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From Nursery to Guest Room: Planning

When we first moved into the Palmer House and divided up the bedrooms, Samantha got the smaller of two. But what it doesn’t have in extra square footage, it makes up for in gorgeous light. And I’m all about the gorgeous light.

For the last year we’ve had Samantha and Caleb sharing a room while her room was used by various guests and relatives, all the while remaining in clear “nursery” mode. Now it’s time for the baby room to take its first steps towards becoming a big girl’s room/guest room. We have a summer’s worth of visitors lined up and they’ll probably appreciate something other than an air mattress.

My plan is to paint the room a pale mint color, though I’m not settled on a shade just yet, along with touches of gold and coral. (Any recommendations??) For me, artwork helps solidify the vision of a room and set the tone and stye. While I’ve always been a fan of gallery walls, I’ve yet to really do one in the house except the fledging one in the master bedroom, but we won’t discuss that pathetic attempt right now.

This week only, Michael’s has the Canvas and Frames on sale for 40-70% off. At such great prices, you had better believe that I stocked up! A dozen or so frames later, I was left with finally deciding on and ordering the artwork for the bedroom. For this gallery wall attempt, I chose to keep things simple and only do six main frames so I could add non-picture elements and decor as I found them. Another decision was whether or not to do all white frames or a mix. Since the headboard we ordered is gray and gold is one of the accent colors, I wanted to bring in some warmer tones to contrast the white. Three white frames, two gray wood, and one warm wood ended up being the perfect combination and should blend and evolve nicely.

Megan Marlene Photography_3098  Artwork Sources:

Vintage Botanical | Hymn Lyrics (not exact) handrawn by artist Andrea Yohe

Geometric Print (handcolored by myself) | Flower Saying

Watercolor (not exact) handpainted by myself | Handdrawn Deer

For furniture, we’ll be “upgrading” from the air mattress to a twin bed (with the possibility of a full bed once we see how the twin handles the space) and we’ve ordered this headboard in gray.

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That, of course, is not the bedding that we’re going with- and there’s the dilemma. We have ruffled white curtains that I’d like to keep and a couple of feminine pieces of furniture, so we can’t go to plain, but we are bringing in the gray headboard to mature things up. And since we’re doing mint/coral/gold, it could be very easy to go too bold or too bright and I’d like to keep it more muted. At the same time, as much as I love white bedding, I don’t know how practical it is and that’s a whole lot of ruffles, frills, and lace for one room.

Here are some of my favorite inspirations from Pinterest:

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Yes… I know, I’ve pinned a whole lot of white. So help a girl out! What kind of bedding would you go with?


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