My Room: "Monkey"

Atlanta, GA

Just because you don't know if you're having a boy or girl doesn't mean a room can't have personality. Rianna tells us a bit about putting this room together: This room is for our 2nd child. The room is alphabet/animals themed, and gender-neutral for now since we don't know the gender. I figure we can add feminine or masculine accents once the baby arrives.

The white chest and the nightstand next to the glider we have had forever and were worn oak, so we repurposed them by painting them antique white and changing the knobs. Since space in our home is limited, we chose to keep the guest bed in the nursery for those times when we really need to make the nursery into a temporary guest room.

My husband's mom knit the sweet white blanket on the chair and my mom sewed the curtains for us out of fabric from Ikea. The cradle, which we also used for my daughter, will be replaced with my daughter's crib in a few months when the baby is too mobile for the cradle and my daughter is ready to transition to a ‘big girl bed’. My husband's father personalized the wooden hooks above the bed for us a few years ago with a family lineage timeline, beginning with a relative who was born in 1640 in Somerset, England, and ending with my husband and me.

The knit onesie and white baby shoes hanging off were my husband's baby clothes. Since we don’t yet have the crib in the room, the crib bedding I picked out is tucked away in the closet for now, adn the canvas paintings hanging above the bed incorporate the patterns on the crib bedding until we can pull it out (done by a local artist). The crib bedding, quilt on the wall, and alphabet prints above the cradle are all from Land of Nod. Most of the items on the little bookshelf were gifts, and the LOVE print above is from Made by Girl. Many other accessories in the room were Etsy finds.

Thanks Rianna!

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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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