If you follow along with my oh-so-average life on Instagram, you may have noticed that we welcomed a second beautiful baby girl into our lives on May 28th! Yesterday marked three weeks since little Miss Emma's arrival and we're slowly adapting to life as a party of four. There's been a few extra hours of TV and a few less hours of sleep in our days. Aaron will continue to be outnumbered by the Hess ladies and I will continue to use my new favorite/pointless hashtag, #eventhedogisagirl.
Prior to welcoming our newest Nugget, one of my biggest goals was getting the girls' rooms done. I hesitate to even use that phrase because is a bedroom every really "done"? Especially a kids room? I certainly don't think so (I DO expect to be asked for princess bedsheets or boy-band posters or something like that in the future...). So instead I will declare that they are done for now.
Whether DONE done or done for now is neither here nor there. The point of this post is to highlight the transformation of both Emma's nursery and Adelaide's "big girl" room. Emma's nursery started out as a not-that-bad-for-a-fixer-upper bedroom. A few coats of paint, carpet, and some tchotchkes and we were golden. Adelaide's room was a frightening Pepto Pink disaster but it too was tamed with some fresh paint and DIY wall tapestries. So here's how we transformed two kids rooms with some hard work, dedication, and Hemnes dressers.
Here's two "before" shots I took of this bedroom at the time of purchase. I realized only recently that in the whirlwind of house buying (and subsequently kicking off our summer projects) I hadn't documented some of the rooms all that well. I'm glad I have at least these two photos because I can't seem to find much else.. Emma's room is on the second floor, along with the master and the full bath. It was previously a little boy's room and one of the least damaged rooms in the house. You can kind of see the Lightning McQueen & Superman murals painted on the two tone blue... along with the Winnie the Pooh ceiling fan. Not entirely off-putting, but not really the look I was going for.
And here are the after shots taken from roughly the same angles. The room feels and looks so different.
The photos below are what the room looked like on it's way from point A to point B. We discovered that the "wood" flooring was just newer wood-looking laminate laid on top of the original wood flooring. We ended up laying carpet in this room but it's nice to know that it's real hardwood underneath! It took SEVERAL layers of primer to erase all traces of Superman & Lighting McQueen (and the darker blue wall color). Adelaide's nursery at the apartment had featured the Behr Paint color Siberian Ice, a color I had serious heart eyes for. Apparently my color crush has not faded because I used it AGAIN for Emma's nursery (and I still LOVE it).
There's still little touch-ups that will happen gradually over time, but for now, this room is DONE and more than ready for Emma! This room has quickly become my "happy place"... Aaron pointed out that I stop in the doorway and smile every time I walk past- I can't help it! It's too darn cute. I just LOVE the way the decor turned out in this space. The mirror was a secondhand find we were gifted. Originally a wood mirror, I refinished it in a glossy Coral color. The wall tapestry was a DIY adventure during which I realized that all those years spent making friendship bracelets at camp I was really learning how to tie macrame knots. And the curtains came from IKEA but I spruced 'em up with DIY tassels that matched the wall hanging. Emma's changing table is the same one we refinished for Addie's nursery- it's a former dresser given new life with some wire baskets and a coat of paint.
I had gathered a bunch of decorations together shortly after we moved in, with the intention of getting Addie's room all decked out and ready to go. That was back in October. Approximately a week into May, at the peak of my preggo nesting, was when I actually managed to get everything up on the walls. While it may have been a longer timeline than expected, it ended up working out pretty well. (Spoiler- most things usually work out just peachy in the end. I'm still learning this...) Now almost 21 months (insert crying emoji face) our spunky toddler is definitely all about expressing herself. And she has made one thing pretty clear- she LOVES dogs. Perhaps we skewed her perspective a bit by already having a weird but lovable pup in our house? Who knows. Her first word was "doggie" and her love has yet to fade. So I decided that it would only be appropriate to give her a "doggie themed" bedroom.
I've already written a time or two about Adelaide's bubblegum disaster of a bedroom. I was NOT expecting this particular color on our first walk-thru of the house. It was abrasive, to say the least.
Thankfully, some patching and paint fixed this Pepto-dismal disaster right up. I ended up choosing a blush shade called Ballerina Beauty for the final wall color. In my opinion, pink is a hard color to pick for the walls and I was hesitant to go back down that dangerous road. But I was inspired by the blush hues found among vintage color palettes. So against my judgement to play it safe, I picked pink. The rest of the inspiration for the colors came from the duvet I found at IKEA. Lots of framed doggie pictures later, I love how playful yet pulled together Adelaide's room turned out.
I love how these two rooms turned out. I know that these spaces will evolve as our girls grow and enter different stages of their lives. I'm sure I'll be reluctant to hand over design control to my daughters when that time comes. But I'm also excited to see how their rooms become a reflection of their personalities. One stage at a time. For now, I'll enjoy watching Addie point to and identify each and every doggie in her room.
About the Author:
Tasha is a freelance artist, stay-at-home mama, and, in her husbands words, a lifestyle manager. She and Aaron are in the midst of renovating their 94 year old home while raising their sassy daughters, Adelaide & Emma.
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