Planning a Shared Room

Wednesday, April 4 2012

We’ve been ‘toying around’ with the idea of the boys sharing a room.  When I say we, I mean Aris and I.  (Aris is our middle son and my husband really has no idea how much we’ve been discussing this!).  Aris has been asking for a while if his little brother can share bunk beds with him.  And, since we already have the bunk beds, this would not be a huge adjustment.  The beds, however,  are being used currently as single beds (which means my daughter would need a new bed; bonus for her too!).  Yes, right now our three children have their own rooms, and I think it is sweet that they may want to share.  I am sure that there will be some bickering and non-sleeping issues to follow, but they will also learn to respect others’  belongings and personal space…or, maybe I am willing to agree to this because I am prepping them for the college dorms or the shared office space…or so I can finally have my mom’s cave in the spare bedroom!?  Anyway,  with Little Z still in his crib (what?! yeah, I know!), we weren’t rushing the subject.  Aris has wanted to share his room since Zander was born two and half years ago and, perhaps just because he wants to sleep on the top bunk, but nonetheless, a sweet idea!  Either way, I am going ahead with the planning of the shared room idea.  Over our recent Spring Break in AZ, Aris and I had a little talk about how he’d like to make ‘his’ room a shared space.  This was his criteria:

1. A sticker board (More on this later)

2. A dresser (His current plastic rubber made is not cutting it!)

3. Better book shelf

4. Place for his stuffed animals

What a bright mind he has.  Each item definitely warranted and needed no doubt!

This is our inspiration photo from Anna @ takethesidestreet.com in her recent boys’ room redo:

Boys' Room {Reveal}

Aris loved the huge map and the skull and crossbones fabric.  Not sure what to do with the fabric yet, but the map is a great idea.  I like the striped curtains  and color scheme.  Our walls are currently an ugly green, with a road and cars painted on it (more on that later too), and it’s not getting painted over until the boys are at least 15!  (My reasons involve memories of painting 15 cars, at two hours a piece, while I was 7 months pregnant~ nuff said!)

For now, we tweaked said  mood board to include the patterns and ideas we love as well.  With this great place to start, building our ideas didn’t take too long and we came up with this!

The Boys' Room
More on the current room arrangement and pictures of its present state to come.  For now, we have settled on these ideas, likely to change a bit.  (Notice the plaster elephant head?  That was Zander’s idea.  “My room, Mommy?  My room?”  He asked this weekend while we perused Scottsdale’s West Elm while the others enjoyed the Brewer’s game at Spring Training.  I thought a plaster animal head was a great idea!  Why not?  Well, except for the price tag, but I bet I can find one cheaper somehow…somewhere.)
Well, we shall see when this project actually gets tackled.  It is not high on the priority list, but fun to plan and dream about either way.
~Laura
Images: 1) Takethesidestreet.com 2) laura for monkeysonmyback on polyvore.com
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Rainbow Parade!

Thursday, March 1, 2010

Today I am loving this inspiration of a Rainbow Parade.

Check it out! People all dressed up in rainbow colors walking happily around in honor of a friend, whom I imagine is leading them…

Where would you lead this parade of people?  Is this intimidating or exhilarating?  My Rainbow Parade would have a  ‘boom band’ playing and  plenty of strawberry margaritas at the end!

“There is something powerful and liberating about giving yourself permission to act on an idea simply because it brings you joy,” says Jessi Arrington who had the original idea, which she acted on, for her 32nd birthday.  This picture, of her parade, was in the March Issue of Whole Living.  

I think this is great!  How wonderful to have a parade of colors, balloons, and happiness following you!  

If anyone wants a Rainbow Parade for their birthday, count me in!

~Laura

Image:  Whole Living Magazine, March 2012 Issue,  Jessi Arrington’s blog is LuckySoAndSo.com 

Stenciled Walls

I have been drooling over stenciled walls lately.  They add so much character and personality to a room.  It looks like a lot of work, but well worth it.  So gorgeous and not permanent!

Here are some of my inspiration photos:

~Danielle Oakey Interiors~

My Stencil Wall

~good girl gone glad blog~

~Vintage Revivals~

My heart is palpitating at the colors in the photo above.  Simply fabulous!

Notice the gray background and whitish stencil patterns?  The wall I am considering for the stencil is in my foyer and has come along with just a change in paint color.

The accent wall that was painted burgundy red at one point in the first picture is the potential stencil wall.  In the most recent picture it is little darker gray than the background wall, but it’s hard to tell from the picture.

I am still contemplating.  I think I will go for it though…after all, I can always paint over it if it’s just awful!

Will keep you posted.

~Laura

ps. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Images: 1) Danielle Oakey 2) Jesse @ good girl gone glad 3) Mandi @ Vintage Revivals 4-5) Laura for Monkeysonmyback.com

Going Gray

The architectural debut of our home is more than one would think by looking up and down our neighborhood streets.  Ours is the  neighborhood, where, if you are not careful, you might pull in the wrong driveway.  There is actually the same house as ours, exact same, on the other side of the ‘hood with the exact same address!  Now isn’t that a perfectly planned neighborhood!?

Anyway, when we first walked into the home 2 years ago as potential buyers, we were impressed by the many arched passageways and the wall niches.

However, it was hard for us as to imagine this home in a better color than it had been painted a mere six months before…TAN!  Yes. Tan with accents of burgundy red.  Tan, which in some lights looked orange, and burgundy red, which made it hard to breath because it felt like the walls were crashing in on us.  These colors were professionally picked, we were told.  So, I thought we must be crazy and we agreed to live with it for a while, but it just could not be done.

Now, it should be mentioned,  there are many people who entered our arched home and commented on the pleasant color of our tan walls, but for me, it was never comfortable or interesting enough.  Basically, I didn’t like looking at it.  “Blah”  pretty much summed it up.  And, everything in our house, make that everything we are not going to change the color of, is also a version of tan;  floors and cupboards and window blinds.  There was no visual interest.   Colors accomplish so much more when they contrast with one another  and are allowed to POP!

So, I embarked on the journey, into the virtual world, of searching for a paint color.   Deciding to start small, I focused on the kitchen.  The kitchen with it’s Providence Olive (AKA Green) walls and Picture Gallery Red (AKA Burgundy) eat in kitchen area (AKA Christmas.All.Year.Long).

(Messy house pictures ~ Yes, people live here.)

I wanted a neutral, but was hesitant with beiges and creams because I felt they were too basic and overdone.  After countless hours painting virtual walls, and many trips to Mr. William’s paint shop, I stumbled upon the next most overdone neutral; gray.  It was perfect.  Consider this: Gray sweats, Heather Gray cable sweaters, and  Grandma’s hair…(stretch),  all lead me to the idea of calm and comfort.  Gray was stuck on my OCD mind…yep, I was going gray!

Did you know there are blogs written on picking the perfect gray?  It is not an easy task.  I think I collected every swatch and about 70 paint samples for the kitchen alone.  I had so many on the wall that my patchwork quilt technique was confusing to all living here, but I did not want to ever paint this room again.  I settled on Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams.  This gray does not turn stealy blue in direct light like many grays do, nor does it get washed out by the sun.  It is a lighter gray and really looks sweet with our white trim and black granite.  Oh, and did I mention the red is gone?  As soon as the primer went up and covered that heart-palpitating color I knew we made a good choice.  Ahhh! We now breath during breakfast!

I felt so refreshed after painting the kitchen that I was motivated to paint the rest of the house.  Moving forward with the family room, the front sitting room, the foyer and stairway upstairs, was not easy.  Originally our house was Benjamin Moore’s Springfield Tan (not a popular color in my book), as you know, and had three Ralph Lauren Picture Gallery Red accent walls throughout.  After painting over the kitchen red, I had two more to cover up, however, our walls are 17 feet high or so.

We put up a ladder, got scared and realized that I had better pick the most perfect colors because it was not getting painted ever again!  Back to the virtual wall painting, blog reading, swatch taping, sample buying, money wasting, time sucking process of picking the perfect color.

I learned that grays are typically created with three base colors; blue, red and green. Made with a blue base, gray can turn ‘cold’, like steal blue.  Choosing a red base is choosing a Taupe color, by which one should be careful because in certain lights the color may have a peach or pink accent, and in other lights it may be your perfect color!  This can especially happen with high light in a room.  I had to revert my path, about 40 sample colors in, to a green base.  This gray tends to ‘warm-up’ in the direct light and are sometimes referred to as brown-grays.  

I settled on my two colors with a little help from some Facebook Friends.  Benjamin Moore has this nifty and FREE color consulting service which I would recommend to anyone on the same frustrating path of color choosing.  Did I mention it was free?  The winning colors are: Benjamin Moore’s Kingsport Gray and Indian River.  Both warm grays and both beautiful to look at in any light.  I love it!  It calms me.

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I love my gray walls.  Gray, I feel, goes with everything.  It looks spectacular with teals, oranges, and yellows.  It compliments espresso furniture and even looks good with a monochromatic theme going a bit darker or lighter.  I can even see my wood floors and cabinets these days, with my gray walls stimulating their beauty.  And, if I someday decide to come back around to burgundy red, (I am shaking slightly), my gray walls will support me.

I am in no way affiliated with Benjamin Moore, but I do think their Facebook service is really neat!

Linking up to ‘A Perfect Gray’

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Images:  all Laura for Monkeyonmyback.com