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toddler to little girl: a bedroom transformation in progress

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As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the first home project of 2014 we are tackling is updating our girl’s room. She about to turn six years old and we want her to have furniture that she can grow into. That means it’s time to say good-bye to the Ikea platform bed and wall unit. They have served us well, but we’re tired of the cartoon-like rounded corners and colors, and all the junk that its many doors and drawers holds. We’ve already decided on the bed — streamlined Oeuf Sparrow bed which seems to be the only thing that will work in her small space. But now there are a few other choices to make.

1. Wall color? In her old room, we had two bright lime yellow walls, which were fun and made the Crayola like colors of everything else pop. Now we’re thinking of doing a neutral greyish-blue — perhaps this shade from Benjamin Moore. Our thinking is that it will match with a bright accent color – like fuschia, purple, yellow or orange — and that having a the whole room one color will make it feel bigger.

2. Wallpaper or stencil? I love the small rooms look when they have one wall papered in a delicate, small repeat. We’ve been getting in a ton of samples from sites like FermLiving and Graham & Brown but haven’t found one we love yet. We’ve heard that wallpaper doesn’t take wear and tear well, and we know it’s a pain to take down. Perhaps a stencil will be better? There are some on Etsy that would do the trick.

3. Matching desk and bureau? After her bed, the second most important thing Isadora needs is a good desk. I love the feel of open ones, but know that we’d be smart to get one with some storage. This one from Land of Nod is winning so far… but then the second question is: Should we get a dresser to match? The one we have now is a vintage Russel Wright from the 1960s. I love it, but the drawers are heavy and hard to open for a little person. Perhaps a white dresser would be more elegant?

4. Built in bookshelves? And the final major decision we need to make to for Isadora’s room is to figure out what to do with her books. The Billy bookcase we are currently using at the foot of the bed is about to fall apart, and ideally we’d have it elsewhere in the room. The problem is our house is old and floor slants quite a bit. Perhaps an Elfa system would be best? Though I really dig these bright ones from Room & Board.

After we make those choices, we can move onto the more for fun and less-forever stuff — like bedding, curtains and rug. Oh my! It makes my poor little Libran brain hurt with so many options to weigh.

Got any advice? Lets start with the wallpaper question. Help!

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first decorating to-do of the new year: a new bed for our girl

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We have a long list of things we’d like to accomplish around the house this year: Finally replace that coffee table. Re-do the downstairs bathroom. But first and foremost is to give our girl — who is about to turn six and is most definitely no longer a toddler — a room she can grow into. It’s a bit of a challenge from the get-go, because between the radiators and windows of her small room, there isn’t a way to get anything larger than a twin bed in there. And forget about bunk beds (much to Isadora’s disappointment); the ceilings are too low for that. We think we have found our first step in the right direction — Oeuf’s Sparrow Bed. It has clean lines yet occupies a smaller footprint than most beds that come with a head and base board. We also like that it mixes birch with white and doesn’t scream “girly.” We opted for no trundle at the moment — we need the underbed space for storage, and ordered one from DesignPublic which has no delivery fee. It will take six to eight weeks to get here, so in the meantime we can start thinking about more important things like… wallpaper vs. paint? More soon!

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a bright light in radiant orchid, pantone’s color of the year

A couple of years ago, we were insanely excited when Tangerine Tango was the color of the year. It is one of our all-time favorites and has a permanent place in our decor. Admittedly, we sorta skipped last year’s — emerald — but the new 2014 choice just announced today has us giddy (especially a certain kindergartner who loves purple). Pantone’s newly christened shade of the year is called Radiant Orchid, like a blossoming flower. And while bachelors may have a hard time incorporating it into their sensibilities, homes blessed with little girls like ours will find lots of the new hue in months to come. What’s nice about Radiant Orchid is that is a strong purple, with strong pink undertones. In the right light, you might even mistake it for fuchsia. Our hunt for the bright color is on, and we already found one thing that matches it perfectly. This Modern Lamp Shade from Mood Studio Design is just the right purple to capture the Pantone spirit. It’s made to order from the Canadian company, who we suspect is about to get flooded with orders. Put in a request for yours for $89 today and you’ll be ready for a stylish new year.

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post off: how spooky does your home get for halloween?

Halloween is, without question, our favorite holiday if the year. And our town’s Halloween festivities were a deciding factor in why we chose to move here. We, along with many of neighbors, take it seriously! We decorate our porches, place out mood lights, and plot out multiple costume changes — one for the daytime parade, one for the grown-ups only party and one to wear while handing out treats. But as any of you who live on the eastern seaboard know, the past two Halloweeens have been a wash out — especially last year due to being whalloped by hurricane Sandy. This year we have all our fingers and toes crossed that nothing is going to happen and we are ready to go whole hog Halloween! We pulled out our DIY snake wreath, our spooky doormat, and have draped spider webs all over our porch. We even have a plastic skeleton — affectionately called Boney — sitting our refurbed vintage glider.

As this photo from Between the Naps blog shows, we are not the only ones embracing the season. This lovely webby house is in the Atlanta area.

Do you decorate your home for Halloween? Do you lean towards the tasteful or tacky? Let us know and share a photo if you have one! You can tweet it to me with a #spookyhome hashtag!

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start ’em young: adorable mini ikea doll furniture

As if the bouncy ball room and pervasive smell of cinnamon buns weren’t enough to please its young customers, Ikea has introduced yet another way to seduce the junior set. We spotted this Ikea doll furniture and house in the store the other day and instantly fell in love. The doll furniture set comes with a bright pink Klippan sofa, a green Lack table, a yellow lounger and a black and white rug. Who needs wooden doll house furniture? This stuff explodes with color. Since we firmly believe in instilling the art room arrangement into our young ones, we think this set would be a fine present for a little tyke. Better yet, pick this up and mix and match with others. Wonder if they’d fit in a Lundy house? See Ikea’s site to view the doll house furniture set, $13, and the playhouse, $8. They’re all Swedish, after all! Meatballs not included.

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