Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kid Rooms (aka Foreshadowing), Part 2

... continued (find Part 1 here)

The Craigslist bedroom set actually came with a desk as well that didn't fit in Thing 2's room.  Rather serendipitously, I had been looking for a desk for Thing 1.  The oak was a near perfect match with the Broyhill pieces; all I had to do was lose the brass for some oil rubbed bronze hardware, and swap out the torn faux leather seat cover for something that complemented the room a bit better (bottom right, below).  Again, I went with an indoor/outdoor fabric.  Better safe!

Thing 1 is the proud owner of two John W. Golden prints that I blogged about here (bottom left, above), but he's also quite the little artist himself.  Over the years, I've framed a number of his creations, including this awesome anatomical diagram from kindergarten (top right).  I'm an anti-packrat by nature, so I'll admit to ruthlessly tossing or recycling the vast majority of my kids' artwork (though I photograph a lot of it first).  I'm also extremely wary of my house resembling a preschool in any way.  That said, I'm a big fan of a well edited collection of framed children's art.  Framing their work also gives it an air of importance that kids really love to see.

Bedding.  One thing I learned from my first child was that whatever you put on the bed, it had better be washable.  Super washable.  I made the mistake of dropping some major coin on a PB Kids quilt for Thing 1's first big boy room.  Even though it was just a twin, it really didn't fit in my washing machine.  It was also a patchwork style quilt, and after only two washings, the patches began coming apart at the seams in not just one, but probably twenty different places.

So I ditched the PB quilt and brought in something from Target's Circo line instead (top left, above).  It works perfectly in the room, it's thin enough to easily fit in my washer, and it's been washed umpteen times without an incident.

Having learned from my mistakes, I went straight to Target for Thing 2's quilt as well (bottom left, above).  It's another Circo quilt, and it maintains the navy blue thread that runs throughout my home, but brings in new colors (orange! and green!) that make Thing 2's room completely distinct from that of his brother.  The DIY upholstered headboard is another indoor/outdoor fabric, of course.

I spent an embarrassing amount of time stalking just the right sheets for this room, and truly scored when I found these square mosaic ones (top right) from Rosenberry Rooms (who, incidentally, has an awesome collection of modern and sophisticated kids bedding).  Tracking down that Orla Kiely Car Park pillowcase in orange was even tougher, but I ended up scoring a pair from eBay UK.  Is spending this much time finding sheets really worth it?  I say yes, because my kids never make their beds; but when the contents look this cute, I don't mind at all.  Pick your battles, parents!

So here's the foreshadowing part.

In Kirsten's post, she asked readers to tell her what some of their biggest challenges were with regard to kids and design... and one very disgusting, repeated challenge of mine immediately sprang to mind.  PUKE.

I'm sorry, but if we're going to be honest here, this really is a challenge--particularly because it's not something one would normally plan for in the course of designing a room for a child.  But one should!  Your cute little toddler may be freakishly healthy now, but just wait until junior starts attending that petri dish we call elementary school.  Yeah, those bedding mishaps I referred to earlier?  Puke almost exclusively.  But far worse than that is my experience with the convergence of stomach viruses and RAG RUGS.

Rag rugs.  I love them and have them in BOTH of my boys' rooms.  Do you have any idea how difficult it is to clean sick out of a rag rug?  Nightmarish.  So now, when one of my children even hints that he might be feeling queasy, the very first thing I do is roll those suckers up and put down painter's dropcloths.  For real.  If I could do it all over again, I'd purchase nothing but FLOR tiles until my kids reached their teenage years.  Every time I open a Land of Nod catalog and see all of their happily hued rag rugs, I experience a bit of PTSD.

And that's what I wrote to Kirsten about.  I'm nothing if not classy.

And the universe thought it was hilarious.  Because the very next day, less than 24 hours after sending that email, I got a phone call from Thing 2's preschool.  Oh, yes.  After a one-year streak of vomit-free bliss, it was time to dust off the dropcloths.  My parents, who arrived that afternoon from Illinois for a visit, can vouch for the veracity of this.  Good times all around.  It is my pleasure to share with you however, that the rag rug remained unscathed by this particular episode.  Nonetheless, I'll be extremely cautious about the emails I send moving forward.  GAH!

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  1. Ha! Yes, we have to think about these things when decorating kids' spaces. Thanks for linking up! Oh and I love the anatomical diagram - too cute.

  2. I love the colors you chose in Thing 2's bedroom. Very modern and fun!

    Your story about puke is hilarious. My son rarely throws up, but I can still relate. I recently allowed him to use his chalkboard inside--a rare exception. He rewarded me by getting chalk and chalk dust all over our couch. Thank heavens for IKEA slipcovers!