In Progress: Mini Bedroom Makeover

In Progress: Mini Bedroom Makeover

Over the past few weeks our apartment has been undergoing a ‘mini purge’ and I’ve been dedicating time here and there towards decluttering our space. There’s been an accumulation of unnecessary stuff over the years, but what a refreshing feeling it brings to be able to donate/sell items and simply minimize each room! At the moment, I’m working on my closet and our bedroom, which needs the most attention. The closet in particular looks a little horrifying right now (I’m even scared to go in there), so I’ll save a photo of that for a later post. While reorganizing I’ve also been sifting through so many clothes that are either too small or too big on me now and lots, LOTS of shoes/accessories that I’ll be posting on my Poshmark closet this week. After having a baby it seems like my body just morphed into an entirely different human shape, feet included. LOL! Any moms out there know what I mean? Anyway, everything in our home at the moment is a complete work in progress, but I wanted to share with you some areas of our bedroom that have recently undergone a slight revamp.

First off, we removed our enormous tufted headboard/footboard and opted for a simpler, pared-down look, keeping only our mattress and boxspring. The upside was much more floor space and the ability to move the bed alongside the floor-to-ceiling window. At first I actually attempted moving the entire bed (headboard and all) by the window, which just looked so wrong and extremely awkward. I was trying to be optimistic. Basically imagine a beam of natural light through a small tunnel and then closing it off with a brick. Haha! That’s pretty much what happened – the bed was so tall and wide that it didn’t stand a chance, even against a giant window. Once the unit was removed, a calm and relaxing atmosphere instantly set in and we were left with so many more options on how to rearrange the room. And lately I’ve been spending much more time in there simply because of the calm feeling it brings. Even Theo’s loving the new rearrangement – in the mornings when I take him out of his crib his new routine before breakfast is picking up his favorite truck, toy shark and a few legos and heading towards our bedroom for a little early playtime. And now that the bed is set lower to the floor it’s easier for him to climb up on his own. Bonus!

(Wayra throw pillow by Mae Woven)

Since the room is currently our favorite space we’ve also been spending more evenings there after dinner, reading books and having our dedicated story time with Theo on the bed. This called for a little more lighting but instead of adding another floor or table lamp, I thought to make it a little fun with these super affordable frosted, string ball lights (above). I’m one of those people who love the look of white christmas lights all year long (Lucas too) so this was the perfect addition.

A few favorite homey things that I’ll never grow tired: plants, dried flowers (and fresh ones, of course), fedoras and vintage straw baskets/bags. As much as I enjoy decluttering I can be a total hoarder when it comes to these. For the baskets, Salvation Army has become a little piece of heaven. That black and white frame on the corner above is a portrait of Françoise Hardy who looks over us day and night. I’m planning for Jane Birkin to join along soon and watch over us from the other side. 😉

Another obsession of mine are cameras, and if I had all the money in the world there would be a shelf dedicated to an awesome camera collection from all eras (currently on the hunt for an antique one, possibly a Rolleiflex). While I usually shoot with an Olympus E-PL7 I rediscovered this little one at the bottom of my camera bag and I’m still in love (Sony DSC-RX100).

Lucas has been collecting loads and LOADS of books over the years and literally reads all of them. He never ceases to amaze and inspire me. And now Theo’s on board with his own collection. It’s one area we don’t really put any limit on when it comes to spending, and definitely not something we throw away regardless of how much decluttering we go through. Oh and that charm bracelet is my little favorite from Merci in Paris – have to give a little shoutout. 🙂

Only recently did I realize the amount of dried baby’s breath I have lying around in almost every corner of our apartment.

By the way, it’s May and I still find myself switching from a tank to a t-shirt to a cardigan on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. It would be nice if this New Jersey weather would make up its mind.

Quick Theo cameo! This was taken the other morning during our “pre-breakfast play”. It’s become a regular thing in our bedroom. I think it’s kind of amazing how a simple rearrangement of furniture can totally change your perspective in a good way, and I’m one of those who thrive on change even in the simplest of settings. I’m loving every bit of our bedroom makeover and can’t wait to show you more once it’s all nice and tidy. There is literally another side to the room that’s still in need of some cleaning up. Stay tuned!


xo, Lauren

Our Home: Theo’s Mini Room Tour

Our Home: Theo’s Mini Room Tour

Thanks to parenthood, I’ve grown to love (okay more like obsess over) children’s interior decor. When Theo was born we moved from our one-bedroom apartment into my mom’s house for a few months. And although we had an extra room to use as a nursery, it was pretty much co-sleeping the whole way through. Being a first-time (rather overly-anxious) mom, my entire focus was on him. Even with all the help my family offered, it was difficult to multi-task, let alone think about decorating. Even taking the time for a proper shower/blow dry/makeup session while they watched Theo was an incredible feat in itself!  I just couldn’t let him out of my sight. During our entire stay his “nursery” became more like the changing room / storage space unit up until it was time to find our new place.

When Theo was six months old we moved into our new two-bedroom apartment. It was there that my inner “mommy-zilla decorator” self slowly emerged. And I’m still having fun playing this role now! The space I envisioned for him was something modern and cool, yet cozy and inviting. Monochromatic in a sense with unexpected pops of color. I pulled lots of inspiration from many stunning Scandinavian kids’ rooms, and now with Theo recently turning the BIG 2, his room is starting to look less baby and more boy-ish. It’s heart-wrenching and exciting all at the same time! I guess his space has become more like a fun, ongoing project with little tweaks here and there.

The most recent addition we made was a series of wall shelves for his books. At first we installed one small shelf unit, displaying the books like picture frames. We noticed him gravitating towards those books more so than the ones displayed sideways on a traditional bookshelf. He even seemed more interested in that little ‘book nook’ than his toy bins. That gave me the idea to dedicate an entire chunk of wall space from top to bottom, displaying all of his books using MOSSLANDA picture ledges from IKEA – pretty much the best purchase decision we’ve made in terms of decor ideas! From morning until night, whenever he wakes up or pops into his room those shelves are the first thing he reaches for. We also created a little reading corner using IKEA’s Stuva benches. Again, another great buy especially if you’re on a budget! An area dedicated to reading time, while providing loads of storage space for toys, clothes, etc.

Scroll down to see more room details. And stay tuned for more ‘sneak peek posts’ of his space coming up!

Above: that’s his roommate, Miffy – also a big fan of the bookshelves.

Above: Theo’s custom silhouette with curls and all, thanks to A Family Print Shop. It was so precious to have something like this framed – serves as a true keepsake for your little one(s).

Above:  A custom banner from Matriarch Handmade  – there’s something quite special about buying handmade items from small businesses. The quality and attention to detail is beautiful.

Above: Bunting garland by Numero 74 from my FAVORITE SHOP, Smallable

Above:  Racing Car by Vilac, gifted from his uncle Thiago. We adore its classic, timeless look – a toy that Theo can pass down

Above: Wooden Noah’s Ark Toy by The Little White Company, gifted from grandma

Above: Awesome President Block Set, gifted from friends

Above: Hand carved animals by Ostheimer Wooden Toys, from dad

Above: Tyrannosaurus Animal Kit, from uncle Thiago