When I first started decorating Lu’s bedroom I was pregnant, we had JUST moved into this house, and I had a head filled with about 15 different ideas of what I wanted to do in there. Every one of those ideas more extravagant than the next. I was going in opposite directions with multiple color schemes and I am not ashamed to say that it kinda looked like every wall was taken from a different nursery concept and modpodged together to make one weird Frankenstein version..
Sometimes room ideas come to me rapidly and whole while other times, MOST times, they come like this. Like a mess of ideas and inspiration that I need to pick through while trying to find out what it is I really want. This time with Lu’s room I unfortunately did not pick though the pile very well. After staring at her room for almost a year and a half I just couldn’t take it anymore. I needed to pick one concept and roll with it.
With a little help from My Uptown Baby I was able to actually to do it.
My uptown baby is an online boutique ran by the sweetest women ever. She picks through her favorite products and trends and puts them up on her site. From the cutest stuffies (I just spotted a new sloth in there thats to die for!) to the trendiest teepees and canopies, they offer practical, every day kids gear that is perfectly designed. There is nothing I love more than buying something I already need and getting the bonus of it also being cool enough to display.
With the help of her and a few lessons I’ve learned along the way by making the WRONG decision one, two, three (hundred) times, I am finally on my way to getting Lu’s room just the way I want it. I’m not going to say I tend to make the same mistake over and over again, but you know. I do. So learn from me. Here are the most important things I am trying to remember while working on her room.
Simple always comes across better. Three of Lu’s four walls are painted white. I love doing this because I can really make a particular area in a room stand out, or let the artwork on the walls speak for themselves. Neither of the kids rooms are ALL white, but they both have a lot of it.
If you know me then you know I love color, and color pops perfectly on white. Not to mention, I can change the decor without changing the paint…. so, win-win.
Pick One or two focal points, conversation pieces, things you love deep down in your soul. For me it was Lu’s floral wall I painted before she was born and her beautiful canopied nook in the corner of her room. Both of which popped perfectly on those mostly all white walls.
I simply hung my a canopy from My Uptown Baby and added pillows to make that little area what it is. It’s the perfect little reading nook for Lu or nap time area if we’re being real here. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the room and definitely sets the tone we were going for. Warm, beautiful, cozy, but with a whole lot of colorful wildness.
Keep it kid friendly. There have been far too many times I have been overly eager to recreate some beautiful Pinterest post that to be honest, just wasn’t realistic. When it comes down to it a kids room is a kids room. A place for them to feel safe and love everything in it. It should reflect them. So a cactus chilling in the corner is not a practical design move. For us at least…
Pick a theme that won’t need to be changed next year. I have never been one to buy a lot of cartoon or fad things. I’ve done it, but it’s not my fav. I like the more generic concepts like animals, dinosaurs, or even just a color scheme. Only because I have seen how quickly the kids fall in and then out of love with these characters and quite frankly, I can’t afford a room revamp every year. I am STILL working on Jax’s mural (ignore my eye roll, I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life) and I am even paranoid that he will outgrow THAT before I get a chance to finish. There’s nothing better than a concept with a little growing room.
I started picking more neutral additions to their rooms like this paper alphabet storage bag. It’s simple enough to go into any room and fit in perfectly. I can move it to Jax’s room, Lu’s room, or the play room and no matter where it is, it looks good. So I know that I will get plenty of use out of it.
Buy your big things first and your small things second. Oh, I have learned this lesson too many times to count. Buying things, stuffing them away and not seeing them again until I go to actually decorate. Low and behold, nothing matches. So, I made a promise to myself that from now on I will buy my big pieces, the things I love, first. Then build around them. So far it has been a life saver for me (and my wallet).
Along with my canopy focal point in Lu’s room I also fell in love with this beautiful blue macrame wall hanging. It’s the perfect focal point for the playroom because it is made more durable than any other one I have ever seen. I can already tell it’s going to weather the storm of childhood.
I can’t thank My Uptown Baby and Claire enough for kicking my butt into gear and getting my FINALLY going on fixing Lu’s room. I love walking in there and feeling like I have built her a beautiful space that she can grow into with products that will hold up to her use.
Now I just need to bookmark these tips for myself so that I stop throwing all my learned lessons out the window when I go to decorate….