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6.14.2012

Talkin' Stripes & Girly Room Ideas!

I have a confession to make...I am obsessed with stripes.
Stripes of ALL kinds! Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, bursting, zigzag (chevron), backwards, forwards, upside down...
You get the idea, right?

I know, I know. Stripes have been around for ever, they're totally "in", they're SO yesterday... blah, blah, blah. EVERYONE has their take on "stripes." Particularly in home decor, and ESPECIALLY when you're painting them on a wall.
Personally, I feel that it's something that will never go out... just continue to be altered one way or another, to fit the current trend. I painted the first nursery we ever had with green stripes years ago, and remember thinking then... I LOVE this! Fast forward 6+ years later and I'm STILL obsessing about painting stripes on the walls in my basement! They won't be vertical OR green, but they WILL happen
:)

That being said, diving into our main area basement remodel is pretty much the last thing on our list right now. Even though it's totally empty (literally not ONE piece of furniture remains) and ready for a fresh coat of bright, beautiful paint, we just have more pressing matters on our hands.
What you ask?...
Our oldest, the twins.


I don't know what it is about completing kindergarten, or turning 6, but for some reason, my little girls aren't little girls anymore! (sniff) I swear they have grown up SO much these past 6 months. They have legit chores around the house (that they're actually REALLY good at), bigger clothes, more shoes, funny grown-up-kid personalities, and all of a sudden... LOTS of opinions. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just... different. And I guess I should say that their "opinions" are more... decisions.
We as parents have decided that these girls are just TOO big for their itty-bitty room upstairs, so down to the big bedroom in the basement they go! The twins have been ecstatic about the new plans, but also had some input of their own...

Opinion #1
"We'd rather sleep in a Royalty-kinda' bed, Mom."

For the past 3 years the twins have been sleeping in (ironically enough) twin beds... or should I say BED. Every night we tuck these chicks into their own beds, and when we go back to check on them a few hours later, they're a tangled up sweaty mess, smooshed onto one twin bed or the other. They do the same thing when they take a nap. It's like they can't sleep unless some part of their bodies are touching!

Maybe it's a twin thing, maybe it's not. Either way, I've given up, and given IN to the fact that they HAVE to sleep together. I had pretty much already decided this, when one Sunday Emberly and Jocelynn came into our room hand in hand and had this conversation with us,

Em: "Mom, Dad, we need to tell you something"

Me: "Uh, are we in trouble?"

Cason: "Did somebody kiss a BOY!?!?" (in his best teasing voice)

Cason and I laugh at each other thinking we're so funny

Em: "Ugh! No guys, it's not really funny like that, stop!"

Jocey: "This is for real guys."

Cason and I trying to hold back puffs of laughter, because their faces were so serious

Cason: "Okay, what is it?"

Em: "Well... we just decided something."

Me: "Oh, yeah? What?"

Em: "Jocey, you do it."

Jocey: "FINE! Mom, we think it would be good for us to sleep in a Royalty kinda' bed now."

Cason and I looking at each other with wide eyes shooting back and forth trying not to laugh

Cason: "Ohhhh-kay... Well what kind of bed is that?"

Em: "Daaaaad, you know, the Queen's kind!?"

Me: "Ohhh!, a queen sized bed!?"

Jocey: "Yeah Mom! You know, because we're gonna be Princesses, and then Queen's someday, and stuff?... but not for real, because I'm gonna be a pet doctor, but just for pretend, because you know... I like that stuff too."

Em: "Yeah, me too."

After Cason and I nodded and told the girls we'd think about it, they left and we DIED laughing. We knew they had heard us TALKING about a queen sized bed for their new room in the basement, but I guess we never really explained to them what it actually MEANT! LOL.

So, with our garage sale money we earned, we ended up buying them a new "royalty-kinda' (aka: queen sized)'" bed.
:)
Needless to say, we also started in on the rest of the room as well.

As you can see we've been using the space as a toy room. But because we FINALLY cleared out the home decor hoard from our second bedroom, in the basement this Summer, we've taken all of this stuff and moved it into that room for now.

We knew that we wanted to brighten this room up tremendously. We also knew that we didn't want just plain white... so we went with the next best thing. Gray-white :)
Remember the beautiful Repose Gray from Sherwin Willams that we painted the office? Well, we went back to that lovely swatch and were immediately sold on the color only one shade lighter. Eider White.

So a-paintin' we went!

I know I say it EVERY time, but I honestly can't believe how big of a difference a simple can of paint can make in a room.


Okay, I'm sure at this point you're thinking... Wait, didn't this post start off with her talking about stripes?
:)

Yup, you're right. I didn't forget.
A few weeks back I decided to create a Pinterest board with a few "girly room" ideas on it for the twins to look at. The twins decided from the photos what THEY liked...

Opinion #2
"I think just the gray-ish stripes and a white ruffle Princess bed."

Yup... out of about 100 photos, we narrowed our board down to a little over 10 images. All for different reasons, but most importantly, because they were the pictures that both me and the girls loved! Above were their top three pick... go figure.
Jocelynn put it best when she said... "Mom? Doesn't that bed just look so ruffly and comfy?" as Emberly then chimed in with, "Yeah Mom, I think just gray-ish stripes and a white ruffle Princess bed for our new room."

My thoughts?... "I can TOTALLY do that."
:)

So on Monday, we'll be talkin' all about stripes! Even lined, feminine, slightly contrasting in color, good ol' stripes!
Till then?... have a great weekend!


59 comments:

  1. I'll never get over stripes of any kind either; LOVE them! That room is going to be amazing; and your "royal" girls are adorable!! :) I've been on the search for a good light gray, too. awesome!

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  2. That is so cute about the royalty bed! :) I love the stripes so far. Can't wait to see the tutorial and the finished room. Megan

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  3. Your girls are adorable! I love stripes, they are still awesome, don't worry! Can't wait to see what u do!

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  4. This post is so cute! I can't wait to see the reveal of the stripes!

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  5. can't wait to see what the room will look like....

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  6. Anxious to see their room. My twins would go to bed in seperate beds and end up together.

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  7. cute girls. cute post. can't wait to read more!

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  8. cute girls. cute post. can't wait to read more!

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  9. Your kids are so freakin' adorable! A royal bed, lol! Can't wait to see the stripes revealed - from that bottom picture they look great. Love the girls captions! :P

    - Melanie
    www.mailboxjourney.com

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  10. That's awesome! I love stripes too :D my twin boys just turned 6 in Feb. and finished kindergarten too but instead of asking to share a bed they asked for separate rooms! LOL We have peace again ( mostly). Can't wait to see the finished room!

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  11. How exciting! Your girls growing up & getting a new grown up space. *tear* And can I say that they are just the most adorable little girls too!! Can't wait to catch the tutorial on Monday. Thanks Shelley. :)

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  12. cute. can't wait to see it with the "royalty kinda bed" and all! :) gotta love what kids come up with!

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  13. Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stripes!

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  14. Too cute! Love that last picture of the twins!

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  15. Shel - you are hilarious. I'm going to be in UT in a few weeks. I'd love to see you if I have time. xoxo!

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  16. We just painted with Eider White in our house too and I LOVE it!

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  17. They are simply the cutest little/big girls ever! I SO look forward to this age! I love the idea of a big kid room, and the fact that they share a bed is precious. I would love to know what it's like to have that special bond with someone else, it's just SO neat!

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  18. I'm a twin and my sister and I shared a queen bed until about 8th grade and then we switched to 2 twins. She would always wake me up in the middle of the night talking in her sleep. She'd say "Carrie!" and I'd wake up and ask "what?" and she'd mumble. Can't wait to see the room!

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  19. LOVE those girls. best part of the post.

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  20. Cute! I adore stripes on walls, and I love the soft gray you picked out. Can't wait to see how the room turns out!

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  21. BAHAHAHA! Love the sneak peek pic!

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  22. This is too cute :) Your girls are adorable.

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  23. My twin girls just turned 8 and used to share a room with 2 twin beds. I thought I was doing a great thing when I split them into 2 seperate rooms to give them "space"..... Now they just decide whose room they want to sleep in for the night and go to bed together! It's cute though.

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  24. Your girls are so cute! The stripes look very nice and relaxing.

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  25. Coolest mom on the block! Love these stripes! Can't wait to see the tutorial!!!

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  26. I'm with you on the wonders of a can of paint! I'm always amazed at how something so simple can change a room so significantly.

    I do think you may be the only people I know who paint as much as I do! I enjoy it and I always have paint on me somehow/somewhere. ;)

    Happy Girly Remodeling!

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  27. Royalty Bed!! That is so funny, I love it. You are such a great mom, letting them make such big decisions :)

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  28. Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve. I'm a mom of two boys, so this is extra fun for me!

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  29. I love, love,love the end with the girls.

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  30. Ha! Love the story. I also have a kindergarten graduate daughter. They are funny creatures!

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  31. How fun that they're in the stage of knowing and asking for exactly what they want! :) And that it matches up with mom and dad can tackle is a win-win!!!

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  32. They are way too cute. I love the new lighter walls. Stripes look awesome. I am obsessed with them myself. I think three of our spaces are sporting them!

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  33. Can't wait to see the finished project. I'm sure the room is going to be gorgeous. I love your blog. The girls are so cute. I too agree, paint makes a world of difference. :)

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  34. I still like stripes, too! ;) You are not alone. And that last picture is PRICELESS. Can't wait for Monday already!!

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  35. OH how precious! I'm already loving the sneak peak!

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  36. You are all just darling!! Ok, maybe not your husband, but anyway- fun post so full of family and regular old decor choices! :) Can't wait!

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  37. Fun! I LOVE STRIPES. Can't wait to see how it all comes out!

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  38. Your girls are just adorable. Can't wait to see the room!

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  39. Sh- The photo of them sleeping is adorable!
    Oh and I saw your b/a photos of weight loss. You look amazing and I bet your energy level is through the roof (not that you didn't have energy before). Your personality defines your blog.
    laura@imnotatrophywife.

    i'm done creeping for the day!

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  40. Oh I love your posts so much! You make everything so much fun!! I can't wait to see the end result, and how darling your little girls are with their Royalty beds. It's going to be a long weekend wait...hugs Sally xx

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  41. Just gotta say, Your twins are soooooo pretty. I'm not surprised they wanted a pretty white Princess bed - what girl (little girl or Single Girl or Mom Girl) wouldn't? Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Such a cute post! I look forward to the room reveal (especially the "royalty" bed.)

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  43. I love the last picture of the girls with the blurbs-too cute

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  44. Love the stripes already! Seeing how small they are, it must have taken forever.

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  45. The strip wall looks perfect! Please do a tutorial on that! And the conversation that your twins had with you guys was so funny....royalty bed=queen size bed. Its so fun to listen to kids talk sometimes lol....Any fun decorating plans for fathers day weekend? Keep us posted! The room is coming in really nicely! Keep it up!

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  46. Can't wait to see! The last picture is so funny and cute! Love it!

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  47. Cute post. Can't wait to see what their room looks like all done. they are adorable.

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  48. so far, so cute! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

    Aubree

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  49. You make me laugh and laugh and laugh !!!!!!! i absolutely love your blog and the way you write each and everyone of them. The last picture of your girls was a perfect way to end. You are a gorgeous (and very funny) family.

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  50. Where did you get that circle floral rug? Love!

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  51. I can't wait to see the pink headboard, love the stripes. My big girl is 6 too and some of the things that come out of her mouth lately, I have to turn away giggle and then send her to her room! LOL

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  52. I just painted my daughters room a year ago and she just turned six and I am having the same issue...including the royalty bed part...except it's not a queen sized bed she wants, but a white scrolly cinderella one that she saw at a furniture store...sheesh...what is it with six year olds and ROYALTY!?! :))

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  53. Where did you get that cute cute cute rug? If you are bored with it, I would be happy to buy it from you!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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  54. Where did you ever get that cute cute cute rug? If you are tired of it I would be more than happy to buy it from you!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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  55. Where did you get that cute cute cute rug? If you are bored with it, I would be happy to buy it from you!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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