Real Families | Real Kids: Oleander and Palm

Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm
Girls Shared Bedroom Design

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It’s no surprise to my readers that I LOVE The Land of Nod.  I’ve been posting on their Honest to Nod blog for a year and half now and have collaborated on lots of fun projects with them.  I’m not exaggerating or just being nice when I say that they are my favorite company, because they really are.  This company has the most creative folks working for them and gorgeous products that work well in any space (not just kid’s rooms).

We own a small 1920s California bungalow.  My girls share a bedroom, which lots of sisters do, but there is a 10 year age gap between my girls.  It’s a tricky thing to give both a toddler and a tween a space that they both love.  I didn’t want the space to be too grown up for Olivia, my two year old, or too babyish for my almost teenager, Denali.  I worked with Nod to bring their room together while Olivia was still in a crib (you can see the room here).  We loved the everything about the room, but when Olivia started crawling out of her crib this Winter, we knew it was time to move to a big girl bed.  So, earlier this year Nod approached me about helping with moving Olivia to a big girl bed and featuring their room in the Real Families.  I still can’t believe how lucky we are!!!  So we discussed whether we should change the crib out for a toddler bed and keep Denali’s vintage full sized bed or move to two twins and hopefully give the room a little more space.  And we decided that two twins would be the way to go.  We kept the wall color and basic color palette very much the same and added some key storage pieces and fun accessories to bring it all together.

This is my favorite room in our house.  I would happily move in their with the girls.  It’s a perfect mix of playful and pretty.  This is a room my girls can grow up in.  It’s layered with family heirlooms, thrifted finds, my simple DIYs, global treasures from out travels, and amazing Nod pieces.

Here’s the before:

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Girls Shared Bedroom Design - 4And now here’s the girl’s new room with two big girl beds.

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I had so much fun picking out pieces for this space.  And then when the Nod team came to put the room together and photograph the space, I was in seventh heaven.  All that creativeness in my home was a dream come true.Girls Shared Bedroom Design - 8

Girls Shared Bedroom Design - 9By moving to two twins, we were able to fit two of these cute pink ombre book shelves into the room.  It gives us a ton of storage and great place to display all of the girls pretty things.  The Nod stylists worked their styling magic on the space.  They painted Denali’s desk a dark grey and centered it between the new bookshelves.  And then using the Gold Dot Decals, they created an amazing focal point over the desk.  They also created a huge triangle wall hanging to go over Denali’s bed.  It’s so fabulous and it’s made of just straws and sparkly yarn.  Dane thoughtfully used all our old treasured pieces and my DIYs to fill the space and keep it authentically ours.    Girls Shared Bedroom Design - 10

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Girls Shared Bedroom Design - 13If I had to pick one thing in the space that was my favorite, it would be the Gold Bars Rug.  This rug is incredibly comfy and adds a graphic, modern feel to the space.  I love the touches of yellow and gold with the pale pink and grey.  Yellow brings so much energy and life to the room. Girls Shared Bedroom Design - 14

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I know you are are going to want to know all the sources for the Nod products, so here’s the pieces we used in the girl’s room:

Furniture:
Astoria Twin BedsMonarch Nightstand

Bedding:
New School Bedding DuvetsGold Dot Sheet SetDream Girl Quilted Sham

Bedding:
New School Bedding DuvetsGold Dot Sheet SetDream Girl Quilted ShamBeacoup Bow Throw PillowStripes Around the Cube BinMushroom BuddyHeartstring GarlandGraduated BookcaseRuched PillowsLace PillowBow Throw Pillow

Accessories:
Sunburst MirrorGold Bars RugGold Polka Dot DecalsNod Institute of Art – Oh Bunny PrintNod Institute of Art – Circles and TrianglesBetween a Rock Gold LampGrey Herringbone Pouf

I’m so incredibly grateful to The Land of Nod for this gorgeous room and the wonderful experience of working with them.  We were lucky to get to have them here for 3 days.  And our whole family enjoyed this once in a life time opportunity. We also took them out to the desert with Riley, our vintage trailer, to shoot some other products.  You can see more of that here.

Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm

Bunk Beds!

Post by Jen of Jen Love Kev

Hi Everyone! I am super excited to share our girls shared room with you today.

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Gold Modern Clip Lamp / New School Dot Sheet Set / Noir Stripe Sheet Set

My oldest daughter, Rowan, has been asking us for bunk beds for about a year now. She couldn’t wait till her younger sister was old enough to share a room with her. With our family about to start fostering and we needed the extra bedroom, so we finally were able to tell her we were getting bunk beds! I wanted to keep the room pretty neutral and accent with pops of bright colors. Girls Shared Room Design - Bunk Beds 2 I love the combination of the black and white walls with the black and white bedding and furniture. Girls Shared Room Design - Bunk Beds 3 Land of Nod had all the right pieces to bring the room together and make it extra special.

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Basic Framework Coat Rack / Flokati Fluff Rug / Rock Lamp / Storagepalooza

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Good Read Book Caddy

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Simple Twin-over-Full Bunk Bed / Down to the Wire Wall Bin / Anchor Girl Pillow

When Rowan walked into the finished room she yelled “This is sooo awesome!!”. I think it’s safe to say she loved it. For even more pics, visit my blog Jen Love Kev. Post by Jen Lula Jen Love Kev

Just Like a Fairy Tale

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I'm a long time fan of the Land of Nod. Many of my kids' toys and things come from them (what would we do without Lilly's dollhouse and Fletcher's workbench?!). So when I got to meet the Land of Nod team at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City this past January I was pretty stoked. We chatted briefly, there was a lot of glitter and one big giant swan around us, but I made a mental note to follow up with them when I got home. And I did. And boy am I glad that I did. We brainstormed for a little while about the ways we could work together when, suddenly, my dream collaboration presented itself – a playroom and bedroom makeover. Land of Nod designer Danielle Kurtz and I worked together to design two different spaces that worked with the flow of our home. I vividly remember squealing at my computer when Danielle would pin not yet released items to our secret shared pinboards.

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Fast forward a couple of months and it was time to turn our pinterest boards into my reality (if only that were true for all of my pinterest boards…I don't suppose you could help me with that one could you, LON?). For a couple of days my home did sort of look like we just moved in. There were boxes and boxes of amazing new Land of Nod items that my kids were going crazy over. Lucky for me, the Land of Nod team flew down to my home in Charleston, SC and installed our vision for me. Just like a fairy tale. Lilly now refers to them as the Nod Fairies. I can't say I disagree. Two new rooms and my girl landed the August cover? Pretty magical to me.  

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We are really happy with our new rooms. I'd love to show you around… Let's start in Lilly's room. It was hiiiigh time that Lilly move out of her crib and into a big bed. She is 3 1/2 after all, but she loved that crib so much that we never felt the rush. Turns out, there is something she loves more though… her new upholstered marquee bed. We got the full size so that the whole family could pile on for bedtime stories and books. The headboard is quite cushy to lean up against.  

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Lilly loves her tiny dancer duvet and polka dot sheets. The aqua quilt helps keep it all from being too girly.

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We also installed hanging closet storage & the coordinating drawer inserts to keep Lilly's tiny closet organized. And by "installed" I mean we velcro strapped it on. Couldn't have been easier. Plus the monarch nightstand next to the bed has two useful drawers that we use for pjs and socks and stuff.  

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One of my favorite things in Lilly's room is the district bookcases. We stacked two on top of each other (don't worry, they bolt down) for Lilly to use as storage for her stuffed animals and current favorite books.

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One of Lilly's favorite spots in her room is her framework coat rack corner. She's constantly rearranging her necklaces and scarves and dress up items over here. She can hop up on one of her storage cube seats and peek at herself in the mirror. It's the perfect dress up corner.

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Alright, let's head downstairs to the playroom. I love the way this room turned out. We needed it to be eye pleasing since it's on the main floor of the house.  

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That yellow gold bars rug gives the room a grounded pattern which I love. But if you look to the left of the picture you'll see one of our most favorite items, the orange stripe teepee. The kids play in there all the time, especially Fletcher.  

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I'm a big, big fan of our three leaning bookcases. All of the kids; little toys and things have a happy home now that they can easily see and access. I really don't know how we ever cleaned up the playroom without them.  

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The kid's craft closet also got a fun makeover. I'll admit, it was pretty lame before. But now it's organized and beautiful. Most of the art supplies get stored in those colorful see through stackable boxes. The kids couldn't be happier with their "office. I regularly find Lilly plopped down in the cobalt iron chair making masterpieces to display on the cork-board rails.

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We put all of their favorite washi tapes on a paper roll holder – I love the look and simplicity of this. That aqua wall organizer also comes in handy for stashing more craft supplies.  

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We also added a fun element to the craft closet door by putting colored tape on the interior trim. We used an x-acto knife to get it just right. I think it's a fun, non-permanent detail to see when the door is open.

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One of my kids' favorite things to play with is my collection of trolls that I collected when I was a child. I guess a love for creepy looking dolls runs in the family. But I'm glad they like them b/c it's fun to revisit childhood memories. We found a spot for them in the playroom by hanging book ledges and organizing them all on there. It's pretty funny, really. I wonder if LON ever envisioned their book ledges holding trolls?  

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Oh, and I have to call out those amazing honeycomb shelves. They might just be my favorite detail. Perfect for visual interest and holding little objects. We decided to back ours with different patterned papers to bring a little more color to the room.  

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See, the Land of Nod really is fairy like. We couldn't be happier with our new rooms. A big, big thank you to The Land of Nod team for making all of this happen. You guys are the best.

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A Land of Nod Shoot!

It's no secret I LOVE Land of Nod and everything they do. The catalog is like candy! When we moved into this house – I knew I wanted the girls' rooms and spaces to be bright and cheerful and full of toys that would stand the test of time (as in four little girls who play tough) Over the past few years, I have stocked the playrooms at PLAY and Bumble with Land of Nod adorableness and I had so much fun picking pieces and accessories to fit our "new" old home with lots of character… and COLOR!

Then one day… my new friends from Land of Nod CAME OVER TO OUR HOUSE! I was so thrilled to met the people behind the genius. I had sent them some photos of my girls' rooms (aka land-of-nod-obsession) and they wrote me back and asked if they could do a feature in "real families || real kids" – ummmm… YES! So we picked two days in April and had so much fun sprucing up the rooms even more and sharing creativity. They added a bunch of touches I never would have thought of and really completed the rooms.

They even raided my closets to pick outfits for everyone- my sister was thankful someone else brought some fashion sense to the table :) It was a really relaxed, easy shoot and we got some family photo opportunities too, pretty rare these days.

First was the girls' bedroom. We wanted the three oldest to share a room as long as they can and it was a perfect fit for three Jenny Lind twin beds and sweet night stands in between. We mixed up the bedding in yellow, teal and purple on each bed and the pink chevron rug brought in our household favorite color ;)

I love all the garlands from Land of Nod but sleeping beneath the stars can't be beat. They added these silver and gold garlands to frame the headboards – and they are all still up today!

(and no they NEVER jump on their beds. ever. yours do? ;)

Sweet Maisie in the middle – I love all of the personal touches on the nightstands – one of my favorite things about Land of Nod is that even all the new stuff feels a little vintage! 

Then there is a big, square closet next to the girls' room that wasn't built out for shelves yet and by some miracle we had enough storage for linens etc (since they are always alternating between laundry and the kids beds!) so we turned the closet into a reading nook – something I had always wanted to do. We kept it simple with book shelves along three walls and my FAVORITE hot pink tiny chevron chair from Land of Nod – that and a pouf was all it needed. Janie showing her favorite "lady pose" reading Goodnight Moon while sisters were at school.
 

through the keyhole – it's a closet? No, it's a reading hideout! (and yes the Q is missing – did you notice? Every quilt has a mistake and our alphabet wall just likes to keep people on their toes)

The playroom was a small "half room" on the side of the house that was just like an attic space I had off my room growing up in an old farm house in Menlo Park that my parents restored (we were lucky this old Craftsman was meticulously restored by the previous owners!) but I knew my girls would love the hideaway feel of the sloped ceiling just like I did. I painted and stenciled one wall with a fun "tribal" stencil and tried to keep the furniture sparce to leave room to play. I picked the colors for the stencil from one of my favorite Land of Nod floral rugs that fit perfectly in the space!

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the stencil was a tribal chevron from Cutting Edge Stencils - I was planning the whole wall but quickly realized that was a little aggressive! So a Charlie Brown stripe did the trick :)

Maisie was loving the camera moments – which is usually unlike her!
 

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and there was a "bonus" room off this room that was used for storage but a little chalkboard paint and a pink-on-pink chevron rug turned it into the Secret Clubhouse! We painted the frames in white paint so they don't erase and then the girls can chalk in whatever they want. The stars on the ceiling are paint too – can you tell I am slightly obsessed with sparkly stars and lots of COLOR!?

SO after a few months wait… the July issue is out! It hit the east Coast first and my friend Sherry in Florida texted me these photos before I saw it in person, I was so excited to see us in print!! (full catologue online here soon)

We got to play around the the backyard too – and toured our new Land of Nod friends around The Makery and our businesses downtown Los Altos. It was pretty flattering the most creative people I can think of were loving all the DIY creativeness there too! Hope you guys all come back sometime and thanks for such a fun experience!

Thanks for reading! Love The Heffernans, Mary, Brian, Francie, Maisie, Janie and Tessa.