April 11, 2016

A Boy's Room In The Making

When my son and his family moved from Birmingham to Spanish Fort last year, my daughter-in-law immediately asked me to help her decorate their new house.   Well, now, you're talking my love language!   She has got a great start in the den with the addition of the sectional she ordered.    I have to say it is the most comfortable sofa I've ever sat on.    It's a gray linen fabric from the Paula Deen line (those of you that don't like PD please don't jump on me!).      There are two La-z-Boy leather recliners also.    We gifted them a rug (she picked out and ordered) and when we were down after Christmas I bought her a couple of lamps, one a floor lamp and the other a table lamp.    So "we've" got a good start and plans to finish out with wall art, pillows and accessories down the road.   I'm so sorry I don't have a picture to share but next time I'm down there, I plan on taking some interior shots of the den.   Since I don't have a picture of the den right now, how about a few of their backyard?





The other room she's concentrating on is my little 5 year old grandsons room.    His bedroom in Birmingham was just the baby bed converted to a "big big" bed and a changing table.     I'm kind of surprised my 10 year old granddaughter hasn't insisted on a room re-do (yet) but seems satisfied with what she has for now....thank goodness!

I'm very fortunate in that my DIL asks my opinion on her ideas and never seems to get insulted or mad if I am honest with her.    Some things are too pricey (she has good taste) and others just aren't to my liking, but in the end it IS her house and her child so that is always in the back of my mind.     But I must say, so far she's taken all of my suggestions/ideas and is implementing them in the room.  

The first thing (and only thing done so far) was deciding on a paint color.    The room has a chair rail and she wanted contrasting paint above and below the chair rail.      At my suggestion, she had the wall above the chair rail painted Kendall Charcoal and below is an off white (I'm not sure the name of that paint color, her painter suggested it).      I sent my DIL a photo of Melaine's son's bedroom (My Sweet Savannah) and she loved the wall colors which is the inspiration we used for the walls.     



She is looking for a headboard and nightstands.    She will also use a bamboo shade and possibly I'll be making drop cloth drapes, unless I can find something else that I think will work.    We are ordering the duvet from Ikea. 

The closet has a great closet system and built in drawers so there is really no need for a dresser in the room.    She wants him to have a little desk and chair and he got a teepee from us last Christmas which takes up a lot more room than I thought it would.   There is a playroom upstairs so he doesn't keep many toys in the bedroom.     Here is basically what she'd like to do....seems like it would not be too hard to DIY and fairly inexpensive, useful until he needs something more substantial.


She's been looking at some wall sconces from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, but I told her if she had to have them wired to the wall, she'd have to patch those holes if she ever wanted to rearrange the room but she seemed determined to use wall mounted lamps.    Last week on one of my numerous trips to Target (LOL) I found two table lamps almost identical to the ones she'd been interested in from PB and RH at a fraction of the price.    I face timed her and "convinced" her I thought she'd be better off with two table lamps vs. the hard wired wall ones, and she totally agreed once she saw the lamps.    They are nestled in my trunk along with some other goodies to take to her next time I'm down that way in a month or so.



Oh, and they were on sale!   Yay me!!!

I think she (we) have a good start on his room, even though it's only been painted.    She's taking her time finding what she wants, and trying to keep within a budget.  Once she finds a headboard and end tables we can start putting the room together, hopefully by the time I get there in a couple of months.     I'll definately be taking photos and sharing them on my blog.

One last thing....I've been having a lot of trouble with my left leg and foot since last November.    I've been to my orthopaedic doctor, a neurologist for nerve damage testing and my general doctor, and so far they can't determine what's going on.    I'm going back to my orthopaedic on Tuesday and I'm hoping he can figure it out.    It's so aggravating to hear "can't find anything" yet I'm in constant pain.    It hinders our traveling and my day to day activities.    I just hope we can figure it out and get on the road to recovery.

Ya'll have a great week and I'd love any good thoughts or prayers you could send my way on Tuesday.




9 comments:

Christi said...

I love the plans for the room! And I'm so sorry to hear about your foot! Praying you get answers!

Simply LKJ said...

Love the design plan for a room. Something he certainly can grow with. Sending up prayers! Hope you get answers and relief soon.

Katie Clooney said...

First of all, Judy I think it is so wonderful that your DIL loves and respects you enough to ask your opinion. I'm sure the den and the boy's room will be stunning if you lend your hand to it. So sorry about your foot. I know it's frustrating but if you are not happy with what the doctor says find another doctor. I went through 3 doctors in six months with my daughter when she was ill. Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers.

Cheri said...

Looks like a wonderful start to the rooms and I love your ideas. I bet they will get lots of use out of that pool too.
Judy, I hope they can find out what the problem is with you leg, I went through this years ago with having so many headaches and the nurse called so excited to tell me nothing was found on the CT and on one hand that was good news but on the other was "why" was my head hurting so much. IF they don't find anything wrong, I wonder if they could suggest some PT. Send me an email and let me know how you are doing.

My Kentucky Living said...

what fun to have welcome input at your son and dil's new home. And to help with grandson's room too. I like your suggestion pics and the idea of gray paint. Good luck with your foot/leg. sheila

BeachGypsy said...

Well that is a perfect backyard for sure!!! Sounds like a fun project! My hubby has that one lamp and he loves it

Kelly said...

Well it's nice that your DIL asks for your decorating advice. That means she likes your style. I never asked for any from my MIL because we liked different styles. But then she would throw her opinion on me anyway. Ugh! The plans for your grandson's room sounds wonderful. Their pool is beautiful! I know they will enjoy it this summer. Sorry to hear about your foot. Sometimes, when one doctor can't find what's wrong, you should try another doctor. I have an arthritic disease that I see a rheumatologist for. However, before I ever saw him, other doctors ran tests and suggested physical therapy and even surgery that didn't help my condition! I finally thought it was a systemic problem and it was. Don't give up! Keep trying different doctors until you find the right one for your condition. It took me well over a year or two to get a proper diagnosis. My condition can't be cured but it can be kept under control and now I don't worry what's wrong with me.

designchic said...

It's going to be a great room - can't wait to see it come to life! So hope you get some relief soon...

Jaybird said...

Keep bugging the doctors.....you are your only advocate!!!
Have them test for tumor type thingys(technical term :^) on the sciatic nerve....
Love your ideas for the younglets room. It will be great!!
Blessings to you,
J

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