Finally! A "finished" nursery . . . and yes it is in quotes on purpose. Because when is a room really ever done? However, Tadpole's room pretty much matches my original vision at this point and we are considering it done. Just in time for us to have to lower the crib bed since he is now pulling himself up to standing. Here is your grand tour . . .
As you enter the room, you can see his initials. My father jokes that instead oflearning his ABCs, Tadpole will be learning his AMGs. Oh well . . .
We did add one of my favorite shots from his delivery to the wall where he can look at it from bed. He is 'holding' his daddy's hands there and it makes me melt every time I see it.
Along the back wall now you can see the true beginnings of his theme: Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I did take an oversized board book and sliced pages out to use as my art for the wall. So much cheaper than buying some of the commercial products available and I needed that to offset the cost of the bedding you can also see here. We did buy the complete set while on sale at Pottery Barn Kids as that worked out to be cheaper than buying the sheet, dust ruffle, and quilt separately. The bumper has already come out because he was using it to help stand up and as soon as we lower the bed this afternon the dust ruffle will also need to come out as it is too long when the mattress is at the lowest height. So maybe, just maybe, I should have only bought the sheet and quilt. However, I do have visions of upcycling the bumper so I'm not going to worry about it.
For those of you who are overly concerned about us having let the baby sleep in a crib with a bumper which is a huge NO NO in today's world, let me remind you that he wasn't sleeping in the crib and was in a cradle in our room. The bumper has pretty much always been just for show and doesn't stay in the crib except for when I'm taking pictures like today. The ribbons aren't even tied at this point as you can tell. It sure is cute though!
Next you see the window wall of his room. Here we have the built-ins made by Tadpole's Grandpa and the fabric projects I talked about here. There aren't too many books on the shelves yet, that will change sooner rather than later I'm sure. Between his librarian Nana and his librarian Mommy, sometimes I think we need a twelve step program . . .
You can also see where we have prepped to keep small toys corralled. I know I'm going to be disappointed in the long run, however I've tried to build in storage in advance in hopes that it won't be as bad as my room used to get.
Continuing around the room you see where the quilt is hung, where his lamp sits, and a little homage on the bookshelf to our collection of Eric Carle books and toys. We do not have a complete set by any means however I do seem to have been gifted with quite a few.
On the floor is the impulse rug we purchased one day at Sam's Club. We couldn't find anything we liked in the colors we were looking for that seemed child friendly and we grabbed this one day just to have something on the floor. We have fallen in love with it as the bright colors are definitely eye catching and the durability is standing up to the pets. It may not last forever. It is going to stay for now.
And look at this happy boy enjoying his room. How can one not fall in love with a face like that. He is so proud of his newfound ability to stand "two feet tall" and practices it at every opportunity. Sorry G.G. I have a feeling he will be walking before his first birthday as much as we wanted to enjoy his infancy. He is his father's son!
Just for laughs, I wanted to share again what this room looked like when we were buying the house.
We joked at the time that a frog themed nursery is what sold us on the house and here we have Tadpole in a caterpillar room. (Although those who look closely will still see lots of frogs in the pictures.)
I hope you enjoyed the before and after of Tadpole's bedroom. I'm linking it up to Thrifty Decor's Chick Before and After Party.