Arthur's Stateside Vintage Suite

Arthur's Stateside Vintage Suite

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 29, 2011

Name & Age: Arthur (9 months)
Location: Kansas City, MO
Room Size: 10' x 12'

Nestled in the heartland, Heather and Aaron Hale in Kansas City have been anxiously awaiting their first son, Arthur. Like many first time parents, they're wondering what to expect, starting to get a little nervous, and have set up a beautiful nursery. This story however is a little different as the Hale's story is one of nail-biting adoption with miles of paperwork, court dates and enough love for any family to float on for an eternity.

Heather and Aaron are at the end of a very long waiting game to bring their son Arthur stateside from his homeland in Ethiopia. They've been oh so patient and have dotted many i's and crossed many t's, and even still have had recent hiccups in the process that have further delayed Arthur's homecoming. You can read about their adoption process on their blog, Love is Waiting. Their faith and love make a difficult journey all the more rewarding.

Both parents are creative types - Heather is a designer and Aaron is a musician and together they opened an online store Love is Waiting to help fund the adoption and the long journeys and travel involved.

The room they have prepared for Arthur's arrival is full of thrifted and vintage finds with a few modern twists. Heather and Aaron worked to find unique pieces for the space without going overboard, allowing the space to feel open and fresh as Arthur's personality develops along the way.

What was your inspiration for the room?
We love all things vintage. We incorporated a lot of vintage finds... books, lamps, stuffed animals, and furniture.

What is your favorite element in the room?
The rocking chair. It was a five dollar find at a garage sale and we had it reupholstered.

What is your biggest challenge?
Trying to create a great space for our son on a budget!

What do your friends say about the room?
It's so fun and unique. It's childlike, but sophisticated.

What was your biggest indulgence?
The rocking chair. Even though it was a five dollar find, the cost to have it reupholstered was more than we spent on anything else in the room.

What advice would you give to someone designing a nursery or children's room for the first time?
Don't limit yourself to the standard baby stores. There are so many great vintage options out there in thrift stores and antique stores! And don't spend a ton of money! Babies are messy and they grow out of everything so fast!

What is your dream source to shop?
We are suckers for the thrill of the hunt! Garage sales, craigslist, thrift stores, antique malls.

Source List:

Pendant light: CB2
Gulliver crib: IKEA
Curtains: Kokka Fabric
Rocker: Paseo Upholstery (KC)
Mid Century dressers:
Wool rug:
Changing pad cover: Dwell Studio
Screenprinted map: These are Things
Ethiopian Taxi art print: Love is Waiting
Monster Shins posters: Tad Carpenter
Bumblebee Wheely Bug: Baby Earth
Framed illustrations: Suburban/Champion

Would you like to meet Arthur? He's a beautiful boy coming home (hopefully soon!) to amazing parents with all the love in the world for him. Here's a glimpse at their first interaction with Arthur as they traveled across the ocean to meet and hug their baby boy for the very first time.

Thanks, Heather & Aaron!

(Images: Scout Photo)

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