So here's the before photo that I yanked from the listing ...
I know I've told you before but the inside of the house was completely BATHED in beige (my nemesis) when we bought it. Oh, aside from the girls' room which was BRIGHT orange but ... details. Anyway, we hired someone to paint a few rooms that we knew we wouldn't get to with Bosco being a week old when we moved and Simon staring his boards and new job down and I'm SO HAPPY we did. So happy. We've been chipping away at the rooms they didn't paint but it was nice to have a few rooms bright white from the get-go.
Okay, enough House History 101.
Nothing makes you realize everything you hung on the wall is crooked like taking a spate of monstrous photos. Also, I bet you can't pick out the one that I made myself (I big fat fail inspired by Sheena).
Sebastian caught me snapping these and settled into his position as prop right away ...
Almost believable, Bash.
Simon made those shelves a few years ago using this book shelf tutorial and when I mentioned maybe making some more for the playroom he said something to the effect of, "do people sell those?" because the memories of putting them together was apparently not fond? Oops.
We keep a lot of the kids' books (the nice ones and ones they've been given) in our closet because everyone has gone through their adorable, "destroy/eat/rip to shreds" all the books phase. Even the board books! So, we wised up and keep them out of reach so that Bosco will have a bit of a library to choose from once he decides that books aren't just for eating. Anyway, these made the boys' room cut but some of them are missing the entire second half -- don't be fooled. We have some other books (mostly in tatters) in Ikea spice racks in Julia's closet as well -- a post for another fun time, worry not.
Both the boys' and girls' rooms are somewhat small (not teeny! but not huge) so even though I'm not sure how much longer Sebastian can get away with sleeping in a toddler bed before he has to hand it over to currently crib-caged Phoebe ... I'm happy we went with toddler beds for the time being. I know bunk beds are probably in our not-so-immediate future but for now ... we're good.
For a long, long time the boys refused to sleep with any covers beyond their baby blankets which isn't a huge deal but it does get chilly here at night and was so excited when Natti Natti sent these adorable duvet sets for the boys. Now, I'm not waking up at 3am and sneaking in to cover them up with random blankets from the linen closet because worrywart is my middle name. The boys love the pockets to keep their stuffed animals in. Sebastian has had some night terror issues and takes great comfort in having a buddy (aside from big, bad Theo three feet over) tucked in with him at night.
The boys tucked Sebastian's blanket (a rejected blanket of toddler Julia's - story of his life) under the sound machine and told me now I'd be comfy when turning on said sound machine. I appreciated their creative thoughtfulness.
The boys aren't quite as into nonstop coloring, drawing, painting, writing out the entire family's names over and over and over again like Julia is but it's still fun to have the photo clips up to display their masterpieces when "scribble scrabbling" (as Julia kindly calls their artistry) strikes their fancy.
whale print: c/o Lulu & Georgia
fox print: Honeychild forest
Bees Knees: Rifle Paper Co. via Amazon
Flying Pig: c/o Minted
Wood photos of Simon & Theo: c/o Ink Dot
Humpty Dumpty: Mother Goose book
cowboy portrait: Tim Raglin (original from his generous sister who taught Simon in high school and then was one of my patient and kind mentors several years later!)
The lamp was a recent Target find and Simon and I found that dresser on Craigslist and painted it when way back when were engaged. The paint is coming off in spots so don't look too closely. The kids each got a chair for their birthday (so don't spoil Phoebe's birthday next month, thanks) and I guess that's all I can type about those.
And I'd love to put up a St. Theodore icon in the future to match the St. Sebastian one. Soon!
Enough? I think that's plenty. I bet you're SUPER stoked for the master bathroom transformation that's coming at you soon and VERY soon. Get excited.
Happy Thursday, kind readers.