We've been in Cincinnati for almost a year and I'd say we're about 80% moved in. But one of the rooms that I can now cross off my checklist is PSP and Lamp's bedroom. I was lucky enough to work with the Land of Nod in putting this special room together for these two special girls and I'm super excited to do a final reveal today.
Long time readers will know how much I love watching this sister duo in action. They are typical sisters in a lot of ways I suppose, but knowing there was a part of me that once feared it wouldn't be a typical relationship I get a lot of joy just sitting back and watching them be them. That being said this is the first year we've had kids sharing a room and figuring out a design that works for 2 different kids can be tricky. Add in the extra issues of designing a room for 4 year old with limb differences who can't walk and an 8 year old who is very tall for her age and well you've got some problem solving to do. My main issues were accessibility, storage and accessible storage. And it had to be beautiful. Check, check, check and check! I think we scored a home run people!
Before the Land of Nod joined me on this project there were three main elements I already had in place. 1) The paint colors, which were a medium grey on the walls and a nude pink on the ceiling (elephant skin and cinnamon tea from Behr respectively). 2) The Coronata Wall paper hack on the ceiling. Such an easy project with a high impact and high quality result. I'm not going to do the DIY on here, because it's not my DIY but head over to Honey and Fitz for the full instructions. 3) Matching Jenny Lind beds. I had picked up a vintage Jenny Lind back in Texas and it sat in our garage for a couple years much to my husbands chagrin. Man logic: Why did you buy and why are we storing a bed that we're NOT USING. Woman logic: Because I want to have one in the girls room SOME DAY and these things don't come around very often so when you see one, you buy it. B had to fix the bed up, then I sanded and painted it. Then I purchased the toddler Jenny Lind from the Land and Nod. I bough this bed specifically because it's low to the ground and so easy for Lamp to get in and out of all by herself. Also, girlfriend rolls off the bed errrynight, so it's a good thing it's so low to the ground.
Land of Nod teepees I pitched the idea of doing a camping/outdoorsy theme for the room and Tim loved it. So did the girls! Yay! I go through the design process in more detail on the Land of Nod blog, but here's a snapshot of the Pinterest board Tim put together for us. We still made a few changes from this board for space and budgetary reasons, but this was the overall idea for the room.
And now for some good old fashioned before and after photos!
I love how this room turned out. The girls love how this room turned out.
Here are some more details.
First, the outdoor banner was one of the main inspirations for the room. I love the Wes Anderson and whimsical vibe it brings to the room. Also, as much as I love the ever popular expedit shelving unit from Ikea, we've had our fair share of expedits over the years and I'm ready to move on. Additionally, it was just too big for this corner. The district storage units are perfect. The bottom unit is the perfect catch all for Lamp's toys and books. The upper shelves are from Ikea with brackets spray painted gold and mounted on the top so they can also act as bookends. Additionally I sewed cream pom pom trim on the curtains.
Ikea mirror and painted the top and bottom white, and then used a Sharpie paint pen to give it a faux birch treatment. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the end result but I dig it, especially for a kids room. A touch of whimsy that matches the style of outdoors canoe banner perfectly.
watercolor I painted, monogram hooks, a couple of art prints and some framed cork boards for the girls to each hang their own art work on. The girls also got to help choose the bedding for each of their beds.
If accessibility and beauty came together and had a baby, it would be this room. Thanks for the love child Land of Nod!