you know how sometimes you find a space and you just feel a connection? sometimes it's a coffeeshop, or maybe just a park. this is one of those spaces in my home. a place where i feel totally comfortable, happy, and at ease. i've blogged quite a bit about julian's nursery, and it's graced quite a few internet pages [style me pretty and the interior design blog designs by katy, to name a few].
julian's room has always been one of my favorite rooms in our house. we've moved this room to three different houses now, and while it's mostly stayed the same, each time it's been changed just a bit to fit the space.
but now the space has grown into a big-boy bedroom, and i could not be happier with how it's turning out. i thought i'd share a little bit about how we grew the space from a nursery to a toddler's room and what i love so much about it.
i shared our nursery story last summer here. in a nutshell, it's about how i had a bright and sunny space in mind for a girl and once we found out we were having a boy, i wasn't sure how to translate that into a boy's room. but i'm so, so glad that we did. we picked benjamin moore's simply white for julian's room and gives his room the perfect bright, neutral look we wanted.
when we first moved into our new house, julian was still in his crib. we had all the same things that he'd had in his nursery since we lived in chestnut hill, all the same pieces for art and storage. luckily, this room finally had a lot of wall space, something we hadn't had before in our highlands house. there had been a few things that we had gotten for his room but had never been able to hang up since there wasn't enough room, so we finally got to put those in.
the toddler bed is new. julian's been in a bed about two months now, and he absolutely loves it. it was one of those transitions he was ready for and he never looked back at his crib. we waited a couple weeks before taking it out of his room, and waited a few more weeks after that before moving out the rocking chair. for weeks before taking the plunge, philip and i debated about the kind of bed we should get for julian. we knew fin was going to use the crib, so that was out of the question. but how to transition... toddler bed? twin bed? bunk bed? what's the best option? we ended up going with a toddler bed that grows into a twin bed from ikea [julian actually picked it out himself, but we are pretty sure that's because the floor model had truck sheets on]. this meant we had to buy a new mattress and new sheets instead of using the ones from his crib, but it's worked out well. he loves this bed so much and we recently extended it to the mid-length between toddler and twin.
the night stand used to be a side table we placed by the rocking chair with all of my nursing essentials. it holds his lamp and sound machine.
the bottom two art prints are from iviebaby on of those flash sales elizabeth often runs on her printables. i bought them on a whim and i wasn't sure where they'd go, but i'm so happy they've found a home here over julian's bed. [one says be brave, little one and the other says you are our greatest adventure.] i am so very happy that we went with a more modern look for his nursery, because it has been incredibly easy to transition his room from baby to toddler.
the teepee and lights are now my favorite part of his room. the teepee was julian's first christmas present from santa and was meant to stay in our living room in the highlands house as a semi-attractive way to house toys and baby stuff, and serve as a quiet play area for him. but since moving to the new house, we have lots of room for it to stay up in his bedroom. it moved out temporarily when both his crib and the big boy bed were in his room, but it's back now and in it's rightful place now that the rocking chair is out. we recently decorated it with globe lights [we originally bought them for our patio but that didn't work out], and they give the whole room a nice glow. above the teepee is his scratch-off world map for his travels [he gets one travel-themed gift a year from us and this was his first one], the adventure banner i ordered for him but never had enough wall space for until now, and the zebra that he and philip named larry.
i recently hung the mirror to julian's height [it's actually the only mirror in his room] and he loves being able to look at himself. i couldn't find the right place for this mirror in the new house. i don't need it my height and he loves to utilize it so win-win.
this gallery wall is also a recent addition, though it's not actually in julian's room. with some nails, gold ribbon and small clothespins i made a quick gallery wall for his artwork on the small space between the boys' rooms. it's a huge source of pride for julian that it's hung out in the house for everyone to see, and will regularly draw or paint a picture and request to hang it up on the wall. i'm probably going to have to make another one soon.
the thing that has worked out the best about julian's room is how much he loves it. it truly is his safe space where he often runs up to on his own to play, read, or just be. which warms my heart the most.