Wren's Mini Room Makeover

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I am so excited to share Wren's little room makeover today! Not because it is an incredible before and after so much as the fact that it was all done with things we already had. Plus we had a little help from the wonderful Danielle and Paul at Urban Walls (actually, they spurred on this little makeover! Gotta give the credit where it's due)

You may remember Wren's room looked like this, so we pulled all the furniture against the walls or into the hallway and started fresh.
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Wren REALLY loved the wallpaper I did in the powder room this Spring, but I didn't want to paper her room. That would take a lot of paper ($$$) and time should we ever change our minds. And little girls love to change their minds! So removable decals from Urban Walls was a win-win. Specially after Wren saw the gold hearts when I let her decided what she could choose from. 

Proving that she has fabulous taste, I am really in love (get it?) with how they turned out (I may or may not have tried talking her into doing the stars).

To get a 'wallpaper look', I took about 10 minutes to measure and grid out my pattern on a piece of paper and then just measured as I went along.
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Wren was a huge help, cutting each decal out while I measured the next.
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A testament to how fool proof these are, not one botched application!!
I just rubbed with an old credit card...
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and peeled back on a sharp angle.
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All done! 
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We moved Wren's bed over to this side of the room and brought in another nightstand I was storing in my office for her fish and the rest is just shuffled around from her old set up.
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I LOVE how the gold picks up the gold elements we've had for a few years, but that I didn't really appreciate. Like the gilding on her armoire, or the colorwheel knobs on her nightstand.
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I found this lamp on clearance for $15 a couple years ago at HomeSense and it has floated around the house. But I love it most in here for the warmth and texture it adds.
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I raided my linen closet for a few odds and ends to add some whimsy with pillow cases. 
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Blueberry and Tomato are still alive and kicking!
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Let the sun shine in!
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Her room just feels so happy and warm. I kind of want to camp out in here every night.
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I am still in love with Amy from Field Trip's PEACE origami print. Makes so much sense for my little bird-girl's room.
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THANK YOU again Danielle and Paul at Urban Walls!!! You guys have made one 4 year old girl mighty proud of her bedroom.

Setting The (craft) Table

I am sure it isn't just a girl thing, but Wren is more involved in crafting and art than any and all her toys combined. From what the other moms in her preschool tell me, their little ladies all feel the same way. And while I have no qualms with sharing counter/desk space when we are eyeballs deep in a project, I thought it would be nice for her to have a space of her own for the very same purpose.

Once upon a time we had a chair in this corner of Wren's room. It was very sweet and useful as a baby, but as she has gotten older we don't do a lot of sitting in it. Once the crib is out of the room you do most of the story telling in bed. 

So I swapped it out with a cute little yellow table I found in a corner at the local Goodwill. It had a dreamy little $3.99 sticker on it and that was all it took to seal the deal. It is chipped, a little dinged and all around perfect for the abuse it is sure to take at the world headquarters for my mini Martha.


 

A $1 wicker basket with a plastic liner for all her crayons and pencils was another thrifted find. Immediately she began with her crafting, just standing at the table and working on her own. But I kept my eyes peeled for about a month for some cute chairs. I hummed and hawed over the little Ikea kids chairs but those are $20 each for the wood ones and I felt like maybe there was something more original out there.

When last weekend my Sister in Law, Kate, and I hit up a local antique mall to scope out some goodies for her nearly finished condo revamp and I spotted an antique pink table with two matching chairs for $25. I LOVED that the chairs were different but painted the same pink, and while I already had a table I scooped up the set and took the other table down to her pink playroom in the basement for her kitchen set up. 

We often have 2 little girls over instead of just one so I would love to round it out with one more chair. And while I am going to keep my eyes peeled I think I might cave and add a kids Panton chair to the mix for that touch of unexpected mod. Who knows, maybe it will someday inspire her to become an architect or furniture designer?? 


The funny part is that no matter how much time and thought I put into it, nothing will quite beat the comfort of a seat like this.


Happy Monday Friend!

Gathering Glitter for Her Nest

Ever since she could point Wren has always been infatuated with the moon and stars. She would show us the moon in every book page it appeared, as we were out driving, in every movie or picture. So I wanted to give my girl a few stars of her own over her Birthday week.

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It started with a bunch of Christmas decor sales I saw in the thrift stores just before the holidays. It struck me that tinsel strands are awfully fun, even outside of the holidays so I picked up a few bundles. They came in handy for some of my birthday decor, I set aside the ones with stars for Wren and the rest is patiently waiting for future crafts. Each 6 ft strand was $0.10, and I see they are even cheaper now that stores are trying to clear out their holiday merchandise! I also picked up some pearl garland (also originally for the Holidays) for a touch of glam.
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The pom poms have been going strong for exactly 4 years now and we still love them! The glittery garland and pearls add just enough fun above her bed to keep it exciting for my newly 4 year old star gazer.
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Doing her 'model face'. She loves to do what I call faux-to shoots with anything and everything and she insisted her new garland deserved one!
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