Oops I Did It Again

First of all, yes, we’re still tiling a few hours each day (usually from 10-midnight after getting C to bed and doing blog/book stuff). But we’re getting there – and should definitely have a holy-meatballs-we’re-finally-done reveal for you on Monday. Yay!

Who wants to pet it? Just me?

But back to the matter at hand: last weekend I rearranged Clara’s room. Again. And I owe you guys the details (a few of you even noticed things had moved around here and requested an update), so whoop, here it is. Let’s dive right into the moving madness. Heck, free use-what-you-have rearranging isn’t that bad, is it? No heavy breathing required. From you, at least (I did my fair share of creepy mouth breathing while pushing things around). It actually was only a few simple switches, but the room still looked tore up from the floor up for a little while:

As usual, Clara was in there “helping Mommy dec-rate.” Decorate only has two syllables according to the bean. I love that you can’t see her at all here because she’s not tall enough to poke up from behind the changing pad where she was “juggling” cloth diapers while singing Firework by Katy Perry. No joke.

Just for fun, here’s Clara helping me the last time I went crazy and moved everything around:

Kinda looks the same except she’s wearing summer stuff.

And now here’s the new layout description to help make sense of the madness (see the sketches of makeover 1 and 2 here). Well, it won’t really make sense of my furniture-shuffling-neurosis, but it might explain what’s where and what used to be where:

  • The crib which used to be on the wall in front of the door got moved to the wall across from that on the far side of the room
  • The dresser that used to be on that wall moved to where the crib once lived
  • The chair and side table pretty much stayed where they were
  • The floor lamp that used to be behind the chair got moved into the kitchen (where it’s used in our sitting nook by the fireplace)
  • Clara’s hamper got “hidden” back where the lamp once was (more on that in a bit)

And here are a ton of pics of her room after my recent switches. First off, it’s nice not to walk right into the side of the crib now that it’s back on the wall I originally wanted to put it (somehow I always planned to put it there but when we moved we stuck it in a corner, and then pulled it near the door, and only now is it back where it “belongs”). It didn’t jut out all that much, but the dresser is about half as deep, so it feels more open when you walk in again.

That little C on the door is from Anthropologie on clearance about a month or two ago. It was $6. Whenever we walk by it Clara says “C for Clara.”

Behind our little reading chair is Clara’s hamper, which is nice because she likes to take everything out of it and throw it around, so putting it a bit out of the way deters her. Sometimes. Other times it’s just a fun obstacle-course-like challenge.

Ah, the crib is finally on that back wall. Mom bliss. All is right with the world. And since I’m Señorita Safety all the frames over the crib are well out of Clara’s reach (the crib is pulled about 18″ away from the wall, although that’s hard to see in these pics). They’re also not only hung with screws & anchors or nails (depending on if I hit a stud) but also reinforced with heavy-duty 3M adhesive strips (which are 100% removable so they won’t kill the wall, but aren’t baby-removable, so nothing will come a-crashing down – even in another unlikely east coast earthquake). Is that crazy first-time-mom enough for ya? I thought so.

Here’s the corner that’s opposite the green mirror and chair:

The shot below is meant to show three things:

  • the crib is pulled around 18″ from the wall (although there’s a weird double shadow so it really doesn’t demonstrate that very well – in fact it only looks about 3″ away)
  • there are still many blank walls in our house (we still need to add some art to that corner)
  • Clara’s closet is still my favorite place in the whole house (as in, I hang out in there and stroke the potato stamped walls)

One of our favorite furniture makeovers ever is still Clara’s $20 craigslist dresser:

It takes a licking (wooden fruit, cars, and blocks get whipped at it often), but keeps on ticking…

Every post deserves a detail shot of a stuffed alligator:

More details. They’re my favorite things in here. The handmade stuff, like these bookshelves John made

… and the mobile I made.

Another favorite thing in here is the art wall. So many personal things that make me misty eyed. More on everything that hangs up there here.

Monkey detail shot!!!

Hah. That might be the best use of three exclamation points ever. Just kidding. This is:

You get a car!!! You get a car!!! You get a car!!!

Oh to be Oprah for a day. What’s wrong with me? Maybe don’t answer that. Anyway, when it comes to Clara’s third layout since we’ve moved in, I’ve learned not to make any declarative statements (ex: “I love it so much I’ll never move stuff around in there again!”) but I definitely love it the more than the past two setups. So it’s a keeper. At least until I go crazy again…

What rooms have you guys been shifting around? Do you have some that never get changed (our bedroom and living room are pretty much the same as about a month after we moved in) while others seem to move around all the time (Clara’s room and our kitchen seem to have enjoyed the most change so far).


  1. says

    I love the subtle changes. I’m always ALWAYS shifting things around too…it’s my reward for cleaning. ;) Clara is adorable as usual! TGIF!

  2. says

    Hey y’all [That’s my southern twang there], I’ve got a little problem, and you rearranging your furniture in C’s room reminded me to ask.

    My bedroom is really, REALLY bare. I want to rearrange, but some things are ‘stapled’ to where they are and… well I just don’t know what to do with it.

    If I sent you pictures, would you be willing to help me make it look not-doomed-to-forever-sound-hollow?

    :D Thanks

    • Nicole says

      Jacqui, I’ve been in love with this fan since J and S revealed Clara’s original nursery, and unfortunately I can’t find that exact fan ANYWHERE! I’m pretty sure it’s been discontinued, so I’ve had to settle for a similar retro-looking fan from the same maker (Deco Breeze). It’s not as cute as Clara’s, but it’s has that retro feel at least.

  3. kylee says

    I’d love to redo a dresser in lieu of a traditional changing table. What depth of dresser is used for Clara’s changing table in order to comfortably fit the changing pad?

  4. says

    It looks great! I love all the little touches that make Clara’s room so put together! My daughter Little M and I moved our living/dining room furniture totally around last weekend, and I’m loving our new look too. Something about rearranging just makes everything feel new and fresh again :) Good luck with the penny tile this weekend!

  5. Karen F says

    I have been so in love with Clara’s dresser ever since you first posted about it.

    The rooms in my house tend to stay the same (we just moved our bedroom around after 9 years or so (!!!) and it’s so much better (we got new furniture). We tend to move our living room around a lot because it’s an odd room and we haven’t landed on a floorplan we like. But mostly I’m a leave-it-where-it-is type of gal.

  6. Lindsey d. says

    I’ve got handmedown furniture (couch and chair and a half) that aren’t the right scale for my little cottage, so I’m constantly moving stuff around to see if it works better. I think I finally settled on something that will work, for now…

    Also, I FINALLY got to rearrange the furniture in my tv room after TWO LONG YEARS! I previously had a TV that we loving referred to as a boat anchor. Huge, heavy and triangular in shape (back end stuck out about three feet. It had to go in the only available corner, unfortunately, that corner was on the wall where I wanted to put the TV. Got a new TV (slim, sleek, perfect) for Christmas, though, and the best gift was putting the couch on the wall where I always wanted it. And it’s perfect. I love it.

  7. Alyssa says

    Looking great! And I love rearranging furniture on a 4-5 month basis, drives my hubby bonkers, but it also gets me to clean areas that get pretty dusty like baseboards and under the beds. I do have a question for ya, how did you attach Claras changing pad to the dresser top? I think I read it once and just looked back at the original post but didn’t see it there. Is it somewhere else that you could post the link for Me quickly? Thanks a bunch! Happy Friday the 13th….spooky! ;)

    • says

      It came with a heavy duty snap system (you screw snaps into the back of the dresser and there are tabs on the side of the pad that snap in). It’s on there good. I think they might be standard when you buy one?


  8. Mabell says

    So funny that your post is about this. I actually thought it would be some living room changes, and was anxiously looking forward to it, as I am in the middle of changing my living room again! (taking christmas tree down…don’t judge).. But its something I do…every, I dont know…. 3-4 months… I think its a problem… Is there a Anonymous club for that? :)

  9. Stephanie L. says

    I love her room. Where did you get those baskets that you placed in the Target side table? I have the same table and like the cleaner look of the concealed storage.