I've always wanted to "do" a nursery for my babies, but aside from Annaliese, none of them ever got their own room in the beginning. When Ese was born, we were young and broke, so I had a "theme" but that was about it. After all these years, I finally get to "do" a room. But complicating matters, it has to be gender neutral, yet not babyish. Boy/girl shared rooms just aren't common these days.
Here's what we came up with:
Paint color is Limelight by Kelly Moore.
Paul was Not Pleased to discover the room would require 2 coats. Although, I have to say, he didn't bat an eye at my color choice this time. I guess he figured this was not the hill he wanted to battle on.
He did a beautiful job painting the room.
And I love how the color turned out.
Ignore the rocking chair. That ended up back in my room after we got all the babies' furniture in there.
I chose a Panda theme. You know how hard it is to come up with a gender neutral toddler room? Everything is either PINK or sports/vehicles/dinos.
Katie girl checking out the view into the back yard (and the construction beyond the fence) by standing on the new storage chest I picked up on clearance at Target.com, using Lukie's birthday gift cards.
We had to put some temporary light in there at first, hence the desk lamp on Katie's dresser.
But eventually, I put a lime green Chinese lantern up. And a couple of Chinese wall decals. Katie's says "Love" and Luke's says "Serenity."
Luke's dresser has pandas and "China stuff" on it: dolls from Katie's province that we picked up while we were there, a panda ornament, and the porcelain pencil cup the official at Civil Affairs gave to Luke on Adoption Day.
The changing table wall, with the closet on the left side, and the bedroom door on the right side. Note the panda nightlight (Amazon) and the Chinese wall hanging made by a friend.
Walking into the bedroom, this wall is on the left. It's Lukey's side. Toys, dresser, crib. This was taken before the wall decal went up over Luke's crib.
At the top of the photo, see the panda pull for the ceiling fan? Obsessed? Me?
Here's the panda curtains with chevron tie backs and a lime and black circle print valance.
Funny story: When I ordered the fabrics for the room, this was what I got:
The fabrics are sitting on the storage chest mentioned above when it was in my sewing room, before their room was painted. We have Minkee chevrons, woven chevrons, circles, and 10 yards of... PIRATES???
I know Pandas and Pirates both start with P, but this is so not going to work! Fortunately, I called fabric.com and they exchanged them without any issues.
This is Katie's new big girl bed (which she hasn't slept in yet, since the safety thingie I bought to cover the outlet next to her bed needs a longer screw).
I made the pillowcases (there are 2) out of flannel I had on hand. The blanket is pandas with minkee on the backside, with one of my Happy Birthday labels on it. 1) I couldn't find my regular labels, and 2) the bed was one of Katie's birthday presents, so I figured it worked. The crib sized sheets, I made from flannel I bought a BOLT of from Sewzanne's Fabrics several years ago. Here are my crib sheet sewing instructions.
And the book? Katie got that with her kids meal at Chick Fil A today. It just happens to match.
There you have it! A gender neutral, boy/girl shared room for my little panda babies.
Forecasting the future is always a challenge, but in the back of my mind, I'm thinking that later on down the road, this room may be shared by Hannah and Katie, and it would be easy to leave the lime walls and change everything else to pink or lavender.
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