Saturday, August 21, 2010

Separate Rooms

After 3 years, 9 months, and 4 weeks of sleeping in the same room, often in the same bed, Catie and Nick have their own rooms. It made me a little sad last night, but they're both really happy. And, I had lots of fun designing their rooms. :)

Brad's mom picked up a bunch of quilts at super clearance prices soon after Brad and I were married. She let me choose any that I wanted, and, despite having no use for it, I fell in love with this one. It's hardly been used in the last 7 years, but I'm so glad that we're finally putting it to good use. I like that her bedroom isn't the typical pink and purple.
The four pictures on the side are close-up pictures of berries and flowers taken by a photographer in Alaska. The ones on either side of the dresser are Women's World magazine covers from 1940 that I found at an antique shop.

I bought the dresser at an antique/art boutique. It had been done up in the shabby chic style, but it was a little too shabby for my taste. I cleaned it up with a couple coats of bright white paint. I'm going to paint the bookcase to match. (I bought that from someone on craigslist a while ago.)
Originally, I made this bow holder with jungle animals to match their nursery, but it's had a face lift.

Catie loves her new room. The first time she laid in her bed, she looked up at the canopy and said, "I love this."

In Nick's room, I kept the animal theme, but I've made it a little more mature so that it can grow with him a little longer.
These prints were made by hand. They are actually greeting cards. We bought them from the artist at Pike's Place Market in Seattle.
I found this sign in a shop in Walla Walla.

Brad bought these Elephant prints in Sri Lanka. I sewed them together to make this wall hanging.
We found these old travel posters in a print shop also at Pike's Place Market.

Sorry I didn't make the bed better. :) You can just barely see that he has animals on his sheets. The pillows are hiding the headboard, but I have to tell you about my deal. I found a headboard and footboard at Goodwill. They didn't have the rails, so I asked for a discount. I got them for $16. Both ends were exactly the same, so when I got them home, I painted one white for Catie's room and one red for Nick's. Two headboards, $8 each. Pretty good, huh?
Plus, I got his dresser from someone on craigslist for $25. I'm picking up a nightstand from someone else tomorrow (also a craigslist find) which I plan to paint red. By the way, the red paint is leftover from painting the front door. :)
I've managed to redecorate both rooms for relatively little money, and I think they both look really good if I do say so myself. :)
Nick wasn't so sure about the big bed at first, and he took a few naps in a pack n play before we did the big switch, but once we put up the side rail he was happy. He loves to talk about the animals in his room.


Anonymous said...

You've worked really hard this last month! The rooms look great--you are very creative! (Must take after your mom!)

Guess who?

Amanda said...