Friday, February 28, 2014

Serena's Room: Update and ideas

I think Serena's room is my favorite spot in our house right now.  Likely because it's the closest one to being finished!

And since it's always fun to look way back at where it started, here's what the room looked like when we bought the house.

Almost liveable, right? From there we did some demo work.

We removed the plaster, rewired, insulated and added a new window.  At the time, we didn't own a camera, so the pictures of the original rooms are few.  But, it was a LOT of work and sometimes really stressful to get to the point that we're at now.

Anyways, on to better days!

Last summer we installed the flooring upstairs, including this room. Once it was stained (a learning experience all on it's own...), we added the registers and installed/painted the baseboards and trim.

Since we had used this room as our master for a few years while we worked on the downstairs, I had already painted it Sherwin William's Destiny. I loved the color then (a soft grey/lavender), and still love the color as much today, so I just did a final coat after painting the ceiling to freshen up the room.

The light fixture is from Ballard Designs, which I picked up when they were running a sale.  Cameron had to mess with the wiring a little since it wasn't design to be adjusted, but it would have hung too low otherwise.

The rug was a Joss and Main buy made by Safavieh, and might be my favorite thing in the room.  The cute little basket I got on our trip this past summer to Ocracoke, NC. It's from one of my favorite shops on the island and the last two times we've been there, I've wanted to bring everything home!

Call me sentimental, but I love having things from special trips that are both pretty and functional! And if it's something that keeps this little peanut entertained, I'd say it's definitely functional.

Last weekend, I picked up a Jenny Lind style crib on Craigslist for cheap. It's not in perfect condition and a few spots could use a paint touch up, but it seems like babies are in them for such a short time. I couldn't bring myself to spend much on a crib that'll only be used for a couple years.

We also just installed inexpensive bamboo shades (from Menards, I think they were less then $15 each). They don't block all the sunlight, but enough to help naptimes last longer.

I'd like sew drapes to layer over the blinds. This Pindler and Pindler fabric from is one of the patterns I have my eye on for this.

Maybe I'd edge the drapes with pom-pom trim or some of this pretty 2 inch wide tape I found on Etsy.

Or if I wanted more contrast and color, with this instead.

As for the walls, they're way too bare! Here's a few things I'd like to add to take care of that:

For one, this piece of art by Lisa Golightly sold on her Etsy shop Kiki and Polly. I've loved it for ages and something about it makes me smile. I have a gift card that was given to Serena when she was born and it might be going towards this!

Girl in the Yellow Suit
The other thing I want to do is use a shadow box to frame some of Serena's baby things.  Her Auntie Cynthia crocheted her adorable booties and a hat and they need to be on display now that she's outgrown them.  The idea would be similar to this, but smaller.

Via Pinterest

I also have some cute black and white picture's of both her Nanas when they were kids I want to enlarge, frame and then hang together. Color saturating them like THIS could be fun too.

The closet in this room has a good amount of storage with three rods Cam installed back when we used to use this room.  It's nice because I can keep clothes that she'll grow into there too.  We'll add a shelf too so I can keep socks and what not in baskets on it.  In the mean time she loves getting in there and making a mess!

Hopefully we'll get to pick up her dresser that's just been painted since we didn't get to last weekend as planned.  It'll be fun to have a spot to put some of the little books, toys, and nick-knacks I've collected for her. Yup, I get excited about those kinds of things!

That's what we have so far! I'll keep you posted as things progress!

3 comments on "Serena's Room: Update and ideas"
  1. Awww, I LOVE IT!! Can't wait to see the curtains and walls:) Looks AMAZING:) Cute little model in there too:) Hugs!!

  2. What a gorgeous room for a gorgeous girl! I love that rug too. The color is amazing.

  3. The room looks great! Love the color combo. Can't wait to see what you decide for the drapes!


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