I had intended on having this post ready to go early this morning, and then lo and behold…life happened. Robert took the past two days off work to enjoy some family time and give us a chance to take a trip to the zoo, which was tons of fun! Sometimes I have to remind myself that the makeovers can wait while we make memories. Little miss Livie Bug was so excited to see all of the animals. The monkeys were her favorite, naturally.
I’m slowly getting back into my schedule’s groove.
Yesterday, I shared the challenge I faced in finding the perfect paint color for Olivia’s upcoming bedroom makeover along with tips I’ve learned along the way in making a few mistakes in the past. So here’s what we chose!
The color is Benjamin Moore Grey Owl and I’m SO glad I went with my gut on this one. My original gallon I’d bought of Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray was pretty, but it wasn’t what I had in mind.
So now Robert and I can start on the fun part- decorating! And by Robert and I, I mean that I’ll be sweet talking him into cutting wood and nailing up things for projects. 😉 He’s excited about jazzing up this room too though.
You’re about to see my big crush on RH Baby and Child because almost everything I have in mind has come from their website.
This won’t be the most beautiful post in the world or anything, but I wanted you to see some ideas I have swimming around.
I keep debating if I want to put her canopy back up. I’ve had the idea to upholster a little French chair I found recently in her French Stamp fabric and hanging up a white canopy instead. Or forgoing the canopy altogether and hanging a pair of angel wings above her bed. (In a cheaper, DIYed version of course.)
For above her dresser, Olivia’s talented uncle sketched a ballerina that I’ve been trying to think up the perfect spot for. I’ll probably hang it in place of the mirror.
Since it’s nowhere nearly as big as the mirror though, I might flank it with a couple of framed dresses that Olivia wore in her baby days. (*tear)
For this big, blank wall beside Olivia’s bed, I’m going to hang her mirror close to the floor there instead and attach a barre to the wall. This child apparently takes after me because she’ll dance across a room any time the mood strikes her.
It’s something that could really grow with her. I mean really, how stinkin’ cute is this?
On either side of the mirror, I would love to make some oversized sheet music plaques with lyrics to the song “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. The words in the song are so fitting for a little girl’s room.
Across from the ballet barre wall, I want to make a dress-up rack.
Olivia has inherited a huge box of costumes and vintage clothes from my ballet dancing days and her grandmother/great-grandmother, so a rack will be perfect. I’ll probably hang a shelf above it for hats and knick-knacks too.
Her window needs to be dressed up too.
Robert and I have talked about adding molding around it similarly to how we did our bathroom window. I’ll hang either white or pink curtain panels too. And, if it’s in the budget, I’d like a woven shade.
When we first moved into this house, I had the hardest time figuring out the look I wanted in this room (and next time, Olivia will most likely be in charge). So I added a more modern Ikea light in here.
Now, I’m thinking a chandelier would be more fitting. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a lucky find in a thrift store. This one below from RH Baby and Child is gorgeous! And could be so easy to replicate using an old brass light and chalk paint.
For the open floor space between her bed and dresser, I would like to add a soft, patterned rug. I’ll have to be on the lookout for the perfect one (that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, of course).
Are you envisioning it yet? At least we have furniture in here thanks to a lucky cheap-o bed and dresser find from the thrift store, and we sold her crib and baby dresser to help with the cost. Every penny counts.
What do you think so far? I can’t wait to see how it comes together!