Let’s just pretend that Weston’s room is completely done and that this all happened about a year ago. I tend to be late.
Welcome to 2013!
Weston’s room had very blue beginnings. When we first moved in, we had basically thrown all the random stuff in here for storage reasons and shut the door pretending that this area didn’t exist.
That photo was after the new carpet. You can see that I am not exaggerating the blueness of the situation…
The previous owners really liked to match the carpet to the
drapes walls. But the color of the room wasn’t the only problem. We also had a situation with the window. The vinyl windows were coming out of the opening (water issues?), and the little cracks made it prime real estate for wasps to nest. Nothing says Welcome to earth baby! like stinging insects. So we were hesitant to even start on this room to begin with until the window was fixed. After we had the outside painted (the painters also did some extensive repairs on trim work, including nailing this window frame back in place and sealing up any spots for wasps to hide), we felt like we definitely had the green light to work on the room.
Then we procrastinated. It seemed to drag on and drag on. I was slow making decisions…I would change my mind a bazillion times. Before we knew it, the room still wasn’t done and it was October. I told Jeremy that if there was anything I wanted done before Christmas, it was the laundry room and Weston’s room. He was like “oh yeah. Those will definitely be done.”
Christmas came and went…both spaces still weren’t done.
So now our goal is simple…get those two rooms in semi-decent working order before LJ arrives (my due date is on the 11th so that means if my water breaks, I will be installing a countertop in the laundry room in seventeen seconds. Guinness book of world records here we come.)
This space is officially done in my book…there are still things I would like to do down the line (ahem, new rug, new light fixture, a mobile over the changing pad, etc.) but none of them are deal breakers for me. This room is good enough to reveal as done…at least to me 🙂 So anyhoo…the befores were very blue…
And now the room is anything but blue…
We first painted the entire space Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan Gray (we had it color matched to Behr paint) and I love the freshness of it next to bright white trim and ceiling. After that, we installed that faux brick wall. It might be my favorite thing ever. It creates a great backdrop for any kind of art I want to hang over Weston’s crib. I fully plan on trading the ‘fabric tapestry’ for other ideas over time (this was one of the biggest problem areas for me because I have a bazillion ideas on how to decorate above his crib so I will be using this as my focal wall for whenever I want to switch things up!)
Speaking of the fabric wall hanging…I will have a tutorial soon for ya. Right now it is great (albeit a little Christmasy) because it incorporates all these different colors bringing some fun and whimsy into the very gray space.
Side note : Will had this little fabric W in his room for the longest time. I bought it even before Will was born (we always knew that our first born son would be named William…) and he is VERY proud of it. Ever since learning that his name and Weston’s name both start with the same letter, he has been obsessed with W’s in general. So anyhoo…when I started doing more finishing touches in here, I asked Will if certain books or stuffed animals were better for him or for Weston and he came running out of his room holding the W and said that it was ‘puhfect’ for Weston’s wall. Melt my heart and call me buttah.
On the wall next to the focal brick wall, we hung the oversized W over the toy boxes that Jeremy built. Don’t judge me for not styling the bookshelves…this is real life people. If I can get the books onto the shelves at all…that is an accomplishment.
Between the focal wall and the W wall, there is a weird little slanted wall. At first I wanted to just ignore it existed but then I decided that a random not centered frame display was just the ticket.
Since the room is basically very gray and white and the furniture is really quite monochromatic as well, I really wanted to bring in some fun colors. NOT BLUE. I wasn’t quite ready to go back there yet. So instead, EVERY OTHER COLOR got incorporated. I know it would drive some people crazy but for me, the little zing of colors here and there scream youth.
Plus, it makes it easy to use toys and kiddie books as decoration when you aren’t limited to just one accent color. It helps the art feel natural and the open storage seem a little less chaotic.
Opposite the crib, we have Weston’s changing table dresser. It is high and wide and enough storage for all of his clothes (TWO THUMBS WAY UP!). When I finally get around to making a mobile…I want it up above this dresser. You can never be too old for a mobile 🙂
Oh and in case you were wondering…Weston’s little animal, the one we associate with him….his spirit animal if you will…is the elephant. We are a bird family. Will is a tiger. Weston is an elephant. It doesn’t make any sense to logical people but to us it does. Anyway…he has elephant stuff all over but my favorite two are this huge stuffed one he got for his first Christmas…
and then this little ceramic elephant that my mom had in our kid’s bathroom when I was little (it used to hold hand towels). I saved it from her yard sale pile and am still obsessed with it to this day.
So that is Weston’s room as it is today. A little taste of the rainbow! Check it off the list! Only a year late….I mean….right on time 🙂