My tool-toting tutu-wearing toddler has become a kitty, princess, and mermaid obsessed little girl. All of a sudden she loves everything pink and whimsical…where does she get that from? It’s a mystery we may never solve.
Up until now she was sharing a room with her big brother so working with the Land of Nod to make her new toddler room is a total dream come true and allowing some input from Mia (she is 2 after all and has the attention span of a gnat) this is what we came up with:
I had this idea that really going for the Bannerie meant that the blog had to be all about parties and I said something to that effect. I love parties and they will always be a part of Shoes Off Please, but trying to keep the blog only about parties felt a little forced for me (and also…. I didn’t do it) and I’ve really missed doing nursery and interior posts.
My stats have more than doubled this year which is quite honestly a surprise since I haven’t been blogging much, but a lot of those numbers have to do with posts I wrote last year! Looks like you love the party DIYs and room roundups the most!
This feels like so long ago! Aiden is four and a half now and that much closer to growing a real mustache. Though at his last haircut he asked the barber to make him bald so he could look like a ninja turtle. Bald and a mustache…that’s my boy!
An oldie, but a goodie, I think I need to do a sequel because there are so many amazing DIY Photo Booth backdrops going on and a lot of them are so doable for the average mildly crafty person (and some need no craftiness, evil or otherwise)
Honestly, this is my favorite DIY to date. Our living room looks so different now because we sold those couches, bought a new gray one, found amazing blue velvet Room and Board chairs on Craigslist and have a white coffee table (which is actually a Land of Nod play activity table), but I’m so happy we have a photo of what it used to look like.
Sometimes I’m so annoyed at myself for doing gender-specific nurseries and then I get annoyed at myself for trying to be PC about it so… it is what it is. Don’t read into it. This is actually one of my favorites because I had such hard time finding inspiration for Aiden and Mia’s shared room and it’s one of my most popular pins by far.
It’s not all nurseries for you guys! This became #3 in a matter of a few weeks and if it’s a matter of pulling together elements/inspiration for throwing a party, then I’d love to do more posts like that! If it’s all about procrastination, well I feel you and I’ll see what I can do about that!
I really loved putting this roundup together. Over the years I’ve shared a room with my poor older sister (sorry and I love you!) and there’s something so special about sisters sharing a room (and a closet once we got to a certain age.)
The number one viewed post was the roundup of DIY play tents and teepees! I’d love to hear if any of you actually made one. If we ever get a house and a playroom, this is the post I’ll be going to when I beg Tuvia to make one for the kids (I won’t have to beg, he’s totally into it).
Some of these are in the top ten for two years running so I’m taking the hint and will work on more room roundups this year (yay!) and more on party DIYs. I also think maybe it’s time to decide on what graphic and font I want to use on my photos to make it more cohesive! On the other hand, maybe not. Way to keep you hanging.
Guys, this is my last nursery/room tour and it is GORGEOUS! Eliora’s bedroom is a beautiful mix of DIYs and well-curated buys. That’s to be expected since her mom is Deborah Kessly of Bubkess, the talented Australian interior designer with an eye for quality and affordability.
“Having never had a finished room, I wanted to create a colourful and fun room for my 3 year old daughter. Starting with a neutral backdrop such as the gold dot wall decals allowed me to add lots of different pops of colour together with the white furniture.”
“I didn’t want the room to be overly girly so I added a graphic black and white Ikea rug which is a great contrast to the other colours in the room. I chose fairly classic furniture pieces and decor which was inspired by the nursing chairs classic lines in the room. They’re pieces that will grow with her over time as they are not too childish but more investments that I know will see her through to her tween years.”
“Wanting to complete the room on a budget a lot of the furniture pieces were either a second hand find with a coat of white paint applied to freshen it up or I added my own little DIY twist on it. It took around 6 months to complete as I had a lot more DIY projects than I ever imaged but it allowed for a more personal space that Eliora loves and she makes sure she tells every person that sees the room “My mum made it for me!”
“I’d have the say one of the hardest things about designing your own home compared to designing a clients is making a decision! With clients, they know what they want and I know what will look great without second guessing myself. Because I love so many different styles I find myself wanting to change things around all the time but over time I’ve come to realise what my true style is and I am only now becoming more confident in my choices. The best thing about designing for clients is being able to create a completely different look every time so I essentially can vicariously live through each and every one of them!”
Thank you so much for sharing Deborah! I adore how this room manages to be bright and fun yet layered and sophisticated.
That was it, guys! Party submissions only now! I am inCREDibly behind on posts and have some parties lined up that I am so excited about but need to find the time to put together!! Thank you all so much for your patience!!
Guys, this is one of the last nurseries I’m sharing and I LOVE it!!!
“When we remodeled our home a few years ago, we didn’t think about room to “grow.” We took out our third bedroom and turned it into an adjoining closet in our master bedroom. (Now) my daughter lives in our closet.”
“For the first few months of her life, we set Olivia up in a mini nursery next to our bed knowing we’d transition her into a bigger space when she turned 1.”
“We wanted to incorporate all the things she already had in her mini nursery and we were lucky that our amazing family and friends gifted us just about everything (and we were gifted the eames elephant right before finishing up her new space!)”
Meg Cassidy is the smart, chic woman with flawless taste who paints gorgeous modern art and writes and curates the blog, Modern Camper.
When she and her husband found out they were expecting a second child, it was a priority to make their firstborn, Sloan, a special room. They moved her to a larger space and by mixing pieces they already had on hand with some new touches, this is what they came up with:
Sloan’s Cool Feminine Room
They had the bed already and put it in this perfect little nook in the corner. How cozy and delicious is that? The triangle wall decals and the way Meg placed them add a cool urban vibe, but they maintained the area’s warmth with a picture ledge of books and paintings that Meg made. I love the Ikea lamp for late night reading (and have the same one for my desk!)
I’m such a fan of the white walls because the bright accessories are so gorgeous and as Sloan gets older they can switch it out, thought I think this room is gorgeous even for a teenager.
I mean, she’s got a dresser glammed up with gold pulls, a ghost chair, and a retro pink telephone!
Thank you so much for sharing Meg! If you want to see more details and sources, check out Meg’s post here and see more of her beautiful home here. And if you want some of that gorgeousness in your own home, see her art here. I have my eye on some of those sold out beauties…
If you have a room, party, or project you’d like to share, e-mail me at shoesoffpls(at)gmail(dot)com with 5-10 high resolution photos and a detailed blurb. I can always take stuff out, but I can’t make anything up to add on ;)
I came across Bryana on Instagram and was struck by the gorgeous photos of her family, home, and everyday life. She is an incredibly talented photographer and should probably start taking on design clients because her home is beeyoootiful! There is more of her home to come, but here are photos of her daughter Ivy’s room:
“I was so excited when I found out I was having a girl. Her older brother is so much fun and because his personality is strong and bold I decorated his room to match that persona. (Stay tuned for that blog post soon!). But when it came to my sweet baby Ivy, I wanted her room to reflect her soft and sweet personality.”
“The colors I chose were this peachy pink, mint, white, and gold. Her bedroom walls are painted with Muffin Mix by Behr or as I call it, “a breath of pink”. I love the idea of a simple and clean look but instead of just keeping white walls, this light color added a sweet, airy, and girly feel to the room.”
“Because my little girl is not even a year old, I am continually adding age appropriate things to her room and the newest addition was this chest that has been in my family for years. I think our next purchase will be a rocking horse or a new dolly. We’ll see :)”
“Raising a little lady is so much fun! I love having this special space just for her.”
Look at that cutie!! Thank you so much for sharing Bryana! Don’t these photos make you want to book her ASAP? If she’s ever in New York, don’t bother trying to get her because I will be monopolizing her time… fine I’ll share but only because I’m feeling magnanimous.
Obviously, the first thing I love is those gold polka dots. I mean…right? And I love all the mint touches which really add another dimension. That garland is beautiful and I love the other handmade and vintage touches and how cute are the H&M cake stands she uses to store hair accessories? I have the same things holding my jewelry but kinda want to give them to Mia now…
If you want to see more of Bryana’s work check out her website.
What was your favorite part? If you have a beautiful room, party, or project to share please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. High-resolution photos only please!
Bri is the gorgeous, talented nursery designer and mom behind this shared room and the blog Emerson Grey Designs. I’m especially excited to have her on Shoes Off Please because I have gotten to know her a little bit through her blog and Instagram and am a really big fan. Here’s the chic shared room she put together for her son and daughter:
It all started with this mood board:
“My style is very simple, I love black and white with pops of color, so this is what I created for my kids room. They share a room so I tried to have some symmetry while also being sensitive to the fact that it is a boy and a girl in this room.”
“They play in this room, they sleep in this room and they get creative while drawing on the chalkboard wall.”
“I feel that my kids have plenty of areas in this room to enjoy themselves, whether it is reading books in bed, playing with their Ikea kitchen or watching a movie together.”
“I hope you enjoy this room as much as my kids do.”
Thank you so much, Bri! Bri is actually in the process of changing the room around and I’ll share the results once she’s done. I’m completely excited because this room rocks my socks so I’m not sure what she’s gonna rock off next.
I absolutely love that it’s a very chic black and white, multi-functional, and that it’s shared by a boy and a girl. If you want to hire her (Bri has impeccable taste, just follow her on Pinterest and see for yourself) check out this page for deets.
What’s your favorite part of the room? And if you hire Bri, I want to hear about it!