We’ve been exploring our new neighborhood. The boys recently discovered a huge pile of dirt. We’ve been having fun digging into the ground and looking around to find earth’s smallest treasures.
Welcome to Landon & Brigham’s playroom!
As you can see it’s still not entirely finished. I want to make a cute cushion for the big toy box to create a neat little reading nook. I also tried to buy red tie-up curtains the other day but they looked awful. I’ve decided that we need red Roman shades instead. It has a big walk-in closet, which we use to store DVDs and soon-to-be my craft and sewing stuff.
So what do you think? I know I could have painted but I didn’t want to paint again. Simple as that. Maybe someday, eh?
Don’t forget to check out Landon’s room reveal too!
When we finally moved to our new house Brigham’s room was going to be the first one I tackled. I tapped my fingers waiting for some sort of inspiration. But every time I thought about it I came up completely confused. So I decorated Landon’s room first because, well, he was able to tell me what he wanted. Much easier. I think the main reason I kept getting stuck is because this isn’t a nursery and it’s not a big boy room either. It’s an in between room. It can’t be too babyish but it still includes a crib. See, my problems are big and important.
Then the other day I got an email from my favorite kid store ever, Land of Nod. It included a new piece of artwork. A ship with the word “ahoy” on it. And the idea for Brigham’s room was born.
Yes, there will be a theme. Pirates/Ships/Nautical/Sea/Americana/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. There will be red and navy and white and the walls will be a cool shade of gray as if Brigham were out to sea on an overcast day. See what I mean? The decorating clouds parted and I was pinning the crap out of awesome stuff. I am so excited now. I hope it doesn’t take three months to finish his room like the last one did!
I adore these prints too from esty seller Jennasue Design Co.
She also makes this one, which is just so cute I might cry. And also true since we live in Missouri.
Other Decor Ideas:
I want one of these to put above Brigham’s dresser. I can’t remember what they’re called (anyone? bueller?). I found one on Craigslist that was perfect but the lady wanted me to buy an old dresser with it. COME ON, woman! But she wouldn’t budge. No worries, I will find one.
I swear I am going to pull my never-used sewing machine out of its box and go to town. I want to make pillows and a crib skirt and curtains. I feel like I’m being unrealistic. But I’m on a strict budget for this room. So I have to be crafty or it won’t get done.
I’d like to make some pillow covers . . . it can’t be that difficult, right?
For bedding, I haven’t really settled on it yet. I don’t want to spend a large amount of money on crib bedding because he’ll probably transition to a toddler bed in a year (don’t get me started. I am mad at time). So if you have any ideas throw ’em out.
I do kind of like this though. Especially the crib skirt. Only with my baby on the floor and not that baby. It’s from Pottery Barn Kids but how hard can it be to make a crib skirt? I mean, if you’re not me.
The best part of the whole room? I mean, besides the little boy who will sleep in it? Is this chair. I fell in love with it on pinterest. I think it would look perfect in his room. But I can’t afford a chair upholstered in Ralph Lauren fabric. Sorry, Ralph.
So let me introduce you to the best thing I’ve ever found on Craiglist . . .
This chair was free. Yep, free. He had it listed for $10 but when I called he told me that it would be setting outside his house and to take it if I liked it. Holy cow! I know it looks rough. That’s because it is. But like so many other bloggers I am going to turn someone’s trash into my treasure! It has really good bones. Now I just need to sand, repaint and figure out how to tear out those hideous cushions and make new ones. I want to upholster them with something similar to the striped canvas material pictured above. I think this youtube tutorial might help me.
So what do you guys think? I think it’s really cute. Seriously, if you have any other ideas put them in the comments. I would really love to hear what you think. But I think Brigham will love to sail off to bed in his new room =)
Finally! It’s time to reveal Landon’s bedroom. It only took, oh, three months. Hey, at least it’s done! Like I told you I am not a designer. But this room has my heart in it. When we visited this house before it was even ours he told us he wanted a “planet” room. He loves the solar system. Far be it for me to deny him what he wants. It’s his room after all, not mine.
Now, I know a lot of people wouldn’t go for this paint color. I wanted something unique and bold. My mistake? Buying paint from walmart to save money and skipping the primer. Ugh. These newbie mistakes led to a three-coat paint job that could still could use a fourth. But I gave up because I have had enough of orange fingernails! By the way, orange is very hard to photograph.
Anyway, I don’t really care that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The only person I am trying to impress is my son. I wish I had a photo of the first time Landon saw his room. His eyes were as wide as saucers and he just gasped. He thinks it’s the best thing ever and tells everyone about his cool room when they come to our house. My favorite time is when all four of us crawl into his big bed and read stories and give each other night-night kisses.
Enjoy the tour!
view from the hallway
Polaroid frame collection
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the tour! I’m breaking it down for you in case anyone wants to know where I got something. I have linked it to the specific item where possible.
List of Items:
Paint color: Pumpkin Patch by Glidden (recommend the color but not the brand)
Furniture: previously used by my parents and gifted to us!
Blue curtains: Target
Blue bed skirt: Target
Comforter: Target (it was on clearance and I can’t find it anymore)
Bolster pillow: Target
Star sheets and pillow cases: Land of Nod
Solar system painting: Target
Ceiling solar system: Land of Nod (glows in the dark)
Star Lamp: Target (also glows in the dark)
Neptune hanging: Esty seller Hop Skip Jump
Star light, star bright hanging: Hobby Lobby
Repurposed mirror frame: idea and directions found on this blog
Moon globe: thrifted and given to me by my lovely friend Suzanne (Landon LOVES it! Thank you!)
“Moon and back” block: thrifted
Polaroid frames: Bed Bath & Beyond (these are awesome & can be easily changed)
Photos in the frames: Space flashcards from the $1 spot at Target! Hurry! (I cut them to fit)
I should have just made a list of “what I didn’t get from Target” =)
I hope that helps someone. Stay tuned for more house stuff this week!
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. I haven’t done much with our new house. Last week I typed out a long whiney post about how I didn’t know what I was doing as far as home decor and interior design goes. I feel lost half the time. I had to stop looking at pinterest because it made me feel blue. People are so damn crafty. And I’m . . . not.
Then I decided not to publish it. Because I realized it’s not that I can’t do some cool stuff with our new house. It’s that I need to sit on my ideas awhile. You know, really get to know our house. She’s open (you can hear everything). She’s honest (we need blinds). She’s big (but prefers to be called voluptuous). I need to take my time. I don’t want her to get mad at me if I pick the wrong color.
I also realized that even though it feels like I’ve done nothing . . . I have done some things. All this to say, I have decided to show you guys what we’ve done so far keeping in mind that I am not The Nester or Young House Love. Go easy on me, okay? I am not a pro at this. I will never ever ever claim to be. But maybe I’ll get better. I need to unpack boxes (yes, 4 months later) and check mark some to-do lists this weekend.
If you’re patient and you come back on Monday you’ll get to see some projects we’ve done. In fact, if you’re really good, you’ll see home projects posted all of next week! Some are done. Some will just be an idea for the future. But still, aren’t you excited to finally see something related to this house? I know I am (excuse me while I commence crying at Home Depot).
So, ring the doorbell on Monday morning. I’ll be sure to make Naaman take out the trash and pick up his socks.
p.s. See that wreath on the door? It’s clipart. I have no idea what to put on the door. I mean, it’s such a nice door after all. But it deserved something. Turns out clipart is cheap and photographs beautifully.
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