Most of the time, I love my little 1920’s California bungalow. But, recently I’ve realized our tiny home is not totally ideal. The problem is that my daughters, Denali and Olivia, have to share a room. This doesn’t seem like it would be a big issue, but there is a big age gap between them. Denali is 11 (going on 16) and Olivia is just a year old. I want them to have a space that is appealing and organized for both of them. I don’t want the room to look like a nursery, or on the other extreme, like a mature teenage space either. The room does have furniture, but really no defined style. The bedding, rug and walls are grey and light pink and I do love that color combo. But, beyond color, there isn’t much else. I’m struggling to give my toddler and tween the space and design that they each need. I want their room to be a place that they both love. We need function and funk folks.
They both have vintage beds. Denali’s is a full sized metal frame from Lonnie’s grandparent’s farm and Olivia’s crib was my Jenny Lind crib from when I was a baby. Obviously our house is also old, but I think the space needs a splash of modern and playful.
To start, I put together an inspiration board of fun pieces that I think could help bridge this age gap in design. I think The Land of Nod has beautiful pieces that will provide my toddler and tween with the unique and quirky style that I’m looking for.
I ended up getting all the pieces on my inspiration board except the storage bench and the new duvet cover. I decided there really wasn’t room in the space for another piece of furniture. And after getting the adorable gold dot sheets, I was totally fine with keeping her old duvet cover. The sheets added spunk and a fresh vibe to the bed.
Taking what we already had and mixing in the new fun things from The Land of Nod, made all the difference. Even though it has a lot of familiar old pieces, it feels like a whole new space.
I love the juxtaposition created by pairing my Grandma’s vintage horse prints with the modern art pieces like The Amethyst. I played around with the arrangement of art pieces for quite a while before I decided on this arrangement. I think the colors and shapes play so nicely together.
The metal bicycle that hangs over the crib was a baby shower gift from a dear friend. I made a little basket liner and some tissue paper flowers for it. The bicycle goes well with the quilt my mother in law made for my baby.
I made a couple new pillows for the bed. The geometric heart is my personal favorite and I’ll be sharing this sewing DIY very soon. I made a giant version of this pattern for Valentine’s day, it’s fun to have a miniature version that I can keep in my home all year long.
The new leather chair is fabulous. I really hope when my daughter moves away for college, that this stays with me. It really added to the modern look I was hoping to infuse into the space. An extra bonus is that it’s very comfortable.
My oldest daughter has a collection of porcelain birthday bears that her Grandma has given her. I had them on a couple little shelves above her dresser, but I found them a new home in the corner of the room on a shelf from my Grandma’s house that I refinished. Now I’m looking at the space over the dresser thinking that a mirror would look pretty fantastic (this one in particular).
To help with storage issues I made these under crib storage bins. I found these two wooden drawers are a garage sale, I believe I paid $4 for each of them. I gave them a coat of fresh white paint, added casters to the bottom, and put a fun glass pull on the front. Now they slide easily under the crib and help keep the clutter at bay.
I gave their old lamp a facelift with a coat of metallic gold paint and a new shade to match the sheets. This lamp shade is an easy DIY. I took an inexpensive white lamp shade, did a little measuring and taping and then I painted on polka dots with metallic gold paint. I’ll be back to share this DIY with you soon.
Here’s the little shelf from my Grandma’s house that I painted white for a crisp clean look.
Post by: Jeran Oleander and Palm