Eleanor's Room

Eleanor’s Room (Let’s Call This “The Before”)

Eleanor's Room

Brandon and I wanted the kids settled in as soon as possible, so we made their rooms a priority. They both took to the home immediately when we were house hunting, and it figured heavily in their conversations for months, but the transition (and long wait between houses) was hard on them.

This is what E’s room looks like to start. You’ll recognize nearly everything from her old room here. Same bed, with a mishmash of bedding because we haven’t found it all yet. Same 8’x10′ pink rug, which fits perfectly. Same dresser that I painted pink, and her rocking chair is back too. There wasn’t room for her two wooden bookshelves or the play table, but those will be put to good use elsewhere.

Eleanor's Room

I’m glad that she still loves her horse bedding, because it will bridge the pink that’s staying and the blue that’s being added. This is what making the bed looks like according to a four-year-old, FYI. It’s very important to tuck in your doll and baby jaguar.

Eleanor's Bed

I brought in the bookshelf that used to be in our bedroom, and I think that will work for her. The shelves will hold more books and toys as we unpack them. We’re using the closet for toy storage too, since all of her clothes fit in the dresser.

Eleanor requested a plant for her room. (I gotcha, kid!) She’s super into plants, seeds, and bugs right now. More fun facts about this girl we’re crazy about: she has learned how to whistle and practices her new skill regularly, and she loves “reading” Blue Hat, Green Hat to August, but he always rushes to the “oops!” part.

Eleanor's Room

Eleanor has also requested blue for her new room. I bought a dark blue bedspread and a teal throw from IKEA for her (both are in the wash right now), and when she saw them on the bed, she was happy. Room = done! To her, at least. I want to do a lot more.

Eleanor's Room

Paint and curtains. Different lighting. More books, more toys, and more art on the walls. It’s all going to happen soon, but at least the room is fairly calm and put-together for now.

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  • Laura @ Rather Square
    September 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Looks nice! I love that she requested a plant. :) What color are you thinking for the walls?

    • Making it Lovely
      September 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      I’m not sure yet! Likely a shade of blue, but I want to find curtains before making any wall color decisions.

  • Ashlea Walter
    September 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Say no to more toys and bring the girl some more plants!

  • Rebecca H
    September 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Is that radiator in the corner painted metallic gold/brass?!?!?!

    • Making it Lovely
      September 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Yes! All of the radiators in the house are. I think they’re pretty.

      • Rebecca H
        September 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        I agree, I love it! What a lovely little detail.

  • Kelly
    September 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I love her room — it is so welcoming and warm.

    Is that a ZZ plant? I’m sure that Eleanor is not going to eat it, but it is poisonous and BHG recommends wearing gloves when handling it — the ZZ is the last plant on this page: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/projects/poisonous-houseplants/

    I am so excited to see what you do with this house. It’s such an interesting place!

    • Making it Lovely
      September 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      I knew that it was poisonous if ingested, but I hadn’t heard about wearing gloves. We’ll be careful — thanks.

  • Shelly
    September 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    This house is so beautiful! Do the kids think it’s huge? I remember when I was 5 we moved into a 3000 sq ft house from a 1200 sq ft house. I thought I would get lost! haha
    I’m really looking forward to seeing what you do in the kitchen and how you like the stove. Eleanors room is so sweet.

    • Making it Lovely
      September 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      I don’t know if the kids think so, but it is about 3000 sq ft, and I think it’s huge!

  • Sarah
    September 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Those horse sheets and that pink dresser are just too cute and too pretty (respectively)!

  • Laurie
    September 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    It’s a lovely space. Her colors sound wonderful. It’s fun for kids to learn to nest. I remember the first move my family made where I was old enough to set up my own room. I was 9. I couldn’t wait and had every box in my room unpacked at arranged exactly the way I wanted it. It was such a great feeling to be in charge of my own space. I guess that feeling never left!

  • Caitlyn
    September 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I have that rocker in yellow and I dream of having kids to rock in it!! I loved seeing it here!

    • Caitlyn
      September 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Just searched rocker on your site and saw the whole series you did for Making It Yours. So Awesome! It never occurred to me when I got it to see if others had a similar chair and how they styled it. Mine was a thrift-store find so I guess I didn’t realize how popular they were. What a fun set of design ideas to stumble on, thanks!

  • Beth
    September 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I can’t wait to see how it turns out!!! Her room was my favorite in your last house :)

  • Sarah
    September 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    What about a tint of indigo, kind of cornflower-esque? I feel like it should obviously be what she wants, but blue and pink could easily go wrong if it’s too baby blue. Is her doll house going to stay up there? It was one of my most favorite posts you’ve ever done, I wanna see how it’s looking these days.

    • Making it Lovely
      September 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      The doll house looks cute up there, but she can’t reach it to play. It’s not a big deal right now because all of the furniture for it is still in a box somewhere, but we’ll probably find another place to put it so that it can be accessible. And I’m playing around with the design of the room right now, holding off on the wall color until I figure out the curtains.

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    September 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    So cute that Eleanor can whistle! Chloe tries but really all she does is let out a high pitched scream. Kids!

    The room is looking cozy already. Love all the natural light!

    • Making it Lovely
      September 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      We had the “woowoooooo!” scream/whistle for a long time, but something clicked and E got a real whistle out a couple of weeks ago. The girl has been working hard to perfect it since then! I think it’s cute, but not everyone in the house likes it so much. ;)

  • Juliane at Modern Mural
    September 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    What a great little room for her! The light from the windows is splendid. Good luck!

  • Jessica
    September 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Your “befores” are like my “afters.”

  • Kristen
    September 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Love Domo hanging in front of the dollhouse with his pals!

  • laura
    September 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    It is looking great! I know it feels like it will take some time to settle in but the rooms look very well put together already! Can’t wait to see the added touches!

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  • Carrie T
    September 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I love, love, love her dresser! I tried searching (maybe the wrong tags) but did you every do a post on how you paint your wood furniture? Such a pretty room!

  • Deb
    September 13, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Do you happen to remember what pink paint you used on her dresser? I have a china cabinet that would look great that exact color. Thanks!

    • Making it Lovely
      September 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

      It’s Powder Blush, Benjamin Moore. You can see the dresser here too.

  • Tracy
    September 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    May I ask who made the bookcase? Can it be purchased? Thanks for the information in advance.

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