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{Coos & Ahhs} My 4yr old’s digs…

Wow, I really can’t believe February is here already! I can honestly say that January was a complete blur. However, January was very eventful – & one standout event was that my kiddo turned 4! Along with turning 4, Sayer’s room got a little re-design. Those that know me & follow this blog will not be surprised by this- as I thoroughly enjoy playing around with the design & layout of his room. I’ve heavily documented the process of the transition from baby nursery to big boy room. I find it fun for so many reasons but the the main one is seeing his delight when he sees what we have done. I love his creativity & watching him play in his room is quite an inspiration.

So when Amanda, from one of my favorite blogs Coos & Ahhs, asked me to do a guest post for her about his room- I was flattered & up for the task! This was just a peek – pop on over to   her blog to view the whole post & more pictures… we would love to see you over there!


{Real Life} Big Boy Room Part II

The transition from Sayer’s nursery to his big boy room is ongoing in our house. We’ve been tackling projects one at a time. But, I think we are finished for a little while. He finally has the space & appropriate storage solutions conducive for tons of play. The great thing, is that we didn’t really need to change things up much. We also made or found (in other rooms of our house & thrift shops) most of what we needed. I love watching my little whirlwind play so I decided to take some photos of him enjoying his space, while giving you a tour.

This bookshelf house is one of my favorite things in his room. It was originally my old doll house that my dad made me. He also has the old doll bed that my dad made me too. Chris renovated it before Sayer was born to make it into a changing table/bookshelf. Now it’s still a storage space, but also serves as an extension fire house, emergency station, & deluxe garage. Click here for the before & after post. 

I love the fact that Sayer still has his klt:mobiles in his room & that he still enjoys them. His bed is the conversion of his crib which I have to say is so great! The book corner is another favorite part of his room. He can look at his books from his bed too- which I think is nice. Chris made the book ledges & the shelf/toy storage is from ikea. The Eames chair isn’t always in his room- it really floats from room to room. This week it’s in the living room.

The vintage toys & vintage Marimekko quilt sort of took the palette of his room from, orange, green, & turquoise, to more of a rainbow of colors. It’s a happy room that I enjoy hanging out in. It also gets beautiful light through the windows. In my opinion, it’s the best room in the house for sure. I’m curious to see how this room evolves over the years. In the meantime, I’m content  just watching Sayer enjoy his space. What’s your favorite colors for a toddler’s room? 

{Real Life} Big Boy Room Part II

The transition from Sayer’s nursery to his big boy room is ongoing in our house. We’ve been tackling projects one at a time. But, I think we are finished for a little while. He finally has the space & appropriate storage solutions conducive for tons of play. The great thing, is that we didn’t really need to change things up much. We also made or found (in other rooms of our house & thrift shops) most of what we needed. I love watching my little whirlwind play so I decided to take some photos of him enjoying his space, while giving you a tour.

This bookshelf house is one of my favorite things in his room. It was originally my old doll house that my dad made me. He also has the old doll bed that my dad made me too. Chris renovated it before Sayer was born to make it into a changing table/bookshelf. Now it’s still a storage space, but also serves as an extension fire house, emergency station, & deluxe garage. Click here for the before & after post. 

I love the fact that Sayer still has his klt:mobiles in his room & that he still enjoys them. His bed is the conversion of his crib which I have to say is so great! The book corner is another favorite part of his room. He can look at his books from his bed too- which I think is nice. Chris made the book ledges & the shelf/toy storage is from ikea. The Eames chair isn’t always in his room- it really floats from room to room. This week it’s in the living room.

The vintage toys & vintage Marimekko quilt sort of took the palette of his room from, orange, green, & turquoise, to more of a rainbow of colors. It’s a happy room that I enjoy hanging out in. It also gets beautiful light through the windows. In my opinion, it’s the best room in the house for sure. I’m curious to see how this room evolves over the years. In the meantime, I’m content  just watching Sayer enjoy his space. What’s your favorite colors for a toddler’s room? 

{Real Life} big boy room

We’ve been gradually transitioning Sayer’s room from a nursery to a little boys rooms for a little while now. One of the issues that has come up in the last few months is that he has become scared of the dark & nighttime- causing him to not want to fall asleep. While we have tried all sorts of things, changing his room around has been a part of the problem solving. Sayer told us that he was afraid of his curtains– they were a large abstract shapes and he saw monsters in them. Honestly, I liked them because of being able to see things in them so it never dawned on me that it would freak him out (that was  pre-mom thinking). So now, all of his curtains are turned inside out & we have different fabric swatches draped on all of the windows to see what will work. 

Funny thing though, on Saturday, I got an order of vintage fabric from the Netherlands in the mail. One of the pieces was an old funky curtain- ready to hang (which was a surprise- a nice one). Sayer always likes to see the fabric I get in the mail & when I said it was a curtain, he told me to hang it in his room right away. It’s pretty amazing, but it fits the window dimensions perfectly. He announced that he loves it & that it’s not scary in his room anymore. However, we have 2 more windows in his room that need new curtains. 



I had actually taken Sayer with me to the fabric store recently & told him to let me know if he saw something he liked for curtains. He yelled out excitedly, “I LOVE  BUTTERFLIES & FIRETRUCKS!” when he saw this fabric… 

Which is not really the aesthetic I was after for his room. But he loved it – so I got him a fat quarter & we have it draped on one of other windows. I think I’ve diverted his attention from it being a curtain by suggesting that I would make him a butterfly slug with the fabric.  
Meanwhile, I have to say, since the funky curtain has been in his room, the going to bed issue has been a lot better. Coincidence? Maybe, but for now my klt:plushies will have to wait- we are keeping the funky floral fabric on his window until our luck runs out (& we find new fabric for all 3 of the windows). I do love the floral in there though- particularly with the vintage Marimekko comforter. The big boy room transition is a lot of fun- we still have some projects up our sleeve. But so far it’s been really rewarding watching Sayer play & enjoy his space. What do you remember about your kiddo’s nursery morphing into a big boy/girl room? 

{Real Life} big boy room

We’ve been gradually transitioning Sayer’s room from a nursery to a little boys rooms for a little while now. One of the issues that has come up in the last few months is that he has become scared of the dark & nighttime- causing him to not want to fall asleep. While we have tried all sorts of things, changing his room around has been a part of the problem solving. Sayer told us that he was afraid of his curtains– they were a large abstract shapes and he saw monsters in them. Honestly, I liked them because of being able to see things in them so it never dawned on me that it would freak him out (that was  pre-mom thinking). So now, all of his curtains are turned inside out & we have different fabric swatches draped on all of the windows to see what will work. 

Funny thing though, on Saturday, I got an order of vintage fabric from the Netherlands in the mail. One of the pieces was an old funky curtain- ready to hang (which was a surprise- a nice one). Sayer always likes to see the fabric I get in the mail & when I said it was a curtain, he told me to hang it in his room right away. It’s pretty amazing, but it fits the window dimensions perfectly. He announced that he loves it & that it’s not scary in his room anymore. However, we have 2 more windows in his room that need new curtains. 



I had actually taken Sayer with me to the fabric store recently & told him to let me know if he saw something he liked for curtains. He yelled out excitedly, “I LOVE  BUTTERFLIES & FIRETRUCKS!” when he saw this fabric… 

Which is not really the aesthetic I was after for his room. But he loved it – so I got him a fat quarter & we have it draped on one of other windows. I think I’ve diverted his attention from it being a curtain by suggesting that I would make him a butterfly slug with the fabric.  
Meanwhile, I have to say, since the funky curtain has been in his room, the going to bed issue has been a lot better. Coincidence? Maybe, but for now my klt:plushies will have to wait- we are keeping the funky floral fabric on his window until our luck runs out (& we find new fabric for all 3 of the windows). I do love the floral in there though- particularly with the vintage Marimekko comforter. The big boy room transition is a lot of fun- we still have some projects up our sleeve. But so far it’s been really rewarding watching Sayer play & enjoy his space. What do you remember about your kiddo’s nursery morphing into a big boy/girl room? 

{Real Life} big boy room

We’ve been gradually transitioning Sayer’s room from a nursery to a little boys rooms for a little while now. One of the issues that has come up in the last few months is that he has become scared of the dark & nighttime- causing him to not want to fall asleep. While we have tried all sorts of things, changing his room around has been a part of the problem solving. Sayer told us that he was afraid of his curtains– they were a large abstract shapes and he saw monsters in them. Honestly, I liked them because of being able to see things in them so it never dawned on me that it would freak him out (that was  pre-mom thinking). So now, all of his curtains are turned inside out & we have different fabric swatches draped on all of the windows to see what will work. 

Funny thing though, on Saturday, I got an order of vintage fabric from the Netherlands in the mail. One of the pieces was an old funky curtain- ready to hang (which was a surprise- a nice one). Sayer always likes to see the fabric I get in the mail & when I said it was a curtain, he told me to hang it in his room right away. It’s pretty amazing, but it fits the window dimensions perfectly. He announced that he loves it & that it’s not scary in his room anymore. However, we have 2 more windows in his room that need new curtains. 



I had actually taken Sayer with me to the fabric store recently & told him to let me know if he saw something he liked for curtains. He yelled out excitedly, “I LOVE  BUTTERFLIES & FIRETRUCKS!” when he saw this fabric… 

Which is not really the aesthetic I was after for his room. But he loved it – so I got him a fat quarter & we have it draped on one of other windows. I think I’ve diverted his attention from it being a curtain by suggesting that I would make him a butterfly slug with the fabric.  
Meanwhile, I have to say, since the funky curtain has been in his room, the going to bed issue has been a lot better. Coincidence? Maybe, but for now my klt:plushies will have to wait- we are keeping the funky floral fabric on his window until our luck runs out (& we find new fabric for all 3 of the windows). I do love the floral in there though- particularly with the vintage Marimekko comforter. The big boy room transition is a lot of fun- we still have some projects up our sleeve. But so far it’s been really rewarding watching Sayer play & enjoy his space. What do you remember about your kiddo’s nursery morphing into a big boy/girl room?