Tuesday, 26 February 2008

The nursery makeover

Oh look! There's the zebra rug again. I particularly love animal print in a kid's room - very modern safarish!

It seems babies have taken over this blog, so apologies, but that seems to be my life at the moment! I'm starting to make over Zak's room in preparation for his sibling who is due early June, so I thought I'd share a bit of what I've done so far. Unfort it's quite dark, despite his room being so light - go figure! I originally started the feature wall for the real living website about the stimulating effects of black and white on newborn babies (check it out on Monday, March 3 for more on that as well as other projects, recipes and a peek inside another real living staffer's home), but I liked it so much I figured I'd keep it for now and just de-black and white it a little with more colour personal pics when I get the urge. I debated about what to put in the centre - his name, a quote, a picture - but decided being the book worm he is, this is perfect. I just painted it on the wall (several times in fact - it's really hard to get it straight!) and Steve did the shadow for me. Then I just popped a range of black and white graphic things around it - including the very cute and free-to-download-and-print-out prints from fellow blogger Kal Barteski at LoveLife. So simple really.



A chalkboard painted toybox. Am still searching for funky fabric to make a cushion for the top - any suggestions?

I love chalkboards in a kids room, but hardly think they're a wise choice if you have carpet, which we will be getting one day soon! Think of the dust! But I saw a similar pic of a chalkboard-painted window seat with the child's name over it and thought it a cute alternative. I went with ABCs and will be sewing a cushion for the top which Zak can remove and attack with chalk whenever he feels the urge. I might need to review this one once the carpet goes in, but for now, all good - aside from my wonky writing...

It's quite fun redesigning a baby's room - seeing as he's moving into more of a little boy, I'm banishing the change table, baby wardrobe and rocker and replacing with a little table and chairs, bean bags and floor cushions and a few more "bigger kid" things. Besides, I need them all for the baby's room, which, due to space, will be a portion of our massive bedroom for the first few months.

And on the subject of the nursery - after way too much time browsing the Etsy site, I made my first purchase yesterday. I spotted this inspiring print the other day in a beautifully serene nursery Anna from Absolutely Beautiful Things designed and went in desperate search of it.



"Break the Routine" print $18, Studio Mela


"Night Night", $20, by Studio Mela
I finally found it and snapped it up for Zak's room along with another cute little character for the baby's room. Aren't they adorable? They're by a clever cookie called Shelli and she has some beautiful work - check her Etsy shop Studio Mela for more. Just be sure you're willing to part with a few $$$...


14 comments:

Danimezza said...

Hahaha i saw annas baby room and noticed the cute print too, great minds... :P

Maybe for the cushion a zebra cover or continue with the aqua, black and white scheme. pale yellow or orange in a bold print would be funky too. i love th funky truck by the way.

I love Kals work and her baby daughter Pilot is such a gem. I hear she's creating a book series called "Penguin & Woot" based on the penguin print.

Natalie Walton said...

Very cute - and creative. Sewing a bean bag, B, you are more talented than you let on. I am absolutely hopeless with that type of thing so definitely will just have to purchase things. Will have to send some pics through of the progress on my front room - can't really call it a nursery as half of it is my study!
n

Kate said...

The nursery looks great.
Once your house is completed, do you think you will get bored and want to start all over again with a new house?

Jennifer Ramos said...

SO CUTE, just ran across your blog and by the way I've seen the mag and totally LOVE IT! You guys are doing a great job! Loving the nursery too...


Jen Ramos
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belinda graham said...

Thanks guys!
Kate - I think I'll never stop with the house. I like too many different styles and things so I think I'll just keep changing rooms around, revamping furniture or buying new stuff to suit my mood as long as my bank balance -and husband - allows it!
Nat - am going to ATTEMPT the bean bag, but have been lucky enough to score a pattern courtesy of Holly at Decor8, so at least will have some guidance!
Thanks Jen - am in love with your stuff. A ZAK ABC will be my next purchase me thinks!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the nursery colours am truly inspired for bub no. 2's wall. Unfortunately he will be in with us until we move because we only have two bedrooms. It will be great to see some of your ideas for combing the nursery with main bedroom (considering toys and primary coloured baby stuff inhabits every room of our flat it will be nice to have sophisticated black and white in our room).
Thanks
Rachel

belinda graham said...

Hi Rachel, thanks for your comments. Have just moved some things around in our bedroom and am starting the very fun job of sanding walls back tomorrow in preparation for painting. Hopefully won't be long before I can post some pics of the combined nursery/master bedroom, so stay tuned!

Nicky said...

Your "Once Upon A Time" is in the exact font as the same tattoo on my sisters back! Weird....
I love it, it looks great!

Suzie said...

I loved this room - thank you so much for posting a photo. I have been looking for a zebra rug for my son's room so I was wondering where you purchased yours from? x

belinda graham said...

Hi Suzie - thanks! The zebra rug was from Ezibuy of all places!! Not sure if they still have any though - it was a while ago. Good luck!
Cheers
Belinda

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Lovely Little Nest said...

LOVE the crib bedding! Where is it from??

Such a cute room! :)

toni said...

You are son talented. Your room is being featured on designdazzle.blogspot.com
Thank you : )
Toni

kate said...

Love those colors. So cute. Also, those details like that blackboard case so so cute.