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A Room for Two

Welp....here it is!  The kids' room.  I only took one before picture, for some reason, but it definitely gives you an idea of the bandaid-colored-ness of the room and the extreme number of nail holes and staple holes (??) that my kind brother filled in.
Shudder....enough of that.  Let's get to the pretty part.  I think this room got worked on first because it's my favorite place to be in the whole house.  It has the most spectacular light all day, and I'm so in love with the paint job that I could just marry it.  
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you that she has many more books that generally reside in this area....in a giant mess.  But I, of course, removed them so everyone would think we're super minimal and organized up in here. I did give up on keeping the bedspread wrinkle-free after all the jumping my daughter insisted on doing while I took pictures. The numbers came from Blue Door, the graph paper bunting is Annilygreen, and the bed was mine when I was little. (The lamp is old Ikea and is in desperate need of a drum shade instead of that lame tapered one.)
Moving right along, we have the little table with a couple of the tiny chairs I allowed myself to keep in this move. This corner is always spotless....and by spotless I mean peppered with dominoes and Duplo.
Next we have the baby man-cave corner.  Ok, so boy looks about the same as girl...oh well. The yellow pillow is Annilygreen (I promise the shop will be back soon!), the art is the Air Lines print from lx97, and I made the mobile from leather scraps and a hanger (rocket science, I'm telling you). And FYI, the crib is usually filled with stuffed animals and blankets that will have no home once we have to actually put a baby in there.
Every kid needs cardboard blocks that can hold like 250 pounds for some reason. We have discovered that they are perfect for chucking at the mobile. I predict my creation will not survive until the baby comes, but it sure looks cool in the meantime. Oh, and that red stuffed rattle peaking out is from Radseams.
And lastly we have the closet door and a peak at the built-in thingy.  You will not see below this level because I don't live in a magazine, and I haven't found toy bins that are cute enough to show the Internet.  Plus, as you can see, I haven't done anything to finish the edges of the shelves yet.
But I'll let you see the top, I guess.  Can you spot all the staple wounds in the door?  They were ALL around the edges and middle of the walls....like someone stapled up wall paper or something.  But then why are they on the door and the shelf too?  Weird.  Did you know that thread holders make the perfect storage for finger puppets?  
And we'll end with one more look at the mobile.  Man, I love leather.  And maybe one more glance at the "big girl bed."

The end! 

All posts about the house are rounded up here.

I have to give major, major props to Emily Henderson for the tip that allowed us to get a perfectly clean line between the white and gray paint.  Because of her advice on Design Star, we put the tape down, painted white over it (so if anything bled under the tape, it would be white), THEN painted the gray once the white was dry.  And voila....clean lines.

33 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, I'm still in love with the grey and white!

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  2. What a great room! Love the grey and white, the mobile, and the natural light.

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  3. It looks amazing! I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the house. The mobile is so cool as well. i want one.

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  4. That room looks so good! I think I need to have you come and help me with my house.

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  5. Oh my goodness! Annie! I am SO IMPRESSED! This looks beautiful. Will you come and paint my house? (well, buy me a house first...)

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  6. thanks, everyone! and natalie...i would paint for you, but i didn't do even a lick of the painting....it was all my dad and brother and husband. :) i just bossed people around while avoiding exposing my fetus to fumes, haha.

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  7. what are the paint colors you used in the room, they are so subtle and beautiful! love it!

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  8. denise....duh, i should have included that information! thanks for reminding me. the grey is behr's dolphin fin, and the white is behr's ultra pure white. i know it doesn't look ultra pure in the photos, but i blame my total lack of skill at photographing white stuff. :)

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  9. Oh I love this Annie. Thanks for sharing with me on MADE. I've been thinking of white and gray all day :)
    - Dana

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  10. um... i LOVE love LOVE it. please come paint/design my baby's room. stat!

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  11. i love this! you have such a good artistic eye - those numbers look awesome right along the paint line - and i love that you thought to use that yellow tree as art. lucky babies! love, lindsay

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  12. looks fab & even better in person! i absolutely love 2 toned walls. i did this in my first house's living room & dream about it daily- miss it sooo much! you're lucky to have such awesome family to help you out.

    p.s. you need to sell those mobiles- they are amazing

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  13. Cool mobile and I LOVE the paint job! Working on my first nursery right now - thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. it's like you crawled in my head and pulled out my dream room for my little girl. thanks for doing the hard work [the designing], now i can get to copying!

    ps. where in the world did you find that amazing artwork above her bed??

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  15. never mind, i found the post about the artwork. a skirt?!?!?! now i'm really amazed! seriously, so freeeeakkkking aweseom

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  16. It looks fantastic! I'm in love with the little bedside table/shelf. Where did you get it?

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  17. What color is the gray? Love it all.

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  18. krista...it's actually one of those cube bookshelf things from ikea (not sure if they have the exact one anymore) with legs i screwed on. the legs are the cheap ones you can get at home depot or lowe's in the lumber section (by the other precut table legs)....i had to wander the store for them because none of the employees had any idea what i was talking about. they're also easy to find online or other hardware stores.

    sadie...it's behr's dolphin gray. but if you're going to paint a wall gray, get a few samples to try first because they'll all look sooooo different in your house's lighting. i got 4, and this one was the one that looked the worst in the store, but it was the only one that didn't look lavender or green or beige in our house.

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  19. Annie you did such a great job! love it!!

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  20. ah yes, that is the best tip I ever discovered as well! I have been painting lines and stipes up in here with no seep-through! yay! this room looks FABULOUS annie! I love love love the mobile, the numbers, everything! so inspiring.

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  21. Thread holder for finger puppets? Genius! And I lurve that mobile. A great looking scrap buster is always good.

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  22. Sorry if you've already answered this question, but where did you get your crib?

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  23. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I cannot believe I had the CREATOR of all this...in my home. AMAZING! xoxo

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  24. "But I, of course, removed them so everyone would think we're super minimal and organized up in here."

    This totally cracked me up!

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  25. veronica....it's the park lane crib from walmart, and we've LOVED it. it's been taken apart and moved like 6 times, and it's held up great. and it's super sturdy...my daughter spends a lot of time jumping in it, and she's no petit baby. :)

    alison....i'm blushing....

    julia...i'm glad someone thinks i'm funny! :)

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  26. Okay. I've looked at this room about a million times so I believe it is time I left you a comment. I absolutely love it! I mean, I LOVE every element. I'm cracking up over your commentary about being "all minimal and organized up in here." Those are my exact thoughts every time I take a picture in my house. I think book storage is the worst to try to figure out.

    Anyway, did I mention I love this room?

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  27. Thanks! I love it and everything else.

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  28. Only about a year late, but LOVE it! What a great idea for finger puppets!

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  29. I'm planning to do two toned walls in our boy/girl nursery- you're room is such a good example of it done right. I shared it along with other nursery inspiration on my blog :)

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