Dos") is sure to be a fun office mate for mom Melanie and they'll both enjoy this happy, cozy yellow and grey space with a memorable, scrapbook-inspired wall. Many parents share a home office with a child and it's not always easy to strike the right aesthetic balance for such a multifunctional space. But Melanie's smart pairing of sophisticated neutrals with "energizing" accents achieves both a comfortable, stimulating room for Leighton as well as a charming adult workspace.
Biggest Challenge: Getting time from my husband to help! My husband is a medical resident so his time is limited at best. My office space used to be on the side of the room that is now Leighton's so I needed his help in moving furniture as well as painting and putting together the crib. Once those were finished, I was able to finish the rest on my own.
Do you have concerns about sharing your office with a baby? Right now, I don't really have any concerns. My oldest daughter loves spending time in Leighton's room and as they get older, I think they'll both enjoy playing on the rug within the space while I do some work. My office isn't my main work space but usually a place where I'm working on craft projects so it has the possibility for it be fun for the three of us to do things together. Did you have to get rid of things in your office to make room for Leighton? This room used to be a joint office space that I shared with my husband, so I technically kicked him out! His half of the room was really more like a holding area for his "stuff" so it made sense to move him and his stuff out and into another area of the house. This arrangement has actually worked really well for all of us. Have you thought about how you'll babyproof this space when Leighton is older? The room is pretty kid proof as is because of my older daughter. She's helped me to continue to shift items around as she discovers items that aren't in her best interest to play with. I've tried to keep items that they can interact with or play with on the lower shelves of my work table so that it doesn't matter if they get into them. So far, so good! Your scalloped paint treatment adds such a nice pop to the room - any tips for someone who wants to try it in their own home? Although I'm pretty particular about things, this was one project where free hand was key. I knew I wouldn't be able to achieve smooth paint lines with a regular paint brush, so instead I used a foam craft brush to create the scallops - the ones you can pick up at a craft store for like ten cents a piece. These worked great as I was able to do the initial outline of the scallops and then simply toss the brush and start with a new one for the next coat. Also after the first coat, I stood across the room and was able to note where I wanted to make scallops bigger or combine two smaller scallops to make a larger one to even out the design. By being flexible, it was easier to be happy with the end result. Resources: • rug: Target.com • crib: Babiesrus.com • dresser/changing table : Ikea • chair: hand-me-down • side table: Ikea • book slings: diy - tutorial from Penny Carnival • pom pons: PomLove • ottoman: Target • Happy Joy print: Andrew Bannecker • paint: Behr - dusty mountain and yellow gold
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