Monday, May 7, 2012

home sweet home

Ta Daaa!  Miss Tenley is 5 months, 1 week old, but we're finally making progress on her room! While we got things like the crib set up and then closet organized prior to her making her arrival, we were still waiting on all the fun things that make it a room fit for the princess she has declared herself.

It's not what I would consider done, but I'm happy with the results so far!

We chose this color grey (actually called Surreal Blue) for the room when we moved in, having used it in a previous space and knowing we loved it. It started out as our office, and we knew it would be a good base color to one day build a nursery off of. It was nice not to have to repaint!  The flooring in there was also changed during our initial renovations, so no big changes there.

Welcome to Chez Tenley!

The room was sort of built around the crib choice. I wanted something modern and very simple, that wasn't full of chemicals that baby would one day enjoy chewing on. I was lucky to be saved some legwork, as the folks behind younghouselove.com chose this line when looking for their daughter's crib, and pronounced it green and baby friendly (It's made from sustainable wood, all non-toxic parts, is solidly built and has no moving pieces). We ended up going with the BabyMod Modena crib, from Walmart in the States, which came up at $200. 

I'm very happy with it. It went together very easily, seems pretty sturdy, and the clean lines make our teeny tiny room look bigger. With the mattress at the current height, there's also tons of room underneath, which we're using for extra toy storage. 

We were lucky enough to have Rob's mom make the crib sheet (and sheets for the pack and play) for us. We were able to choose our own material, for about $15, and she whipped it up for us. The crib skirt was a joint effort by Rob and I. It cost a whopping $4, and I didn't have to pick up a single needle or thread. It covers just the one side, but that was enough for us!

I -love- the pattern of these sheets, but it is so hard to capture properly!

With such a tiny room, we really wanted to make the most of the space we had. Last year we installed a Rubbermaid Closet organizer, which thankfully freed up the space a dresser would have required. This left us just enough space for a rocker and a custom made book/toy shelf in the other half of the room. (The tall white shelf in the background is simply a figment of your imagination until it finds its permanent home in the garbage). 

The glider and ottoman were great finds, and though they still need to be recovered, we've already made great use of them! The glider was picked up for $75 two blocks away from our house, and then Ottoman (which will be sanded and painted white, and then reupholstered along with the chair) was $10.50, won from Auction Wars Winnipeg. Not bad, considering the set I originally planned on purchasing was $400!

The bookshelf was loving made by Rob, based on a design from ana-white.com. I believe the materials ended up costing about $60. It fits perfectly into the room, and I'm so glad to have a solid wood piece, rather than something flimsy. She'll have this for years to come, and I'm already excited to use a pinterest idea, and turn it into a dollhouse one day!

And of course, we added personal touches on top. The bank came from Fairmont well wishers, and the elephant toy came with Tenley's first flowers- matches the room perfectly. The frame was an old one that fit the room too perfectly to move! 

Our $10 artwork is also a big hit with Tenley, who loves to stare up at them when she's supposed to be nursing or going to bed. A couple dollar store canvases, spray paint, and you got it- pinterest again- and we had the perfect touch of pink to add to the grey walls. 

And of course, there's the fun touches like this $4 pillow we randomly found a few days ago. It looks like it was made for the room!

As I said, there's still changes planned, namely reupholstering the glider and ottoman, removing the tall white shelf, and making and hanging the tissue paper balls that will one day live above the glider. But for now, Tenley doesn't seem to mind!

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