Baby Roo's Cozy & Colorful City Digs

My Room

Name: Baby Roo
Location: Bernal Heights — San Francisco, California

When I started thinking about designing a space for our January 2012 baby (nicknamed 'Roo'), I knew I wanted it to be gender-neutral, bright, colorful and modern, with a nod to our urban San Francisco environment. I also wanted to incorporate as many DIY, recycled, and secondhand items as possible.

First on the list was the color palette - I chose bright orange and soft grey, painting two of the walls of the small room grey and using orange on furniture and accent items, like the dresser and the crib. Originally found on the street in hideous condition, we refinished, painted, and added new knobs to the dresser. The crib was thrifted and the rails painted orange to match the dresser.

I made the clouds and raindrops mobile with the help of a friend out of soft felt and batting as another colorful item for the baby to focus on.

Using the Boodalee City decals from Blik on the walls, I brought in two blues as well, colors that are echoed in the striped curtains. Homemade baby blankets, original artwork, toys, and books add additional color and patterns to the space.

The most special item in Roo's room is the walnut rocking chair, in which my mother rocked my sisters and me. The rocking chair was disassembled and crossed state lines in order to take its place in Roo's room.

Thanks Kelly! Readers, find Kelly at Little Red Desk.

(Images: Kelly/Little Red Desk)

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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.