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A Handmade and Hand-Me-Down Nursery

December 4, 2009

I frequent a truly inspirational blog. You may be familiar with it, Pacing The Panic Room. It’s authored by Ryan, the husband of Cole, step-father of the Littlest Buddy, and father of Tessa Tangerine. The blog chronicles slices of their daily lives, Ryan’s general take on life, and the ups and downs of parenting a child (The Littlest Buddy) who faces the challenges of Smith-Magenis Syndrome. Check it out. You will not be disappointed.

But, of course, this is a home maintenance/interior decorating/recipe/useful tips sort of blog. Why would you find a link to such a personal blog here? I have a simple answer to that question. When Tessa Tangerine was on her way to this world, her mom and dad created a swell nursery for her, and they did it without spending huge bucks. Savoring Simplicity is all about saving pennies while enjoying beauty and function, especially in this economy.

In Ryan’s own words…

The theme for our nursery was Hand Made and Hand-Me-Downs. Money has been tight to say the least, and there was a point when creating a space for the baby didn’t seem like it was going to be much of anything beyond a hand-me-down crib and matching dresser drawers that Cole had tucked away at her Dad’s house from when LB [Cole’s son the “Littlest Buddy”] was a baby. Instead of getting bummed and feeling bad because we couldn’t buy the best of the best for this baby on the way, we decided to take a more realistic approach to the room and celebrate where we are in this new marriage, new budding careers, and got off our asses and we set to work and enlisted help from our creative friends. The nursery became a great mix of old hand-me–downs, hand made details, and a mix of Cole’s and my old knick knacks from our childhood.”  […continue]

The wood floors were a mix of colors – from cherry, to pine, to dark walnut – so they used a mixture of wood colors in the furniture.

~~~“The little dark wood crate turned side table next to the recliner (which was stolen from her brother) was a find in Cole’s father’s garage– an old wooden box that used to house Squirt sodas back in the day.”

The mobile over the crib was a joint effort. Cole had a friend send her these tiny crocheted turtles so she took some old wire and some wood and strung herself up a mobile for the baby. You can see more of these woodland yarn critters here.”The rest of the artwork in the room like the print hanging over the crib, and the prints on the bamboo shelf, were courtesy of the super talented Anna Bond.”~The little bamboo shelves at the entry were found on the side of the road, reassembled, and cleaned up. The boxes that the diapers (fuzzi bunz) are in are just old Clementine boxes that Cole covered in fabric.

“The old window that is seen hung on the wall and fitted with prints, was something that Cole’s mother bought for her when she was a little girl at an antique shop that she has been lugging around for years now. She finally took it and cleaned it up, painted and varnished the glass to create a clean canvas, and then fitted it with these old prints that she had found at a local coffee house here”

Get the whole scoop at Ohdeedoh, plus the link to the slide show at Apartment Therapy.

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