Check out these Cribs

Have you ever come across something in a design magazine or in a shelter blog or on Pinterest and just thought to yourself, “well, duh – that’s just too perfect for words”.  That’s EXACTLY how I feel about what I have to share with you all today.

Perhaps it is because I am still deep in the ‘trenches’ of baby hood with my youngest child, but it never even dawned on me that the crib mattress could ever be repurposed into anything once it was done being used in its original function.

And then I saw this:

 

Someone (I’m not sure who because after an exhaustive, 3 hour search down many a rabbit hole on the internet the only source I could find was here) took a crib mattress, mounted it on some wood shelving units and styled the heck out of it and I am smitten.  SMITTEN I tell you!

So, of course, I had to find some other inspiration to share with you!

Fab Rehab Creations saw the same inspiration (above) and created this lovely daybed for her sons:

And another similar transformation can be found over at HGTV, submitted by the incomparable Ana White:

In fact, once I got started, it was hard to STOP finding great crib turned daybed ideas.  I particularly like these next two because they actually use the rails of the cribs as well:

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(found here but originally from these fine people)

And I found this amazing outdoor seating option that uses an old pallet with a crib mattress over at Lottas Himmelrom

Well – it turns out it isn’t just the crib mattress you can repurpose.  Check out these lovely inspiration boards created from crib springs!  Seriously!!  People are so inventive…I just LOVE it!

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(found here and credited to Pinterest – sorry peeps, I tried to credit it further but quit after two hours)

Have you ever repurposed a crib mattress or frame?

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A Big Boy’s Adventurer Bedroom – Reveal

As some of you know, I spent much of the summer transitioning my son’s nursery into my newborn daughter’s own space and our guest room into my son’s very own, big-boy bedroom.  I took you along on the ride as I dipped my toe in the DIY Reverse Stenciling application process on his dresser, designed his very own patchwork rug from FLOR and modified some Ikea curtain panels and embellished them with additional panels from zGallerie.

And now, I am so excited to FINALLY reveal to you the final result.  But first…a quick look at what we started with.  Yup…here’s our old guest room complete with unmade bed, open closet door and shirts-to-be-ironed, hanging around aimlessly waiting for some attention…

And now, without further ado, here’s my son’s finished big-boy bedroom:

The Tour

Let me take you on a tour.  Above is the view from the door leading into his room.  He absolutely LOVES his big-boy bed.  In fact, he moved into his new room and new bed as soon as those light blocking shades and the bed arrived and we continued to design the room around his being there…which definitely added to the amount of time it took to finish everything since usually the only time to work on such projects is during nap-time, when the room was generally unavailable!

You’ll recognize the space below.  The wall adjacent to the foot of the bed is where the closet and dresser are.  We’ve added some more globes and brought his hanging boat mobile in from his old nursery.

On the opposite side of the room from the bed is the door to the hallway.  My nephew who just turned 7 handed down his beloved train table to my son when our daughter was born and now he loves getting up in the morning and either playing trains or sitting in his reading nook and looking through some books. Of course, his super-hero cape is available and at-the-ready hanging right by the door for easy egress ;)

Long time readers of this blog may recognize the artwork hanging on the wall from a failed attempt at decorating our living room.  I am so pleased that this awesome canvas (of a photo that I took of the inside of a light house) not only looks great in the room but also fits right into the subtle discovery/adventurer theme we chose.

 

The Reading Nook

Once I found out just how much space I would have between the train table and the corner, I ordered a custom floor cushion from an Etsy seller and filled up the space with some fun pillows from Land of Nod.

The white book shelves really pop against the deep blue walls and I especially love the one that wraps around the corner.  Our son helped install the shelves so he definitely feels pride when he’s in this corner of the room.

 

The Bed

One of the features we love about the big-boy bed are the cubbies for holding all sorts of things.  Our 100+ year home is pretty short on storage, so this really is a great benefit for us.  For now, the bed is up against the wall, but someday when he’s older we can rearrange the room so that both sides of the storage bed are accessible.  My son loves to keep his favorite books and stuffed animals in the cubbies in his bed for easy access.  I won’t lie…for the first three nights he slept in the bed, he spent  a LOT of time opening and shutting those doors, but that fun seems to have lost it’s luster.

A brightly colored airplane hangs overhead and my son loves to talk about all the places he thinks it is going.



The three framed prints above the bed used to hang above his crib in his nursery and are actually pages from a calendar that I saved from years ago.

Sheets with cars and trucks and even bicycles are so fun to climb into at night and the brightly striped orange and white comforter is a really fun pop of color against the dark blue walls and the green accented curtains.

 

The dresser wall

One of my favorite details in the room is the parade of sailboats that leads from the door into the room, around the corner and down to the boats on the dresser.

We also added to our globe collection thanks to my mother-in-law who has been stalking thrift stores!

 

A final detail

I would be remiss to show off this room without including a picture of the light fixture.  The truth is, this light was the very first thing I ever purchased for the room.  In fact (don’t judge) I bought it with my son’s big-boy bedroom in mind back when he was a newborn.  I know…that’s weird…but it was on super-crazy clearance and I couldn’t let it go.  In the end, it fits in perfectly with space.

 

It certainly has been a long time since I first created and shared this inspiration board with my son’s big-boy bedroom in mind:

Thank you so much for allowing me to share the final results with you!


Photos via Miriam Bradford

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Kids-play with Scale

So awkwardly enough, I’ve had ‘Scale’ in my to-write-about file for over a month now and as I indicated in this post earlier this week, one of my favorite ways to play with scale is to include a very large sized print in a small space.  Low and behold, this fantastic space has been all over the shelter blogs recently. The large scale animal wall paper is whimsical on its own, but taken to an even larger extreme, the wall paper becomes a statement.

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While playing with scale sometimes means literally taking something and messing with its natural proportions, it can also refer to the symmetry of all of the items in a space together.  For instance, in the vignette below, every piece is generally on the same scale, and when paired with the wainscoting which serves to draw the eye downward, the scale of the pieces together as a whole create a more cozy nook.

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But check it out again when we pan out to see the whole room…

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Turns out that table isn’t a dresser, it’s a night stand!  And the chair is a kids chair!!  But because within the context of the original photo everything was the same scale, our eyes and minds fooled us into thinking they were larger pieces.

This space (and correct me if I’m wrong..but are those some FLOR tiles I spy?) is a beautiful example of how consistent scale in a room can truly create harmony.  Everything from the crib, to the leggy chair, stool and dresser combine to fill the space with symmetry in a cheery, cohesive way.

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Of course, scale can literally be represented in designing spaces intentionally for children.  This reading nook uses two slender bookcases that offset the junior-sized chair beautifully.

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Perhaps the most functional purpose of scale in children’s design can be credited to the Montessori method where there is a heavy suggestion of scaling everything a child will use to their size…from the bed to the bookcases to the desk and mirror.  This space from SewLiberated is the quintessential study in scale for children’s rooms.

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Lastly, before we leave the subject of scale, I have these two examples of home organization areas.  Both are designed with kids in mind, one on a grand scale…

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…the other on a smaller scale.

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Both are functional.  Both are whimsical. Both make a statement.  Both are beautiful.  Which just goes to prove that you can do anything with scale so long as your form and function are balanced.

 

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We’ve been FLOR’d

We are soooooo almost done with my son’s big boy bedroom and I can’t wait to show you the big reveal…unfortunately, you’re just going to have to hold on a bit longer.  You see, the final piece that will go in there is a train table that he is inheriting from his cousin…but my mom can’t bring it up from PA until we call to tell her the baby is on the way.  So that means early November.  Sorry all…you’ll just have to be patient!

In the meantime, his new FLOR tiles arrived the other day and I took some time to put them together.

If you’ll recall from my original mood board, I had designed something with different shades of gray and pops of orange.

Here’s a better view of the screenshot of what I originally proposed by utilizing the FLOR builder.

I liked it…but it wasn’t exactly screaming awesome to me.  I wanted to keep the orange pieces towards the middle of the rug, but couldn’t figure out exactly how to do it without having any of them touch…so I kept designing until I came up with this plan:

This was composed of Toy Poodle squares in Cloud, Titanium, Sterling and Fog with pops of Rake Me Over in Clementine.  If you’ll recall from this post, I planned on having each square represented in the picture below actually be a quarter square.  Even though I have lots of experience with trimming FLOR tiles, and even though it is really easy, I decided to give my ultra-preggo self a break and had FLOR custom cut them for me for a nominal fee.  TOTALLY worth it in my humble opinion!

The tiles arrived on Friday around 2:00pm and by 2:45 this was the scene in his bedroom:

The kid is IN. LOVE. with his new FLOR tiles.  Every day he gets out of bed and immediately lies down on the rug with his head on one of the orange squares and insists that we join him…a proposition that is none too easy for me at this point in my pregnancy.  But how can you resist that face?


We’re so excited that the design worked out and totally tickled that our son loves it as much as we do.

Have you designed your FLOR lately?

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