Last chance to arrive early, kid! As of tomorrow, you will be either on time (fat chance I am sure) or overdue. Can I just say that if you’re gonna come a week late, can you just go ahead and make it the 4th of July? Birthday fireworks. Come on.
I do have a couple more waiting for baby projects I’m working on but they fall into two categories: a) boring as dirt (diaper inserts thrill you, do they?) and b) secret until they reach their recipients.
So, in the meantime, I thought this might be a good time to take a tour of the nursery. Maybe spending a little time in his room will coax this little guy out into the world. 🙂
(warning: excessive amount of photos ahead)
We decided very early on that we wanted to accomplish a few things with this room:
- make it a clean, modern space that we would enjoy spending time in (no pastels and not overly…. baby-fied)
- create a collection of decor and linens that were gender neutral – since we didn’t yet know if the baby was a boy or girl and also because we want to be able to reuse everything for baby # 2.
- incorporate a mix of vintage, homemade and handmade (I’m a sucker for Etsy, of course)
- art filled walls
- book filled shelves
It didn’t take us long to settle on a woodland theme (we’re big hikers and nature lovers… so duh) and, as usual, I started with fabric to get some inspiration. I stumbled upon a great sale at Fabricworm and stocked up on some fabrics from Monaluna and Birch Organics.
I began with the curtains – using some Monaluna Shroomy, Woodland Party and Woodland Friends. I backed them with a heavy weight drapery lining fabric to block the strong sun we get down here – and used some grey grosgrain ribbon for the tie-backs.
As I already reported, I made a few sets of crib sheets – hidden here by the amaaaaaazing quilt that my sister Mary Helen made for the little dude. Also pictured here are the snail stuffy my Mom made him and a little blue bear from my friend Amy out in Boulder. (So much handmade goodness for the little guy! I love it.)
We decided to keep our guest bed in the room (as I will undoubtedly be spending many a night and nap in there!) although it no longer pulls out to a double size. 🙂 But, a twin will do! I made a duvet cover (for a twin size duvet from Ikea) and some pillow covers for some pillow forms I had hanging around. I threw in some other pillows we already had and, of course, more stuffed animals! (I’ve held on to quite the collection over the years… just waiting for little ones to share them with.)
Artwork: Alphabet print, embroidery hoop art (homemade!)
Since we’re tight on space in our little bungalow, we decided to use the closet creatively. 🙂 We removed the closet doors and used the space for changing and clothing storage. We picked up a dresser from Ikea and covered the top with contact paper for a little protection. We then mounted a 4 sided changing pad on top and there was enough room for my cloth wipe holder. I opted to replace the hardware that came with the dresser with some wooden knobs I painted to look like toadstool tops. (Plain knobs purchased on Etsy.)
Artwork: Papercut greeting cards brought back from Switzerland for me by my Mom and sis. I cut the front part of the cards and strung them with ribbon on the wall.
Well, here’s hoping that he likes it! Personally, I find it funny that this room is now the best dressed one in the house. I just couldn’t help myself! Maybe someday I’ll get equally inspired to work on the rest of our home. By the time that happens, my money says we’ll be moving again! 😉