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A Home Tour: Marlowe's Room

An un-slept in toddler room. M has been living in my room since we arrived here because of a few safety concerns. But this week, things are being fixed &she will finally be moving into her still babyish-toddler room. Not much has changed from her old room. Much of the same toys are still scattered throughout, there are no new ones, but Christmas is on it's way, so we'll see what it brings (hopefully not a lot ;) The bed: still a crib. I plan on keeping it that way for as long as possible. We've added a new rug (moved her old rug into my room), and brought some of the artwork that was scattered throughout the old house, into her new room. She's pretty proud of this space. Any guest to arrive she asks "come Marlowe's room? Play blocks? Play choo choo's?" The dollhouse that was once placed out of little hands reach, now sits on the floor. The breakable vintage furniture pieces, sit in a box, on top of the closet shelf, until she will be older. It's a pretty big upgrade, from her old 70 sq. ft. bedroom, not that she needed it, but it's a nice space to let her create, bake cakes, pour coffee, build towers, and have trains demolish whole bedrooms in houses. 
oh to have a little girl and so many bows! 
hers, mine, my mothers, my mothers mother, and Marlowe's great great grandmothers. 
left: one of my favorite makeovers, the ugliest dresser ever painted, re-knobed, and made beautiful// super hero cape
right: our love will never fade, story records waiting to be hung, a rocking horse that gets dragged up and down and to and from.
a white wall in need of more art. 
a picnic basket topped with instruments, blocks, trucks and trains, a cooking space, a vet station. 
to the right ---> a closet with no doors. it's messy in there.

I still plan on putting a bit more work into this space. But it's been quite an improvement from the space I walked into. Dirty stained carpets with glued-down stained, broken, parquet underneath. While, I may have maybe preferred different flooring options, this made the most sense. It was one of the cheaper options that wouldn't require the hours (plus even more hours) of work we had to put into my floor. And it's a tad bit softer than the terrazzo found in the other bedrooms :) 

On the to do list: a corner shelf behind the dresser for her cardboard tree. new properly fitting curtains (most likely sewn by me *cringe*), closet door or curtains, more art! 

The walls: 
The white is a soft, bright WHISPER
The darker blue/green underneath is: TORN SKIRT
The lighter blue: SEA GLASS

Curtain fabric: Ikea, made by me.
Rugs: Urban Outfitters

Paint c/o quiet home paints. If you're looking to repaint anything in your home I HIGHLY recommend Quiet Home Paint. It's some of the easiest, smoothest paint I ever worked with, it's eco-friendly, non harmful, and doesn't give you that paint smell headache that comes too often with remodeling your home (it's 100% odor, VOC, and solvent free).


Some *before's* after the cut....





***I've received a few comments (and an email or two) about the song of the south poster hanging in Marlowe's room. It was a gift given to me a few years ago, by a friend. I've never seen the movie (I hardly even remember watching zipee-do-da as a child), but since posting her room tour online (and it's been brought to my attention) I've read a few articles on the movie (and so many other offensive/racist disney movies, that we watch a lot and loved :/ ). The poster was never meant to be a statement or negative image, just a piece of colorful art to hang in our home. If you've read this this blog, you know this is in no way a racist household and environment. I am not a racist or offending person. We're accepting to EVERYONES beliefs, values, races, religions, lifestyles, etc. I'm sorry to anyone who has felt at all offended or uncomfortable by the presence of the poster, that was (and is) never my intention. 

41 comments:

  1. Andrea, I think it's great you give her trucks and trains. Coming from a little girl who grew up with all kinds of toys (traditional gender stereotypes aside), it's definitely the most fun way to do it :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Her favorite toys are the trucks and trains. Her doll house is really just a train track for her. Gender neutral is the way to go :)

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  2. Sooooo cute, Drea. You are good at that stuff.

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  3. Love it! And I'm with you on the crib sleeping, keep it as LONG as possible! Jasper was in a crib till he was almost 3 and a half..he climbed out twice, but we just told him he wasn't allowed to climb out and that was that (when he was 1.5.) I didn't feel super safe having him without a crib till we moved because his room was right next to the bathroom so I was worried he would wake up in the middle of the night and just walk out and go into the bathroom so we didn't switch him to a real bed (a bunk bed!) till he was 3.5 and the transition was SO smooth because of his age. Now he likes to climb into the crib with his baby sis and read her books :)

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    1. YES. Seriously. She hasn't jumped out yet. *knocks on wood* but it's just so much easier to relax knowing she's not running around when I'm asleep.

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  4. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing. You just inspired me to make a Zip-a-dee-doo-dah magnet for the in-laws for Christmas. :)

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  5. You are so good at this home improvement stuff!!! I am so impressed. You really are Super Woman

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    1. Thank you! I think it's probably one of my best qualities.. making stuff look nice. More times than not, I was the weird kid at 3 am, sanding and painting or organizing furniture. It just makes sense to my crazy mind. Thank you dear.

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  6. Gorgeous. Love it. We just bought that little kitchen for my two year old :)

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  7. it looks so great! I'm so happy it's coming together so well! And that hardwood looks amazing. Hugs to M from me, I hope I get to see you guys soon!

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  8. Love the look, I like the look of an all natural childs room!
    Do you teach montesorri to Marlowe?

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    1. Nope. I've been wanting to look more into it. From what I know, I think it's something we could vibe well with. IT's on the to do list to search :)

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  9. LOVE the Song of the South poster, what a find. Also: Wow! That before Green! I'm surprised your eyeballs are still working! Lovely lovely room to be a girl in.

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    1. It was a gift, haven't seen the movie yet. Though I plan to because I received an email from a reader frowning upon it :/

      YEah, I was hoping with one color change, half the green could work... but it really, really couldn't.

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    2. I say this with kindness, but you will have a hard time finding the movie because it is horrifyingly racist. I think Disney would like to forget it happened. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/01/song_of_the_south_disney_s_most_notorious_film_by_jason_sperb_reviewed.html

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    3. The movie is uploaded on youtube in full if you do want to watch it.

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  10. Where do you get your rugs?! I need more bright colorful rugs!

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    1. Urban. They had a huge 50% off home goods stuff. I think I paid about 12$ max for them! Check online for sure.

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  11. It looks brilliant. You've done such a great job!

    Bettina @ www.littleoldsouls.com

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  12. Holy cow Drea it looks AMAZING! Well done you and your hard work, such a lovely space to grow up in M must be so proud of you. Me and Stan are coming over for playing and cookies straight away....just have to rob a bank first to buy my plane ticket.

    S x

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  13. that little hanging bell votive from bhoom shanti, i got one yesterday too ;)

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    1. It was so hard for me to not hang it in my room.

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  14. Very cute room... what a wonderful space for a little gal!

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  15. Such a sweet sunny space for her! I'd live there. ^-^

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  16. So inspirational! Her room looks so wonderful! All of your hard work has definitely paid off!

    xoxoxo krystin

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  17. Such a beautiful and pretty little room! You did a great job :)

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  18. Gorgeous! What a pretty space!! Maybe that was the motivation I needed to start painting.....

    Madison
    www.damariolife.blogspot.com

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    1. beer helps motivate painting too. one beer, not too many.

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  19. Her room is soo lovely! Seeing the before pictures, you really did a ton of work!

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  20. I love all the unique figurines! you have quite an eye for decor <3

    virginia

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  21. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2007/mar/28/therearetwodisneyfilms

    Interesting article about the poster in your daughters room.

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  22. Great room. However, I must say that Song of the South is a very racist movie.

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  23. Beautiful room and so unique. I love it. Great job!

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  24. I love how you added the home section and click on the different rooms. great idea. and....how did i not notice the little lawn mower before? by any chance is that from your brother?? I think it just may be a pun on Phish ;)Lawn Boy is one of their songs.

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  25. Hi there!

    Saw this page through Apartment Therapy. Love your daughter's room. I was going to ask why you picked that poster given its controversy, but I saw in your comments that it was a gift and you hadn't seen it.

    I don't know, I'm of two minds of it. History and art shouldn't be forgotten, even when it's controversial, and it's a lovely picture and works well in your daughter's room...but it's still strange and still has all those connections.

    Might I make a suggestion? Just swap it out for another. The styles are pretty much all the same and you'll get that same stylistic and colorful impact:

    http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Peter-Pan-Posters_i8037688_.htm
    http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Robin-Hood-Posters_i8036130_.htm
    http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Pinocchio-Posters_i8038483_.htm

    If it were me I'd hold on to that poster and keep it somewhere else...But I got my degree in film history, so I might be the only one!

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    1. I agree, I don't think it should be forgotten, and I don't think the movie should be banned and we should all pretend it never happened. It would be great if people watched the movie and discussed it. But having that poster in a child's room with no other context makes it look like it's being celebrated. You're not the only one - I say keep the poster, but not where it is.

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