My Room: Kade and Baby Sister

My Room: Kade and Baby Sister

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Carrie McBride
Oct 25, 2010

Kade looks excited to meet his baby sister and we think they'll be great roommates in this lovely room for two. Their mom Lucretia tells us about putting the room together for them: We have a 2 year old boy and his baby sister is due in just 5 weeks. Since we knew throughout the pregnancy that they would eventually share a room, I'd been looking for boy/girl ideas for a while. I settled on a Jack & Jill style room with a nursery rhyme theme.

It was important to me to incorporate a few family heirlooms and I also wanted to make as much as I could myself, since we had a tight budget for redecorating. My grandmother had made me a baby quilt with nursery rhymes embroidered on it and my husband's grandmother gave us two nursery rhyme wall cut-outs from the 1950's that she had hung in my father-in-law's room. I also managed to find a few Ruth E. Newton illustrations in my parent's antique shop.

We rent our house, so painting wasn't an option. Instead I used scrappy fabric from the 1930's to bring in color with the bunting, lamp shade, and basket liners. Then I sewed bedding and curtains out of white fabric to bring continuity. By sewing the fitted crib sheets myself, I made four for the price of one. I found the vintage pink dress at a flea market, along with three antique frames I painted white. To save money, I used scrapbook paper for the mattes. We found the twin bed on Craigslist and I painted it white to match the existing crib.

All in all, the total makeover cost was only $407.

Thanks Lucretia! Readers, you can see more of this room at Our Family Unit.

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