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Room Remix

May 26, 2010 Sarah Coggins

For a while I have been thinking about moving our son to a new room. Originally he was in the larger of our 2 extra bedrooms and shared space with the full size guest bed. This worked really well at times particularly when he was sick in December and he & I spent nearly a full 48 hours in there together. It was nice to be able to tuck us both into the big bed and have all of his stuff (diapers, medicine, etc) at hand.

As he’s grown (and we’ve had overnight guests stay more frequently … ie, Grama 😀 ), this has not been the most ideal situation. I do think he and my mom had quite a good time playing “peek-a-boo” through and over the rails at each other during her last stay. But we all need sleep so I began to think about putting him into a new room.

One of the pros or cons of me being a stay-at-home mommy now is the simple fact that I am here enough to see what is/isn’t working, what we do/don’t use, what I do/don’t like, etc. Last year I created a 3D model using Google Sketchup to help arrange the furniture in the nursery/guestroom. I went back to that model and updated it to match how the furniture was currently arranged:

Then I drew the second room (the former computer/scrap room) and began drawing & repositioning the various pieces of furniture to determine the new arrangement.

The new layout of the guest room:

The bed remained in the same place. The computer desk and scrapping desk run along the wall between the two rooms and the Crop In Style cubes sit between the foot of the bed and the closet.

Our son’s new room:

I started taking apart the computer/scrap room about two weeks ago. I patched and touched up the paint where the shelving and pictures hung. Since the room was originally painted with “regular paint” (ie, before the no-VOC paint option we now have) and I just wanted to touch-up versus totally repaint, I let it sit for a few days to air out before moving our son into the room.

As of the beginning of the week, all of the furniture is in place in each room. I’m now focusing on organizing and decorating. His new room is taking on more of the feel of a toddler room now that he’s more mobile. The built-in shelves in the corner by the glider once held old textbooks and scrapping magazines as well as knick knacks. Now they are taking on childhood favorites and stuffed animals. I confess, I’m having fun looking through Flickr again for more inspiration. His room will still have an animal theme (after all, I did just finish the zoo print crib teething rail cover). But some of the details are changing. I’ll share photos as the rooms progress.

ETA: If you decide to play with Google Sketchup (it’s free!), be sure to check out the 3D Warehouse for free models you can download (I did this for the glider and Aeron chair). And I have begun sharing some of my own models as well – 2pD Models. Enjoy!


  • Ryzmomplus2 May 26, 2010 at 7:13 am
    Love this sarah! love the program (have to try it) love the remix and love the inspiration!
  • Wanda May 26, 2010 at 10:18 am
    Okay Sarah this is really cool! Although I'm so bad at it. So I think I shall send you my one guest room and see what you would do with it. I so want to move my sb stuff in there so I have a window to my birds, but don't want to give up the guest room either. Then there is the problem of what to do with the area which is currently the sb area. Anyway I sure understand the being home thing. Gives you lots of time to think of how you want things or move furniture around alot! (lol)! Dh use to come home and not know where to sit!! Love the new room arrangement for Dylan though!!
  • Bonnie Klass May 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm
    When you told me about this, I thought it sounded like a great idea. Seeing the 3D layout is awesome! I wonder if it can get me away from the trial and error method of moving furniture. I'm sure Bruce would appreciate that! Thanks for sharing the link.
  • Carrie May 27, 2010 at 12:46 am
    Oh how cool! I'll have to try it! The room change looks great!
  • Janet May 27, 2010 at 9:21 am
    Really great idea, Sarah! The 3D plans are awesome and very helpful, I'm sure. I'm going to check out Google Sketchup! Will look forward to seeing the results of your room changes!

    Sorry I've been such a bad blog hopper of late. Hope to be back in the saddle after we get through graduation!
  • Laura May 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm
    Very cool! Can't wait to see Dylan's new room! :)
  • Terri May 29, 2010 at 8:59 am
    I really like the new rooms Sarah! That program looks pretty cool but I would have no idea where to even begin lol.
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