Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Nursery Makeover...It's in the works.

I love the holidays, but for the past month I have been anxious to get them over with so that I could move onto my next big makeover project...the {nursery}.

Currently no one is sleeping in it. The babe has somehow conveniently taken up residence in my bed...okay, so I'm a little lazy and a lot sentimental {she is the last and I am savoring the fact that I still have a little one who will snuggle up with me at night}.

The plan is to get the babe completely weaned off me and into her own big girl bed. It's gonna be painful, but I need to do it. I'm hoping a new nursery will {motivate} us both.

The plan is to also transfer {the little dude} into the same bedroom. He's 4 and currently taking up residence with {the big dude} who's 12. {Big dude} has made it abundantly clear that he needs his own space.

So, now I am working with a {his&her} bedroom...and I am sore afeerd. There is a delicate balance when it comes to desiging a space that will work for both male and female. I'm not so sure I have the design finesse...I guess we'll find out.

Here is the space currently. Chew on it a moment...try not to gag.

{I realize that this is probably the worst picture ever taken...in the whole entire world, but you oughta try getting a decent shot with your iphone and with your eyes closed}

I'm not exactly sure what possesed me. Apparently it was the dark overlord of bad design. Polka dots... they seemed like a really good idea at the time {I should have known when I popped a blood vessel in my wrist painting them that I was being compelled by something evil...but I still kept going, throbbing wrist and all}.

Anywho, moving on...polka dots. They seemed a {brilliant} idea at the time, but I soon realized they were a little over the top...the {big top} that is. I can't really say I blame the darling for not wanting to sleep in there...the place gives me nightmares.

But alas, I finally have the time and presence of mind...now that the holidays have passed, to start working on redesigning the space. I'm still not sure what I want to do exactly. I'm more of a {fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants} type gal, so I will be as curious as you to see how it all turns out.

I do have a few ideas I've been {tossing} around in my head, like:

Custom {headboards} I want to make a set of headboards and the possibilites are endless. I think I've narrowed it down to a few possibilites.

I love the look of a tufted headboard...so classic. But maybe a little too {sophisticated} for a kids room. Ooh, but I love them so much.

Picture from Urban Outfitters

I'm such a sucker for shutters. I love the idea of using them as headboards. They would work well for both "his" and "her".

Maybe I could do a combination of these two headboards for a "his" and "her" look. I don't like things matchy matchy anyway. Hmmm, I'll have to think about that one.

I am also loving the idea of using an old book shelf for a headboard. You can never have too much storage space.

Picture from homesickdesigns.com

I've also toyed with the idea of using a set of {shutters} in place of standard draperies. I am really loving these board and batten style shutters. I like the novelty of using them on the interior rather than the exterior.

Ooh, turquoise...yes, please.

Paint is a great {and inexpensive} way to change the look of a room. I am hopeful that a coat of paint will help take this sad nursery from {over the big top} to {top notch}. I want to keep the paint neutral so that it doesn't compete with everything else in the room. I think I've narrowed it down to these two options.

Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore

And Blue Haze by Benjamin Moore.

I'm still a little on the fence about wall art. I think this idea of using flash cards is pretty {smart}...and better yet {cheap}.

Picture from sarah hartill @ houseandhome.com

I think I might have an idea for something fun and whimsical, but you'll have to wait to see what it is. Hopefully it will turn out how I see it in my head.

In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed that I get this room figured out.

Oh, I almost forgot the biggest challenge of all..to complete the task without spending any money {or at least very little money}. My goal is to not spend any more that $100 {hopfully less}, which means I probably need you to cross your legs and toes too.


  1. I like all your ideas except the bookshelf one... the thought of something toppling down when sleeping is not good. I'm sure you'll figure it out and it will look fantastic!

  2. Heather, you make a really good point. You'd think after having five kids I would have thought of that, but... With one less option, I am getting closer to making some decisions. Hallelujah.

  3. What a fun project, can't wait to see it when it is finished : )


  4. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I need you to come to my house :)

  5. The last comment was from me, Kedra :)

  6. Hi Kedra. I would love to come to your house and play! :)

  7. Mine first. My house is crying tears of shame like a contestant on a scale from "The Biggest Loser"

  8. Ahh, Malea. You know I am always looking for a good excuse to head back south. We totally need to plan a thrift store shopping spree the next time I'm down...remind me when I'm coming down again? I will be sure to bring your advent calendar when I come...I promise I haven't forgot.

  9. I'm new to your blog (and absolutely love it)! Cannot wait to see what you end up doing. I am expecting my second (my oldest is currently 18 months) in March, and I have been wondering what to do about moving him out of my bed..! Not sure yet...

  10. This is work full of fun, i wish I would have been there.

    Jennifer from Plantation Shutters.


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