And now, in case you have some nursery decorating of your own to do but don't have a mother who will do it for you (I don't know how you survive, you poor thing), here are the sources for all of the finds from our lovingly designed room.First up, the wall decal, the only thing in the room I had anything to do with.When this room was the guest room, we had one branch (the lower one on the left) on the wall anchored by a bookshelf. We had purchased the branch at our local Rona. When we took the bookshelf out of the room, the branch was lonely, floating in the middle of the wall. So my mom came up with the idea to turn it into the tree of life. I took to Etsy to find someone who could custom design a tree around our existing branch, and Wilson Graphics was up to the challenge. After sending many pictures and measurements, they designed this beautiful tree for us. See how it even wraps around the corner on the right? I just love how it turned out!
This unbearably cute lamp came from Home Sense. After I bought the elephant piggy bank (which came from Indigo online) on the dresser below, my mom wanted to incorporate some other jungle animals, and this fit the theme perfectly.
I love the shapely legs and the pulls on this dresser that came from Ikea. Unfortunately for you, it is discontinued. The Q in the window, the yellow hippo book ends, and the white tray all came from Home Sense. The sheer curtains, curtain rod, and all of the fabrics for the bedding and chair came from Fabricland, and were sewn by my mom (alas I cannot sew on a button).
The crib and change table were hand me downs, having housed my younger sister in her babyhood, then used by my niece and nephew in more recent years. They're made by Stork Craft, a company still in the baby furniture biz. The chair is the best find in the whole room, in my opinion. My mom found it at Home Sense for, are you ready? 30 dollars! It was on clearance, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, except that the fabric didn't match our room. The price and the size (you can see we don't have a lot of room to work with) meant my mom couldn't turn it down, and spent several torturous hours recovering it by hand. The storage baskets on the change table came from Ikea as well.
Isn't it gorgeous though? I love, love, love the nail head detail.The rug was another Home Sense find, and it was the only thing I got to see before the room was put together. My mom wanted to make sure I would like the rug because it would give the room the vintage French nursery feel she was going for. And . . . I didn't love it when she showed it to me! It just seemed so grown up for a baby's room! But she explained more of the vision, and of course I trusted her. I knew I didn't want a room with a total kid-like feel (no Disney characters for me) so the rug stayed, and of course I love the results.
The drum light was from Home Sense again and it was another steal at 13 dollars! Since Home Sense can be hit or miss (in that no two stores have exactly the same stock, and what you see one day could be gone the next) it took several trips to many Home Sense stores in our city and even down highway 2 in Calgary to find this light. But it was worth it!
The art work are a set of oversized counting cards that my mom found at Home Sense. Because of the aforementioned difficulties in shopping at Home Sense, you should know that these cards can also be found at Chapters and Indigo. When I looked online, I saw that they even have different sets featuring different animals. My mom framed them with white frames from Ikea to turn them into the room's art work.
And there you have it!
Guess what? Today marks my 80th blog post! An odd milestone, but a milestone nonetheless. It's also the bébé's due date, but I need all you readers to keep your fingers crossed that labour holds off until late tomorrow evening at the earliest to Jimmy can make it home! And it wouldn't hurt if you sent winning thoughts to Jimmy's team as they play their first play off game.