My Room: Baby Boots

Chicago, IL

Baby Boots's Room is bursting with fresh color and cheer. Maggie shares: Our baby is due September 1st and my husband Jim and I spent a lot of time planning the baby Boots's (a family nickname for the baby) room. Our inspiration came from the color scheme--we picked it out from a popular palette on Colour Lovers.com called "Cheer Up Emo Kid"...the name almost turned us off, but we loved the combination of vibrant colors offset by the deep, smoky gray.

We do not know the sex of our baby, so we wanted a gender-neutral scheme. Our biggest challenge was adding everything with the layout of the room. We could really only use two of the four walls, as the east wall is all closet (not complaining about the large closet!), and the north wall is mostly all windows. We didn't want the room to feel cramped, and I think that adding a solid color bright rug helped fix that problem. After picking the paint colors (we matched the hex values with paint RGB values), the rest all fell into place.

I'm very proud that the only new big item that we purchased is the crib. I love the vintage look of Jenny Lind cribs, and I liked that it was nontoxic and made of real wood, so that's why we chose that particular crib. The crib bedding is one of my favorite elements of the room because it's handmade! Jim's sister made the baby quilt. My sister-in-law did an amazing job, and incorporated all of our colors with a variety of patterns. The back of the quilt is the solid teal color. My aunt knitted the apple green baby blanket. I know that we'll use both items forever and that they'll be cherished keepsakes. I found the polka dot sheets at Target.

The dresser is part of a childhood bedroom set I had, and Jim sanded and painted it. It was his idea to paint the inset of the drawers the teal color, and I'm glad we did! The red drawer pulls are from World Market. We already owned the Ikea Billy Bookcase, and Jim painted the back of it red. I purchased the rocking chair from an antique store ($20!) and added a chair cushion from World Market. The blanket on the back is from my sister; she bought it in Sedona where I found out I was pregnant.

I made the mobile that is above the changing table. I was inspired by Ohdeedoh's mobile roundup post, and merged several of others' ideas into my own. I painted a sewing hoop and added mirrors that I already had from CB2. In between the mirrors, I added paint swatch circle cutouts and birds printed from a freebie download on InspiredbyChildren.com. I hope that our baby will look up at all of the colors during diaper changes!

The picture set was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love. All of the white frames are from Ikea. Several of the images are free downloads from InspiredbyChildren.com, one is a card from my sister, another is a design from Colourlovers.com, and the last is the poem, "Children Learn What they Live" by Dorothy Law Nolte. My sister and I had that poem in our room as children, and my mom retyped/printed the poem in the room's colors.

I'm in love with the curtain pattern! The fabric is Amy Butler's "Soul Blossoms Chartreuse, Fuchsia Tree". My mom made the curtains and added a room darkening liner behind the fabric. Jim painted the curtain knobs the dark grey color.

We love the room and love that we worked on it together. I love that the color palette is repeated in the room, but not in a matchy-matchy way. Jim and I and can't wait to add the final item to it: our baby!

We used the following colors, all matched to Sherwin-Williams zero VOC Harmony paint:
• Sherwin-Williams Krypton (wall)
• Sherwin-Williams Storm Cloud (dresser, mobile, curtain knobs)
• Benjamin Moore Teal Tone (dresser)
• Benjamin Moore Santa's Suit (bookcase)

Thanks Maggie!

(Images: Maggie M.)

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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.