Saturday, April 17, 2010

Room Redo!

Spring always inspires me to do STUFF. Whether it's trying new recipes, revamping my wardrobe or gardening, the energy of the season flows through me and I find myself up to my eyeballs in DIY projects of every kind.  This spring, I have unofficially resolved to not start new projects unless they are related to finishing an old project (does declaring it on my blog count as officially declaring it?).  The first one that comes to mind is decorating Sybilla's room!

Long before she was born, I had decided that her nursery theme would be "Family Tree"– I was going to make a huge tree mural and hang small photo frames of various family members from the branches and create a giant family tree.  I had chosen this sweet bedding set because it had all the colors I wanted to use and while still feminine, it was not overtly girly or pink:

This is "Secret Garden" made by Lambs & Ivy

Alas, despite it being on the registry we never received a single piece of the bedding set as a gift.  Our budget after baby got increasingly tight and so I never really got to buy any of it much less actually decorate Billa's room.  Then we moved and I resolved to actually decorate her room this time!  I got as far as painting her walls her favorite bright green color.  I did make some cute curtains for the room, but Michael's hand injury prevented us from being able to hang them right away and as more time passed, I grew to dislike them.  Ok, and I decided not to paint the mural but instead make a set of canvases, but that has yet to be finished.  Alright, alright.  And I also stripped, sanded and painted the dollhouse shelf with new paint.  But that was far from my dream of the perfect kids room!

Now it's a year later and another spring and I am hankerin' to get decoratin'!  I have decided to change up the theme a bit from "Family Tree" to "Whimsical Woodland."  I'm going to finish those damn canvases if it kills me and I plan on adding bird and critter accents to the room.  The walls will stay green and the dollhouse shelf will stay white with red trim.  We are in the process of getting Sybilla a big girl bed and she received a lovely mirror vanity from Gigi for Christmas.  Depending on what they look like, I may repaint them all, I haven't decided.  I have some old cabinet door panels from the carpentry job gone wrong that are made from cherry wood and I plan on using those for the bed's headboard. 

I've been looking at inspirations for bedding and accents and I found lots of different things.  Target's Circo has TWO adorable woodland themed bed sets, but while I like them, I don't LOVE them.  One of them is way too pink and the other just doesn't have quite the feel I want.  Plus, I need to do this on a budget.  I have fallen in love with this lamp and nightlight though and I just might splurge on them, I don't know yet!

The bed set on the left is just too pink for my taste.  The bed set on the right is perfect colors, but it just doesn't feel right.  Plus, they don't actually have it in store; you have to order it and I don't know that I want to do that for something I don't adore.  The lamp and the nightlight though are just too cute!

While I love Target and the bed sets I found were cute, they just didn't grab me like this from Pottery Barn Kids:

PBK Brooke Bedding set...I love it and it's perfect for what I want to do!

I just adore Pottery Barn.  It is totally my style and always will be.  It's classy, chic, and memorable all in one.  They always add a touch of unusual to everything, they have the best inspiration pictures, and the colors!  Everything is always so colorful without being over the top.  But their prices leave my bank account in pain, so I very rarely buy.  When I saw this set at PBK, I fell in love.  I love the colors on the quilt, the varying fabrics, the whimsical touches, and yes, he almost vintage feel to it.  It's almost shabby chic, but not.  But at $160 for the quilt (which would be the only piece I'd buy), I just can't do it.  So I'm going to make a version of it instead!  I've made quilts before and I have years of sewing under my belt, not to mention I have some cute fabrics I can use already.  I think it will be more special anyway if I make it, and there's the bonus of being able to customize it to my color scheme.

So the to do list is thusly:
  • Finish canvases and hang them
  • Make new curtains (and hang them this time!)
  • Make quilt and buy solid colored sheets to coordinate
  • Get big girl bed and refinish/paint if needed
  • Procure a couple of cute woodsy themed accents

And hopefully by the end of all that, I shall have the cutest little girl's room on the face of this planet.  I'll keep you posted!



  1. I love PB and the PBK always has adorable stuff. I think the woodland theme is adorable!! I feel your pain I have so many unfinished craft projects for home decorating its pathetic! Get on it girl!!
    I cant wait to see the finished pics of Billa's room.

  2. always looks on eBay for PBK! you can find great deals on there!



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