22.4.12

Baby's Bedroom


I'd like to share with you the baby's bedroom. Finished, finally - at least until the little person puts her own stamp on it (I sure hope she likes art, colour and collecting as much as her Mum). I can't begin to tell you how much fun I've had pulling it together, I previously mentioned some of the DIY projects on this post. It's become the room in my home I'm finding myself in more and more often - reading, daydreaming, and imagining who our little girl will be. As you will see, I have sourced things from all over the place - online, kids shops, $2 shops, op shops and family hand-me-downs. Listed below are product links, but please let me know if you have any questions. 

I framed the French Navy card that we had my doctor secretly write the sex of the baby in, and an old family photo from the 1980's. The shelf and brackets are from Ikea.

To balance out the (fun) shopping, I embarked on some DIY cash saving projects. The vintage bookshelf was purchased from a thrift shop for $50 - and became as good as new with a coat of primer and Taubmans Peach Orchid



I have always loved the 1963 Enzo Mari Red Apple screenprint. Budget wouldn't allow for me to purchase the real thing (£220), so I painted my own version on canvas.

Paper Mache Zebra head is from Kido Store  - surrounded by a collage of old cards and illustrations I had stored in my craft cupboard.



As some of you know, my Mum is very crafty, and has made a collection of soft toys (critters), crocheted blankets and knitted clothes for the baby while I've been pregnant. The gorgeous silk rosette on the change table is by Tara Badcock.


Wall mounted Mushrooms are from Herman Marie on Etsy The pendant light is the Foto from IKEA. I spray painted it with White Knight 'Rust Guard' - the perfect matt grey in my opinion. 

A large amount of vintage books and toys were purchased at thrift shops along the way during my pregnancy. I love the mix of old and new items, making it a truly eclectic space.


I painted one wall panel in Black Chalkboard paint so when the baby is older she will have her own wall to 'grafitti' with chalk. In the meantime, I have drawn my own whimsical illustrations.

Lark Store was my 'go to' for some cute accessories - including a wall mounted cardboard grocery store.



Ok baby Stanley, ready when you are! Briar (Mum) x

ROOM UPDATE: Sunday Stanley loves her room, and when she was 9 months old, I came across Beci Orpin's lovely new book Find and Keep which describes itself as '26 Projects to spark your imagination'. That it does! I created the giant confetti project Beci outlines on page 136 (I used more durable cardboard - rather than paper). 

I would happily confetti bomb my living room, except I have a husband who understandably wouldn't appreciate it - so it was Sunday's room that got treated with the in-expensive wall treatment using cardboard and Blu Tak. Little Sunday now wakes up to a party in her room every day!

See updated photographs here.




55 comments:

  1. So amazing Briar! Wow!! Such a lucky little girl! Sara x

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  2. What a sweet room! Love how you've mixed all the colours to create a bright and cheerful feel. The neon yellow chair is particularly awesome!!

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  3. It’s actually a nice and useful piece of post. I am glad that you simply shared with us. Thanks!

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  4. I LOVE it all......
    How long to go now Briar?
    .....................................
    Tania @ Scandi Coast Home

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    1. Thanks Tania! Just under 4 weeks to go. Countdown is on. Yay!

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  5. Hi Briar, it looks absolutely amazing. It's full of well loved and beautifully made things. I'm sure your little one will feel the vibes! As I said when you started this project, that peach paint is so cool. Now how will you possibly find a name that brings all of this together? Love, Pruxxx

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  6. This is such a lovely space - what little girl wouldn't love it? My favourite is the gorgeous pink cot and the lovely styling in the bookcase! Xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

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  7. Dear Briar,
    just found you via my friend Anna from Black and Spiro and wanted to say I luff the room- esp all the painted furniture. Am obsessed with painted furniture at the moment. x

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    1. Thanks! Painting old furniture is just so budget friendly! And you end up with your own unique piece. Thanks for visiting. Briar x

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  8. Wow!! That's just so beautiful. Lucky little one. I love the colour you've chosen for the bookcase. And the change table! GorJUSS!!

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  9. I adore this room! Loads of inspiration for my little boys room (he's 10 months and Its not finished yet!)
    Might do a post myself on this. - Mind if I use a picture of your room in it? I'll let you know and of course link to this wonderful post!

    bxx

    from
    bybande.blogspot.com

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  10. Beautiful, Briar! Love the colours xx

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  11. So beautiful - it's getting closer and closer! x

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  12. oh my!!!! i have no other words. LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. SO gorgeous!! love the colour and the vintage things in there.
    x

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  14. Such pretty colours with the grey! I love all the little collections. I really love seeing the little "My Rainbow" book perched up there, I'm guessing you made that when you were a child? I have a few of those still that I made when younger, its so funny to read to them my girls!

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  15. and next time I find one of those daggy old bookshelves I know now I need to get it!

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    1. Hi Erica,
      Thank you! Yes, that was a home made book of mine, I remember thinking that I could actually get some of those published..haha! And painting old daggy furniture is a big budget saver! Briar

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  16. I love all of it. The rug and peachy paint more than anything but every detail is amazing. Am sure your baby will adore it. X ashley

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  17. What a lucky girl! I am sure she will adore her new room when she is old enough to appreciate it.

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  18. Hello Briar,
    WOW!!! Gorgeous little room!! What is the colour on the walls?
    Thank you!
    Dominique

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    1. Thanks Dominique! The grey on the walls is Taubmans Inverness - I'm really happy with it,
      very calming and not too dark/dramatic! Briar

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  19. Love this room. So gorgeous, eclectic and inspiring for your little girl. Can you point me in the right direction of where to find that gorgeous polkadot rug??

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    1. Thanks Tara,

      The rug is from here: http://www.downtothewoods.com.au/store/category/littlelamb
      I got the largest one about a year ago and had it in my loungeroom (which I loved),
      but have now moved it in to baby room - it's so soft under foot! Briar

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  20. You've done a wonderful job and the room looks amazing. I love the combination of colours you've used and the rabbit lamp is such a good addition. We love our 'Peter' rabbit. You are truly blessed to be entering one of the most amazing times in your life. Enjoy it!

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  21. oh Briar, this is the best baby's room ever! What a lucky girl you are going to have. STUNNING. all the best for the coming weeks bella x

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  22. Such a gorgeous room!
    Please can you tell me where the delightful cushion on the chair is from?

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    1. Hi Monique, that cushion is from Freedom!
      The whole range of stuff this season is really lovely. Briar

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  23. Hi,I love your little girls room...all of the little handmade touches make it extra special! I was wondering did you paint the cot yourself? and if so can you recommend which paint is safe to use on baby and childrens furniture? Many thanks and all the best for the exciting times ahead! Simone

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    1. Thanks Simone. The fun pink cot is from Ikea! Available in blue and green also. I was impressed with the sturdiness of it too.
      I just used taubmans paint for the other furniture, as all paint is lead free these days, but I know you can buy more
      organic paint from places like 'Covered in Paint' in Newtown, Sydney.

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  24. Did you make that paper mache zebra head? If so, it is so amazing! I want one for my bedroom, I love it!

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    1. Hi Nik, no I didnt make it, it was a gift from good friends...you can buy it and other animal heads from 'Kido Store' in Surry hills and Clovelly - they also have an online shop! Briar

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  25. It looks amazing Briar! I had the exact same change table for Haidee, found on a street corner in Richmond, although mine was blue. I'm loving how you've decorated the room with vintage objects and handmade goodies. I can't wait to get stuck into my girls room. It's an absolute sha-mozzle. This post has inspired me to just do it. All the best sweets.... What a lucky little girl she is :)

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  26. Hi Briar,
    Love love love your work in your little girl's room and in general as well.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ximena

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  27. Briar! It's fabulous...feminine, quirky and sweet. Love it all x

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  28. So cute Briar! I love the eclectic collections and especially the old style books and blocks. She will love it!

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  29. That might be the cutest vintage style baby room ever. Well done!

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  30. Briar you will be having decorating and styling fun for many years with your little girl - her senses will be shaped by loving choices they are warm and fun - so much good food for her imagination to grow into.
    I have been trying to find some non - clunky shelving for my Olive's room for her collections which keep growing and I wondered where you found your white self .

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    1. Hi Louise, the white timber shelf is just from IKEA.
      You can mix and match the brackets and
      shelf to pick the one you want...hope that helps! Briar

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  31. Hi Briar
    I love the yellow chair + the rest of your divine pieces. Where did he come from?

    Thanks
    Lizzie

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    1. Thanks Lizzie! The chair is from Le Forge.

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  32. baby will eat the little things

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  33. I'm glad I found your blog for inspiration. I'm always excited to see what other bloggers in the arts field are upto...

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  34. I've just stumbled across your blog and have enjoyed browsing your pics. Where did you source the gorgeous baby change table?

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    1. Hi Libby, it was second hand from a friend.
      The style is from the 80's and I have seen
      them on Gumtree and EBay a few times!
      Often in timber finish, which you could paint!

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  35. Love the nursery, so many pieces I recognise from the stores on my website... Seeing your nursery makes me as to have another baby just so I can play again x

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  36. Hello, just found your blog. Ha! I have just bought a paper mache Zebra head here in NYC, judtblikevthe rhino head in your gorgeous girls room! Love your eclevtic style. Please pop pn over to my blog and search Rowam's room. I think you will like it! Roberta. Following you now.

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  37. Your blog is lovely. And this is a completely beautiful room (for an exceptionally sweet baby! Congratulations!). It is hard to pick a favourite thing. Can I ask where you got the rainbow poster?

    Juliet

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    1. Hi Juliet, I bought it online from 'Hard To Find'. It's a great shop!

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  38. That zebra papier mache mount is fantastic! ! xo L

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  39. hi - can you tell me where the apple print is from?

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