Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nursery: Part 2

One of my favorite parts of the nursery is the wall of family photos above the changing table.  The silver frames were a housewarming gift our friends got us from Crate and Barrel and the birch frames are from Ikea.  I used Snapfish to print out copies of old family photos that my husband and I had digital copies of from scanning our parent's and grandparent's old photographs.  It took me awhile to settle on what photos to print out, and I printed out some extras in the different sizes just in case I changed my mind.  There are baby photos of my husband and I, as well as photos of our parents, grandparents, and siblings.  The bins underneath the changing pad, contain the things the baby will need most (I think).  There are newborn sized onesies, sleeping gowns, pajamas, and side-snap tees.  The bigger bins contain my growing stash of cloth diapers, towels, and washcloths.  I am still unsure where other things needed during diaper changes will go, but I'm hoping I can squeeze them on the shelves below in easy reach.

I found the rug on Overstock.  It's actually the second rug we bought.  We had a bit of a fiasco with the first one, which was a Craig's list purchase.  It was a high quality Pottery Barn rug, but the condition was not obvious when we picked it up, as the house was poorly lit, and the door was wide open.  However, as soon as we got it into our car, we noticed it had an odd odor.  We used our friend's vacuum/rug cleaner and then I tried to spot clean and deodorize it with several different products (Woolite, Spot Shot, vinegar, baking soda, Febreze,...)  After several days, the smell and stains wouldn't come out and it made the entire nursery smell funny.  Fortunately, the people we got it from were nice enough to take it back and THEN informed us that their son had spit up a lot as a baby (all over the rug).  Yikes!  I'm happy we got this rug.  It was more expensive, but I like it's more modern pattern and color.  I'm glad it's not a typical "baby/pastel" nursery rug.
A lot of the decorations around the crib came from friends and family.  I love crafting, so during our baby shower, some of my friends set up a craft table in the nursery and our friends made origami creatures for the mobile hanging over the crib.  They also painted onesies for baby Nam.  Another crafty friend made lots of beautiful pom-pom flowers that served as baby shower decorations and were re-used as nursery decorations.  I'm still trying to decide if I should hang more of them from the ceiling, but don't really feel like drilling anymore holes up there.  
The poster, is from one of my favorite Flatstock artists, Diana Sudyka.  This Seu Jorge poster originally hung in our living room, but it seemed perfect for the nursery.  I have another one of her prints, of a yellow bicycle and the story of how it was stolen and found again, hanging just out of view.  Not only do I love her work, but since she is from Chicago, her work reminds me of our old hometown.  I've discovered that buying frames at Ikea and then cutting the mattes to the correct size myself makes for inexpensive, but still custom looking frames.  

The mural around the crib is a combination of two different vinyl wall decals.  One set is from Blik, which I bought using a Groupon for the Velocity Art and Design Store.  The other is from WallCandy, and was purchased as a gift from my mom from Tottini, which is next door to Velocity.  Because both of them had a woodland/forest theme, they actually worked quite well together, even though their color and designs were different. 

1 comment:

  1. I love it all!!! Everything is beautiful. I love all the different patterns, colors, and artwork/crafts. It all goes so well together. I can't wait to see it in person sometime. :) Great job!!!