Friday, May 4, 2012


I was sitting around last night, stenciling owls onto fabric drawers and cutting fabric to make prayer flags, and reflecting on how the most FUN part of having a kid (for me, so far) is getting to decorate her bedroom.  Because, come on.... she's going to come into this world with 20/400 vision and have much bigger things to deal with (boobs!  diapers!), she's not going to care what her room looks like.  The nursery is for ME!  I'm going to have some long, hard nights in there, I need that room to radiate with positive energy and joy. 

I had initially wanted to go with some classy, sophisticated themed nursery, but who am I kidding?  I am neither classy nor sophisticated, we're super broke, and I live in an apartment with boring white walls and popcorn ceilings and white vertical blinds that I cannot change.  So, screw the themes.  I'm letting my imagination run wild, creating a room that bursts with random colors, strange patterns, inspiring images, handmade everything.... and love, lots of love  :)

I owe this grand random vision for nursery decorating entirely to Pinterest, without which I would be floundering and randomly Googling DIYs.  Checking out other people's astonishing creativity has given me so many great ideas for things that I absolutely MUST incorporate into my (child's) future space:

1.  There must be book slings.

This might not be apartment-friendly, due the need to screw big holes into the wall.  Ask me if I care though, I dare you.  My girl has a couple of seriously, seriously nerdy parents - books abound in our house, and I love the thought of her starting life with her own little "library," especially if it doesn't take up too much space.

2.  There must be big pom-pom clusters.

Or lantern clusters, perhaps.  Either way,  I love the 3D effect and pop of color that this brings to the room (it will help offset the barren whiteness of my walls!)

3.  There must be fabric collages.

Seriously guys, how amazing is this piece??  And it's all layered fabric, buttons and yarn.  I bought a canvas and supplies and plan on experimenting with creating my own collages sometime soon.

4.  There must be flags.

Not legit prayer flags such as these, but I'm in the process of making my own strings of rectangular flags to string across the nursery.  It's such an easy, fun project!  And I'm hoping that they will provide a vine-y, jungle-y effect and further distract from the overall whiteness of the room.  And why do I need a jungle effect, you ask?  Because...

5.  There must be elephants.

Need I say more?

6.  There must be a comfy corner for nursing.


I know, I know.... my apartment is small, we have a couch and loveseat, the baby will be in our bedroom for the first few weeks at least AND there's a double bed that we're keeping in the nursery.  So I do not in any way need a chair/glider in there as well.  But I want one!  It would just be so nice to have a little "station" set up with supplies at my fingertips, to be able to rock, to be able to get the baby, nurse, and put her back without having to walk across the house.... and primarily because I WANT IT and I'm the one who's going to be in there with my boobs out every night sooooo..... there!

7.  There must be a funky piece of furniture.

Well, maybe.  We're not buying anything new for clothes storage and such, just re-purposing what we have.  However, a little bird told me that we may be receiving a beat up old dresser from my sis-in-law, and if so, then it's ON!  I totally plan on having my brother strip it down so I can paint it some crazy color and stencil the crap out of it.  And knobs!  Crazy knobs!  I'm a little too excited about this one.  I guarantee it will not be as beautiful as the one pictured here, but that's okay, I aim for "different" over "beautiful" any day.  :-)

8.  It must have her name all over it.

Okay fine, it's not MY room after all.  And until she's old enough to decorate it herself (probably with Bieber-of-the-day posters and lots of pink sparkles *shudder*) I can at least proclaim her ownership of the space by emblazoning her name over the crib. 

9.  There must be maps.

Because hey, geography is important!  I become more and more convinced of that fact every time a grown adult asks me where Africa is (which has happened more times than you care to know in the last few years).  She's going to be able to find her daddy's country on the map before she can say "daddy," I'm willing to bet.

10.  There MUST be a way to hide the ugly apartment blinds!

They bug me soooooo much. 

So, there you have it.  Though I should probably spend the weekend working on projects for my Marketing class, I'm feeling a wee bit smug since I scored a 98% on the midterm and will probably take a weekend off from academics to focus on fabric collages. 


Happy weekend, all  :)


  1. I am so excited for all of these things! I can't wait to make her stuff, because I know you'll put it up so she feels godmother love power emanating around her all the time <3

  2. Her room is gonna be so cute! She will someday appreciate all the love you poured into getting prepared for her. Even if her whole life is boobs for the first few weeks. :)