Things are finally starting to come together in our little abode – and just in the nick of time! I am about 6 months now and starting to feel a major slow-down happening. I had been working on a “design-scheme” for the room for quite some time, but it has taken a long while to get to the point where we could start implementing the plan. Here is what the “scheme” was looking like on paper (or… um.. “on screen”)
I made this design board on Polyvore.com – a great resource for those novice designers out there. It keeps track of all the items you save, links to their website and lists the price. Great for collecting products online when you don’t want to necessarily bookmark a whole page. The only major difference (so far) from this design board is that we decided to get a mid-century style vintage dresser to use as a changing table instead of the matchy matchy one that goes with the cribs. It will last a lot longer and it is a solid piece of furniture that I am currently obsessed with! Here is a look at the transformation thus far:
Another before… the sofa is the Ektorp from Ikea that we are having essentially re-made. It will have a new memory foam mattress (our baby nurse will thank us!), complete re-upholstery with the polka dot DwellStudio fabric in the design board picture and piping in the yellow chevron fabric – with pillows made from the yellow fabric as well. I can’t wait!
Baby Gear! We already got a co-sleeper (which we’ll set up in our bedroom) and the diaper genie (thanks Alex!). The black bags contain two baby loungers by Bloom which I scored from another local twin mom – they are in PERFECT condition and are beautiful – hope the babies like to hang out in them! Also the rug is rolled up in the corner there. Here’s a picture of the bouncer in it’s full glory:
I hate the thought of yucky primary colored plasticky baby stuff cluttering up my house… I know it is somewhat inevitable, but I am really trying to buy “gear” that fits in with our design aesthetic (and keep it to a minimum – this place is SMALL!). Even if it is a little more expensive to do it this way, I think I will be glad in the long run. Plus I’ve made sure to do lots of research on reviews to make sure that babies actually like to be in things like this! There is no point in having a gorgeous looking bouncy chair, if baby doesn’t like to lounge in it!
But I digress…
We had the painters/wallpaper guy install crown molding to the ceiling – we had it installed in the other room when we moved in, but for some reason never had it put up in this bedroom… it has bugged me forever. I cannot emphasis enough what a difference crown molding makes in a room – seriously, it just makes everything look more “done” and complete!
Here is what the room looks like now… we still have a long way to go – and I will be posting updates as I go along, but I just couldn’t wait to share!
Sorry about the terrible light in the left corner – I will try and take more professional looking photos in the future! Oh – those giant boxes up against the wall… those are the cribs! Operation “Put Together Cribs” is on the agenda for this weekend. Can you believe we have to put together TWO?! It still hasn’t sunken it.
Check out the gorgeous vintage dresser… I am obsessed! We found it on Craigslist and bought it sight unseen. The seller was located in Huntington Beach which was WAY too far for me to drive especially at the time when my back was killing me, but the hubs was convinced it was perfect so he paypal’d the seller a deposit and it was delivered it that weekend. It was completely re-finished so it is looks brand new and it actually is more perfect in person than in the photos. I am thinking about getting some funky Anthropologie knobs for the top drawer, just to jazz it up a bit… but I am going to wait to see how the rest of the room pulls together…
A shot of the rug that I love! The color scheme for the room is basically greys and yellows… with possibly some pinks (not sure how I am going to incorporate that yet!). This rug goes perfectly with the yellow fabric accents that will be on the sofa and ottoman and the pillows – and possibly crib bumpers that I may have made… have to look into that. It is plush and thick and I can imagine a nice cushy place for the munchkins to roll around on when they get to that stage. Also – Baxter (the dog) seems to love it… that may be a problem….!
The sofa and ottoman were picked up yesterday by the upholsterer and should be done sometime next week! Once that is in and we have the cribs set up, we’ll almost be done – I’ll be back with more posts about the progress and a full resources list for where everything is from, etc.
Still working on a light fixture… not 100% convinced that the Moravian Star pendant light (as seen in the design board) is “the one”. Any thoughts??