February 14, 2010

Baby Room

This post title might sound strange as we currently have a 4 month old. However, her nursery is a far cry from what I had imagined. First of all, I'm going to give myself and my husband credit because I think we lived in our new house a whopping four weeks when we got the call. Joel spent an entire weekend painting the room and trim and then that's where that project stopped because soon Nora came to join us.

I think it's a little bit strange that the baby room was in a little bit better order when we lived in our condo before we converted it back to an office to sell the place. I look in our baby room now and the color and paint are beautiful. Her furniture looks great but there is nothing on the walls. The only little bit of visual interest is her cute valance and matching rug. I realized all bumpers and cute quilts had to be removed so this has made the room pretty stark. This didn't bother me a month ago when she hadn't set foot in her nursery but now that she's sleeping there I feel like we need it to feel a little more welcoming and permanent. Her stuffed animals are piled in an empty diaper box waiting for a permanent home and she has lovely personalized gifts that people have given her that are dying to be displayed.

As soon as my crazy event is over next week, the baby room is on the top of the to-do-list. If anyone has any great suggestions on wall decor that doesn't involve me being crafty and that aren't too expensive please let me know.

Finally, I want to thank E for her inspiration. Here's a great before and after of her nursery (which I hope has a baby in it very soon): http://finallyababyforus.blogspot.com/2010/02/before-and-afterand-childrens-book.html

(The photo was taken with my phone because I am lazy. I really needed a flash so imagine that the walls are actually an apple green).


  1. I found great wall stickers at BRU that matched our theme. No artistry or creativity needed - just peel and stick :)

  2. Jen,

    The wall stickers...we liken them to the old peel and stick colorforms...are great!! The cool thing is that you can change themes and not have to pullout a can of paint :-)

  3. Thanks for the compliment! I have to agree with the others on the idea about the wall stickers...I bought one of a large tree from etsy.com. It's not up yet, but we're waiting for a baby to be in there.

    I like the thought of apple green...it sounds fresh and welcoming. I like the looks of the valence with the polka dots and I notice they're on the rug as well. Maybe you could do something as simple as going with a polka dot theme on the wall (not all over). Wall stickers could be perfect for something like that;)

  4. We have lived in our house for nearly 3 years and my kids' rooms are still being 'finished' - it is an evolving process! My favorite part in each of their rooms are the shelves we hung on the wall (Cooper's came from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and the girls' came from Michael's and were painted white) that hold the most special of their keepsakes, as well as the letters to their names.

    (And I don't remember exactly where you live, but I read the other day that the Michael's at Yale and Colorado Blvd. is moving, but doesn't want to transfer their stock - they are selling everything at 50% off! They also carry the vinyl peel-offs that the previous commenters mentioned.)

  5. Hi Jen, I agree with the other posters about the many benefits of peel-n-stick wall graphics, available at all kinds of places, from Target (cute dots) to etsy (pre-made or custom). I also am very happy with my wall ledges that hold books (facing front-out so they are attractive to little pre-readers), toys, and pictures. I got mine at homedecorators.com but there are also some at the Container Store, or Room and Board (not so cheap, but check out the photo as an example of how to use them in a kid's room):


    Also, I am a fan of the Yuko Lau animal prints, which you can get at art.com or sometimes at Target, and alphabet or numbers posters, which there are a TON of on etsy.com ( http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=handmade&search_query=alphabet+poster+nursery ), and flashcards, which look really cute if you have a lot of wall space (or strung along the ceiling) - here is a post that collects some good ones: http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/good-questions/attractive-abc-flashcards-good-questions-108111

    Good luck!

  6. Just saw this post on ohdeedoh - modern and animals, and on sale! http://www.allmodernbaby.com/Spot-on-Square-WA07006-SOS1019.html