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A Faerie Room for a Faerie Princess

Elanor was moved into what has been the nursery for the past 10 years. It was a somewhat emotional “thing” to be painting over the green and yellow that I painted in there 10 years ago, when we were FINALLY expecting.

I think her room is my most favorite…but don’t tell the other kids. It’s a smaller room, it’s cozier, it’s always felt very “warm”. Not to mention that it was the easiest one to repaint and fix, even though there was some tedium with removing all of the wall moldings to paint properly.

Ellie is very much a fantastical girl, she loves faeries and magic, unicorns and rainbows. I wanted a room that embraced that, but allowed for the beauty of faeries and not just overblown pixies.

We went with a very woodland feel to her room. Painting the walls shades of pinks, but keeping the furniture very earthy. We went with Behr’s Desert Coral on the walls, then I mixed white ceiling paint in for the lighter colors.

Most of the decor, bedding, and furniture in her room we had on hand. The bedding was from Avelyn’s first big-girl bed (an Ikea duvet). I did purchase the netting from Amazon.com: I was expecting it to be way expensive, but the one I found was $15 and more than sufficient. Our biggest problem is getting her to keep her bed in one place.

Ellie’s bed and dresser are antiques; they were actually my dad and his brother’s when they were kids. When my grandfather passed away I held onto a lot of the furniture for “someday” and I’m glad I did, because the green is perfect for her room, as is the detail on the headboard. It’s pine cone perfection!

I bought the flower and faerie decals from HearthSong. So many other decals were way more money or they didn’t have what I wanted or ENOUGH of what I wanted. This one was perfect: Easy to put on, easy to re-position!

The mirror my mother in law picked up at a yard sale and the needle work (crewel) my grandmother did years ago for me. The cork board was from Amazon and I just painted it.

Just like in the boys’ room we stayed away from a bookcase and opted for wall storage of books. This was another piece of furniture from my grandparents’ home.

A shelf that my uncle had built for my grandmother years and years ago to hold her collection of decorative plates and bird figurines, I just painted it white. If you look at the top shelf you can see some of the plates that I held onto for this room.

I tried to keep things above the border light colored, and things below more earthy tones, to really help with the feel of being in the woods.

Again, the artwork for this room was mostly stuff that I’ve held onto for the past few years. The insects are a series of Pottery Barn paintings that my mother in law found years ago at a yard sale, that just never quite fit in anywhere. Now they do! The letters I ordered off of Etsy and painted to match the rest of the room.

We saved a spot to someday put a desk in her room. Right now, Ellie is more interested in playing on the floor and spreading out than she is at sitting at a desk.

The curtain panel I picked up at Pottery Barn Kids on the last day it was open and managed to get this heavy crochet-laced trimmed drape for $15.

Of course I immediately came home and washed it…and it shrunk, because I was an idiot. And now it also has black paint on it from the kids. THIS is why we can’t have nice things!

There it is! Ellie’s Big Girl Room!

Sewing Room Reveal

For a while now I’ve really struggled with my creative needs. The triplets stopped napping soon after Peter was born, and, try as I might, I just haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and write or sew or anything. It sucked; it still sucks. Plain and simple.

One of the big struggles was every time I went to go in our unused dining room to sew, it was a project just to unearth everything. Not to mention that I was using a folding table for my cutting and a gate-leg table for my machine. Less than desired. It made creativity an impossibility.

This past winter we’ve tried to be really intentional about finishing some of the home projects that were put on the back burner after our major renovations. The two major ones were our basement and setting up a sewing room. The basement is still a work in progress, but the sewing room is  done (other than it’s been taken over by plants for the garden).

The Sewing Room Reveal

What I love most about my sewing room is the amount of light it has! Doesn’t matter the time of day, it’s always bright (probably because 3 of the 4 walls have windows). It’s a peaceful and enjoyable room to be in.

So let’s break it down…shall we?

really wanted a peg board in this room. I was so tired of things being in drawers and boxes and never where I could find them. I really wanted it to have a shelf above it too, so that I could store some baskets (that’s my grandmother’s sewing basket up there) and some jars with notions in them.

The peg board gives me a ton of storage for all of my scissors, rulers, tape measures and everything else that I need while sewing.I was all set to buy a counter top at Ikea, but then we found a piece of laminated particle board that we had saved from our old kitchen that was 9′ x 3’…it was perfect!


Heavy and strong enough to support the weight of two machines. Matt ripped the board town to 24″ wide and it fits both my serger and my sewing machine perfectly. Now when I’m working on garments I can roll from one machine to the other without having to stop and set things up.


I ended up taking some cheap pine edge molding to finish it, so that fabrics don’t snag. We mounted the board to the wall and then built a frame underneath so that it has two legs (we bought them at Lowe’s), so it looks more like a table. The best part was that other than the legs, we had all the materials, even the paint.

My spool holder became a nightmare. I got this as a gift several years ago and just never used it, because there was no place to put it. I ripped the stand off the back of it an hung it on the wall, only to find out that NONE of my spools of thread fit on the dowels. Ahhh!

I had two choices…toss it or cut all the dowels off and re-drill the holes for smaller dowels. I opted for the later.  It took me quite a bit of time, but I managed to fix 81 of the dowels to fit the new spool sizes. It was tedious. But, I’m pleased with how it came out.

The other big project we had in the room was creating me a cutting table. Try as I might a plastic folding table just wasn’t….wait for it…cutting it. My in-laws had a teak table they were looking to get rid of, so we built a base for the top (which was the perfect size, and has a side that I can lift up when I’m working with yards of fabric).

I think we spent about $40 on the wood for the base. We went with the stain-grade pine boards that they sell at Lowe’s. Now I have a place to store the projects I’m working on, as well as the fabrics that I have plans for. I also put one of those magnet strips above, so that I can put my rotary cutter and scissors right were I need them and away from little hands.

The other big obstacle in the room was my ironing board. I had always kept it up, but it was usually in the way. I ended up getting some hooks for the wall and hiding it behind the door. The iron sits on a shelf on my peg board and when I need it I pull them both out.

It’s such a nice space to work in now. I have all the things I need at hand and space to spread out when I’m working on projects. Now I just have to find the time to actually get in there.