A Room For Two

Monday, September 22, 2014














How the weekends fly now that everyone here is in school! I feel like every time I turn around it's Monday again. We are still adjusting to this school thing. I think M+L are just catching on that school isn't a simple novelty. Last night as I told them they needed to get ready for bed for school in the morning they both declared "No, we don't want to got to school anymore." I get it. But, of course, off they went. 

Although the weekend went fast it was a good mix of a productive and relaxed one. I finally got around to taking a few pictures of M+L's room (aka all-day everyday+tiger). I was really wishing for that wide angle lens I have been dreaming of for years now. I do not know how people get good room shots without one (i don't think you do). Though despite my photography woes I am really happy with the way the room turned out. They have great light in there for most of the day and it feels both bright and cosy enough for a kids space. It also turned out pretty closely as I imagined. The painted walls were definitely inspired by pinterest. Most everything were things that I found via thrift stores or craigslist, or we things already had. The chair was $15 craigslist find that fit the request for pink from Milo. The painted dresser was a side-of-the-road-find that I brought home and repainted - it quickly became my main source of inspiration for the room. The mid-century dresser was a vintage shop find that I bought before I found the other dresser, but I decided to keep it because M+L have quite the collection of clothes. The beds are from Ikea, as well as the shelving, planters, lighting, and frames. The rug was the last purchase. I was looking for an off-white round rug but I couldn't find one that I loved, so I went with this knowing I could swap it pretty much anywhere in my house later on down the road. And of course all their bedding was made by me, this way I could indulge in all linen bedding and design it exactly how I wanted it. 

The rest of the weekend I spent cleaning up and getting ready for the week. I am realizing I need to maybe spend the school hours on Friday doing this so the weekends aren't always consumed by next week preparations. But as I said we are still adjusting. How was your weekend?

21 comments:

  1. My goodness, I love their room! You did a wonderful job. And reality sounds like it's settling in - oh boys, the world is a cruel cold place sometimes...

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    1. thanks! i know, when they said that i just thought - yeah, it kind of sucks. i honestly think 5 days a week is a lot for anybody. i'd happy vote on a 4 day work/school week. maybe we should start a petition?

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  2. So much to say. First. Have you considered renting a lens to see which wide angle you like before investing? Just a thought. We should chat lenses because I have too many thoughts to spend here. ;)

    Second. Friday is normally my cleaning day. I hike with my friend in the mornings, come home and clean before I pick up Cal. Well. Mostly clean. Neel vacuums. ;) I like having it done for the weekends.

    THIRD (in caps because it's most important). I adore this room. Just love it. It's a perfect room for two elementary aged boys. Cozy but filled with child-like wonder. Light but warm. Good job, Momma.

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    1. that's a good idea to rent a lens. wide angles are so spendy, i just can never pull that trigger . . . and i am not sure i want to invest in my camera. there's always a bigger and better one i am vying for ;)

      i think i am going to do the friday cleaning day. such a great idea. i am sure there will be weekend cleaning to do, but getting most things ready before the weekend would really help and not feel like one weekend day needs to be put aside for all of that.

      and thank you! i definitely wanted light but warm, so i am glad it reads that way. it does to me too xoxo

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  3. their room is absolutely fantastic! you did such a great job. and i totally get you in regards to shooting interiors without a wide angle lens...it seems nearly impossible for me too!

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    1. thank you! i feel like these photos make it all look so squished, and really it's not. it's a good sized room, but i just couldn't squeeze myself into the corners well enough to get wider shots. if i ever get that lens i'll have to take a few more :)

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  4. Christine, all I could think when I scrolled through these photos is that they looked right out of a magazine, so I'm not sure you really need a wide lense. WOW! The room turned out so so cute! I love it and want to move in immediately :) Hoping you have been having a very sweet September. I am finally back blogging ~ have missed you!

    xoxo Mary Jo

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    1. wow, well thank you! usually i think rooms look better in photos, but in this case, i feel the room looks a lot better in person. so i will definitely take you compliment!

      so glad you are back. i've missed you too xoxo

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  5. Wow! Great job on the boys room! It looks so good, down to the last detail. I love the paint job you did on the wall. : )

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  6. well done, lady! their room is awesome. such a cozy and tranquil space (twin boys have enough energy on their own that they do not need crazy colorful walls!), yet so bright and thoughtfully accesorized to encourage creativity and play. just really well balanced and beautifully done. when i finally buy a home, want to come over and help me design the interior? ;)

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    1. i generally feel crazy enough i don't need colorful walls either ;) i am a renter as well, but luckily they let us paint and such. i've found lots of little ways to decorate without tearing any walls down. though i do dream of doing such things!

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  7. Eee! I love love love it, but more importantly, you can tell just how much they love it, too. It's so good, cozy and well-decorated and not too overwhelmingly "designed," if that makes sense? You struck a really good balance of utility and 'pretty.' I get it, M+L, I don't want to go to work anymore. Maybe we can all play hooky? xo

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    1. thank you! they do really love it. and yes, that makes sense! i definitely didn't want it to feel sterile. while those rooms that have only three toys perfectly positioned high on a shelf look great in photos i can't imagine that they feel too great for kids.

      and yes, let's all just play hooky. xo

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  8. The room looks lovely, Christine. I love that it's filled with natural light and I also like the light colours you used for decorating.

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  9. their room looks amazing. great job. and how funny that one week of school would have been enough. who would have thought :)

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  10. I think the room is gorgeous! Love it! I wish I lived closer so I could let you borrow my wide-angle!

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  11. i love their room! i'm behind on blog reading and i almost missed this post! i have to say, i love the color of their wall and the log pillow! i think it came together like a dream, especially their bedding! yo udid a wonderful job!

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