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January 26, 2009

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.

Lookingin2 Lookingin 

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 5×7. 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 (12×12 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.


  • 1.
    HeatherC said…

    What a beautiful space — you are ready!

  • 2.
    Meghan E said…

    The room is amazing Ali!

  • 3.
    sue said…

    Oh Ali, that room is soooooo sweet! Little baby A will feel the love from the minute she gets put in her crib in there. Love all the details and love you have put into decorating it and Simon will adore his little sister. Happy Nesting!

  • 4.
    stacy gilbert said…

    The room looks great without the traditional “baby” look…love it!

  • 5.
    Tyra said…

    What a sweet room for sweet baby Angie, Alexa, Ardith.

  • 6.
    Courtney said…

    What a perfect nursery for Baby A! I love how you are able to pull a cohesive design out of new things, old things, different colors… just like you work magic on your layouts. You definitely have a great sense of design. I love love love the photo wall… I don’t know how you hung it, but I think it would have been easier with 3M picture hanging strips. I hung a symmetrical design in my kitchen and they were a sanity-saver. =) Thanks for sharing the nursery – can’t wait to see Baby A in it. =)

  • 7.
    Anne L said…

    Simply beautiful and cozy. Thanks for sharing Baby A’s room, Ali.

  • 8.
    janine said…

    Wow – it looks amazing! My friend, Aly, had been seriously nesting last week and delivered a sweet baby boy on Friday. Wishing you blessings in the coming weeks :)

  • 9.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Love the room Ali – so exciting. I think Simon will be the best brother in the world – and he is the sweetest boy. You and Chris have done an amazing job with your little man and soon he will be the big boy in the house and help with his baby sister.
    God Bless

  • 10.
    Tara a.k.a teeleedee said…

    Ali, This is a beautiful room. Love all the detail and love you have put into it. She is going to love it! :)

  • 11.
    Micha B said…

    I was going to suggest the picture hanging strips for next time but I see someone beat me to it! I use them all the time as I’m a renter, but they are so great for being able to reposition things to get them just right.
    Beautiful room!

  • 12.
    Alicia Sharp said…

    I so love those colors for a baby! She will have so much to look at. Love the design and LO you choose as well. I am so happy for you all and cannot wait to see baby A!

  • 13.
    Sue said…

    Truly beautiful and calm. Wishing you all the best for the impending arrival :) .

  • 14.
    Tammy McClafferty said…

    I love the room!! I love even more the cloth diapers!! i use them and used them with my first, but this was before i found all the neat all-in-one types. i use(d) the prefolds with pins!! My dgt’s room is plain and so is my sons. you have inspired me to decorate (much to dh’s dismay!) both rooms and add color!! Thank you!!!

  • 15.
    Beth D said…

    Sigh… it’s just beautiful Ali. If you weren’t a scrapbook artis, I could see you working in interior design. I am so very happy for your little growing family. God bless.

  • 16.
    beverly said…

    Okay, it is official. You are a decorating genious. I also kept thinking, “BOY! She had to have done some SERIOUS down-sizing of her scrapbook stuff” How in th4e world did you do that?

  • 17.
    Jennifer M. said…

    What a beautiful, simple and clean looking room. How wonderful will it be to spend time together as a family in there with your new little one? Love it.

  • 18.
    amanda said…

    I have been looking forward to this post for a while now. Just about as much as I can’t wait to know her name:) I am in the process of doing a nursery for my baby as well (he is 3 months old) so this gave me lots of ideas. I have an Avery (boy) and an Annaley so I hoping you picked one of those A names! The room is beautiful!!

  • 19.
    molly said…

    I’ll bet ohdeedoh would have liked this one!
    It’s simply delightful; every detail.
    You’ll get lots of use out of the moses basket. I had no idea how handy they were until my sister loaned me hers.
    The little dresser/changer is ideal, and all the soft lighting … perfect.
    Her little wardrobe speaks volumes about how excited you are to bring her into the fold.
    I’m wishing you all every good thing. I’m actually getting a little teary looking are her sweet space.
    Blessings …

  • 20.
    Angie said…

    That room is beautiful, and that picture of Simon sitting waiting for his new sister is so sweet.

  • 21.
    Melanie said…

    Thanks for sharing. We just finished Phase One of babyroom cleanout. And I’m definitely putting a daybed in it to cut down the early am commute between rooms. :)

  • 22.
    Sarah Mullanix said…

    Little baby A’s nursey is soooo sweet!! You did a beautiful job decorating! I also hung a photo grouping in my son’s nursery but with only 4 frames, WOW I bet that was difficult and took some time but it’s gorgeous. Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!! Congrats!

  • 23.
    Francine said…

    What a beautiful room for the new baby. I’m truly inspired to get going on the room for my baby boy now!

  • 24.
    Cass M said…

    I have the Ikea Gulliver crib as well and am really happy with it … compromised on cost by getting that low cost crib and then a pricier organic/cotton and wool crib mattress. And so happy I did!
    Love little A’s room .. can’t wait to meet her and see her snuggled up in her lovely nest. Blessings to you these next few weeks – I know you must be terribly excited!

  • 25.
    noell said…

    Little A is going to love those lanterns. She’ll probably be the most content baby lying in bed and staring at those.
    What a gorgeous room.

  • 26.
    Cary said…

    The room is perfect. It is so simple and sweet. I know she will enjoy it for years to come!

  • 27.
    Anne said…

    That room is gorgeous! May I ask how you decorate? Do you plan on paper, in your head, or do you just put items in a room (and rearrange) until you are satisfied with the end result?

  • 28.
    Kerry said…

    What a delightful room Ali. You’ll have many happy memories in there. My son could hardly wait for his little sister. God Bless.

  • 29.
    alexandra said…

    It’s all so beautiful – the room and all your thoughtful touches and Simon, what a great big brother he will be!

  • 30.
    Jenn N said…

    Absolutely beautiful Ali. So comforting and sweet. I love how the crib looks like it is in the middle of the room.
    Home decor could be a new career for you….

  • 31.
    juana elena said…

    Felicidades por el proximo nacimiento de tu bebé,la recamara es hermosa,saludos…

  • 32.
    Melissa Villalobos said…

    This room is simply wonderful. I love the overall look, the colors, everything on the walls, the orange! It’s such a sweet, happy room. She’s going to love it!

  • 33.
    laura said…

    Looks awesome, Ali…She’s a lucky little girl. Can’t wait for her arrival!

  • 34.
    kim said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it… can’t wait to see Sweet Baby A in that beautiful room! ~ kim

  • 35.
    Michelle Stepp said…

    Love all the letters sprinkled all over the room!!!! The whole room is so light and welcoming.

  • 36.
    Mabel M said…

    Simon waiting her sister is absolutely sweet photo and love the entire room. Orange is the color that stimulates creativity, good choice for the baby’s room :)

  • 37.
    AmyGee said…

    What a lovely, lovely room for Baby A. I simply adore the collage of frames and I love how you included so many wonderful photos of yourself, Chris & Simon in her room.
    Many Blessings to you for a safe, uncomplicated delivery and a healthy baby girl.

  • 38.
    Katie said…

    This is lovely…so calm and peaceful, and lovingly crafted. Thanks for letting us peek. :)

  • 39.
    Tammy Mellish said…

    Gorgeous.. I appreciate your decorating style so much. I don’t post often, but I have been checking your blog faithfully for nursery updates! I can’t wait for Simon to meet his new little sister.. what a beautiful time.

  • 40.
    annie said…

    Everything looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  • 41.
    Anna Bergevin said…

    Love it. What a gorgeous nursery.

  • 42.
    Kelly said…

    Simple and beautiful room. Lots of nice, natural light.
    How did you hang the white-framed photo group? If you did it with nails – major kudos to you! I know you’re already done – but just a tip. I used 3M/Scotch mounting tabs to hang a rather complicated collage of framed photos on my wall. It worked really well, went quickly, and lets me change the photos if I want.

  • 43.
    Sara said…

    Sweet! Simple! Calming! I’m excited for you!

  • 44.
    Ginger said…

    What a completely gorgeous and “yummy” room. Very peaceful.

  • 45.
    Kristin Rutten said…

    Now all you need is baby A! I had to giggle when I saw the scale described as “antique.” I know it is … but my mom has one just like that she not only weighed me and my siblings on but my kids as well!! Now I feel really old!! Nice room, Ali … looking forward to baby pics :)

  • 46.
    Linn said…

    It looks like a beautiful, modern room. I love the colors and all the little A’s. Beautiful job! Makes me want to redecorate!

  • 47.
    Artful Yogi said…


  • 48.
    Lee-Ann said…

    so pretty!

  • 49.
    heidig said…

    The only thing you’re missing is the baby! Beautiful room – so much light from that huge window.

  • 50.
    Puanani said…

    Sweetness. Sweetness. Sweetness. There is no feeling like that of waiting to meet your baby! I am glad you are enjoying it.

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