) and there are like 20 holes in the front of it where I assume people have drove nails through it to hang since I couldn’t find any other trace of hanging hardware. I love all the quirky-ness of it and I love that it an be used in the house again. shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com

I added two large D-rings on the back to hang it. I love these things! shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com  It’s perfect for Hollis’ special little things too and adds some nice color to the room.  shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com

 

So that’s it for now. I really like how it turned out. It fits in more with the modern farmhouse look I’ve been going with lately.  I think I can officially cross this room off my to-do list…at least for a while!

Shared Toddler Room and Nursery

Well I guess you could say I’ve entered nesting mode, although I could easily argue that I’m ALWAYS in nesting mode. Like, every day of my life. This week I’ve been digging out all of our baby things to get an idea of what we need and now our poor guest room looks like Babies ‘R Us exploded in it. Luckily all of our pricier baby gear is gender neutral and in good shape so we really don’t need much.

One thing we DO need is a name for this little dude. I know we still have a few months to figure it out, but I’m starting to lose hope. I am having the hardest time finding a name that I really like. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had the complete opposite problem. I liked too many names and had a hard time picking just one. I want a name that’s different enough that you don’t hear it all the time, but not so different that the kid gets made fun of at school.

I have gotten the nursery/Hollis’ room ready for the most part. (For those who don’t know, Hollis and her baby brother will be sharing a room for a while.) I finished painting a while ago, but I’ve been taking my time adding things back into the room. Hollis is still currently sleeping in her toddler bed in our room, so I haven’t felt too rushed to get things put together. I am really happy with the decision to get rid of the pink and paint the walls a neutral color. After getting things put back into the room, I realized that the room is really not lacking in color. Here is what things are looking like now.

IMG_2701 IMG_2678 IMG_2681I added some little shelves, something that I meant to do in Hollis’ room earlier but never got around to doing. I really like the way they add some interest to the walls and color to the room. IMG_2703 IMG_2730I’m still on the hunt for some new bedding for Hollis’ bed. The pink comforter will work for now, but I’d like to find something to add a little more pattern and texture. I also want to make or find her a headboard since I think we will be keeping this queen size bed for a while. I’ve been waiting to see if we were having a boy or girl, if we were having a girl, I think we would’ve ended up getting two twin sized beds for the space instead. IMG_2692IMG_2708We are using the same dresser as a changing table that we used for Hollis. It’s such a nice height and holds all the baby essentials nicely. That changing pad cover was also Hollis’ and it’s a little girly, so I may end up changing it out if I find something I like….Or I may just leave it, because honestly, baby boy will never remember. I also re-purposed Hollis’ headband holder into a little rack to hold her princess dresses. She loves being able to reach them and get them out when she wants and her hair accessories have moved into her closet.

So that’s it for now. I’m sure I will tweak it a little more before baby gets here. And hopefully this little guy will get a name in the next few months!

Lunacy

So….I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a complete lunatic. Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant, maybe not, but I’m gonna go ahead and go with that explanation.

I want to redo Hollis’ room.

I know what you’re thinking. You JUST did her room! I know, I know….see, I told you, I’m a lunatic.

Here’s the thing. We are going to have a baby (duh) and we don’t know the sex of the baby yet, but either way, the baby and Hollis will be sharing a room. Now if it’s a boy, he will only share temporarily (1 or 2 years??), then the guest room will become his permanent room. If we have another girl, she will stay put in Hollis’ room. I’d like them to share for a while because I REALLY like having a designated guest room and I literally just did that room. Also, since Hollis is still little, it would be nice if all of the toys, diapers, and other baby stuff can just stay in one room where it’s easily accessible for both kiddos.

Now here’s where the real lunacy comes in play. I like Hollis’ room, but I don’t love it. I wanted it pink, but the pink I got just isn’t right. I was going for more of a blush, ballerina pink, but it turned out more bubble gum pink. I knew it wasn’t right when I painted it, but I somehow believed that I could make it work or make myself like it….but I just don’t. I also feel a little bad, a.) bringing a baby boy home to a super girly room, or b.) bringing a baby girl home to a room that was really made for her sister and has nothing of her own in it.

I figure bringing home another baby is a great excuse to fix the paint that I don’t really like and go in  a different direction. I’m thinking of going in more of a neutral direction, not boring, just neutral. I figure if the walls are neutral, I can customize each kiddos space with bedding and accessories.

Here is what the room looks like now…

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I really like the black walls, but I’m not sure I can commit to that. I do love how the colors play off of it though.

I really love this one, I love all the colors and I could commit to one dark wall for sure.

I like how light and airy this room feels with just subtle pops of color.

This is such a great gallery wall and such an easy way to bring in color while keeping the walls neutral.

I feel like there is so much character in this room even though the colors are very neutral and subtle.

LOVE these shelves! So much personality in such a neutral space.

Brian thinks I’m nuts for starting this project now and not waiting, but I tried to explain to him that it’s already September which is practically Halloween, which is basically Thanksgiving, which means it’s Christmas and then BAM!….the baby is here. So yeah….that’s what is happening in my crazy pregnant lady brain. (Although, I’m sure the hubs would argue that I’m this crazy alllll the time!)

Inspirado: Hollis’ Bedroom

I love designing nurseries. LOVE it. I loved designing Hollis’ nursery in our old house while I was pregnant. I was excited to get to do another nursery for her. But since moving, we’ve been tackling rooms that needed our immediate attention. I never thought that we would be here six months before even starting on her room. Poor kid.

I really think the waiting has been a blessing in disguise.  I initially thought when we moved, that I would just recreate the same nursery here in the new house. Now that we’ve had to wait, she is no longer an infant, she’s a toddler and her needs are similar but they have changed some too. She has also formed quite the little personality and makes it clear what she likes and doesn’t like (funny how they do that at such a young age). I really want her new room to be sweet and happy and show off her funny, quirky little personality too!

I’ve been slowly collecting ideas over the last few months. I also still want to incorporate things from her previous nursery. She will be inheriting a queen size bed. The queen size bed makes the room feel a lot older,  but we really need the versatility of the queen size for when we have company (and we like to have company!) Plus we already have it so it’s more cost-effective for us to just use it instead of buying a new twin size bed. I’m hoping to make it more of a daybed, or adding a canopy to keep it more toddler-friendly and youthful. Here are a few ideas I’ve been kicking around:

Pink is our main color inspiration in case you couldn’t tell. I’m pretty much sold on pale pink paint and white bedding like in the top picture. I’m a sucker for white bedding, it’s so easy to transition into every room and it’s easy to take care of (hello bleach!).  I love the fun colors going on with the pink walls in the middle picture. And the last picture….well I pretty much love it all! I’d love to sleep under that sweet floral canopy. I’m sticking to pink, gold and white as the main color scheme with hints of bolder colors. The details of her room keep changing. I know I want it to include some vintage touches, but also feel fresh and modern too. Here is a mood board of things that I want to incorporate:

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Clockwise from top, left: White Ruffle Bedding (similar), Floral Print, Gold Bunny Silhouette , Benjamin Moore Ballerina Pink, Flea Market Finds; Vintage Deer & Ceramic Kitten Lamp, Gold Curtain Rods, Pom Pom trim curtains (DIY), Gold Side Table

 I can’t wait to get going on it! We picked out carpet the other day, but we are still waiting on installation. Hopefully I will have some progress pics up soon!