room for kids : mustard fruits

posted on: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sebastian's cosy new nook is just as lovely as his previous space. His favourite thing about the room? "He likes to read on his bed," mum Rachel from Smile and Wave revealed. Not too surprising with all those appealing titles in easy reach.

Artist and crafter extraordinaire Rachel created a cohesive space for two. Across the room, little sister Ruby's wall sports a rainbow canvas also painted by Rachel.

Just because she's little doesn't mean Ruby shies away from adventure. Says Rachel, "She loves to use her doll house as a ladder so she can draw on the top chalkboard." (For more fun vintage desks with chalkboards click here.)

While pregnant with Ruby, Rachel completely transformed an Ikea Billy bookcase into a wardrobe for Sebastian.

Vintage flavour meets clean lines and a make-do-and-mend attitude.

who lives here?
Sebastian 4.5 and Ruby 18 months in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

"Most things were thrifted from local flea markets and thrift shops or handmade," explained Rachel. "The doll house, rocking horse, and alligator pull toy are all from Plan Toys. The bookshelf was a gift from a similar educational site. The lamp on the bookshelf is from Target and the art prints are from Etsy artists."

"We are renters so we didn’t choose the wall colour but we’ve built our home’s style with off-white walls in mind. We bring in a lot of colour through furniture and accessories to make sure we don’t miss out on the kind of home we are most inspired by."

Big brother Sebastian and little sister Ruby relax with their books in the living area.

"The crib was found on craigslist, Sebastian’s bed was from a flea market, the Ikea Billy bookshelf was free, the wardrobe was from a local mom and pop furniture shop, and the Modernica shell chair was from a local shop that has since closed."

"The wardrobe was quite a project. I sourced it, sanded it, primed it, painted it, and filled it at about eight months pregnant with Ruby. I made the curtains from vintage bed sheets, created the rainbow art piece as well as the triangle mobile above my son’s bed. The bookcase was turned into a wardrobe by adding wood grain contact paper, a curtain rod, and some hooks. I also handmade the arrow garland above the chalkboard wall."

best buys
"The best bargain was Sebastian’s Mid-Century headboard for $7 USD. I’ve never seen one like it and it was in great shape," explained Rachel. "After having looked for months I would’ve probably paid $40 USD so I was thrilled at the low price."

baby space fave
All the fabulous thrifty finds and vintage repurposing. The lovely muted colours knock my socks off too.

top tips
Rachel says, "It’s easy to use vintage in a child’s room and a great way to not only save some money but bring in great colours and durability. Think about skipping big ticket items that will only work in a nursery setting and bring in colours rather than themes. Vintage linens can go a long way in adding interesting patterns if you know how to sew and you can rarely go wrong with wicker or metal baskets for easy storage."

Thank you so much Rachel, Sebastian and Ruby, for sharing your space with baby space!


  1. Such a creative use of space! Love all the details!

  2. wow that is the perfect room for two little kids, she did a great job!

  3. Plaid curtains.. whodathunk! In those colours too.. I love! What a chic, retro and fun kids room. I love how the room works for both kids.

  4. Oh, I love the colors! The chalkboards are perfect!

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  6. I'm gonna share this with some friends, they'll love it!

  7. I love me some of that little Ruby! Love the rainbow painting!

  8. that rainbow painting is perfect!! i might have to make myself one :)

  9. I love a space that isn't afraid to play with a colour that people usually shy away from. Mustard has never looked so good!

  10. I love this look! It has a vintage charm to it. The chalkboards on the wall look great!


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