Making Room in the Master Bedroom

With a baby on the way, everything changes. And every room changes right along with it.  Like the Master Bedroom, which transforms from a peaceful, tranquil space…

(Except maybe for the night when a drunk driver crashed into a line of parked cars beneath the window at 3a.m., finally coming to a halt halfway through the front door of the building across the street.)

And before you know it, plush blankets and tiny teddy bears are piling up faster than you can say baby.

And friends are reminding you that yes, you’ve spent a fortune on the nursery, but of course at first you’ll keep the baby in your room so you can feed, rock, soothe, cuddle and repeatedly check to be sure baby is breathing while losing all hopes of sleeping for the next five years.  You decide you want to create a sweet space for baby in your room, preferably in close proximity to your bed for easy access, nighttime feedings, no sleep.

And since you’ve already spent what seems like a college fund on baby stuff, you don’t want to spend a fortune on new bedding, so you grab a couple of throw pillows off the master bed and line them up along the back of the crib (but of course not while baby is inside which if I don’t say, at least two of my friends will remind me what a dingaling I am thinking I can put a baby in the crib with pillows).  Then you buy an inexpensive crib sheet and use a grey blanket as a crib skirt.  Which you find amusing since Tahoe the Rhino is sitting on your dog eared copy of 50 Shades of Grey.  Get it, grey crib skirt, grey book?  Ha ha. I don’t have the kid yet and I’m already losing sleep.

But if you opted not to find out the sex of your baby, or like us, you are waiting for a call about a foster baby and have no idea if it will be a boy or girl, you need a set up for a girl, too, so you pull a quick switch and add a pink blanket in place of the blue one and a wicker baby basket that works for both sexes but just feels more feminine.

And POOF!, you have another space for baby.  With all the preparation and getting readiness, it never feels like the baby will actually arrive, but they do eventually come…don’t they???


Starlight, Starbright My Pendant Light is Finally Complete!

Do you remember my post from a couple of weeks ago about creating a drum light to cover the apartment grade bulb in the ceiling light?  It didn’t exactly scream sweet, playful nursery…

So when I saw this sweet light

It inspired me to make a light of my own, minus the dangling butterflies and plus a retro modern geometric pattern

However hanging the light was becoming a problem because the shade didn’t quite work with any of the hanging hardware I found, until I came across this nifty little light bulb clip

Which means I actually clipped the drum shade directly on to the light bulb, which would not normally work because you would be able to see that the drum was not surrounding the light, but hanging from it.  But lucky for me the room, being a closet, is the size of, well, a closet, and from no angle can you tell that the lamp shade is clipped to and actually hanging from the light bulb.  Part jimmy-rigged hoe down.  Part genius.  And with that I thought I was done.

But then as I was writing this post, ding dong came the delivery guy and inside the box was an Etsy rubber duck inspired mobile I ordered last week.

And it was one of the cutest things I have ever laid eyes on.  Which brought me back to the dangling butterflies from the inspiration photo.  And with that a rubber ducky dangling, Waverly ensconced, ten dollar lamp shade is now the shining light of our nursery.

Which means I’ll have to buy another mobile for the little one, who after meeting with our Placement Coordinator yesterday, could be here as soon as next week!!

And so we are waiting with breath that is bated and a phone under the pillow, just in case. 😉

A Nursery for Our Foster Baby to Call Home

After a two years, four surgeries, two hospital stays and fifteen plus trips to the ER, my illness is finally behind us and we are on the road to parenthood through the foster and adoption system in San Francisco, CA.  YAY!  I am beyond excited to receive that first call and I’ve been working on a nursery for our foster children to call home.

More than anything, I wanted a bright, cheerful space that would feel a million miles away from the situations many of these children will leave behind.  Even though they are babies, so much of their lifelong development and attachment ability is formed while they’re infants so I wanted lots of bright colors, soft textures and organic toys and blankets to make them feel safe and warm.

I converted an outdated night stand into a navy blue changing table with an anchor hanging above to fit a nautical inspired space that reflects both living in San Francisco and my husband’s love of sailing and the sea.

With such a small room to work with, typical in the city, I tried to make the most of the space by using a dresser with plenty of drawers and cabinets to store an endless supply of onesies, diapers, and all the accoutrements that come along with caring for an infant.  I hung a little clothing rack from the ceiling with nautical rope to display some of my favorite baby outfits, and lined the dresser with books, shoes, and all the adorable things that come with having a baby.

We’re ready for you little one and can’t wait to meet you!

Lots of Love, Andy & Marshall