The nursery my sister and brother-in-law created 3 1/2 years ago when they were pregnant with my niece blew me away. Their creativity, as well as their dedication to making my sisters long term dream nursery come to life was so inspiring to me. Even now every time I go in there I am amazed by what they did, by their vision and the love that went into the creation of this special room that now has two little ones, a boy and a girl, living in it.
My sister has always loved Dr. Seuss. Particularly the book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go." She had dreamed of having this as her children's nursery since she was in college. Luckily my incredibly talented brother-in-law was very happy with the idea and was able to help with her vision.
Kathryn and Phil chose to do all of the painting and drawing themselves and then supplement with used furniture and handmade window treatments.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Hand drawing and painting the walls, as well as cutting out the castle and window treatments was a difficult and time consuming project. Phil, my brother in law (who also did the murals at the store), happens to possess the amazing ability to do all of the drawing by hand and my sister and he were able to paint the walls themselves. With the help of his father they were able to cut the wood templates and mount them in the room.
This room used to be the guest bedroom/office. It is the only bedroom in the house besides the master bedroom so Kathryn & Phil gave up the extra space for the nursery. They replaced the old ceiling fan that was in the room. Used carpet tiles for the carpet in the middle of the room. The crib was a purchase from a neighborhood garage sale. They knew this way it had already done the majority of its off-gassing and saved them a lot of money. The rocking chair and shelves were new.
The castle behind the crib is actually cut from wood and then mounted on the wall to give a dimensional affect to the drawings.
The Changing Table
Kathryn and Phil decided to use an old dresser they had for my nieces dresser and changing table. They repainted it and changed the drawer pulls. Kathryn found a pattern for the changing pad and then sewed that so it would compliment the room.
They used the diaper dekor alongside the changing table, which fit perfectly into the space created when Phil but larger doors into the closet.
The Window Treatments
The window treatments are a combination of bent eco-plywood, wood brackets and fabric which is velcroed to the eco-plywood. There was very little sewing involved in these treatments. The hardest part was finding the right fabric to match what was going on in the room.
Kathryn and Phil told me one of their favorite things about doing this room was the time they spent together painting it by hand. They would talk for hours about their dreams for their children, the special memories they would have in this room, the memories they were creating for their children, and all about their aspirations as parents. I think you can feel all of this love when you are in the room. It seems to wrap its arms around you. Of course now, with two children in the room it looks different, there are toys, and more books, toy chests and clothes and shoes and potty chairs, all making it look more like home.
What do you think of this room?
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