Felix's Handmade Haven

Felix's Handmade Haven

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Lauren Hufnagl
Oct 29, 2014

Name: Felix (5 Weeks)
Location: South Minneapolis, Minnesota

Besides wanting the space to turn out playful and simple, it was really important to me that the room had a lot of unique and handmade items in it. I was able to make some of the pieces myself, including crib sheets, the abacus-inspired art above the crib, and I was excited to strip and refinish a Mid-Century dresser for a fun, bright changing table.

I knew I wanted the room to have a Mid-Century Modern, yet eclectic feel with a lot of childish, whimsical elements. Since we didn’t want to find out the gender, I thought light gray walls with bold pops of color would work well, boy or girl.

I want our child to grow up surrounded with things that have a story and that have love from friends and family behind them. I know that physical objects shouldn’t carry the same importance as our relationships, but there is something really beautiful about holding something your grandmother or friend made just for you.

My favorite thing in the room would have to be the abacus piece. It was my first project for the nursery, and it came out great. I had seen something like it using wood beads and dowels from CB2. I really love the tactile quality of felted wool and used about 100 dyed 1” balls instead. I strung them onto embroidery thread and attached the strings to a simple wooden frame with some pretty brass tacks.

The gallery wall is all prints and pieces my husband and I really love, including work from friends, a Calvin and Hobbes print (hubby’s favorite), a large Jay Ryan print, an awesome needlepoint of a frog and flowers my mom did in the ’70s, and some others we have collected over the years on trips.

In the crib and on the shelves are a mix of old and new items with silly Mermapillar pillows (mermapillarorganics on Etsy), toy robots, and other handmade items, like the quilt and matching bunny doll from Beedot (also on Etsy), give the room a lot of personality.

Thanks, Alice! Readers, you can see more of Alice by visiting her Etsy shop, Mermapillar Organics.

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