... And so it begins. And by it, I mean, posts about nursery progress, even when it isn't very... progressive. But this was the weekend I cleaned out the playroom to make room for my office so that my office could make room for the nursery. I spent many (many!) hours tediously going through every toy and book until furniture was empty and bags marked for "giveaway" were full. I also popped my purchasing cherry today with a pretty fantastic piece of furniture which pairs beautifully with the accessories I've collected over the last few weeks (vinyl records with the babies' names on them, bird decals for the ceiling, etc.)
More on that, later. In the meantime, here's the first in a series of nursery progress reports. Ready? Break!
And eventually, this will be the bumper.
Fabric found, here.
The crib will be shared by the babies for the first few months (six? seven?) and because the nursery is attached to our bedroom, we'll be right around the corner if we need to pull anyone into our bed for a spell. Which, I have a feeling will be often. We're the snuggly types.
I fell in love with the giraffe and the zebra (which were gifted by my grandmother. Thanks, Gigi!) especially after deciding I wanted to do a sort of safari theme. They're from Anthropologie, made out of recycled newspaper.
I snagged this picture off google images...
...and today went to the local flea market and bought one just as fabulous, except HUGE, which is exactly what I wanted. (Dresser will also act as a changing table. Just need one of those curved-edge pads):
Flea Market find = $180 including delivery
I even brought my knobs with me to make sure they looked fab (hence the above).
checkered knob, $6, Anthro
Tortoise knob, $10, Anthro
The original plan was to buy all turtle knobs with a couple checkered knobs sporadically thrown in there (to compliment the zebra). But now I'm thinking I'll just buy a bunch of different knobs over the next few months so that EVERY knob is unique. I think it's going to look rad.
Two knobs down. Fourteen to go!
I also bought the (above) painting for $20. It's two beautiful ducks swimming different directions in the same floral pond, which I love. It's currently hanging on the wall above where the rocking chair ($50, bought at consignment shop) will soon be. (It's still in my parent's van, eventually to be transported.) But! It does look a little something like this:
(The plan is to get some fabulous orangey pillows to make it cozy and bright.)
One of my most exciting finds was this fabric for the curtains (the nursery has two huge windows as well as two sets of french doors, which means the room is going to be BRIGHT. We'll blind the doors but I wanted something whimsical for the windows. I want my babes to wake up to pretty colors and shapes and animals that appear to be dancing in the sky, and THERE IT WAS! (Annnnnnnd it will clash match with the bumper fabric, which is fun.)
You guys. How rad is this? I WISH it was mine. I pulled it off google images as a swatch for the bookcase I'll be painting next weekend.
I love this deep/bright/dull/all of the above "pansy" purple and pretty soon, the book shelf (which currently looks like this, see below) will be painted the same shade of purple, full of books.
Book shelf, before. After = stay tuned.
So, this is what I have so far. One corner of the room partially done (those are fabric swatches for possible pillows, and bird decals which I'm planning on putting on the ceiling), a rocking chair two hours south, one painting, two paper mache faces on the wall and a rug on the way.
I have tons to do I realize, but it feels really great to get started. Today was an exciting day for me and I can't stop staring at these things that will belong to them. Every day, every movement, every swollen ankled afternoon it becomes more apparent that THIS IS HAPPENING OH MY GOSH. Thanks for letting me share.