Toddler room

posted by harlie in family, home

With our little lady soon making her debut, we really want to make sure that we don’t forget to make Lil’Man feel special also. I feel that we’ve been taking a ridiculously long time getting his room setup, but I’m hoping that the fact that he has all his favorite books and toys — Legos, trains, blocks — set up in our living room has helped. As it is, the room we chose for him started out quite… Boring. Beige. Blah. Bleak, even.

It’s hard to tell in this photo from the realtor listing, but the paint is dingy and that carpet is hideous. The sellers claimed the carpet was “new” but I swear it was last popular in the early 70′s. The first thing we did, before even moving in, was rip out that terrible, allergen-collecting shag from all the upstairs rooms (this room, the adjoining hall, the master suite and the nursery-to-be). We chose a hickory that coordinated with the existing hardwood in the living/dining area. I never imagined I’d choose a flooring like that, but I kinda love it in this house. We also added nice, wide baseboards, replacing that plain, brown, quarter-round. (The contractor tried to talk me out of the taller baseboard. He said it would make the room feel smaller, but I think he just didn’t want to deal with the wider and, therefore, stiffer boards. So glad I listened to my instincts!) Finally, we ripped out the closet doors. They were cheap plywood doors on noisy runners and I thought curtains would work fine.

After that initial burst of work, it took a while to figure out what we wanted for his room. He’s no longer just a baby (even though he’s still my tiny baby boy) and the bright circus theme we had in his nursery doesn’t quite fit him anymore. When he plays with his Duplos, he creates stories about puppies, kitties, and monkeys, but also about robots, dinosaurs, spiders, monsters, trains, and alligators. And I sometimes hear him make little exploding sounds as his creations fly through the air. *shakes head*

I want to make sure we encourage that creative mish-mash of characters in his room, so I decided that themes were out the window (I know some people really dislike them anyhow, but I’ve found them to be a good way of focusing my ideas and I try not to get TOO caught up in a theme, at any rate). I also didn’t want to limit the colors in his room too much. I wanted him to have a colorful room that would embrace his wide variety of interests without getting too…chaotic (he has to sleep in here, after all).

At the same time, I didn’t want to get rid of the big items we’d invested in for his nursery. As it was,the move meant that we had the opportunity to really make a room specific to him and I wanted to take advantage of that as much as possible. We still have the dresser and the rocker. The Mr converted his crib to a toddler bed when we moved. It might have been a bit early since he seemed happy enough to stay in his crib and hadn’t started climbing out yet. However, we thought that making the transition to the new house also be his transition to “big boy” room would go over well and we were right — he was pretty excited with it and adjusted very quickly. Even after all these months, he’s only gotten out of bed once in the middle of the night (and, even then, he cried for me to come get him at his doorway).

Anyhow, here’s the general feel for the room we’re hoping is great for a toddler, but has room for him to grow:

A far cry from the terrible tan that dominated the room when we first saw it! I hope that the neutral furniture with the blues on the wall, the curtains and the rug will ground the room while still having a ton of color and fun in the rest of the decor. It really does feel more like it will match the boundless energy of a toddler, don’t you think?

Since the painters finished last week, Lil’Man’s room is currently a lovely shade of blue. It makes a HUGE difference! When he came home after that first day, I told him to go look at his room. He excitedly ran in and jumped onto his bed in a flurry of wiggles and giggles. Then, he started petting the wall saying, “I love my blue walls!” It was adorable. We’ve done quite a bit more, but we still have to rearrange furniture and hang art, so you’ll just have to wait for the next update to see the next step in our toddler room’s (slow but steady) transformation!

| Curtains: West Elm Navy Stripe Shower Curtain | Lighting: Industrial Cage Ceiling Light | Lamp: Green Table Lamp | Art: ABC Animals print, 123 Animals Framed Giclee | Clock: Karlsson Wall Clock | Knickknacks & Toys: Toy Dinosaurs, Discontinued Target Circo Robot Bank, Toy Trains | Bin: Land of Nod Bin | Toddler Bed: Babyletto Modo 3-in-1 Crib | Bedding: Circo Modern Robot Bed Set | Rug: IKEA Eivor Cirkel | Rocker: Crate & Barrel Hathaway Rocker | Pillows: ABC Pillows, Melange Pillow | Dresser: IKEA Hemnes Dresser | Nightlight: J Schatz Egglamp |

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