- Home Decorating
A Vintage and Affordable Nursery
It all started with a search for the perfect curtains - a task that was not easy to complete. Having not sewn in 15 years, I decided to sew my own curtains for the baby-to-be, and I haven't stopped sewing since! The rest of the room theme followed, simply because of the curtains and the fabric I chose. I had no end result in mind, just revamped what I had around the house, did some second hand shopping, hired some painters to do the job since I was on bedrest while expecting. The three main colours I chose were green, white and brown. Once our baby arrived and we discovered we had a girl, we were able to throw in some pops of pink in the bedroom!
To sew, or to buy...the decision is yours.
I looked high and low for appropriate curtains for my baby room. Originally I wanted bright coloured polka dots, and could not find anything that would work. Finally, I decided I could sew some. How hard could it be - it was just straight lines (I hadn't sewn in 15 years).
At the fabric store I was completely overwhelmed until I ran into someone I knew...a genius angel. She used to work at a design studio and was the person who came up with the patterns for the outfits that designers made! She whipped up my wedding dress without a pattern, and when she feels like a new skirt, she whips one up that morning before work! A genius I tell you!
Since I had no clue what I was doing, she helped me find my fabric and I just fell in love with this one...and the price. It came to about $3 a meter on clearance - a STEAL! My genius angel helped me find out how much fabric I needed, found me the lining (I wanted black-out curtains) and found co-ordinating fabric for the bedding (by then I had decided that would be easy too as it was just straight lines).
I liked how the pre-made curtains hung in my other children's room, so I just copied how they were made - back tab curtains. I didn't buy black-out lining as it would have been double the price. Instead I bought a medium lining and doubled it. I was so nervous sewing it! I'll never forget being 7 months pregnant and crawling around on the floor trying to cut and measure everything.
I used a curtain rod I had laying around in the garage and whipped up some tie-backs getting ideas from this tutorial. Originally I wanted something fancy to hold back the curtains, but the price of them and the odd shape of the nook the curtain was in made me change my mind. I finally just screwed some little brass hooks into the wall.
To sew or not to sew.
How do you find curtains for your room?
Preparing for the Many Sleepless Nights
A DIY Lamp!
The nightstand above I had already had for 5 years. Bought it at the thrift store for a few dollars with the top missing, I repainted it white and had my woodworking genius Dad make the top for me. He chose a walnut top and stained it for me too, while I polyurethaned to finish it off. I love the contrast of white and dark! The glass knobs were from a local country store for about $5 each.
I found the cutest lamp at the thrift store for $1! I decided to keep it black so that it would match the rocking chair. The lampshade was just a cheap $5 one from Walmart that I wanted to try my hand at recovering. I sprayed it with spray-on glue ($5) and rolled the left-over curtain fabric onto it. I wasn't happy with how messy the inside looked, so I hot glued a strip of matching ribbon on the inside.
What's your style? - Clocks are essential for keeping up with those midnight feedings.
A clock is essential!
There are a few things to consider when purchasing a clock for your baby's room. Digital is very nice as it has a glow to it. Analog is my favourite, as they seem to have so much character, though some people find the ticking annoying in the quiet of the night. I like to think that sound would be soothing to a new baby who is used to all kinds of noises in the womb.
My older sons have this in their bedroom. They go to sleep every night to music, and this clock has a "sleep" mode where it will turn off the music after 30, 60 or 90 minutes!
I love that the lighting of the display is adjustable, so on those nights where they are extra scared, I can make it brighter, or if they are having trouble sleeping, I can make it dimmer.
Either way, they know that they cannot leave their bedroom until that clock says 7:00! (Or as they call it, 7 zero zero!)
Thrift Store Treasures!
Put Your Feet Up
Fringed thrift store finds - matching stool and chair!
I found this little stool for $4 along with it's matching fringed chair for $6 at our local thrift store. I was so excited to not have to do a thing to them as all the colours matched the baby room already! The top of the footstool opens up and I put all the baby shoes inside it for now.
In the photo above is the fringed chair from my thrift store find. So sweet for her little teddies to rest on, and can't you just see it in later years, sitting at a makeup table?
The teddy bears were gifts and the $1 blue shoes under the chair were also found at the thrift store. I thought they would be so cute for dress-up clothes!
Organize and Label!
And add a little vintage decor!
I pulled out some old Ikea baskets I had and made some labels to remember what was where. I cut scrapbook paper for the labels, used my label maker with clear label tape and tied it on with twine.
I never knew fabric flowers were so much fun to make! Originally I made them for the curtain tie-backs, but didn't like how they looked - but look at them at the photo below!
I pulled out one a vintage doll my mother-in-law had gave me, found my husbands baby shoes, dug out one of my childhood tea cups as well as added a baby bonnet. Vintage decor and sentimentality at no cost!
As Cute as a Button
Sleep Tight Little Bug!
Framed Vintage Sewing Patterns - Perfect artistic addition!
Framed Vintage Dress - My childhood dress brought to new life!
Baby's First Christmas Gift Ideas
Find gift that can be kept through the years, be built to last and have a story behind it. I love finding things I wished I had, or things fondly remember from my childhood...like my dad's coin banks, or his vintage train set. Or my mom's vintage doll, her charm bracelet, or her necklace made from the paper beads she had created.
Hand made bedding
Baby's First Christmas - For each of my three baby's first Christmas, I wanted to give them something special.
They did not need toys to play with at this age, and I knew that by the time they are school aged, having a special momento from their first Christmas as a baby would be something they would treasure and even bring to show & tell at school.
I wanted to choose something that would last them a lifetime. For my daughter, I chose the little painted iron lamb that sits on her windowsill in the above photo.
For my oldest son, I chose a tiny vintage looking wood cupboard, and for my middle child, I chose an iron vintage replica horse drawn fireman's carriage.
I love that they have items that will last 50 years and that can be passed down to their future children!
Sew Your Own Bedding
Sheets, Duvet Cover and a Neckroll
I had so much fun sewing this little neckroll. It turned out too big for my original plan to have it go under my arm while nursing in the rocking chair, but it looks great in her crib!
I loved the idea I found online of sewing your own crib sheet. With kicking off their blankets half the time or picking their own favourite blanket, regardless of your decor, investing in some cute sheets sounded like a great idea!
I fell in love with this paisley pattern and enjoyed learning how to sew a french seam while making this bed sheet.
Sewing a duvet cover with co-ordinating curtain fabric was an affordable and cute idea to cover my existing Winnie-the-Pooh baby bedding. With two fabrics to add some pizzaz and velcro at the bottom, it was easy to sew and is easy to clean!
It is not recommended to use bumper pads in your crib anymore, yet most "nursery sets" still include a bumper pad, which equals wasted money. And once again, when your baby bunting starts to develop their own tastes and sense of security with a specific blanket, you will not even use your matching, pricey bed spread!
My most favourite part - choosing the mobile! Oh there were so many ideas!
I finally settled on the most cost-effective one for me.
I took my existing Winnie-the-Pooh mobile and sewed a cover for the arm. Then I took some sweet little dolls and their accessories that I had and strung fishing line through them. To make them stay in the little slots on the mobile arms, I sewed little squares and strung the fishing line through that as well.
When she outgrows her mobile, starts standing and gets too tall that she starts to pull it down, I will just take the mobile down, cut the dolls loose and she will be able to play with them!
Diaper Changing Entertainment!
The Changing Table
A $3 wall shelf found at a garage sale works perfectly to hold all the lotions, oils and powders for the changing station. I put a coat of white paint on the shelf, but didn't want to change the existing red inside.
On top of the shelf is a shadow box from the thrift store which I put some old booties and matching hat I'd had from my Grandma. The two little bunnies resting on the shelf were dug out of my husbands treasure box from when he was a baby! There is a glass jar from the dollar store where I can easily find hair accessories for my baby girl.
I fixed up my existing change table a little and sewing the matching change pad cover was good practice before tackling my curtains and duvet cupboard. The rummaged my house for some matching baskets to hold baby's clothes, bedding and diapers. My baby came 5 weeks early. Being so exhausted from all the care having a preemie requires, and having to wait so long before she fit into normal sized baby clothes, I ended up labeling all my baskets as I kept forgetting what I all had and where it all was.
Cradle Cap Tip
My favourite thing to use on my babies cradle cap is a simple nail brush from the dollar store. After a little oil sits on their scalp, or right after a bath, the nail brush is stronger than a baby brush but gentler than a comb.
Vintage Ceramic Bunnies
Framed vintage botanical print
Capturing Life's Moments - Our Sweet Pea in person!
Our Sweet Pea was so tiny and is so cute, we flaunted her a little extra to win a contest with this here video entry!
We commemorated our Sweet Pea's first birthday with a cake smash video and photo shoot!
I am so in love with this room! It is the one room I can keep exactly how I want it...until my daughter develops a mind and taste of her own. I'd love to hear your thoughts or see rooms you have completed!