A Year of Change {November Reveal}

Happy Black Friday everyone! Do you have big shopping plans today or are you already back from the hunt? Mr. Man took the big kids skiing and I’m in Denver with the three year old. I’m evaluating whether the bargains are worth the pain of fighting the crowds with my little dude. I think I might have a trip to Anthropologie in me – maybe West Elm too – and that’s about it. My guy will win out and we’ll end up at some fine dining establishment that serves macaroni and cheese. And hopefully really good Bloody Mary’s. It’s high time I try one with bacon.


In the meantime it’s the last Friday of the month and that means it’s time to reveal our latest round of the Year of Change! This month we’ve got our regular ladies on board – Rosa Beltran, Amy de Mik and Sarah Stewart and we are thrilled to have the girls of the beautiful blog 11 Magnolia Lane join in all our changing up fun! This month we’re freshening up linens in a bedroom. Our blog friends went with the guest room but as I used ours as my One Room Challenge revamp I went with my little guy’s room instead.

This is what his room looked like last week.


And this is what it looked like this past weekend.

big boy room refresh

My little helper loved deconstruction.

big boy room refresh

This crib has been a part of our lives for all but a year and a half over the last twelve years. It was very bittersweet to break it up and bring it to the dump. (Yes I’m a horrible mother and was still using a drop-side crib. They all survived.) Now we’re onto the last big boy bed chapter of our lives. All my kids made the leap from the crib to the bed right before their 4th birthday. I loved keeping them captured in the crib because they never realized they could get out of it themselves (the zipped up backwards sleep sac might have contributed to that lack of knowledge), they all slept in when they were in the crib, they all entertained themselves in the crib until I was ready to get them up and once I finally transfer them to the big bed they never get up and wander or stall forever because they know once you’re in bed that’s where you stay. Yep, I loved our crib and I am sad to see it go.

But even I have limits with the crib and the age of four seems to be it. This month’s Year of Change Challenge was the perfect way to get myself moving on this transition. I found an old iron twin bed on craigslist this past fall, lent it to a friend for several months and now it’s finally making it’s way out of the garage and to the bedroom.

Originally my plan was to paint it black as shown in my mood board for the room.

charlie mood board

Then I found myself liking the the white and decided to keep it that way for the time being. This is how it looks in the big boy room.

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For bedding I went with chambray sheets from Pottery Barn Kids, a navy quilt and sham from Target, a quilt from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, a tan herringbone flat sheet on the box springs from Target and the orange “C” pillow I made myself using my Cricut.

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The mirror above the bed is from Anthropologie, the shelves are from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child (they’re a hold out from the nursery and will be switched up with something more rustic) and the lamp is from Target.

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I wanted a simple pop of color on the bed and I went for that with an orange flannel pillow and my guy’s initial in felt. I used my Cricut to cut out the “C” and simply glued in on the front of the pillow. If I weren’t feeling lazy I might actually have sewed it on. The whole project only took about an hour and a half.

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Look for more changes to come in the big boy room (this is unofficially part II of the Big Boy Room change-up) and be sure to check out all those amazing guest rooms from Commona My House, Life on Virginia Street, Rosa Beltran Designs and our special guest 11 Magnolia Street. Erin is taking a buy this month and concentrating on getting all those Suburban Goods orders on their way in time for Christmas. If you haven’t seen her purses yet you really need to check them out!

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DIY Gotham City backdrop & superhero capes
Master bedroom redo
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