It has been such a pleasure to decorate Nola’s room. I am so pleased to show it off to you today. What is in it is a combination of things given, bought, found, reused, and made by hand. It’s a pretty special room. Let’s get right to the photos, shall we?
This is Nola Z’s bed, which was made by Jarod and his dad, and covered with fabric by Jarod’s mom. We used the instructions from Design Mom, modified for a twin sized mattress. The mattress itself was given to us by our friends Jen and Eric Hurst. The quilt is an heirloom I recently found in my Grannie’s spare room closet, and it is absolutely perfect. Most of the fabrics are children’s prints of animals and toys and such; thanks to the entire Begemann family for not realizing this existed.
Here’s a view of the head of the bed and the print above. I wanted to hang the print a bit lower, but I think it’s more important to keep it out of reach of curious fingers. I know how three-year-old minds think!
Here’s a little closer view of the throw pillows and doll. The doll is from Tada! Creations and was a gift from the Murphy family. The idea for the throw pillows came from this post by Design Mom (are you sensing a theme here?), but the company doesn’t make country or continent pillows, and I can’t afford their prices on our adoption budget besides, so I spent less than $10 at Joann to get the materials and then spent a load of time hand sewing them. I might have been able to do part of the sewing with a machine, but I’m not that precise, particularly when something is moving fast, so I opted to sew by hand, mostly in the car, or at work after children had gone to bed.
That print also deserves a closer look. It came with the threaded flowers included, and I attached it to the bird nest on the wall next to her bed. I love it. You can get similar prints at Artocrat.
This light fixture is straight from our basement. I bought it years ago at Target, where I’d seen it and loved it and waited for it to go on clearance. I am so glad I purchased it, as I can’t imagine something more perfect for this room. The curtains you see in the other photos also came from our basement and were leftover from decor in my last apartment–a little oxygen bleach and they were good to go. If you keep such things in your basement, I recommend doing a thorough inventory before setting out to buy new things for decorating.
Nola’s dresser was a generous gift from our friends John and Judy Romero, who did an IKEA run during a power outage and still managed to get everything we wanted except for a rabbit hooded towel. When they delivered the loot to our house, they not only took us out to dinner, but also refused to let us pay them for the dresser and other items. I think they could win an award for Most Generous People Alive. The frame in the photo above broke when it was taken out of their van, but I super glued it back together, and we’ll use it as is. You’ll see an abacus and an empty frame on the wall in other photos; those are also results of their astounding generosity.
Here we have Nola’s toy table and the wall o’ art. The Jesus picture was in my room when I was a child. The table came from a friend’s garage sale and used to be dark brown. If there’s one thing I’d recommend, it’s buying a gallon of Restoration Hardware’s “The Right White” for use in painting furniture and grungy trim. Not that we’ve even touched the trim in Nola’s room, but there is another small table in there that got the Right White treatment. You can also see the adorable Bla Bla doll in the little wagon, which was a gift from relatives.
I used to think the Eames style rockers were a little ugly, but they’ve grown on me. Of course we can’t afford a real Eames, but Overstock hooked me up with a knock-off version. I love how it is small enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the space, but big enough for us to sit in with our girl. The dress on the wall is from Paris and was given to us by friends who bought it for their daughter when she was small. The little table I found on the side of the road, and it was cherry colored with gum stuck to the bottom when I rescued it. With a coat of Right White and some paper I got in Vancouver while visiting a friend, it has shaped up into a lovely little table on which to set whatever we need. Yes, Nola does have an iPod with a Bose sound dock. She is spoiled, I know. The iPod is my old one, which I rarely take with me anymore, and Jarod won the sound dock years ago. Beneath the table is a bin full of books. We have a ton of books, and will rotate them out from a big shelf in the basement.
And here is the whole room, all together, with cats warming the bed. They hopped on as soon as I had it all made up last night, and this morning I came in to evidence of someone trying to get under the covers. The rug you see was given to us by our friend Janette, who brought it to a group garage sale we were having and told me I could just take it when I asked how much she wanted for it. This room is truly made by generosity and love.
In this photo you can also see the yellow wall with all the decals. I got them from Wow Wall and have been very pleased with their service and the ease with which I was able to apply the decals. They really make the room. The color on the wall is Yellow Finch from Benjamin Moore, and the paint was a no-VOC paint. No odor, and it came out looking fantastic. I am so happy with this room. I hope that Nola likes it, too.
PS–FIVE DAYS. You may now begin hyperventilating in my honor.