Now that we've decided to do some repainting, and I'm still at a loss when it comes to that funny floating wall, I probably won't be getting you some entryway and dining room pics for a while. At least not before we finish our kitchen, which will hopefully happen in the next 6-8 weeks. I was, however, able to finish Cheech's room by my January 1st deadline, so I figured I may as well show you the tiny bit of progress we've made with our new place.
The funny thing I realized when I first started planning her room was that Joe and I aren't exactly big fans of color. If you look around the rest of our home (and our closets), just about everything is either grey, brown, black, or navy blue. I was originally going to do something very similar for Cheech's room, but it felt all wrong. I, then, toyed with the idea of painting her room peach and going with a soft pastel palette, but that also seemed off to me. Then it hit me... if she were to pick her own room colors, there's NO WAY she'd go with neutrals or pastels. Cheech is part goofball, part whack job, part adventuress, and a whole lot of crazy happy energy rolled into one. If I wanted her room to be a reflection of her, then I was going to have to step completely out of my comfort zone. And so I did, and the result is just about as Cheech as you can get.
The good thing about Cheech's room when we moved in was that it was a total blank slate. The bad thing was that EVERYTHING had to be changed. The first two things we did were replacing the windows and the carpet. The windows were death traps (not cool when you live with a 1 1/2 year old), and the carpet was that nasty, gross feeling oatmeal carpet that landlords are so fond of using. Like I mentioned before, I was really disappointed by the whole carpet ordeal, but it's turned out to be a lifesaver for my accident prone kid. Next, we painted, and then I slowly started to piece the rest of the room together (check the end of the post for sources).
We're so happy with how Cheech's room turned out, but more importantly, she's so happy. I wanted to design a room that she'd want to hang out in and luckily, that's exactly what we got. I love walking by and catching her lost in a book, building impossibly tall block towers, trying to put her Gabba pals down for a nap, and even laughing her little head off mid-nose dive.
bed and trundle: Land of Nod / floral quilt, throw pillow, and white sham: Gypsa / elephant pillow and monkey quilt: rikshaw design / rug, map, rattan pouf, hamper, table and chairs, both lamps, all wall shelves and frames: Ikea / nightstand: target / uprisings poster: kozyndan / baby giraffe prints: The Animal Print shop / birthdate poster: Shayna Roosevelt atelier / best year ever calendar: Spread the Love / rocking chair: LL Bean / giraffe planter: anthropologie / yellow paper mobile: frazier & wing
*all other items were either thrifted or gifts.