I thought I'd show you my kids' rooms and tell you a little about each one. This room belongs to my oldest son, the tender one. He loves to read, draw, and use his vivid imagination to write all kinds of stories so I wanted him to have a place where he could "work" on his projects. The beautiful desk is from Eddy West Furniture, which is actually located in my small home town. It's former name was Habersham Furniture. It's kind of crazy to know the lady who started and still owns this amazing furniture company that ships all over the world. The two lockers I got from a friend in Georgia, the shelf that holds the hats and trophies came from TJ Maxx and you can't really see the chair at the desk, but my sweet grandfather made it when he was a boy. My husband made the head board out of different lengths of wood. He secured it to the wall horizontally covering the width of the queen size bed. My favorite piece in his room is the old English pine chest. When we bought our first home while living in Montgomery, Alabama, we had a housing envelope that we used to put away extra cash so that we could invest in some fabulous furniture and artwork. We bought several of the chests over a three year period from a wonderful couple who owned a shop called Brook's Antiques.
This room belongs to my middle son, the boy filled with Joy. He was born into this world loving dirt and every kind of vehicle ever made. I thought it perfect to give him a room that surrounded him with the things that he loved the most. The old English pine chest also came from Brook's Antiques, the antique Valvoline sign came from an antique store in my home town, the four signs around the Valvoline sign came from Land of Nod, and the red and yellow gas pumps on the chest came from TJ Maxx. We made his head board the same way except we turned it vertically above his queen size bed. We bought the solid wood, old book case "as is" from a hole in the wall on the side of the road in my hometown for $50.
And, this room belongs to our Miss Fancy Pants! While on our trip to China to bring her home, we bought those beautiful turquoise lions. A friend bought the 3 frames in white and couldn't find a place for them, so I gladly took them off her hands and painted them a creamy white and distressed them. They hold black and white photos of her with her brothers. I made the sign to go above the picture frames. These signs are all over blog land, but I first saw the idea here. I bought her bedding from TJ Maxx and I just love that it pulls out the turquoise in those lions. She actually has two twin beds in her room, and both of the head boards were made with love by her daddy. He cut the plywood into the shape that I requested and then we covered them with batting and then with the polka dot fabric. The armoir that you see is also from Eddy West Furniture...(I'll share another story about my beautiful pieces from there in another post!) I have a sweet stuffed lamb on top of the armoir that I got from Target last Easter and a beautiful green birdcage that perfectly matches her striped walls from none other than...TJ Maxx! I'm still looking for some throw pillows that I adore, but I'm okay with letting them sit empty until I find what I love. I'm also planning to add some of those a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e. Martha Stewart pom-poms that I saw over at Dreamy Whites in her girls' room. Those will definitely finish off the look that I'm going for when they are hanging from her ceiling!
I love mixing old with new. I love colors for my kids rooms that they love. I love having a bookcase in each room filled with all their favorite classic books. I love the "less is more" philosophy...a few great pieces. I love that each room represents the child that calls it home. And mostly, I love that my children love their rooms.