Name: Maite Jane Lewis
Location: Boise, ID
Room Size: 12x12 feet
This tour is courtesy of Courtney Lewis and her darling daughter Maite Jane, who live in the beautiful city of Boise, ID, with Courtney's husband Justin. Courtney is an elementary teacher but is taking the year off to spend time with her baby girl.
She loves to make things and sew for Maite, so after encouragement from friends and family, she started selling items on an Etsy shop called Makebelievers and on Instagram. Courtney looks forward to being in the classroom again in the fall, but in the meantime, Justin works from home so they are able to spend a lot of time together as a family. They get crazy playing and dancing to Walter Martin or Kepi Ghoulie in the family playroom, and they spend a lot of time in San Francisco since that is where Justin works and his parents live. Courtney has drawn a lot of inspiration from shops and the design district there.
Maite's room is filled with the love of friends and family because many of the items in it came from them or were even made by them. It is a happy place where she plays, sleeps, and chooses her fashionable outfits to wear!
Courtney really enjoyed piecing together this room. She is particularly proud of the DIY green lacquered dresser! She found the exact style of dresser she wanted on Craigslist for a steal, and her mom helped her paint it. They decided it wasn't healthy for Courtney to be painting during the pregnancy, so Courtney's mother painted and sanded so many coats of paint and lacquer to get the shiny finish. They both believed it turned out so beautifully. Courtney shared a crazy story: "After I had already finished the green dresser, but still didn't know if I was having a girl or a boy, I dug up a box of my baby keepsakes. I pulled out a quilt my grandmother, Ruth Jones, who passed away when I was 13, had made me as a baby. It was in perfect condition and lavender, with a pretty tree with birds and leaves on it, and to my surprise, the leaves were the EXACT green of my dresser. I started to cry, and all of a sudden I knew I'd be having a girl, even though I hadn't cared before that. Having that quilt in there makes me feel like she's with Maite and I."
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Maite's room is feminine, bright, fun, and playful. A Hollywood regency style meets modern children's design.
What is your favorite piece or element?
My favorite thing in the room is the antique gold "lady lamp" given to me by my grandmother, Lois Johnson, I always loved it as a child and I think adding the black shade gave it that Hollywood regency look I love (she was not thrilled I chose a black shade, though!). I know it's not for everyone, but it's definitely for Maite and me!
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
I really had a tough time getting the right wallpaper! Make sure you order a sample first! I accidentally ordered huge black dots, which just wasn't what I was wanting. I'm glad I stuck to my guns and sent it back. The small Swiss dot really keeps the room calm and classic.
What do your friends say about the room?
They are always in love with the bright pink carpet! It is just so fun and girly. It's a great room to be in: bright, but not overwhelming with the white walls and wallpaper. They also love to just stare at the bright yellow closet full of fun, girly things I've made for Maite, and her ridiculous shoe collection, mostly purchased by sweet relatives.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
I think a lot of parents worry about what their child will like. Your child is a part of you, so will probably like what you like! I also think it helps to avoid a really specific theme or color scheme. Keep it open to a general feel. Children's interests, like adult interests, are always evolving. Choose colors for walls, furniture, etc. that can mesh with a variety of different children's things like art and toys so you can add these items as your child grows without breaking the bank or overhauling your room every year.
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
I would spend more money on original art pieces vs. prints. I love children's illustration so much. Simona Ciraolo, Helen Dardik, Ashley Goldberg, Jason Munn, and Marc Boutavant are just a few of my favorite illustrators whose original pieces I would love to own.
- Wallpaper: Black and White Polka Dot Wallpaper manufactured by Norwall, Patton Brand, ordered from Wallpaper-inc.
- Carpet: Diamond Pink Carpet Tiles from Home Depot installed by my husband and me! It took about a day total.
- Chandelier: A gift from the home of our friends the Pfeffers in San Francisco.
- Antique gold lady lamp: Vintage from my grandmother, black lamp shade from Cost Plus World Market.
- Dresser: Craigslist find, DIY paint color
- Changing pad cover: We have two, one from Land of Nod, one from Etsy seller Tarascozycreations
- Crib: Babyletto Hudson Crib in White- we love it and it also becomes a toddler bed eventually.
- Crib sheet: Gray Stars by Pottery Barn Kids
- Crib skirt: I made it from a tutorial on Pinterest for this specific crib with Waverly "A New Leaf" fabric in "Sateen Peacock" decor fabric.
- Rocker: Delta Haven Upholstered Glider and Ottoman Set-White (with gray upholstery)
- Flower vase pillow: Etsy Seller Artwerks
- Black and white crocheted blanket: Made by a cousin
- Curtains: IKEA LENDA with neon pink pompom trim sewed on. Blackout rollers from Home Depot for napping (a must with sheer curtains, in my opinion)
- Mobile: Manhattan Toy Co.
- Dog, monkey, and girl dolls: Bla Bla Kids Shop
- Lavender bunny: Jellycat
- Teal shelves: Painted IKEA BEKVAM shelves
- Upholstered wall letters: cardboard letters purchased at JoAnn's and covered with floral and black and white stars fabric (tutorial by One Good Thing by Jillee)
- White and yellow vase: IKEA
- Yellow tin side table/stool: TJMAXX
- Bear nightlight: Target
- Guitar Letterpress by Cindy Tomczyk
- Bear & Bunny by Mika Art on Etsy
- Teal Love Monster and the print below, Outdoors, by Laura Berger
- Pink Tile Print Happy Baby made by me from paper by Paperie and Pen
- Rabbit on Bike is a framed card by Marc Boutavant
- Come to the Bright Side and Be by Helen Dardik on Etsy
- Laura George print
- Black Cherries by Georgiana Paraschiv on Society 6
- Pink Yeti/Bigfoot by Don Picton Friend Prices on Etsy
- Alphabet Art custom made gift from the Flowers family
- Maite's Room sign made by me with a chalk pen and grosgrain ribbon
- Girl smiling with her eyes closed is a framed card by Yoshitomo Nara
- Needlepoint was designed and created by my grandfather John Jones for me as a girl
- Em (black, white, and pink girl print) by Ashley Goldberg
- Poodle print from The Land of Nod
- Sweet Girl and You Are So Loved made by me from paper from Paperie and Pen
- Arrow sign from Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co. Portland (such a cool store)
Thanks, COURTNEY & MAITE!