Kids, Renovations, The Buffalo BurrowCamp Little Buffalo February 26, 2020 Right after we had Dax, I was dreaming about future houses knowing we weren’t settled yet. And I kept envisioning this upstairs kids’ zone with a playroom and a sweet boy and girl room. Thinking of designing spaces that weren’t 100% girl was an adjustment and as I was brainstorming ways to create magical, but more gender neutral spaces, the name CAMP LITTLE BUFFALO immediately came to me. I don’t set out to name and brand things in the way I do, it’s truly how my brain works. I started three years ago dreaming up Camp Little Buffalo, a nature and “camp” inspired space for play and fun and wonder for our “little buffaloes!” Using nature to inspire it, I pictured animals and woods and flowers. Things that would play to both my sweet girl and boy. Once we designed the floor plan, I knew Camp Little Buffalo in this upstairs kids’ area would be awesome. But I gave it very little thought until a few weeks ago because I’ve been so busy designing all of the downstairs! I knew we’d go all white on the walls for a couple of reasons. First, it saves money. Second, I really loved the idea of a white backdrop with all of the details layered on. But most of all, we know that these rooms won’t stay exactly as they are. Rosie and Dax will likely share for awhile at some point as our family grows, so I wanted to create special spaces for them now that could easily morph and shift over time for different gender groupings. Since this area was all white, I wanted it to have a little something special. We have loved having the colored trim in our current house and I fell hard for my cabinet color, Sherwin Williams Escape Gray. And an idea was born! We painted all of the trim in the upstairs Escape Gray. I love how it plays against white and how it really defines the trim and spaces. I also love how it looks with almost every color I’ll add into these spaces and it flows well with the rest of the house’s color palette. Here’s a little glimpse of the playroom painted. I love this basket light and the texture it brings to these tall ceilings so much! I found it at World Market and it’s a steal! For a full tour of this space in its’ current state, make sure you check out my IGTV video tour today! While the kids weren’t able to choose their wall color, I did want these rooms to really reflect their current interests! We bought this barn light for the dormers (and a small chandelier for one of Rosie’s!). I loved the price at $32. I loved the bit of brass detail that makes these feel a little special. And I also loved how easy it would be to paint the shade! It came separate and you just screw it on, so I knew I could also repaint it very easily in the future. Rosie and Dax both have a very favorite color right now. And whenever I asked what they wanted in their rooms, they both screamed that color! My Rosie is now obsessed with yellow. For so long it was pink, but for months now, it’s been yellow everything. I’ve called her “My Golden Girl,” since she was born, so it’s fitting that she loves gold and yellow so much. Dax wants everything he owns and wears to be orange. Boy has passion over this color. I looked for a yellow that felt mustard and gold, not too bright. And orange that felt a bit more burnt. With the rest of their spaces, I’m so excited to add in details that feel perfect for their interests through bedding, art, etc. I’ve been saving inspiration for this area for years now. Here’s are some of my longtime favorite kids’ spaces and the overall feel I’m going for with Camp Little Buffalo: Sources (from left to right on each row):1 | 2 | 34| 5| 67| 8 There are so many details that will come together after we move in over time. But I do have a foundation for each room I want to share with you guys! First up, Dax is obsessed with monsters. He has been for a year or so now. Whenver we hike in the woods, he yells, “Where are you mommy monster?” and says he’s on a monster hunt. He collects food for her and leaves it somewhere. I have no idea where this obsession came from, but it’s STRONG. It’s funny, most kids would cringe at the idea of “monsters” being in their room and when you ask Dax what he wants most in his new big boy room, he yells enthusiastically, “Orange and monsters!” Here is where his room is headed so far. Gray Iron Bed | Dinosaur & Monster Sheets I love the color palette of his room. Other colors will show up as well, but these will be the main colors you’ll see: burnt orange and dusty blue along with that escape gray. Sheets are one really fun way to really play up kids’ interests. While we aren’t going to buy an entire monster-themed comforter set for multiple reasons, sheets are a way to make their space feel just for them. I love changing sheets out for seasons too! I love these monster sheets because the color palette isn’t too crazy, but they’re organic! That’s a really big deal to me when it comes to kids’ sheets. I’m going to add a linen comforter for both kids in time, but until I do, we’ll use this knit throw made by my great-grandmother. I love the history of it and I love it with his special sheets! Dax needs a big boy bed and I really love the iron bed we have in our master bedroom! This gray bed feels like a playful twist on that classic and I really like the color with the rest of his room details! Expect to see the ocean and nautical art show up again somewhere with the meaning of his name! Now, for Rosie girl’s room plan! White Iron Bed | Rainbow Sheets Rosie has asked for yellow and pink in her room and I am IN LOVE with how a natural pink like her dollhouse (sweetened plum) and mustard look against the Escape Gray! We’ll have yellow lights in the dormers, her big pink dollhouse, and I’m excited to bring different shades of these colors in through other details. Like Dax is in love with monsters, Rosie is head over heels for rainbows. In addition to yellow and pink, she wants “a lot of rainbows” in her new room. I found these magical (and also organic) rainbow sheets also from Pottery Barn Kids. I showed her a picture and she gasped. I thrifted this crocheted blanket before we ever had kids and I’ve always loved it. It’s huge and has all of the same colors as her rainbow sheets in it. It’ll serve as her comforter until we find just the right one! I’m still nailing down what to do on the beds. Since the kids may share one day, I’ve considered getting the same iron bed, but I may get ones that coordinate, but don’t match. I do love this white iron bed and it’s lovely classic lines! In addition to these details, expect to see a lot of vintage florals show up in Rosie’s room! For a tour of this space, check out my latest IGTV video! I’m telling you all about it and showing you around and the kids were adamant to also give a tour of their individual spaces!