I will never forget designing her room. For years Dave and I had kept the door shut to that room. With a finished ceiling and nothing else, we had left it waiting our arrival… whenever he or she would make it.
Two years into our marriage, we were ready. With my belly growing and our anticipation rising, we knew we needed to get a place ready. For her. A girl was to be born, and her name? Adelaide!
We started with a shell of a room. The walls had been covered in paper at one point, and were now (mostly) stripped and in need of some spackle and paint, while the closet required a bit more love to patch the settling lines and add a bar and shelf perfect for the storage we would need. The original wood floors were in need of TLC (errr… needing to be replaced)- we opted for the organic, hypoallergenic, all natural, softest carpet on the market, in a greenish color, to go with the theme of the room: a Beatrix Potter tea party.
With cherry wood furniture, a plush chair and shelves Dave had painted himself, the room truly came together… with all the right touches, of course:
When it comes to practicality, all these months later, I love the room! It is where I go to just sit. There is a beautiful chair, where I nursed, rocked and read to my sweet girl. It is where story time is held each night and where we end up during nights that longer snuggles need to happen. With shelves everywhere, I never have to look for things- they are just where they need to be at the changing table (and safely out of reach), they hold beautiful décor, and memories that we will last forever. The simplicity of the plain wood, painted in the same color as the moulding, brings the whole room together and is aesthetically pleasing with the whimsical bracket to add that something to it. The window treatments are wonderful, with a double layer. The underlying curtain is a green sheer that lets light in, but also gives great privacy, while the outer curtain matches the bedding (rosettes) and is a bit thicker. They are not, even together, blackout curtains, but we never found that Addie needed that, and she loves opening them to see outside and let the light in during the day- perfect with her two-wall windowed room to save on a lighting bill!
When planning another room (maybe a master suite for the grown ups?!), I know that I will look to my patience and practicality to make sure we have everything we need and make the room as simple and functional as possible!
Addie has always approved of her room… anywhere that has a place for her to sleep is a-ok in her book:
When planning out the rooms in your home, what do you wish you’d done differently? What do you love?