Mia and Nick's Fresh and Cheerful Shared Space

Mia and Nick's Fresh and Cheerful Shared Space

Julia Cho
Mar 26, 2010

Names: Amelia and Nicholas
Ages: almost 1 and almost 3
Location: Lancaster, PA

When we saw the before shot of this room (below the jump!), we knew Lillian had done an amazing job. She has put together a lovely, shared room for her daughter and son that is striking and yet nowhere near fussy -full of personal projects like the revamped glider, window pelmet boxes, and play kitchen.

Inspiration: The color in May's sweet room - the first nursery tour I saw on Ohdeedoh and I've been hooked since!

Favorite Element: The color on the walls. I love it so much in every single light! We have an extra can that we thought we'd need and, even though it's not a typical "kitchen" color, I'm thinking of painting the kitchen the same color because I love it so much and it makes me so happy and I'd love to have the color where we spend so much time.

Biggest Challenge: Balancing elements for a boy and a girl. I didn't want absolutely everything to be gender neutral, I wanted each of them to have elements just for them(it happened with their bedding). I'm also still not 100% set on the furniture configuration, but there are only so many options with the eave on one wall and radiator on the other, so we're sticking with it for now(until I ask my husband to move it all...again...)

What Friends Say: They love it!

Proudest DIY: The play kitchen

Biggest Indulgence: Bedding? Not what most would consider "indulgence," since I got it all on major sale or ebay, but they were the highest ticket items.

Best advice: There were many elements that I wanted to add and decor pieces that would have been great, but at the end of the day it's their space and it was already getting cluttered, so we took some thing out of the room and left some extra bare wall space to keep in more simple and give them some extra breathing room. Not everything is perfectly coordinated, but they don't know that - they'd much rather have the fun mirror with frogs at their level than my original plan of a mirror over their dresser that they wouldn't have even been able to see.

Dream source: So many incredible things on Etsy

Resources:

-Le Papier Studio
-Window Pelmet Boxes – - so easy, based on this tutorial at Little Green Notebook.
- Glider Revamp details
- Play Kitchen Renovation
-Salvation Army - Old school Chalkboard and Play Kitchen
-Craigslist - Crib
-Garage sale - toddler bed (we would have otherwise done a twin bed)
-Dresser, bookshelf, globe and rocking horse piggy bank were my husband's when he was a kid.
-The Christmas Tree Store - The lone lamp
-Kohl's - The mirror

We love the way Lillian kept things simple and uncluttered. As she shares, she and her husband had a lot more things they could've put in the room, but they edited wisely and it shows. There is space to play and room to grow in this bright and beautiful shared room.

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