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Mia and Nick’s Room

February 24, 2010

This post has been a long time coming. A LONG time. I finally put the final pieces together when I finished the slipcovers for their glider and I literally put them on, sat down in the chair and started crying. I know it’s goofy and materialistic, but this is the first room in our house that’s actually finished. It’s also the first “nursery” of sorts that I’ve been able to do. When Amelia was born, we were living across the country in a not-even-1-bedroom 600 square foot loft/townhouse and her “room” was a crib in the middle of the lower half of our bedroom/office/general room. We moved to another apartment when she as 4.5 months old and she did have her own room there, but it was a rental and I couldn’t “decorate” and it wasn’t even really a bedroom – it was listed as a den/office and the doors were closet doors. She’ll be 3 in June and sitting in that chair in their room just made me think of how much we’ve done and accomplished since she was born – I never would have imagined that we’d be almost at her little brother’s first birthday and in our own house for almost a year. Our house is small, but we love it so much we can barely stand it. It’s just right for our little family and finishing this room for my two sweet little ones brought me so much joy in ways I never dreamed. I love the color to pieces. I love it so much I might even use the extra gallon we thought we’d need to paint the kitchen since we’re in the kitchen so often.

There are so many other things that I thought we would add to this room. Some we actually had in there and/or up on the walls, but we took them out/down. They’re still so little and Amelia is just barely getting to the point of going to play in her room alone. So we wanted to keep it calm and less cluttered as the main function in their room is sleeping at this point. Cheerful, yet calm. And no perfection. If it didn’t start perfect, then I knew I would worry less about something getting “messed up.” Sorry if it bothers you to see that I didn’t get the creases out of  the map and the sheets and that the quilt isn’t just so and there’s a doll sticking out from under the crib and that they scribbled on the chalk board while I was taking pictures  – quite honestly, it matters more to me to have the extra minutes to spend with my kids than it does that their sheets are perfect:)



We still need a new light fixture and I’m finishing some embroidery that may or may not go on the walls. We thought we’d get a new rug to replace el cheap-o, but they’re done such a number on the one that’s there already that it might stay for bit longer. When we do replace it, it will either be a braided oval or one of those pretty striped, woven Dash & Albert rugs. Eventually we’ll also replace the hardware on their dresser, I just need to suck it up and haul myself and hour and a half to Hobby Lobby to get what I want for the right price.


Le Papier Studio – {if you could go ahead and ignore the fact that the baby in the silhouette is totally wearing a dress and not a little boy like I thought when I didn’t look closely enough at what I was choosing, that would be great;)}

-Window Pelmet Boxes – – so easy, based on this tutorial at Little Green Notebook. I would have liked to have made them taller and closer to the ceiling and had them come down a bit more over the top of the window, but the eave on the wall behind the crib made that complicated, so I just did what fit. I also don’t *love* the color of the lemons in there – it’s just the tiniest bit too saturated and I wanted to do the boxes again with a new fabric, but once we put them up originally Amelia really loved the lemons, so we just left them.

Glider Revamp details

Play Kitchen Renovation

-Old school Chalkboard and Play Kitchen are from Salvation Army

-Crib- Criagslist

-Toddler bed – garage sale(we would have otherwise done a twin bed)

-Dresser, bookshelf, globe and rocking horse piggy bank were my husband’s when he was a kid – we just painted the dresser. We have a lot more great things from when he was a baby and/or kid, but it’s all a bit much right now to add it in. Possibly some shelves up higher at some point, but it still just somehow feels like clutter rather than just a few small pieces they’ll use and appreciate.

-The lone lamp was $6 with the shade from The Christmas Tree Store. It has a match, but that lives in our bedroom.

-The mirror came from Kohl’s via another play area in our house. It never got used, so we decided to hang it at their level, even if it looks random, and they LOVE it. I’m so glad that we put it in that funny little spot on the wall because they have been laughing at themselves in the mirror for days!

Anything I missed?? Ask if you don’t see an answer and really really care to have an answer:)

{Linking to Metamorphosis Monday – check out lots more Before and Afters!}

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