Nursery Tour: Jonah's Thrifty Fab Room

Nursery Tour: Jonah's Thrifty Fab Room

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Carrie McBride
Mar 13, 2008

Name: Jonah, e.t.a. March 15 (!)

Location: Richmond, VA

First they Got Color, now they Got Baby. Parents-to-be, Corey and Tod, have a flair for bold colors as evidenced by their mod living room entry in AT's 2005 I've Got Color! Contest. Now they're expecting a baby and you can bet they haven't shied away from color. For "far less than $500" they've put together a room full of homemade, vintage and thrift pieces and created a fun, warm space for their son.

What was your inspiration for creating Jonah's room?
I just wanted to do something fun and graphic. Interesting to look at, fun bright colors, but not too "baby-ish" either. I know that developmentally, little babies are drawn to contrast, so I made the tree & giraffe next to the crib for him to look up at. The tree was directly inspired by a wall decal I saw somewhere (Blik, I think?) and the giraffe was inspired by the Pet Sounds re-release cover art. Everything else just grew out of doodles in my sketchbook.

Did you encounter any challenges along the way and come up with any creative solutions? Our constant challenge is financial. Luckily, we enjoy the treasure hunt aspect of checking out the thrift stores & antique shops in our area (not to mention Craigslist & yard sales!) and have found out time and time again just how much a coat of paint can do.

We easily spent FAR under $500, including paint, fabric and all the furniture, by starting early (we were garage sale hunting last summer) and keeping our eyes and options open.

What are your favorite elements or items in the room? The brown fabric that I sewed the curtains and stuff out of was a lucky random find. I got it super cheap and wish I would have bought more. I'm super happy with the refinishing job that we did on the book case, as well.

How did Corey and Tod put Jonah's room together for less than $500? Two ways: hunting for thrifted bargains and using their own talents to make art, sewn accessories and give furniture new life with paint.

Thrifted:

• They bought the crib second-hand ($50) on Craigstlist. It's a way nicer crib than we ever could have been able to afford new. Which was awesome because we were feeling thoroughly defeated after going to Babies "R" Expensive and realizing anything made of real actual wood was completely out of our price range.

• The changing table was thrifted for $30 and spraypainted white to match the crib.

• The bookshelf was thrifted for a mere $4. They added a back to it and spiffed it up with a coat of paint.

• The dresser was also thrifted several years ago for $10. They've updated its look by stripping and refinishing the body and painting the front drawers white.

• Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the best thrifter of all? Tod and Corey of course - the mirror was thrifted for less than $10.

Handmade:

• The defining feature of the room - the lively, colorful animal mural was painted by Corey (wow!). She also painted the artwork hanging on the walls - the animals, the alphabet and Jonah's name made from wooden letters.

• The bird mobile is handmade, too. She stuffed and sewed the birds from felt and clipped them onto a blank mobile (they call it an artwork holder) from Pottery Barn Kids. If she, or Jonah, gets bored with it, she can always change the birds for something else later on.

• The crib sheets are from the Dwell line for Target and Corey sewed the dust ruffle and pillows herself. [Don't worry, the pillows & stuffed animals will be kicked out when need be.]

• The rocking chair was once used to rock Corey when she was a baby and has now been passed down to her. She sewed a cushion for it for extra comfort.

In addition to the slideshow, you can "experience" Jonah's room through this YouTube video.

Thanks so much for sharing, Corey and Tod! Enjoy Jonah's arrival!

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