Ri's Room

This is a place I could stay in all afternoon. The light in there is just perfect later in the day, and it’s so cheerful and fun but not too over-the-top. It’s Riley Boone’s room. He’s still sleeping in our room at night, but we’re slowly moving him in here for daytime naps (when they last longer than 10-15 minutes). I’m going to miss him when he’s in there full-time. Thank goodness for video monitors and being fortunate enough to be gifted one. :)

You might have noticed I’m a big fan of color. We started with a pretty gray on the walls, and the plan was to add pops of color all over, starting with the orange closet. The first thing purchased was the rug, before we even knew if Ri was a little he or she. So, most of the colors came from there. The giant giraffe was given to me by Jordan’s mamma a few years ago for Christmas, because I’ve always wanted a giraffe of my very own (I’m serious. A live giraffe. In my back yard.) Now I’m sharing it with Ri-guy.

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 That cute little silhouette there is actually Jordan’s own from when he was a little one. I love that it’s in Riley’s room now.

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The owl decal was a shower gift, and I love it in the little closet nook. I picture Riley crawling around his room one day, and having a little space in his closet floor to play. So, it’s perfect there. :)

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This rocking chair…it’s now rocked six generations of my family. I remember when it was in my great grandparents’ bedroom, upholstered in red velvety fabric. My sister and I would take turns rocking, and play with our Nenaw’s fancy hairbrushes. My granddaddy had the chair reupholstered three years ago, and even rebuilt and repaired some of it. Then he gifted it to us for our wedding. I’ve always known it would go in our kiddo’s room one day, and it fits perfectly in there.

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Riley’s book collection is…well, rather large. There are lots more downstairs in our little library/sunroom/playroom space. Teaching preschool and nannying helped build my collection, but I have a bit of an obsession with beautifully designed and sometimes quirky children’s books. They’re my favorite things to seek out in old bookstores.

Oh, and the Cornbread paintings (below on the right)…my dad started collecting these and has gifted them to us. They’re my favorite outsider art pieces, and I love them in here. Especially next to the vintage embroidered canvas from my great grandmother’s house.

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Some of our favorite things from trips we’ve taken are stashed on these little shelves. The daddy book from Asheville, the Air Zoo toy from our trip to Kalamazoo, and the Humu fish from our trip to Maui. 

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This was the first really long nap Ri has taken in his room, and he didn’t mind me in there snapping away with my loud camera one bit. So I had to snap some of him, too. :)

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That big empty wall space behind Ri’s crib will soon be filled with a collage of Riley photos. We just have to finalize our frame and print choices. See, photographers take their time doing that, too. Get those images off of your computer/devices and onto your walls, folks. I’ll post a tiny update when we do!

~JAM

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