Friday, July 19, 2013

Making a Home: Xander's Room

I put Xander's room together before I even began Milly's nursery, and I still enjoy it very much.  For those of you who have been reading since my first post, here is some proof that I don't do everything in pink, black and white! :)

This room used to be our office, the walls a really fun green and the window wall black.  I picked this somewhat icy blue called Snowdrop by Glidden.  It instantly brightened up the space and set a perfect neutral backdrop for the pops of red and rich wood tones.
I did not intend for Xander himself to be in these pictures.  He hasn't wanted to be in a photo for about a year now.  Whether his sister's arrival is to blame for this or not, I don't know.  Usually when I pull out the camera he heads for the hills and Milly grabs for the lens, but this time he politely asked if he could be in them, Angry Birds pajamas and all.  How could I say no?
He said, "I'll just sit here and read, that will look good right?"

His bed with trundle is the Thomas bed from Pottern Barn Kids.  His bedding is an assortment of sheet sets and this blanket from The Land of Nod.  The red throw is from Target.  I used to have in our living room at Christmas time.  I made the throw pillow on the bed out of fabric I purchased at Nell Hills.  If you're ever in Kansas City and love anything about home decor, you must go there!

I'm not really into chalkboards.  There, I said it.  I don't like the feel of chalk, I don't like the sound of chalk, I don't like the chalk dust all over...especially with our almost black floors throughout the main areas of the house.  But, I knew Xander would really like it.  And I knew I wouldn't be able to see chalk dust on his carpet.  :)  I drew a rectangle on the wall and painted it first with magnetic paint, then the chalk paint.  My dad made the frame that I stained to mimic the color of the dresser in the room.  
Xander's Auntie gave him this horse at my baby shower and it's always been a favorite to just relax on or throw on a cowboy hat and go for a ride.  It fit wonderfully on the side rail of the crib and now lays on the side of his bed.    
The constellation print is actually wrapping paper from Paper Source.  I made the curtains from fabric also found at Nell Hills.  To line them, I bought some inexpensive sheets at Walmart and used Miss Mustard Seed's tutorial to put it all together.  The ghost chair I purchased from one of my favorite daily deal sites, The Mini Social.  They only have 3 new companies' deals a day, so it's less overwhelming to look through then some other sites and they always have really great quality things.  Even at a deep discount, the chair was a splurge, but I know it's something I will use in all of my kids' rooms (I wish I had one in my size!).

The book storage is just a crate from a hobby store that my husband cut in half, painted white and then screwed to the wall with some L brackets.  For $7 (with a coupon), it's a simple and clean storage solution. 
The dresser was given to us by my in-laws.  They have a lot of antique furniture, and to make room for more my mother-in-law is very generous.  :)  It came with an attached mirror, but I opted to remove it and spray paint this one that I got from my parents in Rust-oleum's Safety Red.  I picked up some white porcelain knobs from Hobby Lobby and I think the combination of the new mirror and knobs really modernizes it.
The dresser houses a picture of Xander's great great grandpa, a paint by number I picked up at a church sale for $.05, and some other odds and ends.  The mirror is draped in passes and beads from sporting events my husband was able to attend this last year: the All Star game here in KC and the Super Bowl in New Orleans (hence the beads).  I would say it was quite a year for his bucket list!
The storage bin and pouf are both from World Market.  The pouf was in Milly's room first, but when I found the white leather one, Xander requested to have this knitted one.
The little gallery wall was fun to put together.  I purchased most of the art online (see sources below).  The little creature on the far left is the first thing Xander ever drew that looked like something to me.  He drew him, and I colored him in with some watercolors.  The Sherlock Holmes print is a watercolor I did on top of some old sheet music I took from my grandmother's.  My family has a strange affection towards all things British, especially British mystery, so I had to throw this in with the color scheme at hand.  The photo is one of Xander's great great grandfathers at his job in New York City, taken in the 30's.   

One of the best features in Xander's space is the electric train that runs at the rim of the room.  My husband and his dad put up the platform necessary for it and my father cleaned and prepared my husband's childhood toy train.  It's something Xander loves to show people who come for a visit. 

Overall, the space is light and bright and fun to spend time in.  The storage makes it easy when it's clean up time: a place for everything and everything in it's place.  Yes, I'm one of THOSE kind of moms.  For me, the art and pictures really sing in here, and I enjoy talking about it with X when he asks questions or imagines what a piece's story might be.  

He likes to tell me things his Grandpa George "told" him, a man he's never met, yet can experience through a photograph.  

What do you love most about your child's spaces?  I'd love to know what makes them personal and special to you.






13 comments:

  1. I love Xander's room, Gwen! The dresser definitely looks modernized with what you added to it! Love the red mirror! Xander is absolutely a doll! I love the videos of him rehearsing Bible versus on FB, and thought the verse on his chalk board is precious! Thanks for sharing these pictures and details. I appreciate the website links you added, which makes such easy access for your viewers to find the items! You are so great at what you do :)

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    1. Thanks, Jesi! And thanks for all of your other kind comments on my posts! I really appreciate the support and am glad that the swing is working out well!

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  2. This is a great space! I love how relaxed and un-planned the design feels. Hopefully, it will inspire me to lighten up as I move forward with my son's new room. Thanks for sharing! ; )

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I was definitely going for that look, so I really appreciate your comment! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  3. What a gorgeous and fun room! Xander is adorable!
    (Nice to meet you and thanks for coming over to my little blog)

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    1. Thanks so much, Julia! I appreciate your comment!

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  4. Your son is so cute...and I love his name!
    The room is really fantastic. We don't have kids (yet...? hehe) but I really like the look of it and got some great ideas from reading this- thanks!

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    1. Great, and thank you for stopping by! I really love your blog's name and the story behind it. My mom was born in New York and we have a lot of family in the area there, and I actually lived in the city for a bit out of college...Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  5. what a great boy room! So many clever and personal touches. I mostly love that you watercolored the little drawing he did. I'm going to search through my kid's art and see what I can find to embellish!

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    1. Oh, thank you Emily! I can only imagine the great things you could do with your talented watercoloring skills!

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  6. Great job on this room. It feels so cozy, meaningful, and fun. Xander is so cute too. :) Thanks for linking up!

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  7. What a lovely room! Thanks for stopping over to my blog! (it was 100 years ago...I'm just catching up) Loving your blog and can't wait to read more!

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    1. Thanks, Angela! I hear ya, this blog thing is a lot to keep up with, good thing it's a lot of fun. ;) Have a great weekend!

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