Preparing for Foster Kids: Bedroom Tour

Our kids room is done-done-done. Ready to go. Just add kiddos!

I’m kind of in love with this room. It was so much fun to put together. It’s a mix of new and old. It’s a mix of patterns, textures and colors (mostly blue, green and gray … our favorites). It’s a mix of gifts, sentimental items and things purchased especially for our kiddos.

Sources: The walls are Ellie Gray by Sherwin Williams. The bed, crib, rugs (machine washable bathmats!), stuffed spaniel, stuffed vegetables, twin duvet, under bed storage box and book ledges are from IKEA. The twin sheets, lamp shade, and (shower) curtain are from Target. The alphabet animal poster, puzzle blocks, and alphabet flash cards are from Petit Collage (I won from a giveaway on Design Mom). The green quilt on the bed was a wedding gift handmade by a friend. The reading chair (reupholstered), night stand (painted), green crib sheet from Pottery Barn, stacking ring toy and full length mirror (painted) are all from yard sales. The yellow lamp is from a thrift store. The xylophone is from an estate sale. The Gee Wiz game on top of the dresser was a gift from an antique store given to us by a friend. The monkey poster is by French Paper gifted from the same friend. The mobile and toss pillows are handmade by me. The color wheel clock is from MOMA given to me by my Uncle Bob many years ago. The dinosaur is Jason’s from childhood. The chalkboard door was painted by me. The folding chair is from a yard sale. The dresser is from Target purchased second hand from craigslist (we’re still looking for a changing table height mid-century replacement). And lastly, the blue Sekova guitar originally belonged to Jason’s mom when she was a teenager and was the guitar Jason first learned to play on as a boy. In high school he painted it blue. It’s not playable now but I love that it’s finally displayed somewhere. It means a lot to me. I’m so proud of my incredibly talented husband, who is now living his dream as a professional guitarist.

Here’s the floor plan. It was quite a puzzle fitting a twin bed, crib, chair, dresser and night stand into a 10 x 11 room while still leaving some floor space for playing. Once we put the KURA bed together we decided to flip flop it and the night stand with the reading nook and wall mirror in my original plan. It just worked better with the design of the bed.


19 Responses to Preparing for Foster Kids: Bedroom Tour

  1. Annie says:

    adorable! now bring on the kiddos!

  2. Jess says:

    I love it! very relaxing feel to the room. I know how much work you guys put into the set up and it came out great 🙂 I know where our future kids are going to want to hang out when we come visit . . .

  3. Bella says:

    This is absolutely incredible! Where do I begin?

    I love the way you brought so much color into the room. I love how creatively you displayed things like that xylophone! The mobile is so precious. The reading nook is such a great idea and I love how you were kind of able to “separate” it from the rest of the room. The ABC cards on the bed give that bed an entirely new (adorable!) look! I love the way you worked all of the colors in this room! Of course, I love how the pieces of this room came from friends, childhoods, garage sales, giveaways, and how you re-did some of the items to give them a totally new look (that fits this room wonderfully!). However, I think my favorite thing about the way you did your foster child room is the way you worked so much of you and Jason into it – the guitar, the toys, the quilt… That, combined with the time, love, and care you both have put into this room, makes it so very special. 🙂

    I can’t wait to see how God is going to use you and Jason, and even this beautiful room, to impact the life of a child. 🙂

  4. Rhonda Williams says:

    You have such a gift! They say if a persons house looks good from curb side that it will look good inside. Given that, these rooms look unbelievable on the outside I know for certain that the people’s hearts inside are UNBELIEVABLE as well. God bless Martina and Jason in all they do, every foot that comes into their home, let them feel like they are walking into the arms of Jesus…feeling safe and loved. I know you are going to make a huge difference in many lives. Love you both…Ken and Rhonda

  5. Bella says:

    Oh, and also, what is the program or website that you used to create the floor plans? They are so neat and I would love to create one for our foster child room. Thanks! 🙂

  6. mahlbrandt says:

    Thanks for all the sweet comments!

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    So glad that I stumbled across your blog as I was looking up foster kid bedrooms and rules but I would much rather see a fun blog with great ideas. 🙂

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