Alright! It’s time for the second half of the room, and some more fun DIY decor and crafts…
First, here is Ella’s sweet space:
You’ll notice that the kids have identical beds, and that’s because they are the two parts of a bunk bed that was given to us by my in-laws. I’m not crazy about them, so you’ll see another post down the road as I have some big plans to ramp them up!
My two younger kids are two and almost four, so I’m not quite ready to put Cal on the top bunk just yet. In our next home, he will get the bunk beds in his room, but for now they work as two separate beds and it even kind of helps to tie the two sides of the room together since they are the only identical item the kids have.
One thing that I DO like about them is how much storage they offer underneath. I was able to buy some cool bins on wheels from Ikea and some baskets from Michaels to store their bedding and toys that they don’t use every day. Super handy when space is at a premium!
She (like her brother) got a new bedding set from Target along with the pink shag rug to match his blue one. But those are really the only store bought items on her side! I had a hand, quite literally, in everything else. : ) Her night stand is an all-time favourite yard sale find that I nabbed for $6 last year. It’s one of the sturdiest, most beautiful pieces I’ve ever come across and it’s perfect for books and a few little friends…
Here’s what it looked like when I got it:
I also made some really cool art to hang on her walls! The first one is a painted canvas (I just used a simple brown) with pieces of various scrap book paper cut to look like leaves:
I also blogged about this project here.
AND, if you look reeeeeeally closely, you may notice that I made it extra special by incorporating a few of Ella’s baby photos into the leaves…
Out of all the things I’ve made for the kids, this is one of my favourites. I kind of hope she will keep it forever and ever and put it in her daughter’s room too. No pressure, though. hehe
So here is where I get to show you the full monty… a view from one side of the room to the other. It’s pretty impossible to get the whole space in one shot, but you’ll get the picture – no pun intended!
Here’s the view from Ella’s side…
…and here’s the view from Cal’s…
It really is a cute little room, and I HAVE to admit that there are moments like this where I do love character that this old house has. The old barn board floors, the high baseboards, the antique windows
that don’t open… it can all be quite lovely sometimes.
On the other wall where Ella’s bed sits is another DIY that I created for her:
When we decided to name her Ella, I went to Pottery Barn and splurged on some nice wood letters for her wall. They were $13 each (thank goodness we didn’t go with Francesca, which WAS on my husband’s list.. lol) and I couldn’t wait to hang them. Unfortunately, when I got them up they really just got washed out against the sage green on the wall. So, I took my trusty canvases (I may have a problem with canvas addiction) and covered them in some fabric that I already had. I glued ribbon all around the outer edges, and then attached the wood letters with my glue gun. At the last minute I added the little bows on the top of each one, and I think it’s the sweetest thing ever! I like that the fabric patterns are different and that it matches the idea of Cal’s canvases on the other side of the room. So cute!
Finally, there’s the age old “where do the toys go?” question… Well, in this photo I am standing in the doorway of their room…
And just to my left there is obviously a wall. That’s where I have their toy console set up:
This thing is AWESOME! I got it on Kijiji for $10 and I swear I’ve had it in every room already. lol… It’s great for toys and books because it keeps them tidy while still allowing the kids to access what they want to use. It’s not too deep, so it fits nicely into pretty much any room or space. I did paint the interior when I got it, but that was just a temporary fix and I can’t wait to sand off the textured paint across the top and really refinish it properly!
So that’s the whole enchilada – the “his & hers” baby suite… The closet in this room was also recently turned into the SWEETEST little nook in the land… you can read about it here. It’s gone through some more changes since then, but that’s for another post.
Happy Friday to all, see ya Monday!