MANY have asked when I would be posting photos of our house AFTER we moved in. (If you missed it, here is the full set of BEFORE). And while I had every intention of doing this ages ago, whenever I started to take the photos, I was just never as happy with the photos as I was with the rooms in real life. Add to that, that when I’ve worked on photo shoots or model interiors, my job is to think of each and every detail and REALLY make it show with perfection.
Ummm, with 3 kids, 3 and under, it’s hard to have your house “show with perfection”. Places I would normally have a coffee book, plant or fun accessory were long ago cleared away from little exploring hands. Places that I would fill with a wonderful bouquet of fresh flowers? Well, our garden isn’t exactly blooming right now…and a weekly flower budget isn’t considered a “practical expense” (darn it!!).
But then it occurred to me, that most of you may come to this blog for inspiration, but you are not coming for perfection (thank goodness!). Many of you send emails saying you’re thankful we are a real family (oh we’re real alright!!) and show you our real life…
That all being said, I’ve decided to start posting photos that are a little less than perfect. You’ll see the things we’ve done, along with things I’m working on, or things I care to turn my head to. A wise friend once told me “a messy home is a happy home.” Now while a messy home may make this mommy crazy in the head, I do tend to agree that taking that stress of perfection away sometimes will keep you in a happier place! And if the saying is true – then our family must be through the moon with joy!!!
Today I thought I would show you Piper’s Room.
This is what it looked like the day we bought it…
Did I say extensive? I really meant EXTENSIVE! The windows also needed to be replaced along with the electrical (which was something we needed to do throughout the house…but the electrical story is a story for another day. Just know this, the photo below is where this project started, a few hours later all the plaster in the house was ripped out…..)
This is Piper’s room now. It started as Hay’s room when we first moved in and I’ve made a few changes since then. All the rooms have the same wainscoting (which is a breeze to clean up and a life saver with kids!), and I love the paint color. It’s kind of a smoky light blue (I need to find the color for you….bug me if I don’t post this soon). It’s also in our Playroom.
This was truly my “freebie” room. When we moved in and I was pregnant with Hay, there was no extra money to do another nursery. The window treatments were made as a gift from a vendor I had worked with and the fabric was left over from another project.
The crib was from Grandma’s house for visiting babies…it quickly moved to our house for Grandparents to visit babies in!
The mobile I found on final sale for Addie’s original nursery, but didn’t use until Piper. I thought the room needed a little “fun” in it.
The white chair I had made for our living room when we were first married. We had visited a resort in Hawaii that had swivel/rockers in their lobby great room. We loved it and had one knocked off by a local upholster. It’s slip-covered and was an easy move to each nursery as needed.
Blue pashmina is from my closet…..the green pillow was from Pottery Barn and was the only purchase I made.
The bamboo frames I get asked about ALL the time. They are throughout our house, and unfortunately are no longer available, as far as I know. I purchased them from Pottery Barn for a Photo Table at our wedding. I never mind making a big purchase for things that I know will have lots of flexible use later. These were a perfect example! (I put cute letter flash cards in the frames over Piper’s bed, just don’t look to closely, you might see that a few are slipping and need to be fixed!)
The rug is from Ikea. I bought it about 3 weeks ago (or rather Piper’s grandmothers bought it for her birthday….seems they thought her room was a little cold on her feet – do you hear that Honey??? It’s cold in our house sometimes…all the time.) It’s a GREAT rug! Good neutral color for any room, not scratchy and was $99.
Piper thought the Costco wipes were a good addition to the decor…
The armoire is one I purchased in Forney, Texas for my first college apartment. It was under $200 and has been used in every room I’ve ever lived in! When you buy something for your house, try and think of future uses….so many possibilities!
The bassinet is AWESOME! It’s a loaner from a friend. She originally bought it from Pottery Barn Kids. It wheels around and the Moses basket lifts out. This was Piper’s traveling room for her first few months of life.
You remember my office buddy, right??
The chest of drawers is an old Pottery Barn chest of drawers my husband had from college I think. It was quickly painted out white for this room and given replacement hardware. I’m considering painting it again…possibly a nice green apple color….or pink if I take a whole new direction in the room. Will have to let you know.
The plant and pot? From Ikea, about $5. Bought them a week ago! Plant is fake, looks AMAZINGLY real, and the white ceramic pots all have different geometric patterns on them. Love them.
Again frame from our wedding….a color copy of a photo of Addie (that obviously needs to be adjusted in the frame). Piper conveniently gets an odd diaper rash that means we use Seventh Generation diapers (that conveniently match the decor!). Sorry for your bum, Baby, but thanks!
The lamp I bought from Butera Home for my first home AGES ago!
What you don’t see is the drawer on the left houses her overnite diapers that I don’t think match the decor as well :-) and the drawer on the right has a wipe warmer. Not that you need a wipe warmer, but it is a nice luxury with diaper rash on little bums. Hubs drilled a hole in the back of the dresser so that it could be plugged in and remain hidden.
This little nook is where the closet should be. We have new closet doors stored to install, but it’s always worked better to use the space in the room. Behind the curtain is a storage shelf, and for now we tuck the bed back here. I never did linens for this room, so this bed has always bugged me. The green pillow in back was made for our sofa in our first home, and the blue and white fabric is just that, fabric over another long pillow….I’ve never focused long enough to figure out what I really needed to do to finish things off.
When Hay was in this room, the crib and bed were flip flopped from where they are today. I first showed it to you HERE. I loved the crib in the closet nook! But the bed never worked as well on the wall, so the switch was good.
This is the storage shelf. If you decide to use a closet for a bed, desk, crib, reading nook (which I definitely recommend)….don’t give away the shelf. Just build it to work for a closet later. A curtain adds a new detail to the space, and hides the much needed storage space.
There you have it. Piper’s room. Admittingly, it has never been a favorite room of mine, and I still have things I think about doing, and know I need to do, and will probably happen at some point, but for now this is where the little Pipe’s lives…..and I have to say, in person, it’s pretty cute! Especially when she’s peering at you over the crib in the morning!!