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. Julie says

    You’re so cute! I love that you had that dream. Little prayers going up that God does more than you ever imagined and that works out. What a gift that would be! X0X0

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Julie! I appreciate your prayers so much, and can’t wait to share the next update with you! :-D

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Jamie! I am glad I typed it out loud now, too. I guess we’ll find out soon enough, huh? :-D

  2. Pam says

    It is turning out so awesome. You definitely have a talent, as does Brian the Carpenter in making your vision materialize. I am looking forward to seeing the finished room and “meeting” its lucky occupant soon. Bless you, bless the lucky child that gets you and Kevin, and bless the room and all that dwells within it.

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Pam! I thank my lucky stars for Brian! I always tell him he knows exactly how to take a “dream” to a “done!”. :-D

  3. says

    I think this is absolutely my favorite post of your’s. The room is simply gorgeous, but its the emotion, the anticipation, and the love that makes it even more beautiful! I cannot wait until you have your little man snuggled tight in your arms!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Mary! I feel blessed to share this journey here, and am so touched by all over your sweet messages. XO :-)

  4. Billy says

    Congrats Layla. The room is looking great. Please give us more detailed instructions on constructing a basic bookshelf like these.

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Billy! Unfortunately, I’m no carpenter and wasn’t in the room for most of the construction of them, but I will talk a little bit about what types of wood Brian used in the episode I’m shooting for TDN about this room. I’ll let you know when that’s up and running so you can check it out if you’d like! :-)

  5. says

    You have such a way with transforming rooms. I LOVE your style and the storage/bookcase (and walls) are beautiful. Your little boy will feel like heaven’s on earth in that room. And then to wake up and see his mom and dad…too much–I have tears! He will be a blessing to you as you are to him. What a lucky child this boy will be! :)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Kristin! Always so fun to see your name pop up here! I appreciate your kind comments so much, and can’t thank you enough for the encouragement you’ve shared with me and the other folks that visit. You are cherished! XO

  6. says

    I can’t wait to see this beautiful room finished…I can imagine how wonderful it’s going to look! Thanks for sharing your dream…keeping fingers crossed that it will be the day!!

  7. Tiffany says

    I got all teary-eyed reading this. I’m excited for this faith journey you’re on….for what God is bringing you.

  8. Tenacwalker says

    I am so glad you mentioned that you had sealed the shutters because I was about to jump on my lead paint soapbox. Please keep an eye on any dust that might be created where areas rub- we renovated an old home and after discovering lead paint took both our children to the Dr.- they both had elevated levels of lead in their systems- fortunately we were able to do the chelation with diet instead of meds. They told us dust created around the window where the paint was rubbed while opening and closing the windows was quite the culprit. Love the look but please be watchful! SO excited for y’all!

    • Layla says

      Will do! Brian shimmed them up really well so there isn’t any rubbing, but I will watch for that in the future for sure!

  9. Kathy says

    Started to follow your blog about a year ago and love your sense of style and love every detail in your decorating. Your former home and current home are fabulous. More importantly so impressed by how you and your husband live your life’s. The child that will occupy this beautiful room is very fortunate to have such wonderful parents. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  10. Mary Feagley says

    Beautiful post Layla…I know all about feeling the future, as we did for over seven years but more so when we were deeply invested in our paper pregnancy. I can’t say I knew the date, but I did know we would have a boy…never even came up with a girl’s name! That’s mother’s intuition, my dear, and you are getting an early dose of it. Welcome to the club!

  11. says

    Looking good!

    The dream thing! A few years ago I probably would have scoffed at that – BUT when I was pregnant with my first son I had a CRAZY vivid dream about a baby, and when Jack was born I laughed at myself because he didn’t look ANYTHING like my dream baby. Fast forward another two years, my youngest son Luke was born – and he was the exact baby I dreamt about. Foofy dark hair and all! So hey – who knows – maybe the 26th is the day!

  12. Jen says

    You just gave me goosebumps. I am glad that you are content, and that when the time comes, you will be prepared.

  13. Erica says

    Your son’s room is awesome! I cannot wait to see your finishing touches! I love your design style and I always love to see what you create. I love the story of your dream as well. I hope that late February will be the time when your precious son comes home:)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Erica! We probably still have a little over a year to go in our adoption process, but we are exciting about meeting our little one SOON! :-D

  14. Sherri Farrell says

    Love the shelving unit!!!! The doors look so cool!!! May I make a suggestion (in case it’s not already done). I couldn’t tell from the photo, but there appears to be a space between the shelf bottom and the floor. You might want to have a board added underneath a couple of inches back from the “feet”. Otherwise, you’ll be down there trying to get little cars, legos, balls out from under the shelf. I had that happen with a shelf and a playful puppy!!! I spent so much time trying to retrieve toys!!! Can’t wait to hear you got your date to travel!!!!!!!

    • Layla says

      Hey Sherri! There is actually a board under there already. I realized that you couldn’t see it very well in these photos and wondered if anyone would mention it- LOL! :-D

  15. Maryjane says

    I love the quotes in the past few blogs. I somewhat feel like I’m reading your diary and I feel truly honoured to be a part of it.

    I am so excited for you guys and wish every possible blessing as well as ‘perfect timing’ of a divine kind for you.

    For me there’s a healing (past) and a hoping (future) and learning (present) in being a part of this – and I thank you deeply for being brave to share so openly with myself and all of us. I am filled with gratitude for your sharing.

    I pray you and yours will know a peaceful, joyful, loving, family life and have many excellent adventures that take you all over this beautiful planet. There are SO many incredible parts to being a parent, many that left me in utter awe of the adventure. I pray you will experience the same and more.

    From Barbara Coloroso (books for parents) to Robert Munsch and Roald Dahl (children’s books – must to be read with funny voices and accents!) to Disney Movies that make you think (Meet the Robinson’s – great for adoptive/step families) to re-learning how to play (finger paints and play dough and lego – woohoo!) to exploring this wonderful world, I wish you deep peace in your soul, pure joy in your heart, patience and energy at each turn and God’s love always.

    May the adventure continue!
    in Manitoba, Canada

    P.S. thank you for opening my eyes to a new style of home décor.

  16. Susan_W says

    What a beautiful little room. I love love love how its coming together!! This little boy is already blessed and he doesnt even know it yet, Im a firm believer in dreams, so the February date means something. We’ll just have to wait and see what that it :-)

  17. Pam says

    Layla, I am so very touched by your words. They are are pure poetry telling of God’s touch in your life. Dreams, felt right, are one mode of communication from God. I believe it will be late February too. Bless you.

  18. says

    Great story! When we were on our honeymoon in Cabo, we went into a little chapel, and I prayed for a baby. I was 39 and was told at my age, it might take a long time, if at all. WELL—we were baptizing our 6-wk old son on our first anniversary.

  19. KK says

    Chills when I read your Grandmother & “the date.” Looking forward to your journey of becoming an “us.”

  20. Alexandra says

    I love it – as I really love your decorating style. Having said that, I must admit that as I looked through this post I got the image in my mind of your child, maybe around kindergarten age, with a friend over to play… friend looks at room and says “why doesn’t your mommy paint your closet? why did she let it get ruined like that?” (your child, schooled in design and style, with haughty look) “its supposed to be like that! Don’t you know anything about style?” ;)

    • Layla says

      LOL- Alexandra! By that time it’ll actually be MY office, but maybe he can still teach his friends a thing or two. :-D

  21. Deborah says

    Layla, I am praying that it is in February. I think the room is wonderful and I can see your baby there. You and Kevin will make wonderful parents. Be blessed and God be with you both through this journey.

  22. Donna Kay from One of a Kind Finds-Vintage Fare says

    I have a valid question……should we be concerned with old painted items coming into the home bc of lead paint?

    • Layla says

      Hey Donna Kay! I’m not sure if you read the “PS” part of my post, but as long as you thoroughly seal them, it is my understanding that it’s okay to use them. Apparently the danger in lead paint has to do with the dust created while removing it, or actually injesting pieces of it. Using a sealer like Peel Stop prevents both of those things from occurring. Hope that helps! :-)

  23. Rachel says

    So glad to see a post today! My great grandmother always used to say, putting dreams into words make them less of a dream and more of a reality.
    I LOVE the built-ins, feeling the need to build some in our future nursery. Also, do you think the Peel Stop would work to seal a kitchen table I just painted white then distressed? Wanting something clear and durable!
    Keep little’s room posts coming!

  24. says

    I remember while pregnant with both of my girls, going into their nurseries on a daily basis, and just hanging out, dreaming about the days to come. Congratulations on the adoption!

    The room is looking great, and I have to thank you for giving me an idea of what to do with some old shutters I have lying around.

  25. says

    You’re building your nest so beautifully… it’s time for the hatching! It’s the warmth of God’s love flowing through you to your little boy that will break open a new world for him. So excited for you and the wonderful blessing you are giving this child.

  26. Sue says

    Thank you so much for sharing your dreams and the details of this beautiful special room. I am so happy for you and Kevin, and like everyone else I too can’t wait until it’s all done and we get to see once more, one of your wonderful and extra ordinary creations. It’s been said before but you as well as that little person who will come into your home and be a part of your family are blessed. I will continue to pray for you. Also looking forward to watching the new TDN episode!

  27. says

    What an absolutely beautiful room! I can’t wait to see what you paint the walls with. Taking notes! I so badly need extra character in this sea of drywall house!

    Closely following along with your Haiti story. So exciting!

  28. Tina Schiefer says

    Layla…this one brought tears….the room could be painted purple with green polka dots because I didn’t even look at the pictures…the words were enough.

  29. says

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story! My husband and I can’t have children and it warms my heart hearing this :) you never know how impactful sharing you testimony is! So excited for you; causes my heart to dream a little :) Hebrews 11:1

  30. Lesley T says

    Layla, what a blessing to have a few moments to contemplate those thoughts, dreams and intuition. How very connected you already are to this child! No matter if you are actually in Haiti on that date or not, it will surely hold significance in this journey. Thank you for sharing these very private thoughts with us so that we may share in these special moments with you and Kevin.

  31. Raquel says

    I have been following your adoption journey – it brings memories of where we were several years ago. I would stand in our newly decorated nursery and dream as we waited news from overseas. One day in May, I experienced an overwhelming sensation that I was a mom – I said, to a friend, “This might sound crazy, but I have a feeling my baby has been born.” (I noted the date, tho I didn’t put too much stock into it.) Low and behold, when we received our son’s referral several months later – he was born within a day of my comment to my friend. With the date difference between Korea and here, it WAS his birthday. So, although I am one who uses caution when it comes to relying on feelings – in this case, I have always believed God gave me that special sense. Praying that God will give you that special confirmation as well!

  32. Donna Doble-Brown says

    OMG Layla . . . This looks awesome!!!!!! I can’t wait to see if you are traveling next month on 2/26 . . . Wouldn’t that just be a hoot?? My gut (intuitition) is thinking you are on to something . . . . . Let’s hope sooooo! Can’t wait to see how the rest comes together . . . the room that is . . . . Love from RI . . . :)

  33. Sandra says

    Hi Layla,

    Love your posts and so excited for your new arrival! Can you please tell me do you caulk where molding meets wall with regular caulk? I’ve been using Dap Patch n Paint and it looks nice for a while, but then starts to crack and looks bad. Thanks in advance for your advice!


  34. chrissi says

    i cannot think of anything more wonderful to be in that room, dreaming those dreams. you two are blessed. i cannot wait to hear about your trip♥

  35. says

    Layla, I LOVE that you put it all out there :) This is one of the sweetest posts ever. Keeping my fingers crossed that you and Kevin are meeting your little guy soon!

  36. Jennifer says

    The room is looking great I can’t wait to see it finished. I know this is strange since I don’t know you, but when yo posted a while back about possibly going in January, I instantly thought you would be going in February. The Lord works in mysterious ways. So excited for you guys!

    I love your blog not only because you are so talented but because the love of God you show in all you do. Thank you for being a great example of Christians!

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. Taryn says

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

  40. 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

  41. Rosemary Scafidi O'Malley says

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

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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

  47. 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!

  48. 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! : )

  49. 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…..

  50. 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.

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