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making room - turning a corner into a nursery

the path less traveled market: making room - turning a corner into a nursery

7.16.2010

making room - turning a corner into a nursery

Ian has been sleeping in our room since he was born on June 8. We have a two bedroom apartment, and, while Emma Grace has enough space in her room for a bassinet/playpen, she is still only 16 months and wakes up pretty easily.
I knew that we could easily take care of one crying baby at night, but wasn't so sure about two!



So, towards the end of my pregnancy I spent some time making a spot for our new little one along a wall in our master bedroom.
I wanted our new baby to have a special space just for him, but also wanted to avoid making our room look like a nursery!

Before I started rearranging the room the wall had a collection of frames with photos from our wedding and of Emma, some meaningful notes that John and I have written to each other, and a couple of shadow boxes with some flowers and a pair of my mom's baby shoes.

(after)

I took those down and moved them to the wall above the dresser, and, with this canopy idea that I had seen on design*sponge in mind, made up a wall hanging to define the space.



I really loved how the canopy made the other nursery looked, kind of tailored but not preppy, and could see it working really well in our room. So, I went to the fabric store looking for some fabric similar to the material that was used for the hanging in the article.
The only fabric that they had that was even close was pretty pricey and available by special order only. I am a huge cheapskate (if you've been reading the blog a while you might have picked up on that!) and was really hoping to get the project done without spending large amounts of $$$. So ............. I looked on the clearance table!
This fabric was $1.99 a yard (I bought 4 yards) and I already had the brown that I used to edge it on hand from an earlier project.





We have since moved the playpen into Emma's room and have a Moses basket that my mom gave us in ours. (Ian starts the nights in his basket, and John and I often move him into our bed part way through the night.)



I found that, because the playpen was up against the wall and it seems so far from the bed in the middle of the night, I was never using it.
We'll probably move it back once Ian grows out of the basket, but for now we have a few extra square feet of space. :)



 

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4 Comments:

Blogger Christina said...

What a great idea!

July 19, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger KatiePerk said...

this looks great!

July 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Jessica Hills said...

Very cute! I love it! Thanks so much for linking to FTF!

July 19, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Very cute and creative!!

July 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM  

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