Thank you all for your positive stories and advice. I have to admit I’m an emotional mess. I called B this morning at work crying…
Me: I c c c aaan’t have an o o other c c c c sectio o o o n
It’s so hard to stay positive right now. But I’m doing the best I can. So to take our minds off of my vagina and onto bigger and better things, let’s do some big boy room shit. By the way STILL NO SUN. I had like 30 seconds of sun today and I RAN to the room with my camera and the sky was like GOT YOU. It just wanted to see a 39 week pregnant woman run.
So we’re going with what we have because I’m ovah it.
First let’s credit the uber talented, fabulous and foul mouthed MFAMB. If you don’t read her blog, you are foolish. Really. Here’s how it went down every day. She would give me ideas and I’d be like I NEED MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION. I need you to tell me exactly where to put that frame and where to put the books that go in the box because my brain doesn’t work anymore. And she would. And not call me a nut job. She does this service for people in the world. She is fabulous.
We started with this inspiration, put together by MFAMB:
I loved it and wanted it exactly like this. That didn’t completely happen for reasons which I will explain. But the inspiration to start was great.
Here is the before picture of the room. Our old guest room:
And now the after
BIG BOY ROOM! You’ll see I committed the #1 design crime: ceiling fan. I apologize to the design world but it’s hot. We need a fan. Deal.
Yep, it’s a lot of orange. That table is fluorescent orange and in the West Elm picture it is the color of sand. Tricky West Elm. Tricky.
I think my favorite element is tied between the awesome vintage dresser find on Craigslist for 60 bucks and the blow up of G picking his nose. Equally great.
All the chachkies we had or were toys that G didn’t play with anymore because they don’t scream songs and light up your face. Of course NOW he wants to play with them. Sorry kid. Sacrifice to the design gods.
Photograph by yours truly. My talents know no bounds.
You’ll see that there are GASP markers and paint in these tins. This is something we call “styling” a picture. Because the second these pictures are over, that shit comes out. I’m no fool, a 2 year old can’t be trusted. Toys and cars will go in them until he can act right.
B built these after only 3 fights and 1 crying session. Win.
That picture is the day B and I first met. And that equation below it is real math.
Books chosen from our house on purpose.
The art is all done by a great friend of ours which I’ll tell you all about
Obv a deer head.
Kids are really the only ones that get tons of pictures of themselves in their own room. I asked B, I can’t do this is my room.
See what happened here?
And there you have it. A complete big boy room. This process started in April and finished TODAY. That is 8 months friends. And I say this because this wasn’t all bought at once and definitely not accomplished all at once with a 2 year old in the house. This was blood sweat and vomit. But I do really have to credit all of the work to B and all of the design to MFAMB. I did nothing. Thank god for that.
Now what you really want. The source list.
Blue zig zag quilt: PB Teen
Stars sheets: Company Store
Fluffy Pillow: West Elm
Orange quilt:Land of Nod
Table and chairs: West Elm
Tins and wire picture hanger: Ikea
Curtain fabric: Spoonflower
Toy bins: Container Store
Rug: Urban Outfitters
Nightstand: Ikea (expedit single cube)
Ceiling fan: Lowes
Hanging rockets: Land of Nod
Bob Dylan art: Concepcion Designs (a very good friend of ours and insanely talented)
Robot print: All Posters
Rocket Print: All Posters
Dresser: Craigslist bitches!
2 white lamps: Lamps Plus
blue guitar: Amazon
Orange clock: Urban Outfitters (sold out)
deer head: Urban Outfitters
If there is something you see that isn’t on this list it’s because we already owned it. This was work to put together my friends. To thank me, please go visit MFAMB and have her design a room for you. Or have her paint a picture for you. Or have her scour your local craigslist for you for awesome shit OR have her recap American Horror Story for you with MS Paint drawings. Because she does all of that. And she is in commercials. Really.
I hope you like the room as much as we do. No, G isn’t in it yet. We wanted to have it ready for him to get used to before switching him. It will be a few months. So if you want to rent it out for the night, it’s 700 a night.
I take paypal.
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