Beach vibes only ✌
When you live in Illinois, winter can be depressing and gray. I wanted my son’s room to be bright and cherry with a tranquil beach vibe — surfer style it is! 🏄♂️
The walls are Sherwin Williams | Glimmer SW6476 — and it’s the perfect shade of cheerful and chill. The pictures above his crib are from Target and they come as a set. The floating shelves are from Ikea for $4.99/ea. The stackable wooden bins are also from Target and great for books and toys. I am still working on a gallery wall for above his dresser. Hang tight– more to come!
#prayforsurf #hangloose #goodvibesonly #surfsupdude #myhappyplace #mentallyincalifornia
Beach vibes only ✌
This is not your typical rainbow wall mural! It’s a reinvented rainbow! I have been working on a rainbow themed room for my client’s 2 year old toddler girl. We started with a blank space. From the beginning, we knew we were going to do an accent wall. When we first started, my client wanted to add decals to the wall. Simple, and easy, but not very impactful. Plus, her daughter would grow out of it after a few years. After many discussions, I somehow convinced her to go a bit bolder (or maybe she decided on her own?!). The reinvented rainbow it the focal of the room but there are so many other elements to the room that she can grow into
I upcycled an old Ikea table and chairs from her older siblings. I painted scallops in the same rainbow palette. The made a craft corner that houses her art supplies and her artwork too.
I also painted an ombré watermelon dresser which is another Ikea hack. It was a plain white dresser but with the knobs it adds a whimsical touch!
A reading nook and shelves are also essential to help kids develop a love for reading.
this is a beautiful room that she can grow into for many years!
Playful patterns for a playful kiddo!
One of my favorite memories growing up is when my parents would redo my bedroom and they’d let me choose whatever theme I wanted. So this time around we involved our little guy with a few choices for his big boy bedroom and I have to say- it was fun getting a little input from a 3 year old. I think we got everything on his list: trucks ✔️ blue ✔️ red ✔️ (what an easy client!😆)
Our 3 year old is very much a bright, colorful, & playful kind of kid, so I wanted his bedroom to reflect that. Some days he prefers pink (he knows it’s mom’s favorite color) & other days he prefers orange (thanks to Blippi) but usually you can catch him saying blue & red are his favorite colors, so we decided to do blue board+batten on an accent wall, along with accents of red here & there. We used this fun Serena + Lily Feathered wallpaper as a backsplash on the accent wall, with some white framed Etsy truck prints to pop against the wallpaper. The Polymath Mom name sign fits perfectly in the room and will grow with him over time.
My goal was for the room to reflect his personality and involve all things he loves so that he truly enjoys being in his own little space. The room has a fun feeling with details of trucks everywhere, along with a book bench reading corner to accommodate his love for reading.
My advice is to involve your child during the design process if you can! Make a space that they’ll love and will accommodate their wants. Happy designing!
Paint Color: SW Revel Blue & SW Pure White
I dreamed of having a daughter. I dreamed of all the tiny little girly things and special mommy daughter moments we would share. I dreamed of designing her nursery and then getting to know her and designing her first big girl room.
This is Charleigh’s room. It is perfectly her, a mix of girly, wild, natural, and whimsical. Charleigh is not a dainty little toddler, she’s a wild flower. She’s all over the place-climbing, running, jumping-but she just may be doing all of these things in a tutu. As you can see from her room, she is an eclectic mix of many things as is her happy boho space with lots of storage, hangout spots, and the ability to climb on and off of her custom modified daybed.
My daughter’s room was a labor of love. It all started with the rug, which was in her nursery. I loved the soft tones and the subtle pop of green, which I wouldn’t normally opt-for, but it works really well with all the muted tones and keeps it from looking too babyish. The rug’s color palette is what ultimately inspired the floral wallpaper; the colors are bold, but they play off the colors in the rug beautifully. Other than the crib, the gold bookcase was pretty much the only other item I had for her nursery. I then added the wood beaded chandelier when we moved into this house and that’s how her room stayed for a while.
When I started to look at “big girl beds,” I fell in love with this dusty blush bed. I had debated between a “safer” choice with a white bed, but I’m so happy I ultimately went with this one. It’s a mature shade of pink that can carry her well into her teenage years.
After I decided on the bed, I came across this gorgeous canopy in champagne and knew I wanted it for her corner to create a dreamy reading nook. It is such a beautiful, high-quality piece, and my daughter’s mouth dropped when she saw it go up; definitely a little girl’s dream.
I then purchased this simple white nightstand and swapped out the knobs with a set from Hobby Lobby and the room was complete. I’m so happy with how this labor of love turned out, and seeing her reaction to it all was truly priceless. Just remember that oftentimes, these projects do take some time, and you should embrace that because in the end you’ll have a room that you truly love.
With a little girl on the way, we needed to take the furniture from our son’s room to put in her nursery. We decided to go big with his furniture and buy a queen bedroom set. His nursery theme was Peter Pan, and while I wanted to keep some elements I wanted to tie in the decals and navy blue so added some ocean friends to his space. I also updated his faux fur white area rug to something more contemporary that matched his new color scheme. Since I was in the process of designing our little girl’s nursery, I didn’t want to spend too much time or money redoing his room. I’m obsessed with the decals and they were so easy to install.