My Room: Little Driver

My Room: Little Driver

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Carrie McBride
Sep 7, 2011

Megan compares putting a nursery together to dressing for a wedding: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. She tells us more about the lovely results: My husband and I put together this room not knowing the gender of our first baby, 'Tiny Driver' (so nicknamed for the intense cravings first trimester). We were truly inspired by the nurseries we've seen on Ohdeedoh, especially 'Polly's Happy Place', 'Layla's Small but Stylish Aviary', 'Little P's' and 'No Gray Skies for Mallory Gray'.

We converted the spare bedroom into a nursery, although the room's dimensions are roughly 9'x 9' with a somewhat awkward nook and mirrored closet wall. The biggest challenge was that we were both working full-time and also that I had a miscarriage the February before I became pregnant in November. This meant it was always on our mind as we were decorating during the first trimester (so we were cautious with our joy, if that makes sense) and at times painful when we incorporated things we bought during our first pregnancy. Another challenge would be the lack of retail sources in our town, everything we bought had to be brought in tightly planned weekend car trips by ferry or thrifted and repurposed.

We still don't know the gender, but I have a strong inkling it's a girl and so the room has started to take on more feminine touches. I wouldn't say there was a theme; we wanted to have important things from our family members, great grandparents that have passed on and most of the things fit together but I wouldn't say they matched. I started with the idea of themes being birds if she's a she and dragons if he's a he (although most of the dragon stuff is in the closet).

The other thing I grappled with was putting together so many colours of (Ikea) wood, and my husband's inexplicable deep dislike of white furniture and frames. There are a couple elements to our nursery that are pretty common to the Nursery Tours i.e. (the Ikea Expedit bookcase and nursery furniture, Monte Glider, embroidery hoops, vintage toys) but there are a couple of features we think are unique. I am especially pleased with the framed Margaret Tarrant Nursery Rhyme illustrations from the 1940's, as they are so vivid and interesting that they became one of the main features of the room although I had planned to go in an entirely different direction until I found the tattered old book at a Literacy Book Sale for $6.00. It remains the first and only book I have cut up. Everything else in the nursery (that isn't new) is there because it has deliberate associations with our childhoods or someone special to us. Decorating the nursery became a bit like getting dressed on your wedding to us, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Hope you like it, or can use an idea of ours. We are thankful for everyone's submissions as they helped us. The glider was the most expensive item in our room, but we sold an old family car from the 1980's and that money morphed the old family ride into the new family ride. We are looking forward to finding out the gender and there is also an absolutely stunning Doe and Fawn vintage thrifted needlepoint waiting in the closet if it turns out to be a little girl. We can't wait to change the room periodically as Tiny Driver grows, i.e. move the mobile further away from the crib and swap out some of the more babyish things as we see her/his personality and preferences develop.

Source List:
Glider: Monte Designs Grano Glider
Crib, Changing Table, Toy Chest, Wall Shelf: Ikea Leksvik
Rug: Ikea (no longer available)
Light wood bookcase: Ikea Expedit
Floor Lamp: Ikea Alang
Table Lamp: Ikea Jonsbo Orod
Picture Frames: Ikea
Blue Bookcase and white tree planters: Swallow's Nest Gibsons
Ottoman: Pier One reincarnated by a slipcover by Jeannette Morgan Designs
Little footrest: antique from Great-Aunt Beatrice
White owl piggy bank and Big Pooh: Chapters
Little white Owl: thrifted and repainted
Owl Picture/Squirrel Picture: thrifted
Mobile: 'Harmony Wings' from Nest Ottawa (gift)
Mirrored window frame with Bookshelf: Manitoba Touchwood Shop (workshop for people with intellectual disabilities and where members of my husband's family work)
Rainbow Blanket: knitted by me
Needlepoint in hoops: me (you can tell, it's lovingly amateur)
Books: If it isn't new it's thrifted
Pooh Lamp: Happy Cat Haven Garage Sale
Alphabet blocks: my childhood

Thanks Megan!

(Images: Megan C.)

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