Thursday, March 8, 2012

Deirdre's Digs

I intended to write this a while back when I was working on sweet Deirdre's room but since being home, I have been spending more time cuddling than at a computer.   Aaah, lovely priorities.  

Here is baby Deirdre's room now that it is completed   Having gone through the baby phase before, I had more thoughts (ie, opinions) about what I wanted in a baby room and how to organize it so that it would work for us.  I also wanted to re-use James' space in a way that would be feminine but not too girly.   We also didn't want to re-paint or take down the wall decal so all the choices had to work around that.  

When possible, we tried to use things that we already had in the house, take advantage of hand me downs and optimize storage space!

What we decided to go with is a color palette of yellow and red to complement the silver-sage wall color.   We also used a mix of wood and white-- our furniture is a blend of both so we used baskets and a mix of picture frames to make it seem intentional.

Crib View.  We purchased a new toy box and some IKEA accessories for the crib.  Also featured is my awesome super cheap crib skirt and bench pad that I sewed with the help of You Tube Intelligence.   The crib was a hand me down from my uncle and the pictures were moved in from the office which is now James' room.  The hang it all has already been moved into the closet since James can't seem to resist the temptation of those brightly colored balls. 

Changing Table.  The changing table was a hand-me-down from a friend and is awesome.  It's much better than our other one and we love the baskets underneath for clothing.  We are re-using a tower from Target for the baby spa goods.   We haven't quite figured out how to organize baby girl clothing-- it's much more complex than boy clothes  Red is red but pink comes in 14000 shades.  God bless our little girl, she is working with parents with little to no style. 
Rocker.  The big purchases for the room were the rocker and rug.  I hated our rocker from last time-- it was too big for the room and would bang against the wall with every rock-- not so peaceful at 3 am.  We decided to go with a fully upholstered tiny rocker that fits our space better and I justified it by offering to re-craigslist the old one.  I really like the rug-- it was a random find at Pier1 and was the first purchase for the room.  It's kind of a Fair Isle print-- more traditional than what I normally gravitate too- but I really like it!  I also have the curtains that I 'decorated' and a blanket that I won at the ThanksLiving Auction in November.   We also really love to read to our kids at night, so we stocked Deirdre's book basket with soft books!
Etsy prints featuring birds and trees
The closet--We have another storage unit here-- We took off the doors off the closet and added curtains so that we can get into the closet pretty easily.  Our goal is to equip this room with enough storage that two kiddos could live (and store their belongings) in the room.


  1. Hi Dana - it looks beautiful!! Where did you get your rocker? I am trying to equip the world's smallest nursery, and I'm having a hard time finding a nice-looking, SMALL(er) piece.

  2. Hi Sarah, I got it at Babies R Us. It is one of the ones on the floor that you can sit in-- I think it is Klaussner. It comes in other colors as well- but the light yellow color worked well for us!