It’s time for a little ‘tour’ of Baby M’s room! I’ve been waiting so long to take photos, as I wanted to get some fun stuff on the shelves first. I’ve always known that this was going to be my child’s room, so I painted the triangle wall with that in mind. I think it’s so fun and colorful, and it certainly does away with the ‘need’ for wall decals in terms of visual interest.
There’s a lot to get into just in this first photo, but I’ll try to keep it simple. As you’ve already seen, the crib is in my bedroom at the moment; when M is sleeping through the night, I’ll put her crib in here. I’ll have to move that wooden bench with the blankets and toys and then budge the bed over to the left, but there will be plenty of space. The twin bed used to be in my guest room in Minneapolis, and I figured I might as well set it up sooner rather than later. I’m not really a fan of the term ‘nursery’, as it conjures up images of highly-themed babies’ rooms with little to no longevity (obviously, it’s great if that’s how you want to approach designing your baby’s bedroom — some of that themed stuff is awfully cute! — but I like the idea that this will grow with M for a while). So even though it’ll be a few years before M’s in that bed, it’s ready (and low to the ground!) when she is.
Moving clockwise around the room, this was taken standing in the corner near the head of the bed. Those solid wood Ikea cabinets moved through a few rooms in the Minneapolis house, and now they’re here. And they’re the perfect depth for the changing pad! (I’m not sure how often I’ll wind up using that, since it seems like people usually find handy changing spots throughout the house, but cloth diapering appears to have more supplies, so maybe it will be really handy to have a home base.)
The curtains and the US map that I painted were both in my Minneapolis bedroom — I didn’t buy anything new in terms of furniture or big decor items for this room. Because the deck outside sort of frames the window, it can sometimes be tricky to get well-lit photos in here, but it’s really lovely, soft light in person.
This is sort of a boring angle, but I thought I’d mention that Baby M’s dresser is in the closet. I have to buy and install a rod for hangers, and I’ll get one with an attached shelf, so linens can be stored up high. The closet had a banged-up hollow-core door, which I patched early on and then painted with chalkboard paint. And the room itself finally got a door when we replaced a lot of hollow-core doors with six-panel oak ones last year (or was it early this year?). Before that, it just had a frame and some partly torn-off hinges.
I’ve decided to leave the hanging map for now, since I don’t have anything else that’s big enough for the space. I mean, I like it, but I can imagine little hands tearing it down once they can reach it. I’ve got the fourth side of the crib stored under the bed, in case you spotted that white strip!
The rocking chair is from when I was a baby, and the footstool goes with a little upholstered Ikea chair that’s out in the family room. I made a slipcover for the footstool out of the same material as the curtains. It’s pretty basic, but it gets the job done.
I’ve got some photos of the room details, although this one isn’t TOO detailed. I’ve ordered a set of four green baskets — like the two small ones on top, only bigger — which should fit in the open shelf spaces, making everything look a little more unified. Currently, my one-size cloth diapers are in the basket with the stripe (the newborn prefolds, etc, are in my bedroom). Blankets below and a couple of towels next to the blankets. There are various cloths in the other top shelf. I can’t remember what’s behind every cabinet door, but it’s certainly nice to have a place to stash crib sheets and things like that (Baby M has more crib sheets than I do bed sheets, but — not to brag or anything — I don’t wet the bed, so that’s probably the way it should be).
One little basket for various rattles and toys — the other for baby toiletries. I’m positive everything will wind up everywhere once the baby is here, but it’s nice to look at everything so nicely stored away at the moment. The blanket on the changing pad was knitted by one of my aunts. It’s got a really lovely peacock feather stitch pattern and is made from recycled fibers — I love it!
This isn’t a great photo, but I wanted to show you the two little framed pieces next to the window (by the rocking chair). The duckies ‘print’ is actually the cover of a slim paperback book — the entire book is inside the frame. I saw it a couple of times at the antique store last year and eventually decided I had to have it for my hypothetical baby’s room.
The other one is a vintage puzzle that my mom found somewhere. It’s chickens and roosters, if you can’t tell. I’m pretty sure I got the frame at the local thrift store, and it couldn’t be any more perfect for the look of the puzzle.
This bird (hanging from the ceiling fan/light) came from the Festival of Nations about… seventeen or eighteen years ago (!). We went a couple of times as school field trips — something all the foreign-language classes did, I think. It looks really neat flapping up and down, and I like the idea that I bought it when I was still a kid myself. I certainly wasn’t thinking about putting it in my baby’s room back then!
Lastly, the little bookcase. I thrifted this several years ago, and it used to be in my kitchen, holding cookbooks. I had it in my donate pile when I was going through the last of the Minneapolis stuff, but then I thought it would be good for the baby, and my mom concurred (or maybe she thought and I concurred). It was pretty scruffy looking, so I gave it a few coats of some purple paint I had hanging around — it’s so great now. It really is the perfect size for a child. I hope Baby M gets lots of excellent books for Christmas this year!
On the floor is the Bumbo seat I’m borrowing from a cousin. I didn’t even realize there were fabric covers for Bumbos, but she had one! We’ll see if it’s more convenient to throw that in the wash than it would be to just wipe down the seat itself. I know there are concerns about these ‘older’ Bumbos (the new ones have lap belts, I believe), but I think common sense (don’t leave Baby unattended, don’t put the seat on an elevated surface) goes a long way in this case.
I’m pretty anti-sounds-and-lights when it comes to baby toys (it’s a luxury I have, since the baby is still inside and therefore extremely easy to amuse), but my mom and I fell hard for the cat keyboard by B. toys. I’m pretty impressed with the design and quality of all their products, honestly. I still prefer their non-electronic toys (I would have loved the Critter Clinic when I was a kid!), but I’ll make an exception for musical instruments. I was playing with the keyboard earlier (just to make sure it works, of course), and it really seems like something that would have been just shy of $100 when I was little. Amazing.
So that’s the room! All it needs is a baby, now.