Location: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
We love the sloping ceilings and sunlight in Elyse's room. This cheery room is on the 2nd floor of an oversized cape which means it already had two built in assets: the cozy warmth and character of the angled ceilings and plenty of sunshine.
A few other things we love in this room- mom Kate really tried to think ahead and purchase furniture that would be useful beyond Elyse's baby and toddler years. She chose a crib that converts to a day bed and then to a full-size bed. Instead of buying a changing table, she chose a dresser with a removable wood rail around the sides and back that conveniently holds a changing pad in place. There's also plenty of room for storage so toys and books can hide away but still be in Elyse's reach.
The color scheme warms up the bright room and was gender neutral because Elyse was a surprise. Alternating walls in yellow and orange go perfectly with a safari theme. The safari-themed curtains, rug, and soft animal wall hanging above the crib are all from Target.
Rather than splurge on the ubiquitous glider, Kate tells us this chair she had from Ikea did just the trick. It creates a comfortable nook for breast feeding, reading stories, and rocking Elyse to sleep. The dresser that is painted white and yellow is 70 years old and passed down from family. It's the perfect storage area for crib sheets, baby toiletries, and clothing. The storage cabinet portion of it is a favorite hide-and-seek spot where Elyse can climb in with her blankets and stuffed animals.
Kate tells us that lighting was key for them, and they have two additional low-wattage lamps that were great for middle-of-the-night feedings where the overhead light was just way too bright. The CD player was great for istening to music during naps because it was soothing and drowned out the other noises in the house.
Great lighting, music, and of course plenty of stuffed animals. What more could Elyse ask for?