Elliot's Artful Heirloom Abode

Elliot's Artful Heirloom Abode

Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 25, 2010

Name: Elliott Lynn Painter
Age: 16 months
Location: Lee's Summit, Missouri

Do you remember Luc's Robotronic Lair with those super awesome wall murals? That room sits side by side with today's tour of Elliot (or Elle by friends and family), the youngest in the Painter family. Her space is packed full of family memories, handmade artwork and most of all love.

Adrean and Sonny Painter have done their best to put together awesome areas for their two kids on a small budget. Over the last several years their home has undergone renovations and with most of their funds allocated to things like drywall and flooring, the budget for other spaces in their home has been small.

Adrean has put together a room for Elliot that combines a nod to family history from heirloom items and artwork while still leaving things able to be easily changed down the road. The color choices are calming and although the room doesn't receive much natural light, it still feels open and airy. A great place to play, sleep and explore the world around her.

Ohdeedoh Survey:

Inspiration: It all started with the whimsical bird fabric I found online by Alexander Henry. Everything else just fell into place.

Favorite Element: I have several. First the bedding, I designed it to mimic the Birdie fabric and my mom sewed it up for me! Next, are the knit booties and baby gown in the frames on the wall, as they belonged to my Grandfather who passed away almost 4 years ago now. It's an awesome reminder of him.

Lastly, it may seem silly but the yellow, green and white flowered paper used in one of the frames is from wall paper that hung in my grandparents bedroom as long as I can remember. It's over the top 1950's but it was always a comfort. When my cousin and his wife moved into the family home my grandfather built, it just seemed right to save a piece of that history once they started redecorating and making the home their own.

Ok, and one more, the doll cradle was a gift from my parents in 1988. It was a year when they didn't have much and all our gifts were homemade from scraps of wood and paint laying around the house. I've repainted it for Elle's room but I think it's pretty awesome my parents loved me so much they gave such a thoughtful gift even when they had nothing.

Biggest Challenge: Always money. Even when I can afford new, it's hard for me to justify spending tons of money when I and my family members have the talent to create it ourselves.

What Friends Say: They think it's adorable. Which works since we call our little girl Adorable Elle.

Proudest DIY: Probably the Mobile, I made each bird while on maternity leave with Elle.

Biggest Indulgence: The crib was $150. Believe it or not, that was the most money spent on the room. Everything was repurposed or gifted.

Best advice: Paint can always be covered up so try something new!

Dream source: I pretty much dream of owning anything in the Cattelan Italia catalogues but I don't think any of that style is reflected in Elle's room.

The fabric is from Alexander Henry and the other elements are explained above!

(Thanks, Adrean & Elle!)

Images: Sarah Rae Trover

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