Fall in the kids’ bedrooms
Hello friends! I am so excited to be sharing more of our home’s seasonal touches as part of Krista’s Seasonal Simplicity tour. This week there are 40 bloggers opening their fall homes for you to peep without being a creeper, and let me tell you they are full of inspiration! (Find the full list at the bottom of this post). If you are visiting from Lemon Thistle, welcome! I just adore Colleen’s modern moody style. I’ve been working on updating Wilder’s bedroom to grow with him, and the touches I’ve added felt perfect for the season so I decided today would be a great opportunity to share that. In addition, I am going to give you a little peek into Sawyer’s bedroom as well as share with you how Emmy has put her room together for fall (She’s pretty opinionated, so I just let her roll with it.) As I mentioned last week in the fall tour of the rest of my home, we are on a tight budget and with that I’ve chosen to keep all of my touches simple, and use a lot of what we already had. Now let’s check out fall in the kids’ bedrooms.
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Let’s start in Emmy’s bedroom. Emmy has always been hugely interested in decorating her room and she pretty much created the design of her space in our new house, and I simply helped her execute. Her new middle school actually offers a class in interior and fashion design which she’s taking right now! Every day she comes home and I ask the standard homework assignment questions, and follow it up with asking her what she did in that class. It sounds like so much fun, and so much better than the “home ec” of my day.
Anyhow, just as I did with her room when we moved here, I allowed Emmy to add the fall touches she wanted to in her room. I simply asked her if she wanted to go through my pillow bin, where I store all of my pillow covers, and change out her pillows for the season. I let her have free reign, and she chose some Halloween touches. I also want to tell you that I did nothing to stage her room or clean it. I simply removed the water cup from her nightstand, but asked her to make sure it was clean for photos, so this truly is all her work.
The cheshire cat pillow has always been her favorite at Halloween, so I am not surprised she nabbed that! She also selected the creepy tree pillow my mother in law gave me one year, knowing my passion for all things Halloween creepiness.
When I last showed you her room, we had some string lights from Target, but bulbs just started burning out one after another this summer and we decided to get LED lights that would last longer. We found these lights on Amazon and we truly love the ambience they add to her space and love them so much more than the first!
They offer such a nice soft glow and can be changed to flash on and off slowly which is kind of soothing. Wilder loves to sit with his big sister and watch the lights. They feel pretty magical.
Like me, Emmy is wishing for fall and cooler nights, and has her cozy throw blankets all set to go. Last year before we moved, she selected this faux fur throw for her bedroom and I gave her a beautiful black and white throw I received that she fell in love with.
Of course, fall also means back to school, so her bedroom desk has been getting lots of use. She sits here to put on a little makeup before school and do her homework.
She’s currently into making friendship bracelets, so when I popped into her room to take photos, I found the start of one on her desk on the vintage pineapple clipboard I found her at an estate sale.
Actually, when I popped into her room the other evening after school, just to talk, this is where I found her, making a bracelet.
On the other side of her room sits her dresser and gallery wall. She’s dreaming of adding wallpaper to this room, so this wall might change in the Spring. If you want a good throwback, here’s one for you… See that big basket that sits on her step stool? Guess what it’s filled with!
If you guessed scrunchies… loads and loads of scrunchies… you would be right! If only I knew that style would come back around, I’d have saved her all of mine. Each morning before school, she selects a fun scrunchie to suit her boring polo and skirt that she has to wear. Girl’s gotta express herself!
One other thing I want to mention that is a recent addition that brings Emmy some much needed privacy and adds a touch of fall warmth is her wood blinds from Blindster. Because of her canopy bed with curtains, we opted for no curtains in her bedroom, so I let her choose what kind of window treatment she wanted. With all of her furniture being white and gold, she opted for wood blinds like ours for privacy and style and she’s been so happy with them! They are just what she needed in this space. As you can see, the blinds bring that much needed organic touch that I believe every room needs. You can read more details about the blinds here.
Like me, Emmy loves the beginning of any season. We see them as full of hope and new opportunities for activities with people we love, or solo activities even. On her door, she’s taped her “fall plans” list, and I had to share it because it just makes my heart melt.
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Do you ever look at your kids and think about what neat people they are becoming? (And I don’t mean neat as in tidy, in case you think this room is always this clean!) I think that all the time with mine, but I am sure most moms do. I love to see the creative person she’s becoming; and I love to see the sweet and kind young man Sawyer is growing into. Wilder, of course, is a toddler so he’s still growing so much every day.
Speaking of Wilder, he is changing and learning every day. Current favorite activities include getting his shoes put on, as it means we are going somewhere or if he’s really lucky, outside; being chased around his room by his jackalope toy that I run around with, throwing things at me that hurt, and immediately following it up with a sweet smile and a hug (stinker!), and helping with any task he can. (I allow him to help me move laundry from the washer to the dryer, or take it out of the dryer. It might go piece by piece and take us 20 minutes, but he’s happy to be helping.)
I’ve made some fall changes to his room as well to suit not only the warm colors of the season, but also his sunny and happy little personality.
If you’ve been here for a while, you may recall his nursery in our old house was mainly blue, gray, white, and wood. We put so much love into that room that it was so hard to let it go when he wasn’t even a year old, but we moved to North Carolina and I couldn’t take it with me. Once here, I used the same color scheme with some of the same decor at first, but after living here for a while now and seeing him grow and change, it just felt off. Maybe it is the season upon us, or maybe it’s his sunshiney soul, but I was craving warm colors in his space. I made some super simple changes that have high impact. First of all, I changed out his curtains for these solid mustard blackouts from Loomwell. We had blue ones by them in the room, and I loved the quality and how effective they were, so I was stoked when they came out with their new solid collection and it had mustard!
With fall upon us, colder weather is just around the corner, and I wanted to make sure we had a quilt to keep Wilder warm this winter in his crib. I fell in love with this quilt by Hearth & Hand, but it didn’t come in toddler size, and I wasn’t sure I wanted it in yellow. Mom to the rescue! My mother is a very talented quilter so I showed her what I wanted and asked if she could do it in black and white instead so it would work with his room in any season… and boy, did she deliver! He’s going to love snuggling with his quilt this winter!
Currently, he already loves snuggling with his Oliver from Cuddle & Kind. Oliver goes to bed with him every night, and he loves to lay on him like a pillow.
Above the crib I also changed out the art. This was a tough decision because I absolutely loved the banner with a quote from his name source, Laura Ingalls Wilder, but the blue of the banner just wasn’t working for me. I enlisted the help of my friend Bryant at BT Design Co to create a new piece to go above the crib. He made the art that is in our entry, and I knew he would come up with something awesome. I sent him another Laura Ingalls Wilder quote and a vague idea of the graphic and vibe that I wanted, and he brought it to life. Check out the downloadable print he created that is now available in his shop!
I had the print made in a 20×30″ size through Costco, knowing that was the largest that they could print so it would be super affordable. Then my friends at Custom Picture Frames sent me this awesome frame in exactly the size I wanted. If you are looking for an affordable custom frame, they are the shop for you and they are offering my readers 20% off with code CASSIE20. As you can see, I chose a modern light wood frame that would add a little warmth to his wall. Actually, the art really plays off the curtains beautifully in that frame!
Additionally, I added a small dream catcher I made for our old master bedroom. It always hung over the bed there, and I love the sentimentality of it since I made it, and the textures felt perfect for this season. I am not sure what it is about ivory lace and doilies, but it says Fall to me!
On the opposite side of his room, I changed up his book ledges which had featured rainbow ordered and brightly colored books. This time I chose more golden and earthier toned books to display.
It’s funny how something as trivial as changing out books on ledges can really change the feel of a room. And yes, that’s his diaper pail… I didn’t remove it for photos, because it’s real life! Diapers happen.
This wall sits just opposite of the mud cloth bookcase that I just refinished for him. The last wall houses his closet (which maybe one day will be made over!), his vintage accordion rack where I’ve hung his costume to help get him excited for Halloween, and his growth chart.
He constantly wants to try on his costume and I just can’t say no to that face. This will be his first year out trick or treating! We’re just going to take him to a few houses. (Psst- you can check out my rainbow mural here.)
Also, Just as in Emmy’s room, Wilder got the addition of new wood blinds, and they are just perfect in here! As is the case with Emmy’s room, Wilder’s furniture is mostly shades of white, and there is not anything wood in here aside from his picture ledges. The new blinds bring that much needed touch of warmth.In the morning when Wilder wakes, we simply open his curtains and open his blinds a little to bring in a touch of morning light. When we just turn on his light, it’s like that scene in Gremlins… “Bright light, bright light!” He’s not a fan. 😉 These blinds fit perfectly with his mustard curtains and together add some much needed earthiness to Wilder’s room. Also, I dusted his room, but clearly forgot the blinds… don’t judge me.
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Finally, let’s have a peek into the teenager’s bedroom! His new bed was due to arrive but it’s coming today, so I am sharing where we are at right now. I recently showed you his new budget friendly painted track shelves that we used for storage here, and since then not much has changed.
However, this kid loves his blankets; he always has! Last year Chris went to Scotland and bought me this gorgeous plaid blanket, so I added it to Sawyer’s room for a little seasonal coziness.
I love that Chris bought me this blanket and that it is authentically made by Campbell’s in Scotland, but I have taken a new direction with color in this house and I couldn’t find the right place for it. I’m so glad it found a home in Sawyer’s bedroom.
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Finally, I want to share with you one little peek into out kitchen which is nearing the end of its renovation. The reason I wanted to include it in this tour is that I have some super exciting news!! Actually two bits of exciting news!
And secondly, do you spy that beautiful vintage rug remnant we have in front of our sink? My friend Ed at Online Oriental Rugs sent that to me and together we’ve curated a collection of affordable vintage rug remnants that are perfect for in front of a sink, in a bathroom, to make into pillows or stair runners… the creative possibilities are endless! I just love the quirkiness it brings to my space. I am all about rescuing puppies, furniture, roadside finds, and now rugs, too! Anyhow, Ed has agreed to give my readers a discount of 15% with code Cassie15, so check out my collection in his shop here.
We are getting SOOOOO close to the kitchen being complete, so stick around and it’ll be on the blog before you know it! Thank you so much for visiting me today and checking out my fall updates to my kids’ rooms! Now head on over to Jamie’s at So Much Better with Age to see her beautifully decorated home.
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