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our two boys’ shared room: a to-do list update.

hi all! things have been busy around here lately, with school starting up again for both L and i, and many a doctor’s appointment for baby no. 2. we have also made some progress on the boys’ shared bedroom; check out our {smaller!} to-do list:

1. take down the ceiling fan.

2. paint the ceiling {in Benjamin Moore’s Lacey Pearl}.

3. hang the warehouse light fixture.

4. install DIY custom shelving flanking the window in the room {two wooden shelves – stained grey – on each side of the window, hung with hefty, exposed black brackets}.

5. order two monogram pillows and a metal photo print, courtesy of Tiny Prints.

6. order the rug {pictured above on the left side of the inspiration board, from Urban Outfitters}, as well as a few knick-knacks for the boys’ shelves that i’ve been coveting on Etsy. :)

7. print and frame some custom artwork that i made for the boys’ room, as well as a piece of printable artwork that i purchased from Etsy {my Dad is helping out with this}.

8. pick up the repainted bed frame and the repainted rocking chairs from my parents’ house.

9. hang the curtain rod + curtains, hang the artwork, dress the beds – really, this is the time to decorate our hearts out!

i can’t wait to receive my items from Tiny Prints, and to officially start decorating the space! I have some touch-up paint to do on the walls {my darling hubby spackled for me, to give the room a fresh start} before any decorating can really happen, but i couldn’t be happier with how everything is coming together; as i collect more and more items for the room, i feel so excited for the space, and even more giddy about the fact that come this winter, TWO boys will share this space.

in other baby prep news, i expect baby’s bedding to arrive in late September from the Etsy seller who is crafting it for us, and in October, we will purchase shelving brackets, mattresses and fun sheets for L’s big boy bed. in the meantime, i can’t wait to wash the baby’s clothes {next weekend!} and start to ready a sweet baby boy haven in our master bedroom for our second little man. our DIY platform bed in the master bedroom is not quite completed yet, and we still have curtains to hem and other miscellaneous projects to complete, but with approximately 13 weeks to go before baby, everything that’s left on the list seems manageable at this point.

what’s on your to-do list this month? I decorated our home for Fall today – which involved hanging a autumnal wreath and tossing a few pumpkins into our decor upstairs – but nothing gets me excited for home projects like a change in season, so it felt great to show our home some Fall love today!

{TWO} boys + {ONE} bedroom = love.

as i mentioned here and here, sweet L and baby boy no. 2 {who has a name, but it’s a secret until he’s born!} will share a bedroom for the next two to three years. our home has two bedrooms upstairs and one bedroom downstairs, and until L is ready to be on his own downstairs {i’m aiming for ages 5-6, although i’m sure he’ll be ready before then}, our sweet boys will share a bedroom.

as soon as we learned that we were expecting baby no. 2, i began adding image after image to my Pinterest board for shared kiddo rooms {follow along here}. i was confident that regardless of whether baby Gillis no. 2 was a boy or a girl, we could make a shared bedroom work, at least for a year or two {until privacy and/or modesty becomes an issue for kiddo(s) of different genders}. but, when we learned that our babe on the way is another boy, it made the process of conceptualizing and executing a shared bedroom even easier, especially for the long-term.

after many a look back at my Feedly {side note: i LOVE this blog reader} and my Pinterest boards {i used to have a secret “Baby No. 2” board that i was pinning to like mad before we revealed that we were expecting}, i devised an overall plan/theme for the room: a woodland adventure.

as you may recall, when we first moved in, we repainted L’s room in a cozy mint blue color {Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue}. i definitely wanted that color to stick around, as it’s such a beautiful neutral that contrasts so richly with our dark woodwork. after some brainstorming, i added pops of orange to the mix, as well as white, grey and black for accent colors.

here’s what i’m using as an inspiration board of sorts; let’s call it Pinspiration, since i do all of my dreaming and room planning for our home on Pinterest these days:

Lionel-Baby-Shared-Bedroom

a few explanations:

– the mint tree image and the orange and white arrow images in the right corner above will be featured as baby no. 2’s crib bedding, which is currently being crafted with love by this Etsy seller.

– we purchased the warehouse light at a steal {$29 bucks!} from Home Depot; it’s this one. i can’t wait to hang it after the ceiling is repainted!

– the image of the aqua color on the white chair {from here} is my inspiration for L’s little rocking chair, which my parents are painting white; i plan to run a little stripe of orange across the bottom of the rungs for some visual interest!

– the image at the bottom left {from here} is really my inspiration for the room; L will have a white-painted wooden bed, and his comforter is a mix of white and grey and is geometric in style. i love the collection of colorful, woodland-inspired pillows on the bed as well! we will also be incorporating triangle decals onto the walls in either black or grey, as well as artwork like the Explore, Explore print above {from here}.

a note: please visit my Pinterest board {Our Home – Lionel and Baby’s Shared Bedroom} for the sources of all of these images.

as of now, here’s what we have left in terms of the boys’ shared bedroom:

1. take down the ceiling fan.

2. paint the ceiling {my Mom is tackling this for us soon – it will be in the same color as our master bedroom ceiling, which is Benjamin Moore’s Lacey Pearl}.

3. hang the warehouse light fixture.

4. install DIY custom shelving flanking the window in the room {two wooden shelves – stained grey – on each side of the window, hung with hefty, exposed black brackets}.

5. order two monogram pillows and a metal photo print, courtesy of Tiny Prints.

6. order the rug {pictured above on the left side of the inspiration board, from Urban Outfitters}, as well as a few knick-knacks for the boys’ shelves that i’ve been coveting on Etsy. :)

7. print and frame some custom artwork that i made for the boys’ room, as well as a piece of printable artwork that i purchased from Etsy {my Dad is helping out with this}.

8. pick up the repainted bed frame and the repainted rocking chairs from my parents’ house.

9. hang the curtain rod + curtains, hang the artwork, dress the beds – really, this is the time to decorate our hearts out!

i plan to showcase the boys’ shared bedroom to all of you sometime in November, so stay tuned! {of course, i will likely conceal any name-revealing items, like the letter on baby’s monogrammed pillow, until baby no. 2 actually joins us in December…we don’t want to give away the secret!} :)

one of my most favorite photographers, Kara of Creative Kindling {who photographed many important moments in our lives, including our engagement, wedding, maternity and newborn photos of L, and will also be shooting newborn photos of baby no. 2 for us!}, will be taking photos of the room for me to share – i can’t wait to see how she captures our boys’ shared bedroom.

thanks for following along!