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March 23, 2009

The Nursery: From Baby to Preschooler & (hopefully) Beyond!

Nursery update 2009-blog

When we created the nursery back in early 2005, we hoped that it would be a room our little girl loved for many years to come.  Well, it's been many years and, thankfully, she still loves it.  And I think I love it even more.

We designed the room with the thought in mind that we would eventually have two daughters who would always want to share a room but when Maddy came home a year after Gwen, she immediately let us know that she preferred her own space (see her room, below).  I still hold to the hope that she'll want to move back into the Fancy Frog room again someday.  

Maddys new room blog  

With so many of my most precious Bloggerville friends anticipating a referral soon and putting the finishing touches on their baby's nursery, I ached to share ours one more time.   

After all these years, the froggy nursery is still the one place in our beautiful house that I feel the most serene and at peace.   If you've followed our journey long enough, you know how long we struggled to bring a baby into this room so you know why this room will always mean so much to me.  I sit in there each night with Gwen and we snuggle in the sage green slip-covered La-z-boy rocker/recliner and talk about her day and those minutes are so special to me.  I also love the time I spend snuggling with Maddy on her big furry white rug but I know that my children's rooms belong to them and not to me and I can only hope quietly that they'll never want to change them and replace the murals I painted and all the other loving details with cheesy stick-ons of the Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana.  Oh how I'd miss that precious froggy border!

For more about the details about the rooms, click the link below. 

Gwen's room:

The headboard is from Bombay Kids (which, I believe has since gone out of business?), the quilts are from Pottery Barn Kids, the wallpaper border is "Fancy Frogs" by Kelly Rightsell and the crib is Isabella by Babi Italia (an inexpensive gem from Babies-R-us).

Mommy painted the froggy mural with a bit of inspiration from the wallpaper border.  I enlarged the image on my home printer, cut it out and traced around it on the wall.  Then I painted it with acrylic craft paint.  Easy peasy!

Originally, we picked a green wall paint color that we thought we liked but it was a nice nauseating color of lime sorbet so we raced back to Home Depot for another choice. The end result was a Disney color called "Christopher Robin's Swing" --- Much better!   It's a beautiful soothing color of green and I highly recommend it!

Maddy's room:

Because of their vastly different nap patterns, we converted one of our guest rooms to Maddy's room.  The walls were already painted a milky coffee color so we decided to try to work a theme into the room that utilized stuff we already had and didn't require repainting.  I'm being very frugal since I'm still holding onto a shred of hope that the girls will share a room again soon. 

I've collected small cat figurines since I was 16 years old but haven't had any place to display them since Andrew and I were married in 2001.  Maddy loves our Kitty so I thought it might be fun to decorate her room with a cat theme.   I framed some photos of our cat and Andrew put up some small shelves to hold my cat collection.  Everything is just out of reach (thanks to our high walls with ten foot ceilings!).    The treatment over the crib is the best part of the room though.  It's something else we had in storage in the garage and it was extremely easy to do!  The floral top was only $14 from TJ Max!   For $99 bucks, we found a furry white rug (think flokati) and the room turned out so sweet and charming.  Best of all, Maddy loves it and it cost less than $200!

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