Lincoln's Easy As ABC Room

My Room

Name: Lincoln (8 weeks)
Location: St. Louis Park, MN

Our focus on our baby's room was bright, clean, fun and gender neutral (we waited until his birth to learn the sex). What once was a sad attempt at a home office is now the room of our new baby boy, Lincoln.

Here's a rundown of the room: The rug and most of the furniture is IKEA. The changing table/dresser has been in the family for 100+ years - we just updated it with button knobs from Anthropologie. The metal wire crates, "HI" letters and flash card animals are from Hunt & Gather in Minneapolis. One long Friday night was spent attaching the flashcards to magnet backing so they stay up but can be taken down. We put up a new fan/light and picked up a canvas print from Urban Outfitters.

In a fit of fatherly nesting, my husband Rich (a graphic designer) decided to paint the room white and hand-paint an alphabet on the wall. The easy part started with firing up Illustrator, getting some transparency paper, buying an overhead projector and mixing a few sample cans of paint.

Then the hard part came - scaling the artwork on the wall, redrawing the lines from multiple transparencies and masking off parts of the letters. Then came painting almost straight, semi-circular Helvetica letterforms in between hand cramps and air-drying. After the third coat and some white paint edge clean-up the wall was finished

In short, up-close the letters aren't perfect. In fact you can see pencil lines if you gawk long enough, but that's the point. Rich wanted to make something for our new one that was a piece of him. Pride, flaws and all.

Thanks Angela & Rich! Readers, see more of the creation of this alphabet wall here.

(Images: Angela Higgins)

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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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