Nursery

The giraffe gets all comfy cozy (staging the nursery for resale sans crib) (it’s all about the angles)

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So remember the last time we chatted about our second bedroom, the someday-maybe-to-be nursery?  Here!  Let me refresh your memory.  It looked like this…

Well, when we started gearing up to sell, we realized it needed to be cleared out.  A LOT.  Which lead to a massive purge.  Which lead to the room looking like this…

But then I realized (now that all the visual clutter was gone) that the baseboards were in rather awful shape.  Like, really really bad shape.  They looked like this…

Ugly baseboards in need of paint

So out came the painter’s tape (heaven forbid I should mar a cute little elephant while painting trim!) and the baseboards got freshened up a wee bit…

And then I decided that we’d better make the room look sorta nursery-ish for our listing photos.  So I grabbed my beloved brown rocking chair (which, a long time ago, belonged to my grandparents, and which I hope to one day have reupholstered and use in my for real someday-nursery), some spare drapes, added a throw and a cushion, and poof!  Instant quasi-nursery…

Unisex yellow and green nursery with painted jungle animals mural

Yellow unisex kids room with painted animals mural

…well, sorta.  It’s not entirely convincing, but it’s not bad.  If I had a spare area rug kicking around, that’d make the room way cozier.  And, of course, if I had a crib that’d be even better.  And the drapes are a tad (ok, a lot) long and they cover up the sweet little elephant more than I’d like, but you can still see him peeking out a wee bit.  For now, it’ll do.

Vintage brown rocker in unisex yellow nursery

So long as the house listing doesn’t actually show that there’s no crib in the room, we’re good.  It’s all about perspective.  :)

 

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Lions and zebras and giraffes (oh my!) (it’s a bit like a Toto song in here…)

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have I ever mentioned that we have not one, but TWO bedrooms in this house?  Shocking, I know!  The second bedroom sits directly across the tiny little hallway from our master-ish bedroom (“master-ish” because at about 10×10′ it’s hardly grandiose.)  And this second bedroom is where we hide stuff.  (True story.)  A desk, our filing cabinet, a couple of storage chests, random boxes that we still haven’t emptied since the move (um, like, 2+ years ago…)  I leave the door closed 95% of the time because I can’t handle looking at the mess.  Why don’t we use this bedroom for something substantial (like an office or a guest room or some sort of similarly dignified purpose?)  Afterall, our house IS rather tiny, so you’d think we’d put the room to good, functional use, right?

Look…

Yellow nursery with painted jungle animals - giraffe and elephant

Yup.  Lookout Tarzan, we’ve entered a happy little jungle!

Little yellow nursery with animals painted on walls - lions and zebras and butterflies

The people who owned this house before us used this room as their nursery (obviously.)  And, truth be told, I’m hoping that one day it might possibly be our nursery too.  And, because of that, I can’t bear to paint over the rather cheery-looking animals that someone carefully and lovingly painted on the walls.

Painted jungle animals on nursery walls - butterfly on yellow

Jungle themed nursery with yellow walls and painted animals - lions and butterfly

Are jungle animals my thing?  Um, no.  And even when this does become our nursery some day, the animals will likely get traded in for a far more subdued colour palette (since it’s rather glaringly bright in this room, and I’m more of a muted grays kinda gal.)  But, until then, I don’t have the heart to ruthlessly paint over those happy little faces.

Hand painted giraffe in yellow nursery

Especially the giraffe.  He makes me smile.  :)

 

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