So this is a long one, You All. I thought about breaking it up into two posts, but better to get it over with.
If you care, read on! If you don't, I don't blame you. Just skip on to another blog! :)
Let's start with the beds.
|Painted twin beds. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite with a coat of ASCP wax.|
They came from my grandmother. My mom and aunt slept in them in high school, but before that, they were purchased at an estate sale, according to Mom. I love that my little ones will sleep in the same beds as their grandmother and great-aunt.
I did the unthinkable and painted the beds. But so happy I did because I am such a lover of black and they had seen better days. I jumped on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint bandwagon, mostly because I knew I could not endure all of the detailed sanding and priming otherwise required of normal paint.
In this picture, you can see how off-center from the window the beds had to be arranged -- the only possible arrangement for the room because of doorways. So I used the ol' curtain-hanging trick to fool the eye into believing the left bed was centered on the window.
|Ikea Ritva curtains and Ikea rods. Blinds are from Home Depot.|
Speaking of curtains, I love this graphic found on Pinterest.
|Same size window, differently hung curtains via|
|Smith and Hawken chalkboard basket from Target|
We already had the baskets. My mother-in-law bought them for us to help contain the mess in the playroom, so when all the toys got moved back into this room, I knew the baskets would be perfect for toys too big for the cubbies. We've had them for half a year and they've held up well. Very sturdy.
And actually, I'm using them for my first client -- an entry way that I designed and am going to finish installing tomorrow. So excited to show you pictures!
|Bedding from mixed sources. See below.|
That little elephant on the right was the very first thing I purchased for my girls. I had just had my first ultrasound which showed only one baby. Excited, I stopped at a little shop on the way home from the hospital and this elephant spoke to me. Had I known there were actually two babies (which I didn't find out about until I was four months along!!) I'm quite sure I would never have stopped at the shop. Because that kind of information knocks you off your feet.
I already had the navy comforters (Walmart), the white coverlets (Ikea), the yellow throw pillows (Amazon) and the yellow matlasse shams (from my grandmother's bed). The little pillow on the left was made by my aunt. Heather picked out the block print shams (West Elm) to tie everything together. She actually choose a smaller pattern, but they weren't in stock when I went to buy them. Heather gave me permission to use these instead. :)
Speaking of Heather, I think she really nailed my style and the function of this room in her design board. The girls' room is not too girlie because I really do prefer a masculine feel in my decorating. Plus, one of my girls is very much a tom boy and would hate anything too pink or purple or frilly.
Heather also knew that this room doubles as our guest room since it is only one of two rooms in the apartment. When guests come, the girls get booted (don't feel sad for them, they get to sleep in little travel beds on the floor of Mommy and Daddy's room and they LOVE it!). So I wanted the room to feel someone appropriate for guests.
I made the mirror with a craft store wreath form (the flat kind, particle board kind) a craft store mirror, some rope, and a glue gun. I don't love how it is hung, but I needed something that absolutely wouldn't come off the wall in a Bay Area earthquake. (In a recent earthquake, we had two pictures fall.) You can't see it in the photo, but the wire clips securely into special picture hanger, it's not just hanging there ready to jump off.
After the mirror was up, I decided the bed part of the room needed more child-like whimsy and color (there's a lot of color on the other side of the room). Mom suggested butterflies so I cut out these guys from colorful magazine pages and stuck them on with painter's tape.
|Cubby units are from Walmart. Rug is from Crate and Barrel.|
Speaking of color on the other side of the room. I already had one cubby unit and the green and red bins, which matched the bedding from my girls' nursery. I knew I would need more toy storage when I moved all the toys back into here from the playroom, so I bought a second cubby unit. They hold so much -- more than you wold think. Fran convinced me in this post.
I'd love to do something a tad toned down from the red and green. So I'll probably slowly be purchasing other bins or baskets. Maybe something like this:
The map was in our playroom. The spice drawers are now used to hold dress-up jewelry, but they once belonged to my great-great grandmother. The silhouettes are of my Godson and his sister.
Also from my Godson's mother are these Babar prints which she gifted to my girls when they were born. They inspired the yellow in this room.
We already had the dresser which I painted before starting the blog and which came from family friends. I still want to change out the knobs for the ones Heather suggested. The lamp, which is a family piece, was given to me by my aunt, who also made the the fairy prints you see here. Wish I had taken a better close-up. A post for another day because she covered the mats with pretty coordinating fabric.
The fabric on top of the dresser is a hand-stitched quilt/playmat that my mother-in-law gave to us. My husband and his brother both played on it as babies, and so did my girls. It is a cherished thing! I originally had it hanging over one of the beds, which you can see in the before picture, but there wasn't enough room when I hung the curtains, so here it is.
And there you have it. Long and drawn out, but all the details. Which I gave to you because some of you asked. And I had to confess how dang cheap I am. There's no high/low in the newly purchased stuff. Just low.
Also, I wanted to give you the details because it is important to me to decorate with vintiques -- vintage and antique objects which have history and meaning.
Now you know how this blog got its name.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!