I think my favorite thing about Julia’s room is my first “major” woodworking project! We love these base houses we live in, minus a few things. I realize I’m being a little nit-picky, because we are overwhelmingly blessed and grateful to live here, but (1) vertical blinds and (2) awkward shaped windows. Curtains make these half windows look even more awkward than they already are. So, after two years of trying to think of a cute solution and every single episode ever aired of Fixer Upper, I finally adopted a concept from the adoption episode that I was convinced would solve all of my design problems. And it did! But not without some hard work. I knew all I needed to convince the hubby to let me dive headfirst and big-bellied into a giant DIY project was telling him we’d need a jigsaw. Because he’s been wanting to buy a jigsaw. It worked like a charm, and off he went to Lowe’s to pick one out and grab the wood I’d need to throw this thing together. A few people have asked me about the plans, and I wish I could share them. I totally winged it. With the exception of calling the hubby to the garage for a few pieces of advice here and there, I’m proud to say I figured this thing out on my own right up until I needed another set of hands to hang it on the wall. Ana White would be so proud! I learned all about pocket holes and wood filler and I’m mentally ready to take on a new project and physically ready to take a nap! I’ve been calling this the “indoor awning.” It brings just the right amount of brightness and dollhouse feel to Julia’s room.
The prints next to the awning are ones I framed from a storybook. They hung over Mitchell’s crib, then Julia’s crib, and are now in Julia’s new room since I still love them to pieces. The frames have been painted a few colors to match various decor, and the storybook pages have the sweetest message. You can find the book ‘I Love You More’ (by Laura Duksta) HERE.
Julia’s dresser was from a friend selling it on a local selling site. It was a dark wood and had a pretty roughed up finish, but I loved the detail at the bottom and the fact that it was solid wood. With a fresh coat of chalk paint, and a new set of drawer pulls, we had it looking beautiful for about $50. Come to think of it, all of the furniture in her room is second hand for a steal of a price. My fellow military families understand shopping on a budget, am I right? In case you were wondering, the dresser IS strapped to the wall. In case you aren’t familiar with doing this, it’s a simple strap that drills into the back of the dresser and into the wall studs at two points, and prevents furniture from tipping over on little climbers! We also have Mitchell’s dresser and bookshelf strapped to the wall. The straps we use are HERE. They’re really cheap, and more than worth the cost for the safety of your child, and peace of mind if you are a worrier like me!
I wanted to keep Julia’s dresser top decor simple. My mother-in-law has a knack for snagging perfect and unique pieces that work right into my decor. She found the runner and these lamps at a antique shop, which we use exclusively for the light in Julia’s room! I’m not a big fan of her overhead light, which is probably because I have a 50-ish watt light bulb up there. And lamps just make things so cozy! Julia’s “special” books, in other words the books with pages that tear, are kept in the basket on her dresser and pulled out to read at bedtime. I found the little planters in the Target Dollar Spot. I thought it would be fun to get her a few succulents to water together each day as her first little “chore.” And they don’t die, so there’s that.
And sometimes the most practical storage option is a big bin to throw everything in. Julia loves her baby dolls, and since she’s collected about 15 of them since her birthday, this cute Target basket is the best solution I’ve found. Girlfriend is going to be such a great big sister so soon!
I’ve found myself loving gallery walls lately. With absolutely no strategy involved, I found semi-coordinating things I thought were pretty and hung them up until the wall was covered.
Last, but not least, my little brother whipped up this doll house for Julia when he visited us last summer. I came home from work to him finishing this up in the garage. Julia’s Little Poeple figures fit perfectly in it, and I think it’s darling. She loves “my princesses!” and wearing her tutus. She must always have a bow in her hair. Our girly girl.
All of the other items in her room are either discontinued or not sold online, and that sums up the first finished room in our house! More decor posts on the way. I’ve had a lot of fun in the nursery lately, teaming up with my friend’s nursery e-design company, Wander and Whim Design. So there you have it! Be back Friday with a big update on Grandma Brim and her latest adventures!