19 January 2014
Wanna see something cute?
One thing I got to see while I was at home, waiting for my wee nephew to be born, was my sister Ali's done-up baby room. She and her husband really went to town remodeling this room, adopting a portion of what had been part of the front porch, laying down hardwood floors, installing additional windows, and then decorating up a storm. My sister's crafty sensibilities are obviously inherited from our mother, who in a veritable frenzy of knitting and sewing, could hardly put down the needles. She hand-sewed a couple of bibs, and knit the little blanket that's draped over the side of the crib.
Ali is pretty talented at sewing as well, and always manages to make the coolest things from reused and up-cycled fabrics. This baby room is totally her style, and that little kid is going to rock the coolest jammies. And want to know a little secret? For all you thrifty DIYers: those "pictures" hanging on the wall? Those are thrifted frames that have been spraypainted white, and the pictures are actually cutouts of cute gift bags from Target that she was given at her baby shower! Talk about up-cycling. The window curtains were, believe it or not, an old shower curtain combined with complementary fabric so it would be large enough for the window. Almost all of the pillows were handmade by Ali, and the quilt on the couch, though turned backside-out, was handmade by one of her friends.
A lot of our favorite childhood books have found their way in updated format onto Junah's shelves. Ali and I, as little kids, really loved Taro Gomi's Bus Stops, and of course all of the Dr. Seuss and Harold and the Purple Crayon as we could handle! I can't wait to be able to read little Junah all these stories. Can you tell I've begun to get all mushy-auntie? ;)
I just wanted to share some photos of the adorable room. It's so cozy and homey, and with the sunlight streaming in warmly through the stained glass window, I imagine it could be hard to leave. Good thing she doesn't have to for a while! ;) I think mommy and daddy and baby should be very comfy here!