Nighttime Life

Hey everybody! After sharing my son’s room recently, I thought I’d give a quick peek into what our nighttimes look like around here. They center around my daughter’s room, where my son has landed on a mattress on her floor. It’s a little dumpy and unofficial, I know, but I’m just so thankful they are happily sleeping in the same room again and I will take what I can get because siblings sharing rooms is one of the sweetest things ever…though I wish we could have all been saved the hassle of dismantling and creating rooms and stuck with what we had before, kids, but I know parenting is never an easy or straightforward path!

It makes my heart happy to see my kids bond and to take comfort in each other’s presence. And though it’s sometimes aggravating being on the parent side of this, I even love hearing their whispered conversations after lights out. Some of my favorite memories revolve around goofing off with my sister when we were supposed to be sleeping. The good of our current situation: bonding, making memories, sleeping better than when alone. The bad of our situation: we’ve created a bit of gray area in room ownership that occasionally leads to disagreements. Shared at night but separate during the day, as my son’s actual stuff besides the bed he sleeps in are in his room, can make for some confusing boundaries of what’s mine, yours and ours.
Since the last time I shared this room, the bed has been rotated to allow for more usable floor space (though floor mattress wasn’t what I had in mind), a black Acapulco chair moved in, and these black dot sheets are blowing my mind…and my dog obsessed daughter’s, who is certain they are Dalmatian spots. Oh, and then there’s that giant mattress on the floor that has been in the get-rid-of-pile and then days later brought back in more times than I ever wish to admit. But otherwise, same….For right now, this is working for us. Mattress on the floor is not my styled out ideal, but they sleep and the house isn’t a total mess so we’re doing alright! If I could only figure out how to stretch wake up time to 1 hour later, we’d be in great shape…

We are in the middle of some big summer projects around our home and have a list of small ones too. I know we won’t get to everything, we never do. But the attempt includes landscaping our entire giant front yard with our own four weak hands, hanging some wallpaper here and there, and then (FINGERS TIGHTLY CROSSED) we are hoping to get to a full master bath remodel after some summer travels. Oh ya, and baseboards are long overdue but somehow always get pushed to the bottom and probably will again. It’s a packed calendar full of projects but it’s good. Right before my eyes, I’m turning into a summer person, loving the long, responsibility-free (well from schooling, at least) days to crank out my favorite things in the world: house projects!!! SO MUCH FUN. What’s on deck for all of your houses summer????

Wallpaper!

Mid Century Wallpaper DIY Norwall SH34552 gold white geometricI wallpapered our dressing room this week. I am so happy with the results but IT WAS THE WORST JOB EVER. Surprisingly, I can’t remember another home project, besides shoveling rocks, that I disliked so much. What I thought would take 2 hours, took ten. My back hurts. My brain hurts. Wallpaper hangers are now third on my list, after #1 roofers (<unsung heroes) and #2 landscapers, of jobs that I couldn’t do. Wallpapering is not the most physically demanding job, though more than I imagined, but one of the most mentally/emotionally taxing house projects I’ve ever undertaken. These walls beat me down and broke me.I previously had drawn bamboo all over the walls in here but was never happy with the wall I started with and never had the motivation to redo it. I thought wallpapering instead would be a fun opportunity to switch things up and take just as much effort as I’d use to repaint. HA. In hindsight, this room isn’t beginner wallpaper level and nothing is ever easier than paint. There isn’t a lot of wall square footage, so the work looked deceptively easy, but I neglected to account for the gazillion corners and cuts that were necessary and didn’t quite grasp the scope of matching and leveling geometric patterns.

My only other wallpapering experience is hanging grasscloth, which the internet says is not for beginners but was fairly easy for me, so it stood to reason that hanging beginner level pre-pasted wallpaper would be easier. Wrong. There are seams to hide! There are patterns to line up! There are crooked walls to make appear straight! Grasscloth, I’ve figured out, is easy to work with and covers a multitude of wall and installation sins. Oh, and it’s like twice as wide, so half the work. Don’t listen to the internet. I’m never hanging wallpaper again, except for grasscloth (…which is good because I just bought some black sisal for the black wall in our master bedroom!)The result is great, and if I didn’t have such lingering resentment at the job, I would say that I love it so much. Maybe in a few days or weeks? It was nice to wake up to a new room. Most of my bad feelings stem from the fact that I gave a strong effort and I still ended up with imperfections. I’m not a perfectionist and wasn’t looking for perfect, but I gave great effort here only to good results and I’m annoyed at the waste.

The biggest failure was believing I had way more than enough paper but running out and having to patch in my last run (can you spot it in the photo below?). I hid it well, but I know it’s there, mocking me. The paper, which I didn’t check before hanging like you are supposed to – my fault, had defects throughout roll number 3, opened late in the game. I decided to work around rather than wait weeks for an exchange, which would have been the right thing to do but at a high psychological cost that I couldn’t bear mid-install. Some minor defect, mostly dark spots, made it on the wall while the more major ones, black spots with tears (!?), had to be discarded. So annoying and defeating.My second biggest failure was not doing enough coats of primer. I don’t think anyone would notice without it being pointed out, but that bamboo drawing shows ever so slightly through in some spots. SO DUMB. And I almost primed with clear primer…what was I thinking?! At least I primed?

My third failure was measuring loosely or trimming too hastily and then coming up just short. Total amateur hour. I wasted a lot of time lining up sheets that ultimately weren’t big enough. Luckily, I was able to reuse most, but one that took a particularly long time and a lot of effort to get fitted ended up being 1/2″ too short at the baseboard…and it was end of the line where I knew paper was already running short. Baseboards replacement (with taller baseboards) is imminent so I left it, but I know it’s going to bug me until we get around to it. Otherwise, I have a few small bubbles and one tiny tear at a corner, but those were all to be expected, so they aren’t driving me crazy.The paper, by the way, is Norwall SH34552 and so adorable. Wallpaper is a big commitment, but I’m confident I’ll love this print for years. It is just what I wanted…geometric, a little glam, bold but in a subtle way. I love that is has a slightly mid century Polynesian/Hawaiiana feel too…it softens the goodbye to the bamboo print. The price can’t be beat, nor can the pattern, but the defects mentioned above left a bad taste in my mouth.

Sometimes extra hard jobs end up being the most satisfying ones and I hope my feelings towards this swing that way in the near future. One thing I know: no more! I’ve been toying with wallpapering our laundry room and maybe our hallway but that is a resounding HECK NO at this point. Over it.

Wondering if anybody has had similar (or exact opposite) experiences with DIY wallpapering jobs??? Was it the worst ever for you too? Will these dramatic feelings ever wear off?? Haha! xoxo

Mellow, Yellow Boy Bedroom

This little room has seen so much neglect lately. It started as a guest room, was changed into our son’s room when we hastily decided to split up the bedroom my kids used to share, and shortly served as an actual place for sleeping until he defected to a mattress on the floor of his sister’s room. It has sat sadly semi-abandoned since, only being utilized as an auxiliary Lego building room and often looking like a tornado-devastated Lego factory. Any attempt at organization/clean up/design has been non-existent on my part. I finally got sick enough of seeing the disaster that I pulled it together a bit. I don’t have to see stress-inducing clutter and my son has a cute, functional space to call his own…though when it will serve as an actual BEDroom is unclear!
The basics of the room were already in place. The bed and toy shelf came from their old shared room, the Heywood Wakefield dresser from our room in the great dresser swap of 2016. The wall color (an old favorite: Behr Rainforest Dew), curtains (painted and hung on a bamboo rod from the nursery), and photos were all guest room relics, which I kind of anticipated keeping when this transitioned into his room. The stars aligned and his current favorite colors are green and yellow so everything worked and stayed. All I needed to do was rearrange and purge toys.
The sellout Eames rocker rip-off is the only thing I purchased. I haven’t acquired a real fiberglass chair yet so I did the dirty deed of buying this cheap repro. I feel gross about it, but not gross enough to forego because it makes the space. I almost went with this cheaper rocker, but I was worried it might be school bus yellow (not my thing) instead of a green-leaning chartreuse (totally my thing) so I tracked down this “olive” chair instead and paid a little extra for color assurance. Maybe these two are the exact same chair and I needlessly spent money, maybe not? The color isn’t what I call olive, but it is the exact shade of yellow I was expecting and looking for so I’m happy with the purchase. (Oh, and yes I’m crazy and painted the legs black legs, an obvious necessity for Eames rocking chairs…)I always get a lot of questions about this fan, so here’s a whole post all about it. The short of it is: I love this 2007 fan model so much (we used in a previous house) that I tracked down two on ebay and spray painted because I’m trashy.The photographs are from a series of miniature golf building photos I took long ago (#artdegree), most from what I will venture to say is America’s mini golf architecture apex, Camelot Golfland in Anaheim, which happens to be the mini golf course of my childhood (#blessed). They add a good amount of wacky for my mini golf loving boy who also loves building who also has a mom that wouldn’t at all be opposed to birthing a future wacky architect (#nopressure).

SOURCES

Eames rocker ripoff – France & Son  |  dresser and nightstand – vintage Heywood Wakefield

toy shelf – DIY  |  bed – vintage  |  curtains – DIY  |  bamboo shades – Lewis Hyman

wall hooks – similar, we sawed off the over the door part  |  painting – homeschool art project

clock – similar  |  lamps – vintage  |  Fan – Discontinued Harbor Breeze Avian (other ideas here)

I don’t think I’ve ever said this wonderful statement before in my life: there isn’t a to-do list left in this room, only a to-do item: install hardwood floors, maybe. BEST WONDERFUL STATEMENT! Now, who has tried Lego storage/organization solutions that work because we are buried over here. Thanks for reading! xoxo