Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan
As Kristin and her husband anxiously await the arrival of Baby O, from Vietnam, she already has a beautiful nursery all set. What first struck us about the room was how warm and inviting it was, while still having bold touches throughout the room as shown in the various Mod elements that Kristin is fond of.
When it came to the nursery, I knew right away that I didn't want a "theme" room, and I wanted something that was child friendly, but could "grow up" as well. I wanted room to play, a place to read or listen to music, lots of books, and room for diapers.
There was a great amount of forethought into her nursery decorating process. For instance, she chose this room in her home because of the beautiful sunlight it gets in the morning and it was already painted blue. Kristin says, "I knew I'd be up early with the baby, so I wanted to be in a room that would make me happy to be awake. The room feels so fresh and alive in the morning." Kristin also planned on making the room gender-neutral so it can be used for more children in the future.
She continues, "I don't usually have a lot of disposable income that I can earmark exclusively for decorating, so I'm always looking for a deal or figuring out a way to make something 'work' without spending a lot." For example, Kristin tells us that the wire basket on the changing table is actually a shower caddy she's had since college, the rug was something that was already in her home and the Target Thomas O'Brien clear blue lamp previously resided in her office.
Among the items we really loved in Baby O's room were a sweet flower growth chart by Melissa Sweet for eeBoo; the "mod" prints by Shag; the photo clip mobile found at the D.C. Museum of Modern Art and Ikea's Hemnes chest.
As always, homemade items give any nursery a unique, personal touch. Kristin used her great DIY skills in making the window treatments, the chair slipcover, the crib pillow and the pretty quilt using a pattern from the book, The Modern Quilt Workshop.
Kristin's advice on how to approach the nursery-decorating process is:
Take your time and start early. Visualize the style you'd like and then keep an eye out for pieces that fall into line with that vision. Then, only buy what you love. It will evolve. Stores are always coming out with new things, so you may not find everything all at once. I've found that if I force pieces, I usually end up spending more money on things I don't really love, but if I start early, and collect slowly, I'm usually much happier with the end result. I also don't limit myself to baby or children's items. I try to take unexpected or grown up items and make them work in a young room.
Good advice! Thank you so much for sharing, Kristin.
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(Re-Edited from 2007-9-7 - CB)