Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Room For Silas - The Reveal

We finished his room, with just days to spare before bringing him home.

Be ready - I'm about to show you every blasted detail.

But first, lets revisit his room prior to its rebirth, shall we?

I promise, we'll be quick about it.

"The Corner Room", as it was known, had not been touched in at least 15 years. Or maybe 115. I'm not entirely sure.

As fond as I am of vintage wallpaper, this just didn't feel like the right time or place.

Not even a creative, boyish wall-art display was able to propel the decor to full Silas Potential.

So, the wallpaper had to go. The resulting blank slate was worth the glue-caked fingernails.

The rotted linoleum, well, that was a whole 'nother story.

Long story short...

And I do mean long story short...

We had ourselves a room fit for a farmboy king.

Of course, I am always of the opinion that the fun is in the details.

The first thing I settled on was the paint color. I truly wish I could share the name with you, but the chip is in the other room and I'm now officially, chronically sleep-deprived, so I dare you to tell me that I should just get up and go find it.

Ahem.

After the paint, the first piece of wall decor I found was the black "S" shown in the first picture, courtesy of White Flower Farmhouse. (Be prepared to fall in love with everything you see if you click on that link.) I love its contrast against all of the white and green. It set the tone in the swooniest way.

The second thing I found was this shadow box thingy.

I bought it at a flea market. It's some type of an old, metal drawer.

The brilliant Melaine of My Sweet Savannah sells the vintagey flash cards in her Etsy shop. (Be prepared to fall in love with everything you see if you click on that link.) (Is it just me, or do you have deja vu, too?)

The cars were also dirt-cheap flea market finds.

This piece might be my favorite thing in the whole room.

I already told you all about the dresser.

What I have not told you about is the feed-sack art atop the dresser.

My Dad was cleaning out the barn a few months back and found that dirty thing, beaten and bruised, wadded up and left to die in a corner. You know your Dad gets you when he asks if you want it.

It is an actual grain sack from the grain elevator in my hometown, Pleasant Hill. It warms my heart right up.

I think it may be my favorite thing in the entire room.

The crib was Calvin's. As was the crib skirt. At this stage of the game I still really didn't have a ton of direction on where the room was going, but I knew the existing crib skirt was free and I had a hunch that white and navy stripes would work with just about anything.

The blanket was also found on Etsy. I am loving the little peeks of yellow.

The blue art cabinet was a game-changer. I found it back in July or August from my dear friends and flea market soul mates, Rhubarb Reign.

I had not planned on introducing bright blue with the green walls, but I could not possibly help myself.

I hauled it home and it barely fit. Just barely. Serendipitous is what I called it.

It's quite possibly my favorite thing of all.

The items on top came from here, there and everywhere.

If it fit, up it went.

The globe was found at a favorite local haunt, Home Again.

The curtains are good, old fashioned burlap, via JoAnn's Fabric. I told the fabric cutter lady what I was doing and she didn't even attempt to hide her disgust over burlap curtains.

Nothing revs me up like some fabric cutter disdain.

I ended up putting them only on the large window, as the other two windows are on the strange, squatty wall. I'm not sure if it was the right move, but for me, it works.

I hauled this rocking chair up from the toy room with grand plans to paint it. As the clock ticked, I decided that aqua worked quite perfectly with green, royal blue, red, tan, white, etc... etc... etc...

It's funny how a deadline will change your perspective, but quick.

I struggled and strained over fabric for the seat until I remembered this piece that I had been saving for a rainy day. Fortuitous.

I will never doubt a rainy day purchase again.

Once the crib was set up, I was at an utter loss over what to put on the long stretch of wall above.

Then, I remembered another rainy day purchase...

I found these last year in Charleston, SC.

The colors were perfect and they fit rather well with the farmboy/worker guy non-theme theme.

But mostly, they were free.

Sidenote: This delicious hardware was very recently caked in tens upon twenties of layers of paint. Did you know that you can plunk crusty hardware in a crock pot of soapy water overnight and it will come out looking like this?

It will make your house smell like dirty paint stew, but it is worth it.

So there you have it. A bright, cheery room...

...for a bright, cheery boy.

And he is definitely, positively, without a doubt, my favorite thing in the room.

PS - I'm sharing this link at Metamorphosis Monday and DIY Day (A Soft Place to Land).

113 comments:

  1. The room is amazing! Silas is precious!! Love those beautiful eyes. God bless you all!

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  2. Well done! It's hard to say, my fave is either the rocker or the feed sack. Wait, no, I'm mistaken. My favourite is the cutie with the big brown eyes. : )

    ~Andrea~

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  3. Ohhh...hello to your sweet little Silas! : ) What a doll! What a room! Great job FPFarmFam...great job! I just love the fabric on the wee rocker.

    God bless you and all the sweet memories you're making!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  4. It's beautiful!! I think all the colors work wonderfully well together, and the curtain on just the tall window looks just right (I've had that Joann's fabric-cutter disdain directed at me, too). What a lucky boy to move into such a warm, welcoming room! And no, I didn't know the crock-pot trick; wish I'd known a few years ago, when I did all our crusty old hardware! Now I might have to pry out some door hinges or something, just to try it!

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  5. It's so gorgeous! Burlap curtains are absolutely not a mistake. People that work in fabric stores should just cut the fabric and call it a day without making faces.

    You have so many great finds in the room, but I have to say I love the grain sack too. It's just perfect.

    Welcome home Silas!

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  6. ok. that is just fantastically gorgeous. it makes me sad how ugly my kids rooms are. lol. they were cute at one time but my kids junk it up in the worst way so i give up trying to be pottery barn mom:) although i must say that you must get up and go look for the paint chip. i love that color.

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  7. Oh my gosh!!! It is perfect! I love every little bit. You just need to have a complete home tour. I love all your finds. And, the best part is that adorable smile!

    Michelle

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  8. The room is delightful and will be the perfect spot for Silas to learn all about life and love. You did an amazing job my dear.

    Cheers~
    e

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  9. The room, and Silas, are both precious!! I love the burlap curtains and the chair is like icing on the cake! Fantastic room!!

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  10. Oh he is adorable and great job on his room!!
    Have a blessed week!

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  11. A sweet room for a sweet little boy!

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  12. Great job! I love the shadow box! LOL - "fabric cutter disdain" I've noticed that, too! What's up with them??

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  13. Such a cutie! So happy for you, Silas, and your whole happy family!

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  14. Oh, he is just so, so precious. I want to hug him & squeeze him!

    That room is beautiful too. I ♥ how everything turned out!

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  15. I LOVE IT! So meaningful and sweet, and I love that metal drawer. The words and all of your special touches are awesome. Great job!

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  16. Such a nice room for such a sweetie. Great job.

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  17. You did all that in just a couple of days!! It's as charming as can be! I love all of the accessories - that's why you should always buy something if it catches your eye...you never know when you'll need it.
    It looks so great - I'm sure little Silas loves it. :)
    Sarah

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  18. you guys did a great job....Barb

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  19. o my gracious! it's so perfect!! just like U!! love it!

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  20. shannan....it is perfect. i loved scrolling slowly through all the thought out pieces. the blue shelf, the flash cards.

    of course i really like the board and batten! :) and you were so creative with the metal box/shelf!

    silas is beautiful. thank you God for that little man :) he will be sure to have so many wonderful memories in this very special room.

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  21. Wow to all of it. Especially Silas.

    Welcome home :)

    XOXO

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  22. ok of course the room is AMAZING. but that sweet boy...he is just darlin!!!

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  23. He is absolutly beautiful! And, the room really rocks to! I am still praying for sleep for you. FYI. ;)

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  24. Silas is clearly the most beautiful {thing} to adore in the room. Congratulations to you for all of your recent success and accomplishments. God Bless.
    ~Andrea in NH

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  25. Fantastic room but boy oh boy your boy is adorable! Those eyes are going to get him out of all sorts of trouble! :)
    (i say this because i have a 2 year old with big baby blue eyes and they get him out of all sorts of trouble :))

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  26. What a beautiful job you did! I love having those moments when you have the perfect thing right in the house. It all looks so comfy and warm so perfect for a perfect boy. By the way he is Gorgeous! Those eyes....I hope you get some sleep. <3 Donna

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  27. Breathtaking! I love the entire room!

    And Mr. Silas - what a doll.

    ~Keri

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  28. Beautiful room! Love, love, love the board and batten. And the shadow box thingy. And the feedsack- that's amazing that you not only get a feedsack- but having its history be so connected to you- that's even better. I can't believe the fabric cutter disdained your using burlap for curtains! They look awesome. And its great to finally see a picture of your sweet boy. There- I just love it all.

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  29. I l.o.v.e. his room! And Silas is adorable :)

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  30. I know many have mentioned it already but...THOSE EYES! Oh. My. Goodness. He's gorgeous!

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  31. oh.my.word...a beautiful room for a beautiful boy!!

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  32. He is adorable! His room is amaZing!!!! You did a wonderful job...magazine worthy.

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  33. Oh Silas, he is too cute! I love his adorable little face! And this room, OH.MY! I *love* it! I love everything about it. It looks wonderful!

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  34. Silas has brought me out of lurking and into commenting! What a precious boy! I'm so happy for your family. I have so enjoyed reading your journal and was anxiously awaiting the appearance of Silas. All of your children are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your life here with us. Love, love, love his room too!

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  35. Shannan,
    I LOVE everything that you did to this room!! thank you for sharing all of the details. I am working on our boys room and I want to steal some of your ideas!! I now know where to direct people to when they want to know how to do a boys room!! I love the color, I really love what you did to the bottom half of the walls. Very clever! Thanks for sharing and your little guy is adorable. Have a great week!
    TAke Care
    Maria
    I too am a huge fan of White Flower Farmhouse and My Sweet Savannah! I will have to check out the other links! Thank you!

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  36. I love the room and Silas is just the cutest little guy. Glad things are going so well. Hope you get some good sleep soon.

    Sami G.

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  37. Good grief girl! That room is a work of farmy art. Love it all, especially the occupant. And you're killing me with the links....already sent an inquiry to White Flower.

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  38. Oh.....Love, love Silas's room, it was just meant to be how everything came together! Love that rocking chair! Silas's is the prettiest little boy (is that ok to call him pretty?, cause he is!)in a pretty boyish way! Those eyes kill me!

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  39. Love,love, love his room...I think it turned out perfect...but you are right...he is hte best thing in that room...he is so handsome!

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  40. Absolutely amazing!! Congratulations on little Silas, you can tell he has personality plus, just like all of yall! I adore the room...I am in the process of a boys room makeover too (must be that time of year?). Thanks for the link to White Flower Farmhouse. Its a wonderful new find! Have a blessed day!

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  41. For a sleep deprived Mom you did a superb job showing us "The Reveal"! I love, LOVE the room and the sweet little boy that lives there. So happy to see all is working out, as we all knew it would once Silas reached your safe haven of a loving home and family. I know you are enjoying every precious moment!

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  42. Silas looks like he is a happy, well adjusted little boy. not to mention adorable!

    Very cool room! Love all your junk finds.
    Hope to see you soon!

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  43. I love what you did to the room. The white panelling looks fantastic and the whole room is beautiful with lot's of original one off's! You both did a great job! Silas is just adorable and those eyes are amazing. He already looks happy and seems to be adjusting wellto his new surroundings and parents. God bless you! take care, Maryann

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  44. oh Shannan...He is beautiful... a Child of the King! and his room is stunning..a breath of fresh air and so crisp.

    this is making me antsy to do Orrin's room...but I must wait to get rid of the yellow shag...with rotting linoleum underneath and dark paneled walls (: ...until we have the $ to redo the whole upstairs.
    blessings on your day, B

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  45. Glorious! Love the room and everything in it. What a gorgeous boy! Blessings!

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  46. The room is fantastic and Silas well....GORGEOUS!! Welcome little farm king!

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  47. I love what you did with Silas'room. That shelf unit is just amazing..What is more amazing and beautiful is SILAS.What an absolutely beautiful boy!!

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  48. I am in love with this room! You guys (I did see Mr. FPFG working pretty hard there) did such an awesome job. Love it!

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  49. Welcome Home Silas! You both did an amazing job on his room! I cannot believe what this room looked like before, I'm speechless.

    I love all the added touches you did to make this a wonderful room for a little boy!

    He sure is a cutie!

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  50. Your baby boy is precious! so is the room....

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  51. I LOVE all the things you did with this room, the farm boy thing is the BEST!! I love the photos of Mr. Silas and he's the vErY BeSt part!
    *Ü*
    Joni

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  52. Wow! What a beautiful room.

    You truly are a jack of all trades. You are an inspirational lady, wonderful mommy, great cook, talented decorator, comedian, teriffic writer...shall I keep going? Should I also include one tired mama????

    God bless.

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  53. AMAZING!! I love the room. I am so inspired by your creativity and your little SILAS is beautiful! So happy for you all!

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  54. He is so cute!! I love the room too by the way

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  55. Amazing Grace! I can't even believe what you accomplished in there! You guys rock. I love every little tiny detail in there. And that kid? Do you think it's fair that he has those eyelashes? Also, do you think it's fair that have 3 of the most gorgeous kids known to man? Do you EVEN realize there are people out there with ugly kids? And here you are hogging all the gorgeous ones? Not cool.

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  56. Perfefetion! especially the last picture!

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  57. He is a beautiful little boy and you created a beautiful space for him- it is lovely.

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  58. OH he is a doll and I am so touched by your life, your blog, and your family!
    I wish you a lifetime of happiness with those beautiful children!!

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  59. Are you kidding me??? he is just the cutest, ok well wait all of your kiddos are the cutest, but since we are on Silas here, HE IS JUST THE CUTEST and his room is sooo something I would do, I love it, love all the colors, and the little details....positively genius!! I am so glad that things are looking up!xoxoxo

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  60. What an adorable room! Perfect for that adorable little face!!

    Great job!

    Mikal

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  61. I love Silas' room... It's perfect! And so is he.

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  62. Wow! I love every little detail of his room. You can tell you put a lot of love into it! And oh my - he's just as sweet as the other two babies you have! I loved touring his room and meeting your new son :)
    ~Annie

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  63. The transformation is amazing! Im sure Silas is truly enjoying his immaculate room :)

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  64. The room is adorable! Almost as adorable as that little boy :)

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  65. Gorgeous room, gorgeous boy!! Congrats congrats congrats! And I'm still praying for your family and for you to get some well needed sleep!

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  66. Love every single thing! What a wonderful room for Silas!

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  67. Your baby boy is so, so beautiful. Children are such a gift. Praying your days are getting a little more manageable and that you are all enjoying many moments of sheer delight (like sleep) and laughter.

    Silas does have the most perfect farmboy baby room ever. Great job!

    Hugs and Love,
    Jody

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  68. Is the paint possibly "Fernwood Green" By Benjamin Moore? I have that in three rooms at home!

    Christyn

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  69. I love your blog. I love the way you write and your sense of style. Just this morning, on my run, your blog popped into mind. "Does she write off the cuff?" I thought. "Or does she spend a long time crafting her posts?" :)

    Silas' room is adorable. He is such a cutie too. My husband and I would like to adopt someday (we're giving it some time, since we just got married 9 months ago), and your story is very encouraging.

    Thanks for your blog!

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  70. oh my he melts your heart just like your other two beautiful babies. The room is darling BUT now it is time to update your About Me side part no more waiting for that little one to come home from Korea. nancy settel sheepishgrin92@yahoo.com

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  71. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! The color is absolutely PERFECTION and all of the details work so gorgeously together. And HE is even more gorgeous - CONGRATS!

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  72. I love it I love it I love it. Congratulations on finishing it! I think my favorite parts are the blue dresser/shelf thingy, the burlap curtains (so brave, and so wonderful -- even in the face of a disgusted JoAnn's worker!), and the rocking chair. I LOVE the color of the rocking chair, I hope you never change it.

    Oh, but let's be honest, the best part of the room is the little boy who is now in it. Silas is a little dollie.

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  73. First, your little boy is beautiful! Second, I'm blown away by the room. It's lovely. I really like everything about it and I like how it's not all matchy-matchy. I think it's great!

    -FringeGirl

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  74. Shannan... he's beautiful!!!
    His new room has my applause, but Silas is the one that is center stage!
    A darling little guy that will warm your hearts forever. God bless ~~

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  75. What a fantastic farmboy room! Love it all:>)

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  76. I have two girls so , I don't know much about boys, but that is the bestest boy room I have ever seen. I especially like the letter cards and the quilt. Shoot, I love it all. Especially the little man himself.
    karen

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  77. Your son Silas and his room are just perfect in every way!
    ~Tara

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  78. Oh my gosh....he is adorable!
    oh and the room looks fabulous.
    Great job and yeah for you:)

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  79. Maybe after 70-odd comments you don't need to heard this again, but your Silas is smooch-worthy goodness. And his room fits him perfectly. Can I be you when I grow up?

    Just wondering.

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  80. Love LOVE your style. What a precious room for a sweet little boy. Man! He is cute! God Bless, xoxo - The Lady

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  81. I sit here with tears running down my face after reading about your trip to get your precious little Silas. We just moved and I've been away from the computer so I am just now catching up on your trip.

    Silas is precious and I know you are totally in love!

    I love his room and all the rainy day buys. It is perfect.

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  82. You never cease to amaze me! Looks adorable! And he is even more adorable ;)

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  83. Adorable room...and adorable little boy. I LOVE the grain sack. So special! I think I love your dad too! ;)

    Hope you'll drop by AtticMag to give JaneT some advice on making a bench from a vintage bed. #81 on Met Monday.

    Allison

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  84. In colour therapy, green is the colour of healing and growth. It’s calming and restful and brings balance to the soul......it’s also a lucky colour!

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  85. Looks great! I'm sure it's a room that Silas will love growing up in. And I'm so with you on the caked fingernails thing. I live in an old wallpapery house too. Sigh. But posts like these help motivate me!

    Thanks!

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  86. revved up by fabric cutter disdain?
    that is hysterical
    who thinks of somethign that funny
    that's why i love your blog
    that & your humongeous heart for those babies

    that silas...how precious is he!!

    love what you've done with his little farmboy kingdom
    love it

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  87. a wonderful room filled with love before he ever came in the door...and while we admire all the work and effort and creativity that you put in it (and the great art center from Rhubarb)he doesn't have a clue and just loves being loved...by you! CONGRATULATIONS!

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  88. When you get a moment, I'd love to know the paint color :) Not a dare :) We are about to embark on painting a room again and I have been picturing a room almost exactly like this! White on bottom and sea green/lime on top!

    The room looks great! I love all the little details! It is so cheery and is a perfect little farmer boy king room!

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  89. i was doing so well...enjoying your pictures...loving the room, then i clicked down and there he was and i cried. oh shannan, he is just beautiful!!!! what a treasure you have brought home. perfect, just perfect. so excited for you guys!

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  90. OMG, he is precious. I love how the room turned out. Come on over to my blog to receive your Beautiful Blogger Award. You deserve it! Hope you can participate!

    -Sarah

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  91. A great room for an adorable little boy. You truly are blessed.

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  92. Your pictures of the room are nice and all, but I can't get enough of the last two. Love his face, I can't wait to see him in person!

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  93. I really thought the room was cute until I saw the pictures of Silas. He is so adorable! I'm so glad things are going better!

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  94. What an incredible room...and that sweet boy of yours is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  95. what a beautiful job you've done pulling it together! Silas is just as sweet as can be - what 'precious moments' eyes he has!

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  96. I love seeing this room come together and all the steps you took to make it happen. It give me hope that rainy day purchases ARE so worth it (Self: Just buy the darn lamp for 7.50 you'll USE it I promise). It's also encouraging that I am not the only one that thinks that burlap is a fabulous curtain find! My sister must hang out with the JoAnn fabric lady and gawfaw about how ridiculous we are hanging garden cover as curtains! I mean really!?

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  97. your corner room becomes the center of your
    world! love your non-theme theme and fabric
    cutter disdain -great laughs! They are 'one of
    cut'!!! k.

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  98. O ma ga....girl...I love the room, love all your STUFF....and that boy!? Silas...what an adorable chunk of a boy. He's gonna give Calvin a run for his money. You have such a beautiful family honey...hope you can get some sleep. xo

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  99. Gasp!! Just when I thought you could not possibly have a child more beautiful than the last. As fantasmagoric as the room is--that little boy beats all!!

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  100. Silas is so adorable, those eyes! Amazing photos. What a beautiful and meaningful room you have created. My favourite part is the blue shelf, although the old drawer with flashcards is pretty close!

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  101. I'm stealing your burlap curtains :) for my bedroom! Can't wait to see the look on the cutters face myself!

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  102. Beautiful! I love all the details!

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  103. ok everything about this room is wonderful. sweet. precious. creative. you did GOOD!
    And what a sweet boy to enjoy it all!
    Congratulations!!!!

    Alyssa
    lifeoflyssie.com

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  104. WOW! I love this room...so personal, creative, colorful and FUN! What a wonderful place for a sweet little boy. Adoption is near and dear to my heart. I am the mother of a sweet little girl from Guatemala. I read through several of your adoption posts and your March 19th post really struck me and brought tears to my eyes. Our daughter's first night with me was really something...she truly loved her foster family so very much and they loved her...I will never forget that day/night...so, so many tears. There were so many mixed emotions that day...joy, sadness, excitement, fear, etc. etc. Our bond and love has grown stronger day by day. May God bless your family as you grow together in love.

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  105. Oh my goodness. Your room re-do is inspiring!! Great job. I love it.

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  106. Well slap me and call me Betty. THAT is a GORGEOUS room. And what a precious son to go in it! One of my best friends named her most recent son Silas (he's one of five kids), and your Silas is the only other one I've ever "known"! Beautiful room, beautiful family. Congratulations.

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  107. Striking and happy! Sweet dreams, little one.

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  108. Wow!!! Love the farm theme- different and very creative! Such a great room!

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  109. what did they use for the back of the ticking stripe blanket? or do you know the etsy store where you bought it?

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  110. It's gorgeus! Congratulations! I've had some bad JoAnn's experiences as well. I do everything I can to not go back there. Really, only when I don't find anywhere else what I want then I try JoAnn's. But I prepared myself to go there and be mistreated. Sad. Sad.

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