My Room: Olivia

Seattle, WA

Christine tells us about this colorful-yet-neutral nursery. She shares: I'm a big fan of color, but not painting walls, so I infused a lot of color into this room using accessories and fabric. The hardest part was transitioning this from our guest bedroom to the nursery and working around the home improvement projects that my husband was working on.

We moved the full-sized guest bed and my husband's desk out and also had to re-locate most of the books on the massive bookshelf. Instead, I used the bookshelf for storage bins for baby clothes and supplies. Just as I thought the nursery was finished, my husband had to go in to add three new electrical outlets to the room (since there was only one existing). Then, we got a new, larger couch for the living room, which meant I could re-purpose the lounge chair from there for the nursery. I didn't realize how big it was and had to do some more shifting around to get things to fit. I think I emptied the large bookshelf completely two or three times in order to make it light enough to move around as the changes demanded and, while in my third trimester of pregnancy!

I love having the rocking lounge chair in the nursery! It's a got a great view of the rest of the nursery. I've already sat there several times reading the children's books I've been collecting and been getting as baby shower gifts. I usually end up taking an afternoon nap there too.

My friends all helped to make an origami mobile that we hung above the crib. Among many other things, I sewed an alphabet blanket, play mat and a travel blanket for the baby and used leftover fabric to make a coordinating pillow for the rocking chair. I also cut out felt tags to label the bins to make things easier to find.

Source List:
Rug: Overstock.com
Crib: Craigslist -- a used Pacific Rim solid maple crib,
Wall Decals: Wallcandy from Tottini and Blik from Velocity Art and Design
Hanging Pom Poms: made by my friend Cup and Penny on Etsy for our baby shower, http://www.etsy.com/shop/cupandpenny
Bicycle and Stork Prints: Diana Sudyka
Magnolia Print: bought several years ago after an OKGO concert at the Metro in Chicago
Cupcake print: gift from husband from Cakespy
Space Needle and Robot print: bought at Urban Craft Uprising from Matthew Porter
Amazon birds print: from a trip to the Amazon
Silhouette: of me: made on by a street vendor on a trip to Salzburg, Austria
Nightstand: re-purposed from husband's bachelor pad furniture, from Room and Board
Rocking recliner: re-purposed from living room, bought at a vintage store in Seattle
Pillow: sewn by me using Echino fabric
Storage Baskets: small ones from IKEA, larger green ones from Storables
Frames: Ikea, then I cut custom mats for many of them
Changing table: Craigslist
Mirror: Already owned
Bookshelf: re-purposed, from IKEA several years ago

Thanks Christine! Readers, say hi at The Sweet Flypaper of Life.

(Images: Christine Tantoco)

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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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