How one became two.

Two things derailed my plans for the boys’ shared room. Remember this?


Well, that didn’t exactly happen. The first thing to derail my plans was kind of a happy accident. I was hunting high and low for something interesting to put over the boys’ headboards. I wanted something structural, but I didn’t know what. And then one day I saw it, er .. them. I saw THEM and I just couldn’t live without.

stagHeadsAren’t they great?! Sort of a fun spin on the ever-popular faux taxidermy moment. These stag heads from SugarBoo & Co. are made of rush and they are perfect in the space! Except they weren’t perfect on the planned light gray walls. So the walls had to change and they became my favorite dark charcoal with navy undertones—Flint, by Benjamin Moore. Again.


My plan was to make bunting with the boys’ names to hang from antler to antler. Also, some window treatments.


As soon as this room was painted, however, Alex moved out of it. He wanted a space of his own. Without Max. Sad, but true. And that was the second thing that derailed my plans for a cute, shared boys room.

Instead of undoing all I had done, I decided to keep two beds in Max’s room (for sleepovers) and start fresh in the guest room for Alex. I sold the headboard we had, which was too fussy for a five year old boy, and the money from that sale was my entire budget. I was able to buy paint, a vintage jenny lind bed (yay!), and … that’s about it. I never made a mood board for this room, just started moving things in and out. Here was the space before we moved in from the real estate listing …



Cute, but GIRLY!! And here is the space now. Welcome to Alex’s room …


Alex chose the wall paint color (same as my original choice) and together we picked the paint for his bed (more on that later). On the other side of his room, we hung his snake drawing—it was actually published in an article on Slate! He wanted to do that wall darker to make his snake really pop. I kid you not—he said that. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 😉 We used leftover Flint.


Because I didn’t have the budget to fill the bookshelves with awesome kid books, I just turned all our adult titles around. This is definitely still a work in progress—I need to make all the curtains, get a proper night stand and style the shelving, but he LOVES it. When he talks about his room, it’s always MY room. Too cute. And Max? He loves his room, too. He wants to find a big letter M for his wall to further make it his own, so we are on the hunt. I’ll be sure to update.

That’s how one room became two, why we no longer have a guest room and why all planning went out the window. So worth it to have happy kiddos!! It’s hilarious to hear them invite each other over to their rooms for a playdate or a sleepover. Cuties.



In case you were wondering how that green door turned out …


Cute, right? My very own Kate Spade entryway. The walls got a fresh coat of paint (Revere Pewter) and our dog “Fish” got a new bow tie. And we added that black and white runner. It’s been finished for a few months now, and I have to say every time I leave the house it makes me smile. 

On a very personal note, I’m so sorry for the radio silence on this blog the last couple of months. All those close to me know my mum unexpectedly passed away in June. I’ve been quite sad and just not ready to blog about transforming a house into a home. I used to call my mum every time I wrote a blog post on my old blog (the shooting*allens) and make her read it to me over the phone. Did you know the voice of my blog had a British accent?? Anyway, it made (makes) my heart ache that I can’t share that with her anymore. I miss her terribly.

I am ready to give this blog another go now. The boys are back in school and we’ve done quite a bit to the house since we moved in—nothing major, mostly just paint and furniture shuffling—but enough that’s it’s starting to feel like home. Stay tuned!