I’m excited to show it. I’d like to believe that it took this long to complete the decoration due to moving houses last summer, but it’s not the truth. The real reason behind this long delay is how sometimes I feel overwhelmed by internet browsing.
I am glad we moved house, this new place is flooded with natural light; even in the winter we don’t need the light on until late evening.As you see this room in the pictures above it’s not exactly the same as you read this entry. It’s a room in continuous evolution, just as my baby. She moves so fast and with her a toy here, a book there, change of linen and all clothes on the floor makes this place a whole lot of lovely childish mess. I managed to put this post together to remind myself of the good work I did and can do between AOI’s naps.
I wanted a gender neutral theme, also I wanted to use some Winnie the Pooh models my sister in law bought about 12 years ago for her son’s nursery. I got hold of them more than three years ago when she was giving them away. I brought them all the way from Britain for this occasion. Now, it’s a family loom.
To decorate AOI’s nursery family and many friends sent us lovely and thoughtful items. My crafty sister in law, who lives in Scotland, made the bunting with AOI’s name and date of birth. My mother in law made the bunny and bought her the black doll. She also spend nights and days to paint and write a book full of songs and rhymes for AOI. This is something she will treasure for a life time.
A church member made the pink eyes stuffed elephants, my mother in law made the other with black eyes long time ago. Once it was done, she didn’t like it but I wanted it for my future children so I saved it from the bin. The cream big teddy bear is from a church member. The little brown teddy bear is my fifteen years old bear. Being historian at heart I kept it because I want items that will become family loom.
The crib is second hand Storkcraft bought on kijiji. I gave it a coat of fresh paint and it’s near to new. The fun quilt with the initial A is handmade by a dear friends of ours. My mum passed down the bright red Ghanaian cloth to AOI and I gave her the cream-orange-sea blue one which belonged to me. The chair is handmade by another dear friend of ours. The safari and winnie sheets are 100% cotton from Wal-Mart.
The dresser/changing station is vintage bought on kijiji. I removed all the old vinyl coating and primed and painted with white paint. I’m proud how it turned out. To make it functional as changing station I added a removable changing pad I bought from Wal-Mart.
The bookcase and storage baskets are Marta Stewart set from Home Depot.
My heart swell when I see the AOI’s initials in the the words LAUGH, LOVE, LIVE. Those are the words I want to my daughter live by. I painted everything in bright yellow for a little bit of sunshine in the room.
When I walk into the nursery, as my daughter is dreaming, I feel blessed to be living here. Sometimes I miss life and our flat in London, but being in Canada has given me space to play with and decorating a loving room for our daughter is one of those.
Have a great evening and rest of the week my dears!