Progress Confession

Hey Peeps!!!

I am sorry to report that I will not be keeping my regular 3x a week posting schedule for awhile.  The reasons for this are as follows:

  1. I SERIOUSLY need to keep moving on the kids’ bedroom revivals and need as much time as possible to get down to business…ahhhhh!!!
  2. There are only 3 weeks until school starts up again = I need to figure out lots of back-to-school stuff…ahhhh!!!
  3. We are going away for a much-needed vacation at the end of August…yay!!!

Never fear…I will (hopefully) be back next week to present both Lily’s and Liam’s updated bedrooms. Progress on their rooms is coming along nicely…though, with only 11 days left until their big reveals, I am starting to panic a wee bit.  Trying to tackle two rooms at once was perhaps a little foolish on my part, and I must confess that I have probably bitten off more than I can chew!  However, I am resolved to get as much done as possible before we go away on vacation.  I think it’s time to put on my “one tough cookie” t-shirt, put on some good tunes, and get her done!!!

ONE TOUGH COOKIE

While we don’t have the time (or the money) to complete tasks like redoing Lily’s closet and replacing Liam’s flooring, the changes we have made so far have totally transformed the look and feel of their bedrooms — so, yay!  I look forward to sharing lots of reveal pictures and details with you next week.  Until then, here are the ideas and original mood boards behind the kids’ bedroom revivals as well as their updated checklists. Have a great week!  Wish me luck 🙂

Liam’s Room

Liam (in a nutshell): 7 years old, curious, observant, serious (at times), quirky, loves lizards and LEGO, interested in different cultures, history, nature, science, and learning about everything in between

Favourite Style: according to an easy Style Finder Quiz on REAL SIMPLE, Liam’s style personality is Vintage Eclectic

Favourite Colour: green (he also likes navy blue & orange)

Room Theme Key Words: natural, adventure, clean lines, vintage, old world, rustic

Room Features: odd-angled ceiling, carpet (to be removed), wood furniture and bed frame, no closet

Liam’s Bedroom Checklist

  • take pictures off walls CHECK
  • organize toys, clothes, etc. CHECK
  • tidy up bedroom CHECK
  • move some furniture & other items out of bedroom CHECK
  • cover up furniture left in bedroom CHECK
  • patch up & sand holes in walls CHECK
  • wash walls, trim, & ceiling surfaces (correction: we actually sanded and brushed off surface particles with a small broom — this was a tip from Michael’s brother, a professional painter) CHECK
  • prime hole patches CHECK
  • paint trim & door CHECK
  • paint walls & ceiling CHECK
  • install new ceiling light fixture CHECK
  • figure out what dresser & desk to use (decided to re-use what we have) CHECK
  • refinish 2 dressers & 1 desk (white dresser, wood dresser & desk)
  • build headboard
  • purchase new bedding CHECK
  • make shelving & storage units for collections
  • purchase and/or find vintage maps & images to use CHECK
  • purchase and/or find jars and containers for collection display purposes
  • pull out carpet (to be done at a later date)
  • install new flooring (to be done at a later date)
  • purchase or re-use rug (to be done at a later date)
  • put it all together

Lily’s Room

Lily (in a nutshell): 11 years old, sweet, caring, sassy, funny, loves animals, interested in writing, reading, and drawing

Favourite Style: according to an easy Style Finder Quiz on REAL SIMPLE, Lily’s style personality is a tie between Cozy Casual and Sophisticated Classic

Favourite Colour: blue (she also likes green & red)

Room Theme Key Words: pretty, romantic, cozy, soft, old world, transitional (from kid bedroom to pre-teen paradise)

Room Features: odd-angled ceiling, lack of lighting, wainscoting, orange-hued laminate flooring, white furniture, black metal bed frame

Lily’s Bedroom Checklist

  • take pictures off walls CHECK
  • organize toys, clothes, etc. CHECK
  • tidy up bedroom CHECK
  • move some furniture & other items out of bedroom CHECK
  • cover up furniture left in bedroom CHECK
  • patch up & sand holes in walls CHECK
  • sand & wash walls, trim, & ceiling surfaces CHECK
  • prime walls CHECK
  • paint trim & door CHECK
  • paint walls & ceiling CHECK
  • install new ceiling light fixture CHECK
  • figure out what dresser & desk to use (decided to re-use what we have) CHECK
  • refinish 2 dressers, bedside table, 1 desk, & 1 shelf CHECK
  • purchase new bedding CHECK
  • purchase and/or find colourful animal art and decorations to use CHECK
  • purchase new rug
  • redo closet (to be done at a later date)
  • put it all together

Deals + Discoveries + Decisions: Liam’s Bedroom

My last post focused on the serendipitous deals, discoveries, and decisions Lily and I made regarding the transformation of her current bedroom into a pretty, pre-teen paradise (read that post here).  As a follow-up, let’s take a quick look at some of the unanticipated deals, discoveries, and decisions relating to Liam’s bedroom.

Liam’s Room: What a Wonderful World

Mr. Man’s original mood board (find out more details about products and paint colours here).

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Deals + Discoveries + Decisions

To me, one of the most exciting parts of transforming a living space is when your original ideas and inspirations morph into something even better than you expected. This type of serendipitous event is quickly becoming a common occurrence in regards to my kids’ bedroom revivals.  In putting together Lily and Liam’s bedrooms this past week, a number of small (but nonetheless awesome) deals, discoveries, and decisions have taken place.

This post will focus on Lily’s room; here is the original mood board for Lily’s bedroom transformation.

Lily’s Room: A Fine Romance

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It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green

Kermit T. Frog sings the truth — “it ain’t easy bein’ green“.

This adage is especially true when you are a wall colour.  Finding the perfect green paint can be difficult; the wrong shade of green can look downright icky.

But, as our dear friend Kermy says:

green’s the color of spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like a mountain
Or important like a river
Or tall like a tree

…and the frog is right — green is one of the most predominant colours in our world. Green = Nature.  What could be better than that?

Who wouldn’t want to add Mother Nature’s favourite colour into their home???  

To be honest, I have always preferred adding simple touches of green in my decorating, opting to use fabrics, plants, and other accessories to bring the outdoors in.  My son, Liam, however, has made it perfectly clear that nothing else but GREEN will do for his bedroom walls.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), in order to find the shade of green that is just right for Liam’s room, I didn’t need to spend my usual billion hours searching through various shades online.  The reason for this is simple: I happened upon the warmest, richest, most amazing green wall colour I’ve ever seen, on the walls of my good friend’s bedroom.  When I saw this particular green shade a couple of months ago, I fell in love in a heart beat.

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‘P’ainted Love: Part Deux

Hello again!  I can hardly believe that I was able to complete not one, but two posts this week.  Give me a second while I pat myself on the back……………thanks.

I promised in my last post (check out ‘P’ainted Love here) that I would be back with more ideas and pictures of my almost 11-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

Let’s just jump right in with both feet, shall we???!!!

A Quick Recap:  After much discussion and deliberation, my daughter Lily and I have come up with some basic thoughts that will inform her new bedroom.  Here are our initial ideas and musings.

Lily’s Room

Lily (in a nutshell): sweet, caring, sassy, funny, loves animals, interested in writing, reading, and drawing

Favourite Style: according to an easy Style Finder Quiz on REAL SIMPLE, Lily’s style personality is a tie between Cozy Casual and Sophisticated Classic

Favourite Colour: blue (she also likes green & red)

Room Theme Key Words: pretty, romantic, cozy, soft, old world, transitional

Room Features: odd-angled ceiling, lack of lighting, wainscoting, orange-hued laminate flooring, white furniture, black metal bed frame

Colour Choices:

Walls & Ceiling                  Wainscoting & Trim             Accent Colour                                                 BM French Canvas           BM White Dove                   BM Fiji

BM = Benjamin Moore

To give you a better idea of what we are working with, here are a few pictures of Lily’s current room.

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‘P’ainted Love

Take my tears and that’s not nearly all!
Oh…’p’ainted love.
‘P’ainted Love …

I apologize if you end up humming Soft Cell’s 1981 hit, Tainted Love, for the rest of the day (hehehe).  I couldn’t resist — I totally have a love/hate relationship with painting…though, the thought of painting doesn’t make me nearly as mad as these guys look!

Is it just me, or do their eyes follow you wherever you go???

Okay, let’s get back to the issue at hand: PAINTING.

My husband, Michael, and I bought a whole whack o’ tintable paint on sale over a year ago (yes, you read that right).  However, due to a “series of unfortunate events”, there has been a serious lack of painting in our house.  And so, numerous cans of yet to be tinted paint lay in waiting for the day when they will be rescued from our dusty basement, be adorned with colour, and spread over our much neglected walls.

Can you say “plenty of poor, pathetic, pitiful paint cans placed plainly 3x fast???

Well, as part of my new initiative to revive both my house and self, I am officially pulling the switch — I will be blowing the dust of a few paint cans and painting both of my kids’ rooms by the end of May.  You heard it here first folks — 2 rooms in 1 month!!!

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