Ahhh, my nursery is finished, and just in the nick of time!! Unexpected complications have just come up and we MIGHT be meeting these little boys much much sooner than anticipated! Cords, amniotic membranes, and blood flow are all the chatter as I pack my bag, praying for just a few more weeks while I wait for word from a perinatal specialist this morning. All I know is the man upstairs has been whispering in my ear this summer, and I’m so grateful to have had heard that unexplainable voice urging me to get ready. And I know a cute nursery is not really top of the list for actual priorities in preparing for premature birth, or any birth really, but for me, it has been therapeutic…a way for me to express my excitement, joy, and hopes.
Honestly, the entire room developed after my initial obsession with THIS breathtaking modern nursery I stumbled upon, and pinned with super glue to my Pinterest. Hot. Love it, but not totally me, if you know what I mean. Perhaps slightly too cluttered, a bit “tribal” for my house and my tastes. I decided to take the foundational things I did love- the zebra rug, the pop colors against grey walls, and the vintage artistic elements- and weave them into an eclectic space that felt like us.
Grey walls in Behr Dolphin Fin- check. Double width “Storytime” rocker– check. (and when I say check, I mean I stalked Craigslist until I found a used one for less than half of retail…which was still a splurge). IKEA book ledges- check. And what about curtains? Spotted this print at a local shop, in all it’s botanical mustard Japanese Kokka hotness, and it was all over but the card swiping.
The wall art is what I’m most proud of. After scouring Etsy for something modern, “poppy”, and customizable, I was left with a bit to be desired (at least by me, and I had a really specific vision in mind of what I wanted). Hmm. Well, I’m no graphic artist, but I do have Photoshop, and I know what I like, so I hit up Google for some old school hi-res images I could “gratefully borrow” (no images listed for sale mind you…more like images from catalogs, comic books, etc), pulled them from their context and set them against my colored backgrounds, added some personalized text in funky fonts, and had all four 12″ X 18″ designs printed on matte photo paper for a whopping total of $6.17 at my local Costco. Modern frames from IKEA, and done. Affordable, 100% custom modern nursery wall art, from just a few basic Photoshop skills and some fuss-less printing.
I know, I know, you twin mammas, you…they sleep better in the same crib. Well, I didn’t learn this until after I’d ordered my second mini crib online and proudly set it up along side the one I already owned and adored. I love them and I’m sure we’ll survive the anti twin-bonding horror of 2 cute cribs instead of one. I know at some point they’ll be rollin’ around and need their own space! And I figure, they’ll be together in our room for the first few months anyway :)
Sometimes I just sit in here and rock all by myself, dreaming and basking in the glory of a space that feels so personal and comfortable, and so magically free of yogurt covered toddlers and mountains of legos, for now.