Planning the Boys' Rooms

Just a month and a half into our new home and we have nearly finished painting every wall on the main floor.  Not everything is completed in these rooms, in fact we're using our old tv console as a coffee table currently, but having a fresh coat of Agreeable Gray and Anew Gray over the yellow, blue, and sage green is a good start.  

The upstairs is next and since I wanted to get an idea of what colors we'll be painting the boys' rooms, I decided to put together a little inspiration board for each to help guide me.  

To get the ideas flowing, I do what I often do: scroll Pinterest while scanning the room for empty spots that need filling.  And since these were fun to put together, I thought they might be fun to share alongside a few before pictures. 

I can't wait to have these rooms done! 

Ephram's Room


The biggest change from Ephram's previous bedrooms is that we got rid of his bedframe.  Beau did a great job building him one 3 years ago, but it was getting pretty grungy in the areas that we didn't sand and wood fill very well and hard to clean. Note to self: use the select wood next time.  The thought of taking it apart and bringing it with us just wasn't making either of us happy.  I fell in love with the iron spindle bed we got Alwyn a few months ago, so I'm planning on getting Ephram a similar one.  

When it comes to the decor, much of it is staying the same.  I slowly curated and created artwork for his walls in the last house, like the wooden mountain and the wall gallery.  I'd like to add a few more art prints to match his current interests since he has a bit more wall space, and eventually add a desk.

While antique shopping a few weeks ago for nightstands, I came across two mid-century desks like the one in the inspiration board that I loved.  I'm hoping when I'm ready to spend the money on one, I can still easily find one.

I didn't end up finding an old table to refinish for a nightstand, so I bought a Tarva nightstand from Ikea for each of the boys.  They come unfinished but with a bit of paint and stain, they're still pretty cheap!  My plan for now is to stain the top and paint the rest white.

 A few before pictures of Ephram's new room:

I'm most excited to try hanging a pegboard!  I knew Beau would roll his eyes on that one, but I think it could be a cool addition to both of their rooms.  And I'm debating on painting the small wall that leads to the jack and jill bathroom a dark gray, almost a chalkboard color.  Maybe I'll let him paint something on it like a dinosaur or pony or lego guy.  We'll see...


Alwyn's Room


Ephram's room felt quite a bit more finished than Alwyn's room did at our last house.  When I created his first nursery, I really went with a white & bright feel as I was transitioned Ephram's room into more of a colorful toddler room.  I added some art with a fun wall gallery at the previous house, but this time I'll be adding in a bit more color.

He is now in a twin bed (the one pictured in Ephram's inspo board), and finally has a bedspread after months of searching.  For some reason I always look at Ikea last.  I try to avoid them, but in the end, they always seem to have a reasonably priced version of what I'm looking for.  

I plan to leave Ephram's pegboard brown, but I love the idea of painting Alwyn's to add more color in.  I'm not sure yet what I'll be hanging on these pegboards, but I had wanted a spot to hang awards, hats, and hooded sweatshirts near his door, so I'll try that.  The tricky part is making it work with the chair rails.  It prevents me from hanging them close enough to the ground for him to reach, which is the opposite of what I want, so I need to think that one over.  I have a love/hate relationship with the chair rails... 

Artwork will be another big addition.  I clicked over to yesterday morning after seeing an email in my inbox and ended up drooling over at least 10 art pieces.  Alwyn is our outdoorsy kid and the only true Texan in our family, so I'm definitely going to play with that aspect of his personality in his room.  That personalized cowboy boot is my favorite.  And he and I already started gathering sticks from the yard for those stars.

A few before pictures of Alwyn's new room. 

And after all that, I'm still think I'll be going gray with the walls!

Clipboards + Photos

So we're moving.  Yep, we're just slightly crazy and have decided to move once again.  

If you've been keeping track over the past several years, this will be our 4th move since our first home in Minnesota which we moved into 8 years ago.  We didn't see this one coming, especially since we've been very happy in our current home and neighborhood for the past 2.5 years, but still equally excited for it.  Our biggest reasons for moving are for more land and to be closer to my mom as she makes the move from Minnesota to Texas as well!

Since listing our current home for sale, several friends have asked decorating questions.  I've always meant to share more as we've decorated and remodeled portions of our home, but for some reason I never felt right doing so.  Or failed to make the time.  But with the questions I've received and the huge interest in our home during the four whole days it was listed for, it appears there may be enough interest for me to now make the time to share.  And it gives me something to fun to focus on while I not-so-patiently wait to move into our next home and start all over with the decorating process! 

First up, a little wall at the top of the stairs that sat empty for almost 2 years.  

Easy Wall Gallery Idea Using Mini-Clipboards and 5x7 Photo Prints

These clipboards may be one of the most recent additions I made to our home but I'm certain they'll be one of the first things I hang up in the new house because I love them so much.  

While I'm a huge fan of large wall pieces and photographs, it can be challenging to decide on just a few images to print.  With this clipboard gallery I can choose all of my favorites and swap them out with new favorites as often as I'd like.  

I printed the photos as 5x7's with a white border through Costco.  Since these are small prints, I cropped vertically even on some horizontal shots to make them work with the set up, while not worrying too much about losing the quality of the image.  

I'd love to hang these in a more visible part of our next home and also switch the photos out for Holiday cards, Happy Mail, or drawings by the kids, to change it up every few months.  What would you hang up? 

*inspiration by Danielle Hatcher

Update: the clipboards are hung in the new house! 

Frames are laid against walls throughout the house, paint colors all need to be changed, but the clipboards are out of boxes and up on the walls for display.  

I ran into some trouble with that dang light switch placement, trying to keep the grouping centered on the wall, so I spaced them a little differently this time to fill the wall accordingly, leaving out one column of frames.

Easiest Wall Gallery Using Clipboards | Donya Luana At Home

I've been asked a few times how I got them so evenly spaced, and really it was a lot of eyeballing it and readjusting as I went.  But a level helped hugely to draw pencilled guidelines (which still need to be erased).  And well, it isn't perfect, but it's done.

Get the clipboards now, and while you're there, pick up some 3M command strips for hanging them as well! 

Ephram's Room - Wall Gallery

I am going to be completely honest here. Out of all the Canvas Gallery Wraps I've ordered for photography clients, this is the first one I've ordered for personal use.   Make no mistake, they are gorgeous.  If you've never ordered one or seen one in person, the image is printed on canvas and carefully wrapped around a sturdy 1.5" depth wooden frame and comes ready to hang.  The canvas texture and frameless design is incredibly modern and sleek.  And my favorite part?  The frameless presentation creates a window into the scene.

Displaying Canvas Wraps in a Child's Room
Displaying Canvas Wraps in a Child's Room

But frames are readily available. They can provide a decorative accent to a home in addition to the photograph. And the image can easily be changed out.  That last one was the hardest for me to get past.  Out of all the images I have of my family, how would I commit to just ONE for a canvas and let go of my desire to change it up?

Displaying Canvas Wraps in a Child's Room
Displaying Canvas Wraps in a Child's Room

Well last week I did it.  I realized that I actually don't change out images that frequently.  And with this particular wall grouping, I can build around a central Canvas Gallery Wrap, and swap out many of the pieces surrounding it for several years.

And when I'm done with it, I can either incorporate it into another area of my home - perhaps one with a selection of photos of my kiddos as they've grown up.  Or I may take the advice from a fellow photographer friend to wrap it in kraft paper and store it for the future.  I know that because this photo is one we cherish right now, it will hold great meaning to him and his own family years from now.

Displaying Canvas Wraps in a Child's Room
Displaying Canvas Wraps in a Child's Room

I'm so in love with this portrait of Ephram.  I mean, the "yellow juice" (which is what he calls orange juice), his eyes looking away from me, the facial expression.  Everything about this image is him.

I used pieces I've been collecting for over a year to complete the gallery wall for Ephram's room.  And I'm super pleased with the statement the Canvas Gallery Wrap provides.  Something he can look at every day and spark just a touch of positive self-esteem in himself.

Displaying Canvas Wraps in a Child's Room
Displaying Canvas Wraps in a Child's Room

room info: Lindsay Letters Brave, Strong, Courageous Print, Target String Art (no longer available), Pottery Barn Kids Chalkboard Quote , Paul Frank Flashcards, Sherwin Williams blue & gray, Target Quilt & Sheets

*3M command strips are my secret weapon!