Some of our friends with sons lament that it’s hard to find inspiring boy rooms, which is why we’re always excited when a cool one shows up in our inbox. And our excitement for Dacia and Jordan’s nursery creation could almost be described as “out of this world.” Pun intended. Here’s Dacia’s email:
Hi John & Sherry! I wanted to share my nursery with you guys. When we found out that our very first wee one was going to be a little dude, I immediately took off with designing the nursery. I had a plan all worked out, and then one night my hubby (who normally couldn’t give two hoots about decorating) sweetly said, “Would you mind if I helped design the nursery?” Being the emotional pregnant woman I was, the fact that he wanted to help design a room for our son melted my heart and I threw all my plans out the window! So we started planning things out together, and I have to say, I’m so happy we did it together because I love the direction it took!
My husband has a fascination with all things astronomy so we infused that into the nursery. We put our own twist on a traditional mural wall by using embroidery hoops to create a 3D planet ‘mural’.
Most of the nursery is done in grays and blues, but we wanted a fun pop of color so I made over a changing table that I got on Craigslist for $30. I also updated some run-of-the-mill navy curtains with simple star embellishments.
On the wall opposite the crib, we added a futon so that my husband and I both have places to sit if we’re in the nursery together. Hanging above it is some art that I designed explaining the meaning behind our little man’s name. We plan to add some family pictures on either side of it once we get those taken and framed.
Sherry, I totally get what you mean when you say that Clara’s nursery was your favorite room in your old house… I’ve already fallen hard for the nursery. We love spending time in it with our son! – Dacia
How cool is that room? Got any favorite parts? The mural is so creatively done (such a great use of embroidery hoops), not to mention the little nods to outer space elsewhere in the room (notice the stars in the rug?). Thanks for sharing your little astronaut’s room with us, Dacia and Jordan!
UPDATE: Here’s a link to Dacia’s blog post about the nursery, complete with more pics. So sorry for not including it earlier!
It’s official – we’ve got bathrooms on the brain after our impromptu update over the weekend. And not just bathrooms, but closets too. Fortunately, Meghan and her husband Sean shared a double-dose of makeover-y goodness with us: their master bathroom and closet. Go figure. So check out their recaps below while we try our best to resist shopping for tile…
I didn’t have a blog when you guys kindly featured our kitchen redesign, but you inspired me to start one and it has been a really fun way to document our adventures! I thought I’d share with you our master bathroom renovation. It was extremely small, extremely dated (think 1960′s fab), and smelled extremely bad (no idea of what and I don’t think I want to know).
We opened up the space by knocking out a closet just outside the room, took the room down to the studs and replaced everything with carrara marble and white quartz (channeling my inner Candice Olsen).
This was the renovation we were going to do 10-15 years after we moved in. When the kids were older we said. After 3 years of nothing but renovations and babies (in no particular order) my husband promised me we wouldn’t DIY this one (well not all of it anyway). Sean throwing his back out lifting the new window for the room sealed the deal.
I worked on the design and purchased the materials over the course of six months as things went on sale to save money.
I’m an accountant by day, so here is a breakdown of the project in terms of numbers:
- 3: The number of general contractors we interviewed for the job.
- 0: The number of general contractors we actually hired. We decided to play general contractor ourselves and sub out to trades on our own.
- 6: The number of subcontractors we hired.
- 9: The number of months it took us from start to finish.
- 40: The percentage of savings for subcontracting ourselves versus using a general contractor.
The new toilet is named Memoirs by Kohler. Seriously. I wonder if you need any special training or degree to name toilets. The painting is one my dad did for my boyfriend 10 years ago of the BF as a baby with his father (don’t worry he’s my husband now…otherwise that would be weird)
We chose a carrera marble scheme from Avalon tile and our installers were truly artists. I may regret the marble but go big or go home, right? We went with honed instead of polished marble because honed is supposed to be more forgiving. Marble takes maintenance and stains/scratches easily so I figured honed would hide the inevitable marks. I’m really glad I did. If you live in a house full of men like I do then you know their “aim” isn’t always perfect.
Because one renovation always leads into another… this turned into to a master bedroom renovation too. We knocked down a wall to combine two bedrooms into one. This now-missing wall used to hold the rooms’ closets which meant we were left with none.
We liked the look of built in cabinetry (but couldn’t swing the price). We liked the look of the IKEA PAX unit (but have short ceilings and weren’t sure about the long term durability of the doors). Compromise = Ikea hack.
We cut down four 90″ Pax units from Ikea to fit our 80″ ceilings, secured them to the wall and added a hardwood frame over it. Then we took a crack at carpentry and built tongue and groove style shaker doors and painted it all out in Benjamin Moore Decorators White.
In order to break up the span of doors we added a bookshelf in the middle with a hamper drawer at the bottom. We finished the unit out with crown molding at the top and interior lighting. Thanks for letting us share! – Meg
Thanks so much to Meghan and Sean for sharing the inspiration. We love that they were able to achieve high end looks while still finding ways to save – like managing the subcontractors themselves for 40% off, and building their own shaker doors for the closets. You can drop by Meghan’s blog to get more details on their awesome bathroom and closet transformations. But feel free to play the favorite part game here first. Sherry’s in love with those roll-out hampers and that bathroom tile. And I’m digging the converted Ikea cabinets (so smart to cut them down from 90″ and frame them out that way).