Vintage Style Kids Room / Future Home Office

“We shape our dwellings, and
afterwards our dwellings shape us.”
-Sir Winston Churchill


The construction is done in our little one’s room, so I’ll start caulking and painting today.

Built In Storage | Old Doors

I walked in there yesterday afternoon…just to sweep and dream for a bit.

Old Cabinet Door Hardware | Gray Shutters

I think I swept more dreams than dust. 😉

Old Cabinet Door Hardware

It’s in those moments that I can really feel the future of this space.

Decorative Cabinet Feet

We haven’t received the invitation to travel this month, so it’s looking more and more like we’ll be bonding with our babe in February or March.

Wood Walls | Built In Storage | Dark Hardwood Floor | Kids Room | Home Office | Vintage

Truth be told, I’ve never felt like it was going to be January.

Thin wood planks from Lowes

I’ve always felt late February.

Built In Cabinet Storage | Shutter Doors

Secret be told, my Grandma showed me February 26 in a dream last year. She held out her tiny, old wristwatch (which I still have) and there it was, clear as a bell, engraved onto the back side: 2-26.

The morning after I had the dream, I got up and went straight for the watch.


No date.

Hmmmmmm? Could it be the day? The day we’re officially matched with our boy? The day that we travel to Haiti?

Shutter Cabinet Door Latch

Feels weird to type that out loud, but who knows, right?

Vintage | Boys Bedroom | The Lettered Cottage

Shaping dwellings is my passion, but when I stand in his room, I can feel my passion aligning with a Purpose…no matter which pillows and paint colors I choose. :-)

PS- For those wondering, the old shutter doors are 100% sealed (multiple times) and 100% chip-proof thanks to a product called Peel Stop. Once they had fully cured, Brian the Carpenter found it difficult to even scrape off a small section of the surface with his (very sharp) utility knife so that he could install the hinges. Peel Stop creates a very hard and protective surface, so I feel very comfortable about the everyday handling, and opening & closing of these doors. :-)

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  1. says

    Gosh, what a beautiful space. You’ll have time to start filling it and nesting a bit before your big day. Can you tell me which organization you went through. As we near the close (God willing) of our foster care adoption we have eyes on Haiti. I have long been drawn to this country for international adoption but without an agency referral I feel a bit lost. Thank you!

  2. Laura says

    Layla, what happens after you meet him? Do you get to bring home soon afterwards?

    You find the coolest products! I soooo needed Peel Stop last year.

  3. Taryn says

    Such a beautiful post! I can feel your joy in England! With every best wish for the coming months xx

  4. Leah: ) says

    Best post ever!!! I just had a very similar experience and this gave me goosebumps!!! It also made me a little sad – my father passed away unexpectedly on February 27th, 2013…and he’s the one who came to me in a dream…
    xo ~ Leah

  5. Rosemary Scafidi O'Malley says

    I love how the room is taking shape along with you dreams for your little one.

  6. Carrie says

    How exciting for you as you prepare to meet your little one!. It’s truly a labor of love. What a gift to have the dream with your Grandma. I have share that I “just knew” the date we would meet our son and sure enough it happened on a Tuesday. Whatever the date, God’s timing is perfect!

  7. ShellieR says

    The room is GORGEOUS! And I’m so excited about your adoption. I love it when I get a notification that you’ve posted something new – waiting and watching and praying for you all!

  8. Janet says

    I’m in love with this room already! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Wishing you much joy with your new little one.

  9. says

    Awwww! Of all your decorating posts, these ones about your little’s room are the absolute best – I can just feel your joy in them! I love your dream and the date on the back of the watch. It’ll be interesting to see how that date works into the journey of your life…..hoping and praying for you that you get the call soon!

  10. says

    love the room. it kinda makes my heart ache . . . our two youngest came to us via international adoption and I don’t think there is anything much more difficult than knowing your child is there but not being able to be with them. praying you sense god’s peace and grace as you wait.

    “for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” hebrews 13:9

    xo ellie

  11. says

    Such a beautiful light and airy space. So many memories will be made there! Thoughts and prayers to you and your soon to be growing family.

  12. Melanie says

    Your babe’s room is going to be so stylish. Your dream is possibly the Holy Spirit revealing a truth to you as another confirmation these steps are ordered by God. It took my husband and me 11 years before we brought our precious child home. What a celebration that was; and what a celebrated event your child’s homecoming will be. Cannot wait for your story to unfold. Praying with you!

  13. says

    The quote you started with is awesome! I feel I share your same passion and I love the word shape vs. decorate. There’s so much more involved than just fabric and wallpaper when making a house a home. I also thought it was funny that it’s the second time today I’ve read something today regarding shape– this was the first devotional I read this morning on
    Keep up the good work! I am loving the cabinets and how the room is “shaping” up! : )

  14. says

    i love that you wrote our your dream…it’ll be so cool to see if it was prophetic! God definitely speaks to us in dreams…..

  15. Sunny says

    Oh Layla,

    What a beautiful post…esp the last paragraph…It is sometimes as we wait…that He forms and shapes us to be the parents we will be…grounded in His love…for His purpose…Blessings to you both…we will wait with you.