My Home Tour - Part 2
Welcome Back! I hope you are ready to relax because part 2 of the home tour is all about our comfy bedrooms, where in the perfect world we would spend much more time!
Let’s start with my favorite, my son’s big boy room! We didn’t find out if we were having a boy or a girl so his nursery was a very pleasant mint green accented with a beautiful modern painting by the fabulous @karikant but after staring at those mint walls for four years, I just could not take it anymore. I actually don’t think I can use mint in any form for a very long time. I wanted his big boy space to be comfortable, modern but timeless, and fun! I painted the walls Chantilly Lace (actually I folded and had my painter do it:)) and added this amazing mural from @rebelwalls that literally only took me an hour to put up.
My mom generously purchased the bunk bed for Christmas and suddenly the top bunk felt like a tree house. My husband started to spend a lot of time on that top bunk and ultimately asked if he could have a room as cool as our sons:) I love that is a space we can play, snuggle, and imagine we are camping in the highest trees! The glider is truly too big and traditional for the space but I am not ready to give it up and we still snuggle in it nightly. The window trim in this room is odd so any curtains must be an inside mount, which doesn’t leave you many options for a narrow window. I really wanted panels so I decided to do one panel per window and put them together with a beaded tie for more boho fun. Previously he had zero toys in his room and I felt it was time to change that but I wanted to keep it minimal (big fan of the KonMari method) so I selected this open round bookcase so that toys would be at his eye level for easy selection. I also added the rolling lucite bookcase and this adorable vintage elephant plant stand (when I found him, I just couldn’t say no but I paid way too much for him). I picked up the vintage dresser on Craigslist and added a painting by his great grandfather, which fit this corner so perfectly. We’re enjoying our glamping space and hope you did too!
The original master bedroom included some of the fabulous design choices made prior to our arrival, including that black/gold velvet wallpaper! To be fair, I actually love wallpaper and I love velvet but together in a strong black damask pattern, it was far too much. The removal of this was obviously part of my pre move in plan but much like the rest of the house, I made minimal other changes for years. And while the space is not exactly my current style, its working for us and I do love waking up to a Judith Gigliotti beach scene every morning. You can take the girl out of FL but its very hard to take the FL out of the girl!
I originally purchased the pink vintage rug for the living room but the space was just too open to handle it, so I decided to move it upstairs and layer it on a jute rug already in place. I then switched out our tired cream bedding for bright white accented with a mix of traditional and tribal pattern throw pillows. Eight pillows to be exact, which honestly my husband hates (I seriously picture the scene from Along Came Polly when he takes a knife to the pillows often because I would not be surprised to come home to this scene one day!) But I really needed the pillows to keep that brown/ivory bench at the foot of the bed - I had planned to recover it eventually but with the neutral tribal pillows in place, I quite liked how cozy they suddenly made the space. One day, I would love a new bed, side tables, and lamps that are more mid century, but in the meantime I maximized the symmetry in place by adding a pair of vintage petite mirrors above each lamp and anchored the headboard with the rough tribal basket tray.
We are truly truly lucky to have this space in the city and I totally get that but I will be honest with you that this little living room space in our bedroom….we have sat here all of four times in five years and two of those times were for staged professional pictures because the light here is just fantastic but practically its not a space we use at this stage in life. As such, I just can’t bring myself to switch out the furniture but I did repaint this vintage mid century long boy with grey chalk paint (it was previously turquoise in our sons nursery) to add some character to the bright space. I then added the neutral metallic hide for warmth and switched out the silver knobs of the large dresser with brass for a quick update. Stay tuned and maybe I will have a grand plan for this space in a few years!
Up next is our new guest room. I love the decor in this space but what I love most is that this room as no natural light! What?! I know…but this equates to the best sleeping conditions possible. Not for us, because we are up with with our son by 6:30am on a good ‘late’ morning but for our guests this is a dark, quiet, and cozy den. We are very fortunate to have a successful Airbnb space in our home (will share this in part 3) but with it booked nightly, we found we could no longer host family/friends overnight. We decided to transition our playroom into a guest room and I cannot wait to host our first friends there this weekend!
With no natural light, I wanted the space to be as bright as possible so I had my painter come back with Chantilly Lace to turn this space into a literal blank white box. Knowing I needed to add some warmth and character to the space, I rounded up old black and white family photos to create a gallery wall (I selected the oldest pictures our parents sent, which means we have no idea who these people actually are but the pictures tell an amazing story of life in the early 1900s).
I then started to hunt for a mid century dresser, which is quite competitive in DC as I lost not 1, not 2, but 6 dressers before I got this one on Craigslist. It was worth the wait as I love the graining and swoon these doors! I added the gold sconces and tribal basket tote to the bed wall, as well as, the leather stool (so perfect for a suitcase!), mud cloth throws on the ladder, a vintage rug, and mud cloth pillows to complete the space. The door is now always open for visitors so come see us!
Thanks for stopping by part 2 of our @hometour! Have a great weekend and get some sleep! xoxo, Caroline Sources: Big Boy Room: Bunk Bed (@potterybarn), Rug (@westelm), Curtains (@urbanoutfitters), Bead Ties (@etsy), Bedding (@urbanoutfitters), Throw Blanket (@target), Lucite Bookcase (@landofnod), Gold Circle Bookcase (@landofnod), Touch Lamp (@target), Vintage Elephant (@fouryoureyesonlydc), Dresser (@craigslist), Wallpaper (@rebelwalls).
Master Bedroom: Throw Pillows (@target, @caitlinwilsontextiles, @homegoods), Pink Rug (@etsy), Jute Rug (@potterybarn), Vintage Mirrors (@fouryoureyesonlydc), Basket Tray (@homegoods), Metallic Hide Rug (@overstock), Fur Pillow (@westelm), Brass knobs (@target), Judith Gigliotti Canvas Print (@worldmarket).
Guest Room: Fabric bed (@wayfair), Bedding (@homegoods), Tribal Basket Tote (@maewoven), Sconces (@WorldMarket), Mudcloth Pillow (@oneaffirmation), Ladder (@target), Mudcloth Throw (@MINImalist2015), Leather Stool (@urbanoutfitters), Rug (@BURHANRUGS), Picture Shelves (@target), Side Tables (@target), Mid Century Dresser (@craigslist).