When your boys are 14 months apart, and your youngest outgrows his crib at the same time your oldest outgrows his toddler race car bed (I’m still peeved this monstrosity ever entered my home)- creating a shared space to eliminate some of the icky transition period is a total mom win. Plus, in my world, a little home makeover is like a slice of heaven!
It seems I never took any photos of L’s bedroom once we made that toddler bed switch. If it’s not on camera it didn’t happen? Not sure what my explanation is for that one, other than the room was not anything I’d have ever decorated myself. It was a haphazard transition period, and I never wanted to make the toddler bed phase a big part of our decor, especially after seeing how quickly our fabulous nursery designs for both boys were outgrown. So, in keeping with the before and after theme, here are some photos of L’s space as a nursery- replace the crib with a blue, plastic car and the wall hangings with horribly cliche character wall clings, and that’s what we were working with.
I really wanted to insert some personality and fun into their new shared space, and make it a place that also welcomed frequent play. Covering the baby boy blue with a fresh coat of white paint was a much needed clean slate. I learned the hard way, I don’t like being stuck to a color theme. It’s gorgeous in my mind in theory, but I get bored with it so quickly. The key here, was to keep the walls as neutral and bright as possible so I could bring in tons of fun decor. If the space was to be functional for them, I didn’t want to exclude items they enjoy that didn’t mesh with some elaborate design I had in my head space. Not for a toddler room, because where is the fun in that? I have to say, it was a total win, because we’ve been using the space now for about 3 months now, and it truly is perfect for us.
I spent months researching twin sized beds, and debating bunk bed options. Of course, the beds I love are upwards of $600 a pop just for the head and foot board and frame. Add in mattresses and box springs, and this 2 & 3 year old would have a bedroom set to rival mama and papa. Not in our corner of the universe. I found these metal frames by The Novogratz, and fell in love! They come in different colors, were so reasonably priced, and don’t require a box spring. Our boys have spent many a night jumping in them, and they’re still as sturdy as the day my husband put them together. Cannot speak highly enough of them.
Anyone who knows our family, knows L’s obsession with all things letter. He was the inspiration behind our alphabet tees and crib/nursery line this last year. It only seemed fitting that the boy who created it, should have his very own set for his bed. And with that, our new twin sized duvet covers were born. It took many a month of strategizing a pattern given the width of a standard bolt of fabric vs the width of the mattress, but we made it happen. I’ve never used a duvet before, but ended up loving them more than I expected to. We are in the south, and have hot summers and very mild winters. It is really great to be able to swap out the duvet inside the cover according to seasons. It has a zipper closure for easy access, and it’s located at the foot of the duvet so it’s out of reach from curious little ones.
Our boys love books. It’s an obsession really. So, a Tnee’s Teepees teepee was a must for the corner. I think the idea of a teepee/clubhouse is every child’s dream, and the boys crawl in often whether to play cars or snuggle up for a story. Can we be honest? Even if it weren’t ridiculously functional, it’s flipping adorble.
Y’all, dinosaur drawer pulls. Is there anything more to say?! When I stumbled across Monka Goods and discovered all the animal drawer pulls and wall hooks in any color combos you could imagine, it had to be done. Rainbow dinosaurs are the stuff dreams are made of. Even better, the kids refer to the drawers by dino names now.
The shadow box TV shelf from Bear and Sparrow is one of my favorite finds. I pined over this for months. I knew it had to be a part of their space. We hung it low enough that it could be reached while standing on the bed, and it’s become a regular in daily race car and transformer play.
Keton Kids has some of my favorite prints in the history of ever. I debated stealing this Mud Pies print for my living room. I’m not sure what that says about me.
“Let them be little.” Something I keep on repeat in my head, more specifically lately as they seem to be growing up right before my very eyes at a lightenting fast speed. Hello Maypole designed this print, and it’s actually available as a free download on her site. I had it printed in poster size via a local print shop. The frame housed a Bare Naked Ladies and Alanis Morissette Tour Poster from my college days. Shhhhh. Don’t judge. I spray painted it for $5.
When I like something, I tend to not know excess. I heart handmade felt items. I like pennants. I love Sharp Tooth Studio. If it were acceptable, I’d have all four walls decked out in her creations.
My kids own a lot of books. I’m talking obscene amounts of books. Why waste perfectly good cover art by hiding it in a book shelf? We got these for L’s nursery from The Land of Nod. They’re metal, and deserve a mention because every day the books come down, and those shelves turn into race car track magic. I am always down for any item that doubles as a toy that fuels imaginative play.
This side table and the large dresser were a blue set we purchased for L’s nursery. A sample pot of yellow Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and a quart of the green for the dresser were all it took to transform both pieces. I love AS chalk paint, because it requires zero sanding, priming or anything other than a dusting before application. I painted T’s crib with this stuff over a period of 3 weeks in our foyer while I was pregnant. No odor at all. It’s a dream. You’re also spying some pretty fly horse drawer pulls from our pals at Monka Goods again. Swoon!
Another DIY project was the gumball lamp. What used to be a nautical lamp covered in a rope/netting is now rainbow perfection. I cut off the rope around the base (seriously y’all, we had to have been drunk when we picked that lamp out) dumped in a 5 pound bag of gumballs found on amazon, and replaced the shade.
Insert adorable 2 year old enjoying his very first ‘big boy room.’ That’s one proud T.
Twin beds: The Novogratz
Duvet covers: Lookie Loo Loo
Love you/Love you more pillow cases: Oh Susannah’s
Mud pies and beep beep print: Keton Kids
Let them be little print: Hello Maypole
Cloud and plus paper banners: Bearsley + Bumski
Triangle wall decals: Urban Walls
Hot dog blanket: Spearmint Baby
Super capes: Pip and Bean
Teepee: Tnee’s Teepees
TV shadow box: Bear and Sparrow
Hip hooray pennant: Sharp Tooth Studio
Drawer pulls: Monka Goods
Felt rainbow banner: The Lil Felt Shoppe
Book shelves, striped storage cubes, apple mirror, Wee Wonderfuls dolls: The Land of Nod
Annie Sloan chalk paint: Annie Sloan