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moving on up

moving on up

well, today was quincy’s first official day in her new room!
for whatever reason, i keep thinking about the little ‘bearnstien bears’ book that talks abouat a new baby… and how sister bear had to move out of her little room, and her little bed to make room for the baby that was coming. i thought that quincy would be thrilled to move into a big room… downstairs by the boys… boy was i wrong! she had a better idea, she just was planning on having this new baby sleep with her in her bed. she had it all figured out, had allocated some of her little blankets to be the future baby blankets, and a little space at the foot of her bed that was partitioned off with stuffed animals… she had no intention of moving! so there began to be some bribery involved… pink paint! we have a den on the main level that has been the home to an unused bow-flex for quite sometime… and we figured that since eric has moved his office up to the scrapbook room, this would be the future site for quincy’s room. she was not happy about it, cause she figures if anyone breaks in during the middle of the night, (through the front door) her room would then be the first stop! sigh… but the pink paint was having an effect on her!
Friday night the painting started, and i had sent eric to home depot to pick the paint out, and i guess there was a pretty long line to wait for the paint to be mixed, and he wound up looking through painting teachnique books… and became convinced he wanted to paint harliquin on the wall in her room!  from personal experience, i have found harliquin very difficult to paint! i even tried to talk him out of it..
Sat i taught all day at scrapbooks etc., here in town, and while i was gone, he mapped the whole thing out and with just a few minor set-backs and the purchase of a new laser level… he finished the wall and took quincy to Michaels to pick out some jewels to place at the tips of each diamond…
sooo cute! it seriously looks so fabulous!  this bed of quincy’s my neighbor made for me couple of years ago. it’s made out of 2 old doors… anyway… i like the contrast of the old doors and the fancy harliquin! ..
well, as if that wasn’t enough, eric decided to paint the inside door, pink with big diamonds on them… because it’s the den, it’s got french doors… so cute.
the room just resonates pinK!
quincy seriously can’t stop smiling and dancing! she LOVES it so much!

so i took a bit of the paint and smeared it on quincy’s hand- and made a handprint… so i can remember how little she was…

so… it’s quite the milestone.. moving my baby out to make room for the new baby! now the room just next to my bedroom is completely empty.  i have some thoughts about what i will do… but for now, the room will just have to wait!  do we have a little boy or a little girl to bring home to it? at the moment, the time, energy and creativity is better spent on a 5 year old princess who feels very very special! all i can tell you is that i am SO glad that it was ALL ERIC’s idea… and that he was determined to do it and it had nothing to do with me! makes it even sweeter! he is quite proud of his handy work… and i gotta hand it to him… it is SOO cute.  now i just need to do some ‘fluffing’… drape a pink feather boa over the mirror,  frame some pictures, add some flowers… have some fuN!  — oh, and to make it all even better… the closet doors are mirrors!! she LOVES to dance in front of mirrors! it’s so fun to see her ‘gitty’ with excitement.. anyway… just had to share!

  • margie

    31 July, 2006 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Wow! I absolutely LOVE the “Harlequin” paint treatment! We painted our family room with diamonds and we still have the “dot” pencil marks from our mapping out stage. The “jewel” idea is awesome.
    I hope that Quincy enjoys her new room and her new sibling.

  • Sherron

    31 July, 2006 at 8:48 pm Reply

    The room looks AWESOME! Good job hubby! Love the handprint idea- sooooo cute! I bet your baby comes by the 7th anyway 🙂
    Should we all start taking bets????

  • Tami

    31 July, 2006 at 8:53 pm Reply

    THAT IS THE GREATEST PRINCESS ROOM EVER. What a lucky little girl. Just think that is a Daddy memory she will have forever & ever. How blessed she is.

  • Sarah W

    31 July, 2006 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness…Its so cute. Oh so very cute! I am sure that she is loving her new space.

  • sarah green

    31 July, 2006 at 9:24 pm Reply

    How awesome that room is.. and what a lucky little girl she is to have a dad to do that for her!!!!

  • Sharon

    31 July, 2006 at 9:42 pm Reply

    oh i like the harlequin. great job dad!

  • Dawn

    31 July, 2006 at 9:49 pm Reply

    That is a very beautiful room. Quincy is a very lucky girl. I just redid my daughters room in June and she chose a very BRIGHT pink. That’s my girl!

  • Jane M Tikkuri

    31 July, 2006 at 9:53 pm Reply

    That is just tooo cute! I love her bed!!

  • BrandyW

    31 July, 2006 at 10:00 pm Reply

    What a fun room. I am inspired to do it in my daughters room. Maybe, if I actually do it I can do the jewels too. What a great daddy & husband you have. I am sure that the “big girl” princess loves the room. Best wished with the new arrival coming soon.

  • michelle hill

    31 July, 2006 at 11:02 pm Reply

    so darn cute……love it!!!! 🙂 take care…

  • Venia

    31 July, 2006 at 11:20 pm Reply

    What a fabulous room! I know exactly how she feels…I had to make room for my youngest brother when I was 6, and was also housed in what was formerly the den. I still remember my pink bribe paint: “Champagne Pink”…and I just turned 40!

  • Fauve

    31 July, 2006 at 11:23 pm Reply

    Wow i am soooo loving this!!I hope my second is going to be a girl!!

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  • Anna-Lena

    1 August, 2006 at 1:55 am Reply

    Wow, I have a babygirl who is 10 month old and after I saw your dougthers room I just know how fun it’s going to be that day when we are finishing building out the house.
    How can it be so much more fun decorating a girl room??? 🙂 Maby because you can do all the things you wanted as a girl you self:-)
    I just love it, thanks for sharing it!

  • Vee

    1 August, 2006 at 2:21 am Reply

    love Q’s rrom
    eric id an awesome job!
    her handprint is so adorable
    a room fir for a princess 🙂

  • laura

    1 August, 2006 at 3:17 am Reply

    Oh, I wish I COULD LIVE IN QUINCY’S room!!! how FUN!!! 🙂

  • Katy

    1 August, 2006 at 3:44 am Reply

    Wow … that bedroom is stunning, Eric did so well … can totally see why Quincy is so taken with it. My girls would love it too. 🙂

  • DisneyCyndi

    1 August, 2006 at 4:44 am Reply

    What a sweet and determined dad. And the room was worth all of the love and dedication that was put into it.

  • kris

    1 August, 2006 at 5:03 am Reply

    too, too cute! we just moved and i had to bribe my baby with a new room…pink and chocolate brown. turned out beautiful. btw, she’s 13! not so much baby anymore. squeeze her up and never let go!!

  • Nita

    1 August, 2006 at 5:14 am Reply

    WOW! To think that Eric did that all on his own! And then the doors !! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! Totally fit for a princess!
    I actually find Quincy’s “logic” quite reasonable ~ about someone breaking in. I had to laugh at that because Sydnie (4) thinks the exact same way!
    A few more weeks and baby Swapp will finally be here! Yeah! Bet you can’t wait!

  • Sara

    1 August, 2006 at 5:21 am Reply

    Not in a million years even with the threat of torture would my husband do something like that. That is the sweetest, neatest, most special thing I have ever heard. Your daughter will remember and appreciate his effort the rest of her life! Awesome!

  • Maricar (aka Papergirl)

    1 August, 2006 at 5:49 am Reply

    that is SOOOO ADORABLE!!!! The handprint, the diamonds (with the jewels!)… makes me want to wish I had a baby girl. 🙂

  • Lucinda

    1 August, 2006 at 6:12 am Reply

    GO ERIC! So Cute!

  • AnnB

    1 August, 2006 at 6:15 am Reply

    Oh man, what a great husband/dad. I’m sure you’ve already thought of it — but you definitely need to take a picture of dad & quincy in the room and journal that it was ALL dad doing this painting, what a great memory.

  • Paula Martone

    1 August, 2006 at 6:41 am Reply

    Love the room and all the pink with it too!
    I am in the middle of painting myself and doing one of my living room walls in a dark brick red. I am scared!! anyway……..love the headboard of Q’s room.

  • Jael DeYoung

    1 August, 2006 at 7:02 am Reply

    heidi…that room is just perfect! she will love it for years to come. your hubby did a fantastic job. 🙂
    LOVE the handprint…so fun.

  • Joanna

    1 August, 2006 at 7:02 am Reply

    Go Eric!! So totally cute!!!

  • patty

    1 August, 2006 at 7:07 am Reply

    miss heidi,
    i want that to be M*Y R*O*O*M*!!!
    heidi, how was that bed made??? tooo coool!!!
    can eric do my daughter’s room??? (wink)
    *handprint w/ jewels-awesome idea, her hand will grow too fast & what a great way to document her now!

  • Kelli

    1 August, 2006 at 7:27 am Reply

    Ooooohhh! I wouldn’t be able to wait to scrapbook that room and story! It’s just so darned cute! Great Job DAD!!!! Quincy, I sure do love your pretty pinK room!!!!!!!!!

  • Alesah

    1 August, 2006 at 7:47 am Reply

    Love it! Your husband is AweSOME! Would you mind sharing the two paint colors. Last time I picked two pinks it looked like someone puked PEPTO!

  • Rochelle Kjar

    1 August, 2006 at 7:52 am Reply

    Wow-that is one amazing room with one amazing husband behind it! Too cute!

  • Norah'S

    1 August, 2006 at 7:55 am Reply

    You have quite a King and Princess in your house. Beautiful.

  • Chelle

    1 August, 2006 at 8:15 am Reply

    LOVE IT! It is So adorable! Quincy is lucky to have such creative and loving parents!

  • Jolene George

    1 August, 2006 at 8:26 am Reply

    Well I can see why Quincy is so happy…it makes me happy to look at too. Eric has fabulous taste! Great job Swapp family! I can hadly wait to see what you do with the new baby’s room. http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  • Amber C

    1 August, 2006 at 9:11 am Reply

    That is just the cutest most awesome room ever! I can see why she just loves it. Tell Eric kudos to him for making that room a little girls dream. She is a lucky kid to have such awesome parents!!

  • suetreiber

    1 August, 2006 at 9:27 am Reply

    that seriously rules. I would love an old door bed. I am way over 5. 🙂

  • candace

    1 August, 2006 at 9:28 am Reply

    how incredibly beautiful – i am going to go and redo my girls rooms.
    thank you for the inspiration (again)

  • Diane McVey

    1 August, 2006 at 10:56 am Reply

    Ditto to everything previously said!!! And a thousand hugs to Eric for being such an awesome DAD!!! Some men just don’t think that way, believe me! haha You have such a beautiful family…can’t wait to see the newest member!!! 🙂

  • shannon

    1 August, 2006 at 11:06 am Reply

    What a fantastic room! So girly and chic! Great job!

  • Nichole

    1 August, 2006 at 11:11 am Reply

    That little pink handprint made me teary-eyed, it was so sweet. You know if you ever move, you’ll have to cut that out of the drywall, or at least I would.
    Your DH did an amazing job on this room – what a lucky girl to have such a sweet daddy.

  • jill

    1 August, 2006 at 12:15 pm Reply

    what girl wouldn’t LOVE that room?! what a sweet gesture for a lucky little girl! He must have the patience of Job! All those lines would have made me crazy real fast!

  • Sandy McTier

    1 August, 2006 at 1:14 pm Reply

    LOVE that room! I have three boys and would so love to decorate a “girly” room. I’ll have to do that to my next studio when we move in 2 years. How incredibly sweet that “daddy” did that for his little girl too. Hope the excitement lasts with her room once baby Swapp comes home. God Bless
    Sandy McTier

  • Jennifer

    1 August, 2006 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Awesome, awesome awesome! I think my own little princess would love a room like this. I’m going to save this idea for when we are homeowners instead of renters. Thanks once again for the inspiration!

  • erin yamabe

    1 August, 2006 at 1:32 pm Reply

    wow. what a beautiful new room for your daughter. and i love the handprint idea! thanks for sharing!

  • Danielle Casello

    1 August, 2006 at 2:09 pm Reply

    I am loving all the pink-you have an awesome hubby!!The handprint is really sweet too!

  • Karalynn Tyler

    1 August, 2006 at 3:31 pm Reply

    That is one gorgeous big girl bedroom! I’m jealous! Totally adorable!

  • Kelly Goree

    1 August, 2006 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Now how stinkin’ cute is that?? What a man you have to want to do that for his princess! And I know where you’re coming from. This apparently was the weekend for painting… we re-did the big boys’ room this weekend with their sailboats….all blue and more blue and…well, you know 😉 but they love it too! Isn’t it fun??
    Not much longer now for wee baby Swapp! 🙂

  • Suezi

    1 August, 2006 at 6:18 pm Reply

    love it!! we did harlequin in my daughter’s room in our old house and i will say that it was one reason it was hard to move when we did. it too was my husband’s idea!!!! gotta love those awesome husbands!
    Quincy enjoy and dance your heart away!

  • christina

    1 August, 2006 at 7:31 pm Reply

    It is so beautiful, what a lucky little girl. How sweet of Eric. I love the handprint!!!!

  • elizabeth

    1 August, 2006 at 9:21 pm Reply

    love the idea behind the new room, how her dad decorated it for her, (so far). i have a 31/2 yr. old daughter who is so girly so i can so relate, loves pink! congratulations on the new baby what a special joy to have a newborn in the home, nothing better as far as i am concerned.

  • maggie Holmes

    1 August, 2006 at 10:08 pm Reply

    that is seriously the cutest thing i have ever seen!! i soooo need a girl!!

  • Sandra

    2 August, 2006 at 12:30 am Reply

    WOW, you both did a great job on the room. I bet Quincy loves it. You have a great hubby!
    Can’t wait to see the new baby room when you get it done. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kiera Black

    2 August, 2006 at 3:27 am Reply

    How sweet is that room! She’s a blessed little girl to have you BOTH as parents.

  • Louise

    2 August, 2006 at 6:13 am Reply

    WOWWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW…what a totally cool room. What a lucky little princess you have there!!! Love that bed too. What a neat idea. I can see why it was no problem at all for her to move into that room after it was done….So sweet!

  • Jennifer

    2 August, 2006 at 6:53 am Reply

    Way to go Eric! What an awesome job, love the room. That is a memory that will last forever. Great Job!

  • Mary Frances

    2 August, 2006 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Moving her before the baby is the right thing to do, but what a big step for her – a big sister and a new room!! A lot to take in and the room looks to be perfect for a little princess!!

  • JenCoen

    2 August, 2006 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Totally in love with the harlequin!! DD’s got that same bedding (gotta heart Target). I have to ask you, where do you shop for your antique/salvage finds? I’m in way north phx (Carefree & i17) but will drive anywhere for fabulous finds!!! tia!

  • Veronica A

    2 August, 2006 at 10:19 pm Reply

    That room turned out totally cute Heidi, you and your husband did a great job. You are so creative. And I also have and love that bedding shabby chic is the best, love it! Congratulation on a job well done and hope your daughter adjusts ok, good luck!

  • Dee

    3 August, 2006 at 3:42 am Reply

    Eric, you did a wonderful job!! SO cute!
    And Heidi, you are so lucky to have a man that can “think pink”!! YOu have him well trained!!

  • Becca

    3 August, 2006 at 6:27 am Reply

    Seriously…do you think Quincy would mind if I’d move in for a while? I don’t snore, I don’t hog the covers…I’d be a great roommate! : )
    Love the room–every little detail equals sheer perfection. LOVE IT!

  • andie

    3 August, 2006 at 12:41 pm Reply

    that is friggin beautiful!!!! can i move in?

  • Susan

    3 August, 2006 at 12:45 pm Reply

    I have had the honor of meeting your dh. and I can totally see him and his excitement at transforming the room. what a wonderful man you have there! what a wonderful family you two have created! all the best for them and the newest member!

  • robin

    3 August, 2006 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Absolutely love it – what a great guy you have!!!!

  • LenaS

    3 August, 2006 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Wow! Your husband’s artistic talent is amazing! Where did you find him? That wall would have taken my husband at least a week to do and he never would have thought of the lovely pattern. AND forget about pink! Love the doors too.
    Meanwhile, I have to give kudos to you H for your Sat. Class–loved, loved, loved the pages we did and especially the book cover. You rock along with your little pink princess! Blessings to your family.

  • Pam

    7 August, 2006 at 7:23 am Reply

    That is one sweet room! And one sweet husband for doing it! All the best with your new baby.

  • Lara Moss

    8 August, 2006 at 1:21 am Reply

    simply beautiful!

  • julie skinner

    8 August, 2006 at 6:04 am Reply

    this is seriously the sweetest little girls room I’ve ever seen!

  • Marie

    8 August, 2006 at 10:18 am Reply

    Oh my gosh that is sooo freaking awesome! I Love that room! Can i come be a princess with her there? LOL! Such a great job! Love ur taste! Props to the hubby! Great job! Can you come paint my room now? LOL!

  • Lana Bisson

    8 August, 2006 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Congratulations first of all. Blessings to you and your family. Thank you for your continued inspiration.
    as a avid painter, a mom who does murials for her kids rooms, Im wowed by the extraordinary job he did in Quincys room. The scrapbooking bug must haven bitten him because the walls look like scrapbook paper. I love it. its adorable. So is the little handprint. I know someday you may have to paint over that-I did and it made me cry. but at least you have pictures and years full of smiles it will bring each time you see that precious handprint.

  • Janice G

    10 August, 2006 at 8:41 am Reply

    Wow… fantastic! As a professional painter I can say… this is no do-it-yourselfer! Such talent in the entire family! I know Quincy will be happy for a long time in this amazing room!

  • Sarah

    11 August, 2006 at 8:41 am Reply

    What a dream room for a little girl! I love all the little details.

  • Jenny U

    12 August, 2006 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Even though this was your husbands idea. This beautiful pink princess room is so Heidi Swap. What a lucky little princess your Quincy is

  • Mel

    19 August, 2006 at 6:33 am Reply

    GORGEOUS!!!!! I love the diamonds, and the bed is divine!!

  • Sharr

    5 March, 2007 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Heidi! (i know-i’m way way behind in this, and had to search very hard to find this post lol) i love this room, and am actually going to paint my daughters room almost the same way… i am wondering if you had a stencil to do the diamonds or if you just taped it off…. i’m a big chicken! :o)
    and i also need to thank you for the goodies-my parents are the ones who worked on your bathroom, and me and my sister have thoroughly enjoyed the stuff you sent with them :o) HOW FUN! so thank you very very much! :o) it was like christmas at our house :o)

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