All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!

Big Changes Coming for Matthew!


I have spent the last few days working on Matthew’s new room!  We weren’t sure what we would do – move him into the new room or give BB2 the new room.  After much thought, we decided to go with our original plan of putting BB2 in the current nursery and moving Matthew to the front room.

This means that I get to plan and decorate a new room = FUN!

I will track progress and changes on this page, a page that used to contain my plan before all of the bedding options became, well, no longer options.  Sigh.  We started with a “Great Camp Out” them but modified it slightly.

I am keeping the same theme, but making it more “wilderness” focused than just camping.  This was B’s idea and I like it a great deal!  There will still be a camping feel, and my sister already gave us a beautiful framed print for his new room with a camper in it, but we’ve broadened the idea.

I love Etsy – I mean – I love, Love, LOVE Etsy!  I used Etsy for all of the nursery decorations and for Matthew’s first birthday, so it made sense to go there for Matthew’s new room.  I started with a pretty flat idea, but it expanded as I found more and more things.

We are now settled on this:


The trees are fabric wall decals, the signs will be customized to say “BEAR (or) CURIOSITY CREEK” pointing left, “ADVENTURE PASS,” and “CANOES” pointing right with a canoe hand-painted on it – and the signs will be nailed/screwed onto the big tree.  The bear is a wood cut-out and will be attached to the wall.  We really want to add some depth to the room.  We LOVE our nursery, but it is a bit “flat.”

Here is the print my sister matted and framed for us.  It’s wonderful (and also from Etsy)!

room print

Once I know what we’re looking at for remaining wall space (I have lots of newborn photos in that room to figure out what to do with – which my photographer warned me would happen when I decked out that whole wall!), I’ll be choosing amongst these remaining prints:

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B is working on coming up with a plan for putting a tent in the room.  We’re only going to have a bed in there since the closet has drawers already installed – no need for a big chest or dresser, thank goodness!  This leaves room for fun stuff, like toy shelves, tents, etc!  I am partial to this little teepee!


For now, I’m thinking of going with this bedding set from PB Kids (just the comforter, not the sheets).  Not my first choice, but it’s the best thing out there right now and they have black-out drapes to match.  I really hate PB Kids with a passion because I think they charge way too much for things, but when they have what you want, what are you going to do?


I am super excited and will get the room cleaned up this weekend while B is out-of-town.  A neighbor will help get the bed off the frame (we’ll put the mattress on the floor for now for Matthew’s transition to the big bed next month) and I’m moving the dresser out and hoping our friends come to get it.  If not – it’s going on freecycle!  Then it’s just me and my imagination, working on measurements and getting things ordered!  It sounds like I can have this all wrapped up within a couple of weeks if I get on it now.

So excited!

Oh, and I’m hoping B agrees to paint the walls a nice light blue.  Our entire house is brown and khaki – and it’s time to make some much-needed changes!

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

25 thoughts on “Big Changes Coming for Matthew!

  1. What a fabulous room idea! I can’t wait to see the final result!

  2. So cute and creative- love!

  3. I love the theme and I can tell that Matthew will LOVE the tent!

  4. Ohhh I love this theme and room ideas!! Matthew is going to love all of it so much. That tent looks awesome! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out. You are making me want a little boy!!! 😉

  5. So cute! We did the same thing for LP’s big boy room- moved him out of the nursery and gave him the new room. It was so much fun to decorate it just for him after we knew his personality and everything! Matthew will love it!

  6. Super cute theme idea! Love the prints!

  7. Love love the ideas you have come up with! I’m glad that you finally made a decision and can move forward with decorating. I know that was something that you had been holding out for for awhile. I am hoping to move furniture in/out of the nursery in the next week (freakin finally!) but now I’m left with what to do with the walls. I’m kind of like you, until I know what wall space I’m working with, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself with prints. I’ll do the birth print on a shelf and one subway print, otherwise I think the rest might be maternity/newborn photos because we don’t have a theme per say. And I’m trying not to put too many holes in the wall before we list the house. And by the way, glad you are back to posting!! 🙂

  8. I’m so impressed with your mad design skills! Can you come over??? 🙂 I’m very interested to hear how the transition to the big boy bed goes, I’m nervous about doing that with Alex, but I think we’ll wait until awhile after the boys are born. Can’t wait to see the pics of your completed room!

  9. LOVE that you Freecycle!! Isn’t it the best? I love it mostly for the purging (rather than collecting) — people will take pretty much anything, including a bag of dirt (literally, I tested this theory, and it worked). And the fact that they’ll come right to your front door to get it, so you don’t have to drive all the way to a thrift shop, is even better.

    Also, that teepee friggin’ rocks — would’ve killed for that as a child.

    • Freecycle is the BEST thing ever! We have even given away BROKEN blinds, and described them as broken, within a few minutes of posting them. I’ve never acquired anything through it – we just get rid of stuff that way.

      Funny you mention giving away the dirt. We’re getting a fence installed and there’s a fee for dirt removal, but after you commented here, I asked B if we should freecycle it and he said, “heck yes!”


  10. Such a cute theme idea! Did you say you’re keeping the nursery the same for BB2 or is it getting a revamp? Glad to see you guys had a fun vacation too – we’ve had those pineapple desserts in Hawaii before. YUM. 😉

    • Thanks! The nursery will stay the same for BB2 – no revamp since BB2 is a boy and there’s no need to add a splash of pink. YAY!

      So – my reader isn’t updating me again on your posts. I have some catching up to do. Ugh. I wonder who else’s posts I’m not getting notified about.

  11. Oh, I love it! I can’t wait to see the finished product! PBKids (and Baby) have some of the best bedding, but they are crazy expensive. I’ve been eyeing that exact same comforter you’ve picked out. 🙂

    • I am going to PBK tomorrow to get a sham so I can start matching things. I’ve decided that I’ll probably get the duvet because I have the comforter already. I like the quilt better though.

  12. This is adorable! I absolutely love the theme!

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