10th August 2013
I knew I was having a boy and I knew I didn’t want a classic “boy” themed room (cars, boats etc.). At the time we were selling our house so I knew I couldn’t do anything to drastic to the walls (luckily they were already painted grey). I printed out a heap of pictures I loved and pinned them on a ‘real life’ cork board and from there I trashed any ideas I got sick of, swapped and added things along the way.
“Up Up and Away” I started off with a very popular themed room (found on Project Nursery) I even started with bright blue chevron material for curtains to copy it. When my rug arrived from overseas it was a different blue and clashed with the curtain fabric, so having a open mind I changed direction. As I came to terms with the light blue, I found some fabric that had my creative juices flowing and a fabric hot air balloon light became the main attraction. So glad it did! I am not one to sew, I have no experience but following blogs and tutorials made it very simple that even I could do it!
Modern, story telling or themed. I love having a theme to decorate around, something that tells a story. Definitely a DIY’s girl too. Why buy when you can create.
Rocking Chair – I had to improvise. Australia lacks variety of a fabric modern rocking chair. I found a secondhand rocking chair from a lounge set, choose fabric and upholstered myself.
Hot Air Balloons – I sewed these together using a tutorial from Fabric Paper Glue blog. I modified it a little for the smaller balloons (and also found small lanterns to cover.)
The ‘Mr’ Pillow – from Freedom
The Rug – nuLoom Hand-hooked Alexa Moroccan Trellis Wool rug. In the colour blue (more of a light teal) from Overstock.com
Pinwheels – I used a fabric hardener to iron the two different fabrics together and a pinwheel template to cut them out from Hushed Hours blog.
Change Mat – Made with help from The Cozy pumpkin blog. The minky grey fabric between the chevron fabric I thought was a nice touch for the bubs soft skin to be on.
Small DSR chair – Target
Curtains – DIY using medium chevron grey –
Monogram ‘T’ – would you believe it’s Styrofoam! (polystyrene foam). Wood was going to be way to hard to hang that thick – not to mention I couldn’t find anywhere who would cut that thick. Styrofoam was the next best and cheapest way to go. I called a local Styrofoam business and they charged me $50 and gave me 4 different widths in the font I had in mind. (unsure if that was a bargain, but I got my really thick white ‘T’ and some back ups if ever damaged!)
Bassinet – An heirloom. My husbands first bed. I made the skirt, box pleated and it tied to the crib. I made it in mind to fit around the cot as a skirt when we upgrade beds.
Hard choice. A toss up between the hot air balloon light, the clock and the ‘Mr’ pillow.
Keep an open mind. Have a cork board with all your ideas, I even printed out photos taken when out discovering fabrics, items and furniture I’d pin them on my board (real life pin board) and have it set up to look at everyday. After a while, the first things I thought I absolutely loved became too bright and colourful and I started in a direction of just one or two ideas I had from the initial. Following and goggling a lot of DIY bloggers too helped me create all the bits and pieces in my own customized way.