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Best Ceiling Wallpaper for a Kids Room!

Quickly after learning we were pregnant came mild hysteria of "oh snap! things need done", then realization that the endless to-do-list has some points which definitely need end dates. Like filling the nursery with all the right stuff, buying fans, brining the mini fridge upstairs, finding and installing a microwave that doubles as a vent for the stove, oh yea - a new vacuum, black out curtains, We should probably get a new mattress now too,  there has got to be more....

So we decided to take these seven months and turn the tasks into bite sized pieces of simple-yet-effective tasks, and go up and work down. This brings us back to wallpaper. Remember my obsession with wallpaper (here, here, and here)? It's still there. I have just quietly tucked it away in a dark corner waiting for an excuse to order the samples and get all loony again, and by George, I think we have a pretty valid excuse. Baby needs wallpaper. 

Our awesome and talented fried Duane painted this mural in the non-existent-then baby's room a few years back, so wallpaper on the walls isn't so much an option. 

So what about the ceiling? Yep, what about the ceiling?! I was on a hunt to find a patterned wallpaper that would actually work on a ceiling, and here is what I have narrowed it down to, assuming we have a boy.

We used this wallpaper in the Lake House downstairs bathroom (Emily took the photo on the right), and it turned out fantastic. Perhaps my favorite room in the house. Well, that and the kitchen. I have coveted this paper for years now (see wallpaper post links above!), and to see it freshly pressed against a wall was all I needed to kick-start my love affair again. See how good it looks?

Gosh darnit Julia Rothman, you know how to make wallpaper I like. I think this wallpaper works for a ceiling because the scale is perfect, the white space is perfect, and even if the birds are all flying in the same direction, I don't think that will translate weird on a ceiling. 

$125 a Roll at Hygge and West, tons of color options available.

I kinda love this image, but it messes with my spit personality disorder. I really dig the monochromatic thing Restoration Hardware has going on in all the kids rooms. They looks so cozy and clean and perfect. Then I get caught up in something fun and warm like this. Those yellow stripes do it for me, and as I searched online - I found you get can similar wallpaper super cheap. Like $19 a roll cheap. Am I a serious and strict mom or am I a cool and trendy mom? Decisions, decisions...

I love everything about this for a kids room ceiling. The scale is perfect. The non commitment to a color story is perfect for an ever changing room. It's cool, but I don't think it's so trendy you'll get sick of it by Fall. I am scared to get a quote. If it's cheaper than a unicorn, I'll consider it.


I like this guys too simply because it's so simple and imperfect. All Modern has it at $149 a roll, which puts it slightly above most wallpapers I like. I don't think I will be running to buy this one first, but I do think it would look cool on a ceiling, somewhere.

Trove released this wallpaper a few years ago and I was in love then, and I still am now. I think it would work well on the ceiling. I have no idea how much it costs a roll, and I know the rule in life is - If you have to ask, you can't afford it. So I am scared to ask because I really love it. I am sure I will rationalize that a ceiling is just one wall, and it will be so worth it and we will keep it there forever and ever. Also, if I want to over do it like I tend to do, I can buy the matching window film and totally freak out kid out. 

So those are my top five picks for ceiling wallpaper that I think would work well in a boys room, or any kids room for that matter. I imagine it's a real pain to hang, and I am sure Joey is really excited about that task. Which do you like best? Is the last one a little to Hitchcock? Is the first one too over done?


Perfect Pom Pom Curtains + Giveaway Winner!

Happy Monday Lovelies! Hope the weekend treated you blissful! It's been a bit cold and rainy here in New York, not exactly what we were hoping for this weekend. We apologize for the lack of posts last week. It's been quite busy to say the least! I suffered from a migraine earlier in the week, and it set us back big time. Look how backed up we are with a weeks worth of sourcebooks and magazines.

Losing a whole day took three days to make up. Whew! Don't forget to check back tomorrow for a *very special Spring Giveaway*! Want to know who won the amazing custom art piece + limited edition Des Artiste Tee Shirt?

Now on to more good stuff! Remember when we were chattin' about the kids room, and those beautiful pom pom curtains which cost a pretty penny?

After much research and seeing high price tag after higher price tag ($150-$550!) we decided to make a few pairs of these for the kids room. I thought it was going to be super simple. Sew some pom poms onto some curtains, and voila! Cheep and chic for the kids room. Well let me be honest. It was as simple as just sewing some pom poms on some curtains. However working those little pom poms with the sewing machine was almost nightmare-ish. I had to stop about every foot to readjust, it took a while to do.

I bought some awesome white curtains on the cheap at Ikea (a PAIR for $15!), and ten feet of vintage black pom poms on ebay, and got to work.

Even with the complications of sewing, it was super worth it. We now have one valance for the kids room, plus one finished set of curtains.



So all in all we spent:

$15 for the SET of curtains from Ikea X 2

$5 for the rod (we spray painted black, but it will be hidden by the valance) from Home Depot X2

$10 for the 10 feet of pom pom's

Total: $50 for both window ($25 per window)

Can you say, SCORE!

The valances cost about $10 per yard of fabric plus scrap wood, so if you really want to get technical per window: about $40 per window. This makes it 80 bucks for the totally custom window dressing for the whole room. We did way better in this room, considering the livingroom cost a lot more. Whew! Don't feel so bad about that anymore! 

Have you gotten away cheap with some window dressings? Please share! Something unique you came across of have? Dish! We have a lot of rooms to tackle before Winter!


Kids Room, Take Two

Can you tell I am ready to have a baby? Haha. Maybe it's because everyone around me has kids, or is preggo! Joey and I are pretty darn good at making a plan and sticking to it when it comes to life altering event, ie, baby. Our plan is to start trying in September, and cross fingers it happens by November. Is this too personal? I just want to justify to you, our lovely reader a.) we aren't crazy for putting together a baby room without even being pregnant b.) we are obsessive planners because we are freelancers and each month is a whirlwind. Plan early, execute early, finish early - it's kinda our thing when that thing matters. So with no further ado or explanations, a moodboard/thinkpad of our kids room in progress!

So, we nailed down the valance a few weeks back, and are so in love with the direction the windows are taking. This is where we are traveling with them next...

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Pom Pom Curtains! Yes! Pom Poms! I ordered some black pom poms and will be doing a DIY tutorial soon. These things seem to be expensive if bought pre sewn.

On the ceiling, we are seriously thinking about wallpapering this...


How sweet would that be to wake up to? It's seriously dreamy! I love Julia Rothman's designs! Furniture is going to be a long hard process of major research, so I am focusing on the fun stuff for the moment. Like these carousel/carnival letter lights.

Do you see where this is going? I am so excited about this room in particular because I have a million whimsy ideas that would not pass with Joey for the rest of our house. If it were up to me, it would look like the inside of a barn with gnomes and hearts everywhere, and I would redesign it every month. Thank God I have Joey to edit my whims. This room with be total peaceful whimsy bliss when I am through. Now off to find the perfect rug(s)!

If you have a kids room you are proud of, please a matter of fact, your are offically invited to our first link party! Whoo Hoo!