Sunday, October 4, 2009

The nursery

The nursery is finished. I know the little guy won't need much beyond a place to sleep and something to wear, but we love decorating and this project was a lot of fun for us.

The before and in-progress photos are pretty boring. This room was our "junk room" for a while and Betty's room when we first got her and she needed her own space. We hadn't done much with it at all. Ed painted the room a pale, creamy yellow (hard to capture in photos) and did some furniture assembly. My sister, Kris, and brother-in-law, Brad, were also super-helpful with furniture assembly and arrangement. Kris was a great shopping buddy as well!

Apartment Therapy was a huge source of ideas/inspiration.

We brightened up a boring IKEA dresser with a decal. The baby monitor is from Alison.

We tried out several chairs at IKEA and decided the cheapest one was also the most comfortable. :)

Thanks to our generous friends and family, the little guy has quite a stock of books and toys waiting for him. The wooden toys on top of the bookcase were Ed's when he was a child (with the exception of one car that I bought from a retired gentleman at the local fall fair -- he makes exquisite wooden toys).

The alphabet art took a long time to put together, but I really love how it turned out. We decided to forgo a crib bumper due to the SIDS risk.

The not-so-fun part of parenting.

Here are a few detail shots. I've already assured Kris that the sweater she made is only hanging up for photo styling purposes and that it is being stored safely in a drawer. :)

My sister-in-law, Liz, made the bunny. Isn't he adorable? I love his tie. The Harrods bear is from Miyon, who lives in the UK. The wooden blocks are from Ed's childhood friend (and our current friend, of course) Allison.

I embellished the bins with a fun fabric. It took forever and was probably not the best use of my time. :) Also here are some books we got from friends and family (Neilie/Craig, Whitney/Jen, Rachel/Josh, Cara/Eugenio, Aunt Judy/Uncle Dan, Ed's mom, SIL Paige... apologies if I left anyone out). There's a blanket from Aunt Rosie/Uncle Steve, a quilt that Ed's mom made, a quilt from my mom, and a quilt that our friends Brad and Fiona made together.

I'm happy to have the nursery done. We are so looking forward to meeting its occupant!


Paint: Benjamin Moore Natura in Citronee (eggshell)

Awesome paintbrush for edges, which eliminated the need for tape: Sherman-Williams (recommendation from Young House Love)

Wooden owl art: Maple Shade Kids (etsy)

Dresser, laptop table, floor lamp, chair, bookcase, changing table, changing table pad, laundry hamper, diaper bin, wipes holder, trash can: IKEA

Decal on the dresser: Elephannie (etsy)

Curtain rod: West Elm

Alphabet cards, canvas, and other supplies: Michael's. Cards are by Jenn Ski and the idea/tutorial is from Tiny Decor.

Airplane mobile: Pottery Barn Kids (gift from my dad, who is a flight instructor)

Crib: Wal-Mart

Elephant, giraffe, monkey canvases: JC Penney

Bedding/curtains (DwellStudio for Target), throw pillow, rug, cloth bins in bookcase, diaper organizers: Target

Fabric on cloth bins: Alexander Henry - 2-D Zoo (blue)

Froggie night light: Babies R Us (gift from Paige)

1 comment:

megA said...

Oh Michele!!

You and Ed are so cute! The bump is so cute and now the baby's room is adorable too! Perhaps you could visit us again and help us decorate. . .even though I'm not having children??

I am loving these blog posts--and the tandem is awesome. I'm a tad jealous. . .