My new favorite room

by Ginger on August 10, 2009

in Home is Where the Heart Is, Oh Baby!

Well, I feel like it took long enough, but the nursery is now about 95% done. N.C. is still working on some custom art for our little guy (come on, would you expect anything less from an artist daddy?), and I’m still not totally convinced about the furniture layout, but by and large it’s done. And honestly, I love the room–it’s very cute but calm, sweet yet not overly saccharine. I like spending time in there, which I think bodes well. (One hopes?). I’m sure we’ll be making changes as we go along, but it’s a good start!

So I thought I’d share some of my favorite aspects of the room with you guys!

1. The whole scheme for the room came from the striped fabric that’s in the pillow on the chair, which N.C. then took as the main design feature in the room. The stripes are so perfect–I didn’t realize that I wanted them until they were done! They are on two of the walls, so they don’t overwhelm the room, but I think they’re fantastic.

2. N.C. decided to add these little monster guys in the border going around the room. The original inspiration was our Ugly Doll collection, but N.C. of course took the idea and made it his own. These guys were all hand painted–no two are exactly alike, and they’re all so cute and goofy! They add such a cute little element to the room.

3. We couldn’t ever find crib bedding we liked that wasn’t a kajillion dollars. And I kind of refused to spend a kajillion dollars on something that will invariably end up with bodily fluids all over it. So instead, we had our bedding custom made through an Etsy seller. We got a crib skirt, two sheets, a lovely and soft blanket for playing on, and the pillow seen above in the chair for seriously less than 1/2 of what we were finding in stores for bedding. I’m thrilled with it! Below you can see the blanket and one of the sheets.

4. This is the functional side of the room–all square furniture and square bins and such. But there’s a definite favorite item here. That dresser was my great-grandparents, which I got along with a vanity when my great-grandfather passed away. Both pieces of furniture have been with me for years, and despite needing to be refinished in a BAD way (they’re over 85 years old, what can you expect?) they are two of my most treasured possessions. They are well-used functional items that don’t get kid-glove treatment, so it doesn’t worry me putting this dresser in a little boy’s room. And I love the idea that there’s a little bit of family history in this room so filled with new things.

5. This chair you see? Was a total surprise gift. It is not the chair that I have been sleeping in for the past 4 months–that chair is still in the living room. This was an extravagant gift from a dear family friend. I know that it will be a well-used item, and one much appreciated for midnight feedings.

All in all, it’s a room I love. One that I know I will spend hours upon hours in. It’s not perfect, it’s not from a magazine, but I think it will be a good place for my little boy.

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Jana August 11, 2009 at 4:36 am

This room looks awesome! And relaxing. Congratulations on pulling it all together.

abdpbt August 11, 2009 at 6:41 am

I love it! I love the stripes, I love the crib, and those little ugly-doll inspired animals are fantastic. That is a great idea to use an Etsy seller, because baby stuff is so damn expensive! Congrats on this room, and yeah, it’s great that you like it because you’ll be getting to know it intimately pretty soon.

Ali August 11, 2009 at 11:11 am

It’s adorable! So much love in that room, you can just tell!

Elizabeth August 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm

It’s great! He’s a lucky little dude!

Alexis August 12, 2009 at 4:33 am

Fabulous! I love how the decor can a so grow with him. One is never too big for cool alien/robot/ugly doll guys. The stripes are amazing and I am off to Etsy right now to look at bedding.

13:11 August 17, 2009 at 7:32 am

Our kids have the same crib !

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