A Project For
I wanted to create a space that was modern and sophisticated so it would appeal to me and my husband yet still be fun, cute, and childish so our baby boy would grow to love it.
After scouring the web and looking at photo after photo, I finally settled on a color scheme of grey and white with pops of yellow and blue. In addition to that color palette, I knew I wanted a space that incorporated various animals as I feel that nothing says “childish fun” like a sprinkle of animals around the room.
Modern, clean, customized, and cute.
Glider: Room and Board’s Carter Swivel Glider
Ottoman: Etsy seller aletafae
Side table: West Elm’s martini side table
Bookcase with baskets: Ikea’s Expedit shelving unit
Dresser and changing table: Ikea’s 6-drawer Malm dresser
“Laugh” sign: Etsy seller iTagStudios (DIY frame and painting job)
Diaper caddy: Etsy seller Baffin Bags
Blue and yellow printed bunting banner: Etsy seller StarlitNestGifts
Yellow and white bunting banner: Etsy seller MariaClaireInteriors
Koala tree decal: Etsy seller LeoLittleLion
Crib: Wal-Mart’s Baby Mod - Olivia 3-in-1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib in Espresso and White
Plush elephant chair: Pottery Barn Kids
“E” on the closet door: Anthropologie
“So Happy Together” print: Etsy seller SycamoreStreetPress
“I (heart) U Eyali” print: Etsy seller mateoandtobias
Owl family print: Etsy seller UrbanTickle
Owl pillow: Etsy seller aprilfoss
Mustache pillow: BlaBla Hold Me Tight mustache pillow
It’s so hard to pick! There are a lot of little elements I’m in love with, especially since I shopped on Etsy a lot and tried to customize the room. My absolute favorite though is the “Laugh” sign above the dresser. Originally, we planned on placing a few prints resting on a ledge, but I found the look to be too “busy”. And, from a pragmatic perspective, the prints had to be placed high enough on the wall (so the little guy wouldn’t reach them once he was standing) that they weren’t centered and we couldn’t get them well-anchored, which created a safety hazard. I love that that piece is modern, fun and has a DIY aspect to it in which my husband and I created our own creative stamp in the room.
Take a look at what’s out there by viewing all the photos you can of existing rooms to get an idea of what “look” you love and keep coming back to. Get a good sense of what you’re going for before you start purchasing. And if you dedicate yourself to an idea or project but end up just not being happy with it, don’t be afraid to scrap the project, turn it into something else, or place the item somewhere else in the house. Ultimately, you want to really love the space. And of course, take advantage of Etsy – it’s addictive for a reason!
*Thank you to Lori Anderson Photographers (http://www.loriandersonphoto.com/) for all the great photos!