Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Is it too early to talk nursery decor?

Ok, so I really do realize that Clarissa isn't going to be here for at least another year, so decorating a baby's room seems a little premature, but the waiting is driving me crazy, so picking out room decor is what I do to entertain myself. And lucky you, today it's what I do to entertain you! Just humor me. :)

Our house has six bedrooms. We've got rooms for the kids we have, the kid we're planning to have and a few left over. But when we first bought this house there is one bedroom in it that just screams out GIRLS ROOM to me. It has big bay windows (I always wanted those when I was little) and for some reason I just see that room being totally girly. So even though we didn't have a girl when we moved here and had no immediate plans to expand our family at the time, I saved that room for our future daughter. I know that's silly, for all I knew at the time we were never going to have a daughter. I don't care, I saved it anyway! So now that I DO have a girl to plan for, I'm dying to get to work on that room!

For the past three years that room has been the home to our Thomas trains and it's been known as the Train Room, but it's shortly going to be known as Clarissa's Room. (The kids are outgrowing the trains, so I don't think they'll feel too bad when the trains get sent downstairs to join the rest of the toys in the playroom.)

So a few months ago I was browsing (a really fun website if you've never been there) and I came across the most fantastic artwork EVER! For some reason I'm just totally drawn to it and I immediately knew that I wanted to decorate Clarissa's room around it. Here's the Etsy link if you want to take a look at all her work, there's a lot of it!
And here's her website:

I don't know what it is about it, but I'm just crazy in love with her style. I knew that I wasn't going to want to do a baby's room in the standard pastel pink with little bunnies or bears, that's just not my style. I like things that are a little different and out of the ordinary, and I think this will qualify!

This is the piece that I'm planning to decorate the room around:

I think that I'm going to paint the room the color of her dress. Then I'm going to accessorize with the colors from prints like these:

I don't know if I'm going to use those last two prints specifically, because there are several that I'm still trying to choose from, but I love the green tones in the apple print and that reddish color from the paper doll print and there are several prints to choose from with those colors in it. The artist also sells fabric squares of her artwork that can be used to make a quilt, so I think I'm going to buy several and have my mom make me a twin sized quilt for her bed.

Because Clarissa is going to be probably 9-10 months when she gets here and we tend to have our kids out of their cribs and in to twin beds before they're two, I'm planning bedding more for a twin bed than a crib. I'm not sure what I'll do for crib bedding in the meantime, so if anyone has seen crib bedding that matches this color scheme I would love to see it! I haven't figured that part out yet.

Anyway, I'm absolutely LOVING it, and the artist actually does commissioned pieces as well so I'm trying to contact her to see if she can turn my Heart On The Line dress photo into artwork! Wouldn't that be amazing? If so, that will definitely be a centerpiece in the room. I'll keep you posted on that!

Anyway, there you have it. I'm trying to force myself not to run to the paint store today and get started, because it really is too early. We'll see how long I can hold out. :)


The Driftwood Collector said...

I love this artwork. I went over to etsy (it's already one of my favorite sites) and browsed through her store - and I'm very tempted to order a few prints to decorate my daughter's room. Her walls are bare, and I just love the lines and colors in this art.

Just Lisa said...

So cute! I love the prints!

We are trying to adopt a child also (although we don't know if we're getting a boy or a girl), and it's all I can do not to buy a nursery full of goodies!

Good luck to you!

Unknown said...

As I was reading and saw the prints, I was thinking how wonderful it would be if you could get the artist to create a little angel wearing Clarissa's frist dress from Mom! Guess great minds think alike! :)

Anonymous said...

No such thing as "too early" to talk about nursery decor. NEVER!

Although when I was 8 months pregnant, we got the whole room ready (I considered this to be way behind schedule), painted the walls an obnoxious shade of fuschia, then moved a month later.

DH and the landlord were, erm, not thrilled.

Watty said...

awww, the artwork is ADORABLE!! I was just thinking of how cute your siggie pics were too, sooo sweet! That purplish color for her bedroom would be PERFECT! Miss A has been saying when she gets a room, she wants purple. We'll see!

Katherine said...

Wendy, I LOVE LOVE LOVE her. Can't believe I didn't find her before. A definite must for the baby's room. Let me know if you have anything you want me to stitch up when it's go time. :)