Posts tagged ‘Ikea’

April 23, 2012

Sharing a room

When Oscar, our youngest, turned 2 in December, we decided it was time to move him from his crib to a big boy bed. We also decided we wanted the boys to share a bedroom. So we moved Simon out of his blue room and into Oscar’s room. We had never painted or even really decorated Oscar’s nursery after moving into the house, so we were very excited to finally tackle this room and do what we wanted with it.

First, we moved all of Simon’s things over to let them get use to sharing a room before tranferring Oscar from a crib to a bed. Here is what the room looked like at that point:


As you can see, the room was a minty green color. It wasn’t a bad color, but not exactly one we would have chosen ourselves. So it was time for a change. After a few weeks, we went in with paint brushes in hand and changed the feel of the room completely. We are very happy with the end result.

Entering the room:

Light but bright blue:


Glow-in-the-dark stars:


Art desk:

There are still some small adjustments to be made and things to add, but we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The boys especially like the dark blue area with glow-in-the-dark stars. Originally that was a closet, but at some point it was changed to make the room a little bigger. Almost everything in the room was purchased at Ikea, including the bunk bed. I am a huge fan of Ikea for a kid’s room.

While doing this room, we also painted Simon’s old room (now the guest room). No more primary blue!! We haven’t done much else at this point, but I’ll post pictures as soon as we get it closer to where we want it.

January 18, 2011

The Blue Room

When we bought our house, our son, Simon, was 3 years old. He didn’t come along with us while looking at houses but we knew as soon as we saw a particular bedroom in this house, it would be his room, no matter what. Why? Because it was blue, his favorite color. And when we actually told him of this aforementioned blue room, he was so excited and couldn’t wait to move in. And we were just happy to give him something to look forward to since we were moving to a different state and taking him out of his preschool and away from his friends.

Here’s a picture of his room shortly after we moved in. We had already purchased a few new things from Ikea at this point. Sorry for the bad image — we were in desperate need of a new camera.

Unfortunately, the blue isn’t exactly the blue that my husband and I would have chosen. But Simon was so excited about it we decided to go with it…for now.

Here’s a picture of what the room is looking like these days. The blue walls are coming across a little differently in these new shots (better lighting and better camera…YAY!)

This was shot from the same angle as the BEFORE image above – standing in the doorway. The quilt on the bed was a baby gift for Simon, made by my mom. He loves it, and we think it works perfectly in the room. Most of the furniture and some of the decor was purchased at Ikea. We think it’s the perfect place to shop for kid’s rooms.

This shot was taken from the corner near the closet. The red bookcase was given to us for free. After a couple coats of glossy red paint, it was the perfect addition to Simon’s room and his growing book collection. The paintings on the wall (yes, they still need to be hung properly) were painted by Alex. He still has one or two more he plans to finish up soon…hopefully.

And this shot was taken from the opposite corner, standing near that red bookcase that was in the previous shot. You can see a couple smaller paintings by Alex hanging over the dresser. And we love those green wall shelves in the corner from Ikea, of course.

Simon’s room is the closest to being done, but there is still a small list of things left to do:

1. Finish monster/alien paintings and hang properly
2. Get curtains (Probably going to make my own no-sew curtains)
3. Figure out a good organization solution for the always messy art desk