Around The Room: Baby A


I am so excited to have this room all set up and ready to go for Baby A's arrival in the next two weeks. As you will see and read below it is pretty much a mixture of Ikea, etsy, and a bunch of second hand finds.

My approach to her room was to keep it light and bright and simple and cozy. It's a mixture of orange, yellow, red, and white with an emphasis on photos and a few little pieces of art.

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From the doorway, looking to the left. The crib is a nice small, simple one from Ikea (Gulliver) and is in the center of the room. In the corner is the changing table that was found at an antique store in Astoria, Oregon. It used to be out in our living room but found a new home in here.


It's providing great storage for all those cloth diapers.


The crib bedding is a light yellow floral print from The Land of Nod. The blanket on the couch is from the same collection. In the crib there is also a great little orange dot blanket from Quilt Baby. The moses basket next to the couch was a gift from my Mom to my sister-in-law Liz and she is now sharing it with me. The couch is a pull-out bed (and the crib is easy to move) that we found at World Market and used to be in Chris' office. I have a feeling I may be spending a good amount of time on that couch.


Next to the couch is a long yellow shelf that I found at an estate sale a couple summers ago. The yellow baby scale was found at the Coburg Antique Fair this past summer. The orange light is from Ikea and gives off the best glow.


The shelf is holding a couple toys, books, etc and I am sure will be filled with more favorite goodies as time goes on. The smaller baskets were found on clearance at Target.


Over the crib I hung 6 paper lanterns. The large one in the middle includes a light (with a piece of tissue paper in the bottom so that she can't look up into the light). The white lanterns are from Ikea and the small orange lanters were Martha Stewart Crafts that I picked up at Michael's during Halloween (I have been thinking about this for awhile). Something like this would have been fun too.



At some point in the last six months or so I saw an image online (I think it was either Domino or a house tour on Design Sponge) that included a gathering of framed white photos. I decided I wanted to same look for one of the walls in her room. The frames are from Ikea (Ribba) and the photos are 5x7. It was seriously not easy to hang these in a group but I love the result. I included a couple art pieces in addition to the photos: the embroidered "A" is from a kitchen cloth that my sister found, the orange letter-pressed flower is from Port2Port Press, and the small piece on the second row is from Swirlygirl (Christine Mason Miller).


Above the changing table (actually just to the left) I hung two enlarged photos (12x12 from of Chris and I as kids. Frames are from Ikea. The mobile is from Quilt Baby.


The standing light that you see here was found at Target. It's great because it is has the option for up to three bulbs - we just put one in to be used as a very dim light for middle of the night changing. It is standing behind the changing table in the corner. The yellow shelf is a second-hand find. The bird etching is from an etsy shop called Cabin + Cub. Small orange and yellow cups/bowls have been picked up on some of my second hand adventures. The "A" canvas was found in New Zealand and was a gift from Jeffrey & Jessica. The artist is Mark Ussher.


Between the closet and the covered shelf unit (holding my albums as you saw in my office tour) I put up a small wall hanging unit. Right now it is holding two vintage dresses. The white one was worn by my Mom and the blue one I found at a antique fair. Carrie sent me the great pearl "A" years ago. Above this area is a cool alphabet print with her name on it (not shown) from Penny People Designs.


I showed this image a couple weeks ago as a peek into the room (taken before I hung the photo gathering). This is directly above the yellow shelf holding the baby scale. The bird print was a gift found at Three Potato Four. The giraffe print is a 2009 calendar from a wonderful etsy shop called Story By Mia.


Part of my nesting has been getting all the little clothes ready. One of the things I loved about this house when we first looked at it was the built in storage in both this room and Simon's room (built in the 1940's). It was great for me when my office was in here and is great for storing her clothes and accessories as well. I like that there is enough room for storing older clothes as well.


Washing & folding & daydreaming. The closet in this room is big enough to hold two of these chrome shelves (they are carts on wheels and designed to be used in the kitchen) from Target that sit below the hanging clothes.

Dottedline Waiting

Look at that sweet boy. I can't wait for him to meet his new sister.

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  1. Sarah

    2009-01-28 04:16:51 -0500

    Your baby's room is wonderful. You are so creative and talented. I am in LOVE with the antique baby scale. After seeing that, I am dying to go to the Coburg Antique Fair!

  2. Jamie

    2009-01-28 05:43:31 -0500

    i am just in love with this room ali! what a lucky little baby you have coming! thanks for the inspiration, as always :D

  3. meg

    2009-01-28 06:43:02 -0500

    this is so beautiful! i love the look and cant wait to see pics of the little one! :)

  4. Wilda

    2009-01-28 08:21:53 -0500

    Love the room and the colors!
    I'm maybe kind of late or lost, but are you saying the name of the baby or just the "A" for now. Is that Alexandra?...

  5. Hotomom

    2009-01-28 08:54:12 -0500

    It's wonderful Ali. Can't wait to hear the good news of her arrival.

  6. paper pixie

    2009-01-28 15:37:36 -0500

    Love the baby scale!!!! How cool is that and the orange lamp too. I can't wait to go to IKEA this weekend. I just wish it wasn't so far away!

  7. Jenna

    2009-01-29 10:59:01 -0500

    This is a GORGEOUS baby room. I think the yellow baby scale is my favorite. Or maybe the collection of white framed pictures? Everything's perfect. Congratulations to you.

  8. Therusticowl

    2009-01-30 02:23:04 -0500

    I love your baby room. So cute!

  9. Bob Cadloff

    2009-02-01 02:04:23 -0500

    As I mentioned on your Flickr stream, it's such a joy to see parents infusing nurseries with their own design sense and taste, rather than falling back on the mass-marketed cartoon characters and fairy tale stuff. So many of my Etsy buyers are buying carnival photos for decorating their children's rooms, in a way trying to impress upon their little ones their own childhood memories...most of which didn't come from a factory. I'm so pleased to see your mention of Etsy in this blog. There is a wealth of creativity out there.
    You've done such a beautiful job with this room.

  10. Elisa Nishimura

    2009-02-02 08:29:51 -0500

    Beautiful room!
    I loved the white frames in the room, and was thinking how to copy the idea. I think the best way is stick all the frame together before hanging them on the way, is that how you did it?

  11. Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs

    2009-02-02 14:28:55 -0500

    I just told my husband, "Ali Edwards chose the same fitted crib sheet that I chose for Lily's nursery. I can go to bed happy." :) (Our girl is due to arrive by the end of the month. Her room is old fashioned florals, sage and butter yellow, with a little brown mixed in.)
    You have made a beautiful room for Baby A. Thanks for the tour!

  12. chiarabelle

    2009-02-04 07:28:40 -0500

    what a beautiful room. and a lucky little baby to get to grow up there!

  13. g. lee

    2009-02-04 18:02:44 -0500

    hello! i found your blog through oh dee oh. the nursery is beautiful! i'd like to do something similar with the paper lanterns for my daughter's room, but can you please share how you hung them from the ceiling? thank you in advance!

  14. Erin

    2009-02-05 11:26:41 -0500

    Hi Ali. I work at and I print all of your photos. It's really cool to see what you do with them! I really like how you have a baby photo of you and Chris in the new babies room. Can't wait to print your next order!

  15. KD

    2009-03-01 14:42:45 -0500

    I was really hoping to find out the sizes of the paper lanterns you used. I would love to do this in our nursery!! Thanks so much-

  16. jackie

    2009-03-02 16:54:05 -0500

    love this!

  17. Lusi :)

    2009-03-05 18:57:17 -0500

    Hey there Ali :)
    I was looking back on this post you made about the room for baby Anna when she was still baby 'A' and loved that last line you wrote about not being able to wait to see Simon with his new baby sister. And those photos of him with her now are just gorgeous! We have just 6 weeks now until our 4th bubba arrives (the first since our 2nd son has been diagnosed with Autism) and I also just CAN NOT WAIT to see my kids with our little princess either. I just totally *got* where you were when you wrote that post. Thanks for sharing your heart :)
    Lusi x

  18. Cute Mandi

    2009-04-17 07:49:56 -0400

    What a beautiful room!

  19. Shari Lott

    2009-04-30 17:01:27 -0400

    your nursery is fabulous. any interest in a feature on my blog, email to [email protected] if interested :)).

  20. S

    2009-11-05 13:07:39 -0500

    LOVE this room! How many inches in diameter are the orange Martha Stewart lanterns? I want to replicate the lantern arrangement in my baby's room, but Martha did not offer the lanterns this Halloween, so I am going to order them from another source. Just want to get the proportions right.

  21. S

    2009-11-05 13:09:41 -0500

    LOVE this room! How many inches in diameter are the orange Martha Stewart lanterns? I want to replicate the lantern arrangement in my baby's room, but Martha did not offer the lanterns this Halloween, so I am going to order them from another source. Just want to get the proportions right.

  22. Katarina

    2009-12-15 22:27:41 -0500

    Thank you for this post, Ali. Reading it and watching your photos makes me happy. Anna's room is so sweet and made with so much love! I'm sure she feels it :)

  23. [email protected]

    2009-12-20 02:02:53 -0500

    I just randomly stumbled on your nursery tour. LOVE what you've done. I hope you don't mind, I've featured it on my blog.

  24. Patricia Fotnes

    2012-01-17 03:11:59 -0500
  25. Zoe Alexander

    2013-02-08 07:06:27 -0500

    Lovely colour scheme! Lots of natural light and very organised! Perfect for a baby!
    Zoe xxx

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