Adele's Octopus Garden

My Room

Name: Adele (10 months)
Location: United States

For Adele's room, Greg and I wanted something fun, bright, and cheerful, and a little bit geeky/steampunk without taking over the room with nerdiness (we'd considered, and dismissed, Portal, Mario, and pirate-ninja). I quickly latched onto a cheerful (5-legged) octopus image I'd seen somewhere and a bedding set that mixed a bunch of contrasting but color coordinated prints in a very fun way.

Of course, I can't ever do anything the easy way, so I redrew the octopus with 8 legs (what kind of octopus doesn't have 8 legs?!), graphed it out, then enlarged and painted it on contact paper to make a custom wall decal. Then I went fabric shopping, bought waaay too many fabrics (octopi! seahorses! frogs! antique keys! damask!), finally narrowed them down, and made my own bedding—valances, bedskirt, throw pillow, and lap blankets. My mother-in-law then commissioned a quilt for me with the same fabrics to pull everything together.
Once I got started on the octopus theme, I couldn't stop—in addition to the mural, there are 4 framed octopus prints (the 5th print is a turtle), 2 octopus drawer pulls, 4 octopus plushies (2 knitted by a friend), an octopus blanket (not pictured, knitted by a different friend), and a throw pillow with 9 octopi (handmade by me), for a total of 21 octopi! The fish in the mural number 42 (The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything) (also hand painted on contact paper).
I'm also a huge Beatles fan, so of course I have to call it the Octopus Garden.

Thanks, Andrea!

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(Image credits: reader Andrea)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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