Happy Friday! I'm sharing our son Nuelie's room today. His room is definitely the best room of the house. It sits on top of our garage, and it always feels a little bit like you're entering a fort because you have to step down a couple of steps to get into it. It always has great light except for the day I shot these pictures - a day of thunderstorms in the middle of a sunny and gorgeous week. The amazing wool rug is a gift from my in-laws - a Tubu rug - all the way from north Africa.
We bought these WWI biplanes to hang in Nuelie's nursery when he was born. Well, that never happened - it only took us six years.
Aren't these vintage pennants beautiful? They are my father in law's collection - some are souvenirs from his childhood boy scout jamborees!
A vintage Coca Cola crate - I guess they used to be yellow?
Nuelie got into the room after we finished decorating it, and he was a bit overwhelmed. He said he liked it but it was all a bit too much. I said he could take out anything he didn't like, and he said he didn't dislike anything - it was just too much at once. Hopefully he likes it as he gets used to it!
He did like how all his little toys were displayed. So many little cars...
Next to the big bookshelf is a little alcove where we put in a set of shelves where Nuelie could play with and store his Legos. I did a whole post about how we made that - check it out here.
Two tanks! Thankful that we all like making legos, but mostly thankful for Ritter for making them with Nuelie and also staying up late and making these - they've stayed in boxes and ziplock bags for years!
If you check out the blog post, you can get all the details, but I can tell you the basics here. The background panels are made of quarter inch plywood with picture book pages by Oliver Jeffers. I used two books, and used cutouts from one book to paste on the layouts of another book. Ritter cut the shelves, painted them, installed the brackets - pretty much everything except the paper part. We used vintage maps to outline the panels and on the tops of the shelves. On the bottom two shelves we installed clear base plates so that Nuelie could build on them.
This is right next to that alcove - Ritter put up all these frames while I slept - I think my bedtime is changing to 10 - what is going on?!? I really couldn't get any of these posts done without my husband... Also, the vintage school desk is one of three we got from Community Forklife in Maryland.
Pictures of the kids at Mount Vernon for Halloween, at the Hense church in D.C., Charleston, SC, and the Capitol building.
The red plane is German, and the green one is French. Does it look like they're in a dogfight?
The blue bed is from IKEA, the pillows are from Target and IKEA. I made the quilt, and you can see more about that here. The grid of images are pages from Oliver Jeffers' alphabet book.
Always a semi-willing model.
We really lucked out that the bed fits perfectly - he can use it till he gets too tall for it, and at that point we plan on getting/making a platform bed.
Lots and lots of books - Nuelie's reading has exploded recently. Excited for all the adventures he can experience as he reads more and more.
Books can also make great art.
Another shot of the quilt.
We found this truck at a thrift store but we don't know anything about it - it is really heavy - maybe three pounds? Its very solid, which makes me think its not new.