Friday, June 3, 2011

Color overload: Avery's Big girl room!

WARNING: Sensory / girly overload!!!

Here it is, I hope the build up doesn't disappoint. haha! I did not mean to build this room up, but it has been a rather stretched our project for Jordan and I. We painted the walls Easter weekend, so that gives you a little idea! We always like to finish a project to the very last detail and not leave things half done (one of our pet peeves for renovations... jobs half done) so this room is officially complete! I put the frames on the walls tonight, and the sheers went up last night! As many of you know with my decorating style I LOVE color! I don't think I could ever decorate my own house without color on my walls. Yes, maybe for clients I have done lighter tones, but I love color... can you tell with this room!?!?!

Obviously the inspiration was her bedding, which we got back in March at this quilt store in West Ed... and then we went from there. Jordan the kijiji man found this adorable bed in mint condition on kijiji ($200, regular $800) and then found the dresser and end table off kijiji for $75 for both. Those were not in such pretty condition, but I liked the shape.

With websites and some help from a couple blogging friends (thanks Sherri & Jenny) I matched the cream to the bed and distressed it! Man, was that fun and addictive! I was quite happy with how it turned out.

Next came the flowers. My good friend Tammy who I worked with at Wen-Di, shes an amazing artist! She came over and helped me get started on copying the flowers off the bedding. Can you tell which flowers Tammy did and I did... hehe... hers are for sure the best in the room, but I was happy with how mine turned out! She did 4 out of the 16 or 17 in the room (I'll point out which are hers.) It was quite addicting and as you can see with the chair (that was white and I painted yellow) and the stool by the bed, you can get quite carried away! I would paint them every night for about a week after Avery went to bed and Jordan would come in and laugh and tell me to not paint flowers everywhere!

The knob on the end table and handles on the dresser were from Home Depot. They were white, which I thought would be plenty cute! But it was driving Jordan crazy, he thought there needed to be more contrast between the white and cream. So I bought a can of hot pink spray paint and painted them... not the best spray paint job (hence no close up) but its cute and works! I had my heart set on some pretty ones from Anthropology, but I just couldn't justify it! I think these cost $20 altogether!

* These 4 beauties (picture above) are Tammy's flowers, hehe! They are the first that you see when you walk in the room... thank goodness!

Avery before bed, she LOVES her big girl bed! Every night when were getting ready for bed she says "go to sleep in my big girl bed???" And she has been great about not getting out and playing, sometimes she is singing songs in bed for a while, but she did that in her crib too.

So, one thing I'm so bad at is getting too excited and forgetting to take before and afters. I caught myself right in time before I put the primer on the dresser and drawers. Above is the picture of the drawers for the dresser. Jordan had already taken the handles off and filled the holes and sanded it, but you get the idea.

Before end table.

After end table.

Before stool: Another Kijiji find, I think this was $10 that Jordan found!

So I painted the top yellow to match the walls thinking that would be good enough, and I'm painting flowers on the walls one night and kept looking at it thinking it just wasn't cutting it. Before I know it I'm painting one step to match the bed skirt stripes and the top to match one of the flowers... way funner!

More storage in our little house is always a good thing!

And that's it folks! Most of the accessories and frames are Home Sense buys. It was way too much fun doing this fun girly room! And I love how Avery spends so much of her time in there now too!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Photo shoot!!!

Oh my little Avery girl! She is just a ball of fun lately. She came out of the womb with a stubborn / independent personality... therefore getting pictures of her has always been a challenge. She would either not want to look or not want to smile, etc.

Well now that she is a bit more grown up, she has finally realized taking picture can be quite fun! The other day we were playing in the back yard for a couple hours, had some lunch outside and then got the sprinkler out! She was quite dirty when we came in (gardening and running through the sprinkler go hand and hand I guess.) So she had an afternoon bath!

After I asked if I could blow dry her hair and curl it and take some pictures... and surprisingly she agreed! It was lots of fun, another fun thing about having a little girl! She of course has to see the picture the second after I take it! Here's my little girl hammin it up :)

I guess some of these give little peeks of her big girl room... if Jordan wasn't studying for his CMA entrance exam like every night (it's June. 14, almost home free) then I'd have my handy man at my disposal! But hes promised me by the end of the week all the little handy man stuff that I can't do will be done in her room!