I’ve been doing pretty good minimizing our life, letting go of all the junk, not getting too sentimental, embracing less. I haven’t regretted this new Happy Loud Life plan – the one where we sell our house and move into an RV with our 4 kids for a year. UNTIL NOW.
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There is one whole room in our house finally complete!
I think I’m just going to live in it, and never leave it. I’m sure Lowell won’t mind. We can just lay in there and pretend we never have to look at a box or a paintbrush again.
I present to you…. da da DA!! LoLo’s room!
It all started with a passion and a poster.
A passion for doggies, that is, and this…
When I saw that Man’s Best Friend alphabet canvas poster from Land Of Nod last year, I had to have it. I bought it shortly after we put in the offer on this house, fairly confident that I’d finally have a room to decorate for this little dog lover.
I used it as my inspiration, pulling together a room mostly of stuff we already had, with a few new touches.
All the furniture- the shelf, the crib, the rocker, the dresser- have been in use since we had our first baby 6.5 years ago. They show a little wear and some chips and scuffs, but we like to embrace imperfection around here, and pretend we planned it that way.
And this guy?
He is so lovely in all his tacky gold glory. He’s a resin statue (from Zulily). Because why not a tiny gold dog in your toddler’s room?
We painted the walls a blue gray- Sterling- by Behr. Then we got crazy with some gold arrows with Golden Light by Ralph Lauren. Both paints from Home Depot where I believe we are personally responsible for paying their light bill each month.
Wayyyyyy easier than the gold hearts in Leyna’s room. We used the same paintable caulk tip (you really must click through and read about that if you’re attempting to paint any kind of taped or stenciled design on a wall soon).
I loved the look of the arrows, but needed a focal point to bring the eye back, and ground that side of the room since I had to put the rocker to the left. I considered ordering a piece of art of some sort, then I remembered this metal star we’ve had since we got married. It started out as a rusty accent in our living room. They I spray painted it silver for Kendall’s old space-themed room.
Now, spray painted a flat white, it seems the perfect touch- not too matchy matchy, but still a little whimsical. Also, a great tie-in to the Aden & Anais star sheets and dream blanket we already had.
Speaking of whimsical, I did go a wee bit crazy and order this from Anthropologie, which I think is, like, the only thing I’ve ever purchased from them not on super clearance.
An oh-so-refined little brass doggie tieback! Just the one.
Because he was $48.
All by himself.
But since I used so much stuff we already had, I tried not to feel too bad about the little splurges. I mean, this doggie…
Has been with me for 13 years. It was Scott’s first Christmas gift to me. Awwww! (And that fire hydrant is a left over birthday party prop.)
Now THIS is super special. Lowell’s doggie love, of course, started with our own dog- Callie, 11 year old chocolate lab. Those boards used to line our garden at our old house. We replaced them with bricks last year, but I loved the look of the aged wood, so I told Scott to hang onto them. They made the perfect salvaged canvas after Scott cut and drilled together the pieces for me.
I used a stamp pad to get Callie’s paw print on paper, then projected, enlarged it, and traced it onto the wood. I painted it with a couple shades of gold paint that I already had. So, like, 100% free, GIANT piece of art. Meaningful art, representing his first doggy love.
The mirror used to be in our entry way at our old house. I painted the frame Deep Blue Sea by Behr (leftover from Kendall’s room).
And I did get these little dog butt hangers from Amazon since he definitely needs a place to hang his little doggie backpack- a hand me down from big bro.
Little. Dog. Butts.
Coincidentally (seriously, I couldn’t time this more perfectly if I tried), my good friend Jessica Shyba’s book launched yesterday. You may recognize those sweet faces- #TheoAndBeau. They’re a bit of an internet sensation.
It’s the sweetest, most BEAUTIFUL picture book! And the perfect final touch in this room. Naturally, Lowell is in love because there is a boy! And he is snuggling a puppy!
And he thinks if you have a little or big kid in your life who loves doggies as much as he does (and as much as Beau does), you should totally, 100% get them the book Naptime With Theo & Beau by Jessica Shyba.
I anticipate I’ll be reading this to him at least 7 times every night before bed. At least. Toddlers love them some repetition.