"The Cub's" Darling Den

"The Cub's" Darling Den

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Carrie McBride
Nov 7, 2014

Name: "The Cub" (not born yet)
Location: Columbus, Ohio

We started with a very blank space; white walls, no furniture really (we'd been using it as a sparsely furnished guest room). We wanted to introduce some bold color to the walls, and although we knew we were having a girl, we didn't want anything gender-specific.

We used the Sherwin-Williams app to choose a blue-green color by color-matching some photos we took on the beach in Colombia. The color is fun and bright, but also meaningful and a fun reminder of that trip. We had a hand-me-down crib we knew we'd use, and I wanted to pair it with a modern dresser that we'd convert into a changing table. The West Elm dresser was the perfect size and feel.

When it came to a rocker, I wasn't seeing anything I loved, and really wanted to convert a cool vintage chair into a rocker. I knew it had to be comfortable, but also wanted it to be visually loud. We have some great auction sites in Ohio, and I eventually found this mid-century chair and got it for a song. (Converting it to a rocker turned out to be no problem as well). Once we had the major pieces for the room, we started putting it all together, keeping in mind functionality as well as finding ways to incorporate pieces we already had and loved.

I'm a big thrifter, so many of these pieces (little vase, horse and dog paintings, woven rug hanging) I already had. I grew up completely enthralled with horses and have a huge model horse collection, so getting to unwrap some of those and incorporate them was meaningful. Our dogs are also a huge part of our lives, so framing their paw prints was important to us. Last, I wanted to include a couple photographs of my husband and I — after all, that's where this story started.

I am really pleased with the result - I think it's both whimsical and fun, but not terribly gender-specific or cliche

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Thanks, Claire! Readers, visit Claire's photography website, Rouxby.

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