My Room: Blake

Austin, TX

Sara upcycled and diy'd this sweet room to her heart's content and has a lot to show for it: We welcomed our little lady bug in to the world on April 23, 2011 and it's been a whirlwind since then. When we learned our baby would indeed be a girl, I couldn't help but be drawn to a beige/gray/coral-y pink color palette.

I didn't want anything too baby-ish or overly girly, but more neutral with dashes of fun. I also wanted the space to be easily transformable as she got older.

Most of our bigger pieces have been upcycled from another life, like the dresser, which used to exist in a terrible shade of turquoise (NOTE: I didn't realize turquoise could actually look ugly, but it can). We also reused the original fireplace mantel from our house, which was here when we moved in. We slapped on a coat of white paint and added a piece of chalkboard-painted wood to the opening so that Blake would have a place to scribble as she got older.

The rocking chair was a quite a struggle for me. I hate the look of most gliders out on the market and the ones that are chic and stylish come with a BIG price tag. So, I took to Craigslist, where I found this one, which was living a much lonelier life in someone's living room. I liked it because it was small and not obtrusive, which was important, because Blake's room is about a whopping 85 sq ft.

We painted the scratched wood frame a glossy white and reupholstered the seat with a fun gray pattern.
I love the parts of the room with the small personal touches, like the books that line the wall. Most of these were my husband's while he was growing up. Some even have his little boy chicken scratch in them. Also, most of the stuffed animals were either mine or his while we were growing up, as evidenced by their wear and tear.

BUT my favorite part of all are the "you are my sunshine" print and the Blake pillow, which were both made with my own two hands. I loved being able to create exactly what I wanted for her room with these two pieces.

Resources:
Crib - Walmart
Paper Lanterns - Ikea
Rug - Garden Ridge
Book Shelves - Ikea picture ledges
Dresser - Craigslist
Dresser Drawer Pulls - Home Depot
Rocking Chair - Craigslist
Tray on dresser - Hobby Lobby
Pink Metal Can - Ikea
Sparkly Piggy Bank - BCBG
Stroller Snow Globe - Things Remembered
Galvanized Bucket - Hobby Lobby
Crib Sheet - Olio
Mantel - original to house
Pillow - Handmade
"You are my sunshine" print - Made on Illustrator
Frame for print - Ikea
Curtains - West Elm
Curtain Rod - Joann's Fabrics
Floor Lamp - Ikea
Changing Mat - Buy Buy Baby
Monitor - Target/Summer
Sound Machine - Graco/Amazon
Breathable Bumpers - Buy Buy Baby
Wall Paint - Behr Toasted Wheat
Chalkboard Paint - Raspberry tinted

Thanks Sara! Readers, find Sara at Little Wex Beauty & Design.

(Images: Little Wex Beauty & Design)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.