Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Extreme Room Makeover: Declan edition.

So one of my backburner projects finally got off the ground this past week- redecorating Declan's room. I never did a nursery for him, as we were in a rental house and perpetually on the brink of moving when Declan was born. Then, when we moved into our own house, he was too old for a nursery, and too young for a big boy room. So I waited. I'm good at that. Here is the sorry state of his room as of last week:

This isn't shabby chic, it is Romanian orphanage chic.

The crib is especially impressive, no? The only thing missing is the railcar. A couple of years ago, this crib was banned because it is a drop -side crib, so we remedied the danger by just ripping off the drop side and thereby converting it to a toddler bed, ghetto-style. Based on the looks of his room, it's hard to tell we love him.

So over the last few months I started to collect some things to redecorate, picking out bedding and artwork in a rocketship/outerspace theme. I got a little stalled, so I asked my friend Kricia Palmer to help me put the room together. She is a talented interior designer, who is a delight to work with.  Kricia blogs some great design ideas and tips at Palmer Home.  Kricia helped find the missing furniture pieces and figured out how to lay out everything.   I think it turned out darling, and Declan was tickled pink to come home to a brand new room. 

The clocks are all on different time zones- one for Vancouver, one for Little Rock, one for Copenhagen, which is our next big holiday destination.

This is a spot on the wall to hang Declan's art.  The brightly coloured painting on canvas is one that Declan did at school, that was sold at an Access fundraiser that I was unable to attend, and an "anonymous benefactor" bought Declan's painting for me.  Come forward, Anonymous Benefactor!  I hate not knowing!
I love these retro posters.

Declan's favourite part is the rocketship model!  He loves everything about his new room, 
but don't take my word for it, here's a long video with Declan's reactions to his new digs. 


  1. The room looks awesome! Very impressed and jealous. I want his room.

  2. Adorable! I think y'all did a fantastic job!