I'm so excited about preparing a haven of rest for our newest family member .... and for me of course! I've been looking around at 'nursery' ideas for a while now, and I've noticed a common theme emerging in the baby rooms that I like. I needed to plan a room that was gender neutral, but I wasn't interested in pastels, yellow or green. I wanted something different. So, here are my 'inspiration' images:
That second picture sends me into dreamland. It's gorgeous -- I love the organic, restful quality of the room. But, I also want to add a bit of childhood whimsy. So Evan and I decided (okay, I decided) that we would plan for a neutral and white nursery, with cherry red accents. Red is gender neutral, and just chic enough to please me, without being boring. I know I tend to be a little boring when it comes to decorating -- I just love neutrals! So having a colour was important.
While there's nothing majorly wrong with this room, there's nothing right with it either. It's just .... blah. And it had become the room for sticking all the stuff that we have nowhere else to fit. But all of that is changing. As I type, that room is almost completely empty, and we have taken the first step -- painting the walls (another blog post is coming).
So here's the grand plan:
- Paint walls (almost done -- the enamel trim's been delayed)
- Finish painting cot and changetable
- Bring in a feeding chair with cushion
- Recover my ottoman -- so excited about this
- Find a suitable lamp with a dimmer function
- Make a red birdie mobile to hang above cot
- Knit a red cot blanket
- Recover the change mat for the changetable in red
- Sew 'baskets' to hang on changetable (very excited about this project)
- Paint a bunch of photo frames a cherry red
- Install blinds and breezy curtains
- Track down/paint a dresser for baby's clothes so we can still use the built ins for other storage (we're woefully short on storage in our unit)
Phew -- I feel tired just thinking about it! But finally, we are beginning to move on this project and I can start checking things off the list. Weekends take so long to get here, and when they do, they're so short. This weekend I had a sick husband, sporadic contractions and the usual church commitments. It's a slow process -- 10 weeks to go!