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Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Kathrin’s Childhood Room Grows Up

Kathrin’s Childhood Room Grows Up

Ten-year-old Kathrin is at that age when she’s no longer a young child, not quite a teen, yet wanting to assert a more grown-up style and personality. One way mom Heidi let Kathrin express herself was by letting her redesign her bedroom. Together, Heidi and Kathrin restyled the room into a personal and sophisticated space for a growing girl. Here’s how they worked together: 1. Choosing a theme and color. Kathrin picked shades of mauve for her room, which had been royal blue. She also asked for a “Paris” theme, which Heidi was able to fulfill easily with some fitting accessory purchases from Home Goods like this model of the Eiffel Tower and an illustration of a Paris scene. Heidi found shimmery grey curtains at Home Goods that give the room a feminine, romantic air. But with jewel accents that go a bit over the top, creating a look that is just perfect for a girls’ French “salon.” She also hung sheer purple floor-length drapes over the closet, adding...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Finian and Declan’s Twin-Sized Room

Finian and Declan’s Twin-Sized Room

Like many kids in the Del Ray area, Finian and Declan, 3-year-old identical twins, share a bedroom. It’s the classic small-space dilemma: How to fit furniture, clothing and toys for two kids in an 8×10 foot room without feeling cramped or disorganized. We’re always amazed with what you can fit in a small room and the stories they tell. The layout of Finian and Declan’s room is the same as the one we’ve shared for my boys and Leslie’s girls in the standard Del Ray rowhouse. Finian’s toddler bed is opposite the door. Declan’s bed faces Finian’s, on the wall to the left of the door. The beds, from www.albeebaby.com, converted from crib to toddler bed, with a drawer underneath for storage. They keep more clothes in a tall dresser in the far corner. Finian and Declan are twins, but Declan is actually a size or two larger than Finian, so they can’t share all their clothes just yet. And something you don’t always see in small kids rooms, there’s an antique...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 | 4 comments

Edie’s Woodland Nursery

Edie’s Woodland Nursery

Two-week old Edie is a lucky girl. Not only does she have a big brother and parents who love her dearly, but she has a pretty awesome little bedroom designed by her stylish mama, Liz. The room is fresh and modern and the charming woodland creatures and accents make it a cozy place for a child to grow. Best of all, except for a few purchases, almost everything in the room was a hand-me-down or something repurposed from around the house. For one, the brown and white chevron rug (from West Elm) used to be in the master bedroom. Your eyes are drawn to it once you walk in the room. The removable decal above the changing table/dresser, purchased from Blik, is one of the few new things in the room. Liz originally bought this for her five-year-old son Angus’s room, but then thought it worked better in Edie’s nursery. The white IKEA dresser/changing table, as well as a few other white IKEA storage pieces in the room, were in Angus’s room when...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 | 0 comments

A Girls’ Shared Bedroom Two Ways

A Girls’ Shared Bedroom Two Ways

My daughters’ shared bedroom started out with their hand-me-down bunk beds (passed down three generations) set up side by side. I wrote about their 8 x 10 room, a “perfect fit,” when we repainted and redecorated two years ago almost to the day. It was a happy arrangement… …until, over the winter, they began clamoring for bunk beds. So, in doing so, we made other changes to make this alternate arrangement work. And, in the meantime, we had turned their closet into Ana’s hideaway office. And I created a bird “paint-by-numbers” art wall on their door. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me share one big revelation and piece of advice: If you’re going to rearrange and redecorate your child’s room and if you don’t repaint the room in doing so, it will retain a decidedly “lived in” look, which may, very likely, include an accumulation of stickers. That is, if you didn’t enforce a “no sticker rule on walls and furniture” in the first place. As Ana...

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Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 | 3 comments

Completing a Closet to Office Makeover

Completing a Closet to Office Makeover

Back in September, I converted the closet in my sons’ shared bedroom into an office for my oldest son, Jack. I was able to rescue a curbside castaway table and repurpose half of it for the desk. (I gave the other half away to a DIY Del Ray reader who completed a similar desk install.) Jack was ecstatic when the desk was finished, rushing home from school to do his homework in the privacy of his own office, working on top-secret presents during the Christmas holidays. But I wasn’t done yet, there was still the issue of storage and lighting before I could call this hack a success. Finally, five months later, the office transformation is now complete. For lighting, I added a desk lamp connected with an extension cord to the outlet behind the dresser outside the closet. I also found a bulletin board on Freecycle for the left wall where Jack can proudly display cherished mementos such as certificates of achievement and sporting event ticket stubs. On the desk itself, Jack keeps...

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