After painting the room pink and the trim Simply White by Benjamin Moore it felt so much brighter. We used Benjamin Moore Natura for zero VOCs. Of course after three days of painting, we weren’t done there. It reads kind of purplish here, and it isn’t. But it is a north facing room with not a lot of light so it is hard to capture the real color/ feeling. Notice the lamp on the floor? Classy.
Painting this room was a beast of a job–three coats paint and one coat primer on all of the wood trim, and three coats paint on the walls. Seriously, I thought E and I were going to get a divorce. I swore it was either hiring out a painter or therapy sessions next time around. But amazingly, four months later, we managed to paint the family room without any too many harsh words. Again, we couldn’t have painted without the help of my in-laws and my parents who took turns watching B, and my father-in-law who rolled the whole room!
We also added blinds because I like to sleep, which means my baby has got to sleep. We added these blinds the day we moved in. They looked weird with the wood trim windows but we are all still living (and the remaining three bedrooms still have the two-tone going.) We went with these Home Decorator’s Collection Premium Faux Wood Blinds for the whole upstairs. They were about $45 per window and a little more for the oversize ones like ours (two windows in the same opening.) I wanted a clean look, so we went with one big blind. Compared to JustBlinds, their quality isn’t as good. JustBlinds was more expensive (about $10-$15) more per window, which adds up when you are buying 15 windows, so we went for the cheaper version from Home Depot. It isn’t a big deal but if you are in the position, I would recommend JustBlinds. *I wasn’t perked at all by them–just my opinion.
Furnished, the room looks so much better, and these are more accurate representations of the color. We added a gallery wall using only pieces we had on hand from our old apartment. All of the frames are Ikea Ribbas.
The hippo is probably my favorite. It is my oldest friend’s painting (we are the same age but have known each other since age 4). We always dreamed about being artists and guess, what!? She is now one! She works at the Art Institute of Chicago and is going to graduate school for her MFA. I picked this piece out when I was 8.5 months pregnant with B. It used to reside in our kitchen but now in a brand new white frame, it looks over B. The other pictures are collected over time, including my DIY black and white abstract art (I am embarrassed this is even next to real art like Ellie’s), and my DIY otomi.
Further along that wall (to the left of the closet), she has her baby basket (made by her grandma for Easter), two baskets of books, and one of toys. These are the same baskets that lived in her nursery. Eventually, we might build some bookshelves or get an antique bookshelf (from my childhood bedroom); but, for now, these work great.
This will eventually be B’s big girl bed when she graduates from the crib –> toddler bed. We aren’t there yet or even to the first jump to the toddler bed.
The bench was a vintage find from my mom, and one of a set. We recovered the other one (coming in another post); but, left this one in original condition because it went so well in B’s room. Eventually, we are going to either make a headboard or get a bed frame. The lamps are old Crate & Barrel sconces that we had in our old apartment master bedroom. They just plug into a switched outlet.
The pillow shams are from Waiting on Martha. They are currently sold out. I picked them up for $26 each over NYE. The lamb was a gift from B’s godmother/ aunt, and the pink blanket is old Restoration Hardware Baby stroller blanket (here is a similar one.)
The pillowcases are Serena & Lily pink flags (sold out). I bought them for $20 for the pair which I thought was steep but I loved them. The bedside table is antique and was mine from my childhood bedroom.
Her rocker is an Eames knock off from Amazon, and the doll is Bla Bla Dolls “Antoinette.” Her crib is Ikea Gulliver.