When you live in the center of a European city (Oslo in our case), space is a luxury most people can’t afford. When I first discovered that we were expecting a baby I started hunting for something roomier than our little shoebox. Well, turns out there were no contenders that could beat the price and location of our 50 m2, cozy nest. Needless to say, we decided to stay. But we are keeping our eyeballs pealed for something a little more spacious. Our decision to camp here a little while longer presented us with a new challenge: designating a portion of the living room into a baby room without compromising the style of the room as a whole. Unfortunately, to my husband’s dismay, the library had to go in order to attain the goal. This area turned out to be the perfect nook! To keep within the style of the room, I avoided some popular baby trends (e.g. plastering Winnie the Poo to the wall, low-hanging plastic thingies over the crib). I love natural elements because they give the baby room more of an organic feel. I hope that Nova will dig it, too.
Everyone needs a pink elephant in their living room…
The Casablanca Premiere crib in antique slate brings a vintage charm to the room. It is made of all hand bent wrought iron, and was a gift from dear friends. I think is looks like a gorgeous heirloom crib. It is simplicity and elegance come to life.
The bell formation on this dresser breaks up the overall linear structures.
Accessories that remind me of people I love
As I continue on in week 36 of pregnancy, I rest assured that little Nova now has a place in our home.
After a typical outing downtown of walking the streets in Oslo, drinking coffee, and munching on pastries, I found a new changing pad for my super Nova (baby’s name). It was a steal.
The only downside was that it had no hemp for hanging purposes. So, why am I hanging the pad? Simply put, our place is so small that we don’t have a separate bedroom for the baby, and I had to create a changing station in the bathroom instead. Needless to say, I would like the bathroom to look appealing to guests, and still be functional for everyday living!
What did I do?
1. I took an old neckless, made a loop, and sewed it to the chaining pad.
2. For looks I added an ornament, and hung the changing pad on the wall!
Real simple, real fun.. Feel free to share with me your own ideas!
As usual, I was shopping for groceries after work and took my obligatory “exited-expecting-mom-stroll” down the baby isle. While I was looking at binkies for the millionth time, I reached the same disappointing conclusion as always: that I needed to go to a expensive boutique to get the ones with a little personality (that does not include Disney or Dora the Explora)!
I found myself staring at a couple of neutral pacifiers which promised that 1.) they had the perfect nub for a little one to suck on (only in natural and good materials of course) and, 2.) with a breathable plastic rim, which is much better for sensitive skin. Very impressive I must say, but the only drawback was that those binkies’ designs were making me yawn on the inside. sigh.
Then the thought hit me. It would only take a couple crystals, some half-pearls, strong glue, and some stunning ribbons to outshine the contenders. Easy.
1. It’s helpful to create your design before you start gluing on your gems. Use a strong glue that will make it impossible for a child to loosen the crystals.
2. Apply your crystals with a pair of tweezers.
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