Tanika's Baby Room Reveal
Here it is, finally ... the 'Baby's Bedroom' ... long awaited and teased on Instagram stories over the last few months as it came together.
I've had a ball getting this room ready for our first baby (due on the 7th of October, but time will tell what day he/she decides to arrive) ... it's definitely a room I have envisioned and dreamed about for a long time, always wanting the challenge of doing a gender neutral baby's room.
The concept and feeling behind it was 'exploring & adventure ... with a hint of 'Peter Pan' ... my favourite child hood story. Travelling this beautiful world we live in is one of my (and my partner, Mitch's) greatest achievements and I really do hope we give our kids that same curiosity about the world and to get out there and see it for yourself ... so I'm inspiring them right from the start.
I went all out with 'green' as the main colour choice. It's possible I may add a touch more 'lilac' to the room if we do have a girl.
I'll try to mention all the creatives behind the pieces in this room, but if there's something you are particularly curious about please don't hesitate to get in contact, I'll let you know where to get it.
Creating the dream 'baby's room' didn't mean we had to spend a fortune, we were actually lucky to get a lot of 'hand me downs' from family and friends ... and I'm all for saving our money for more important things if it means we can use things the people around us no longer need ... of course we made it our own and even created some pieces ourselves.
The chest of drawers (which will double as a change table) is an old piece of Mitch's parents, I really wish I had of got a before photo of this (very silly of me!) ... it was a really dark stained wood piece, but solid and well made! ... we sanded the whole thing back, painted some parts white and just put a light wax over the draws to keep them protected, but we wanted the raw wood finish to shine through. The gold cup handles are from bunnings, and we also added the legs to the bottom, it needed just that bit more height to be better as a change table ... plus I love the look of it ... I'm all for furniture to be off the ground, it always makes the room feel bigger.
The 'book shelf' (I'm not sure how to describe it) ... was something I saw on Pinterest. Mitch did all the wood work and I made the calico 'shelves' ... a joint effort again =) I love that it will be at a height that the kids can easily get the books themselves (and hopefully put them away themselves too ... wishful thinking?) ... and the books won't 'fall off' or 'fall out' like I see so many of the popular kids bookshelves do these days.
The green 'Patina' rug you may recognise from our living room ... it was time for a change, and I always felt it wasn't big enough for the space, so it conveniently was relocated to the baby's room. It's from 'The Land of Nod' in America (they ship to Australia).
The wallpaper is from Rebel Walls ... it is their 'Bellewood - Greenhouse' Mural. You give them the exact measurements of the wall you intend to wallpaper, and they customise the mural to suit your space. I first fell in love with this wallpaper when I saw it on one of my favourite Interior Designers, Emily Henderson's blog ... she used this same wallpaper in her daughters room. This was definitely my 'splurge' piece for this room ... I stayed pretty 'money' safe with everything else, but couldn't help myself on this one ... but we saved by installing it ourselves instead of paying someone to do it ... well Mitch installed it, I supervised =) ... and he did an exceptional job if I do say so myself (with help from some good old 'you tube' tutorials)
The map ... is of course 'Black List Store's' vintage world map. Something I have wanted to purchase ever since they first released this gorgeous art piece, but I never quite had the right spot for it ... I was lucky enough to get this one second hand, but I hear along the grape vine they are planning on re-releasing this favourite ... as they don't currently sell it.
The 'quote' artwork is a hand painted art piece by my talented sister. She's keen to do more of these so get in contact with me if you would like one for yourself ... pick the quote or have her find the quote for you. Its definitely not a print and is oh so beautiful because of this.
The 'Carter Rocking Chair' is from Adairs ... something I struggled with as I know this one does get seen in cool places quite a lot ... but my gosh rocking chairs are expensive and I wasn't finding anything else I liked at all, so settled for this one, which is super comfy and suits the space.
The 'play mobile' and 'play mat' were gifts made by very special friends of ours ... in perfect colour palettes, I'm sure they would make more too, if anyone's interested (send me an email, I'll put you in contact with them).
Other quick mentions ... the cot quilt (which also doubles as a play mat) is the 'Wilderness Map Kids Quilt' from Anthropologie ... it's by artist Katie Vernon. The feather hook holding the map is also from Anthropologie. The green cushion is from H&M. The globe is a touch 'night light' gifted to me by my Mum a few years back (which I never had a good spot for) so I'm pretty glad I kept it and it now sits perfectly in this room. The animal figurines are a mixture of 'Schleich' and 'Collecta' ones from 'The Toy Figurines Company'.
Something I am still on the hunt for is a hanging mobile for over the cot, but I'm yet to find anything I like ... it might be time for me to make this too? ...
I hope you enjoy browsing through the photos of this room as I've really enjoyed creating it. If I've missed anything, let me know.
And if you are interested in my 'interior design' services to create a dream 'baby's room' for you, I'd love to do more of these, they are so fun and creative! ... Get in contact for a quote.
Our next 'baby's room' ... yes we are talking about number 2 already ... is going to be 'under the sea' themed. I may have already put the moodboard together ;)
Less then 2 weeks until Baby no. 1 is due ... I hope he/she likes his/her new home.