Sweet dreams: create a serene and happy baby’s room

Sweet dreams: create a serene and happy baby’s room

IMAGINING YOUR BABY’S FIRST ROOM IS LIKE trying to visualize heaven on earth. Close your eyes and you might see a comfortable rocking chair; a crib with fresh, soft bedding for your sleeping babe; and stacks of tiny diapers conveniently placed above the changing table. A nursery is a little bit of heaven, but most of us need help with the specifics–exactly what kind of rocking chair, which style of crib and what pattern of bedding will all add up to that serene, comforting and happy space you’re envisioning?

Start with colors you love, ones that calm and soothe you. Next choose the crib; since this is usually the centerpiece of a nursery, it will define the look of the whole room. The nursery shown on these pages was designed with the beach in mind, using blues and greens, a natural wood crib, and accents such as a woven rug and bamboo window coverings. The look is modern, fresh, comfortable–and affordable; the rocking chair and chest of drawers, for instance, were purchased at stores specializing in unfinished furniture and painted a light green; the glass drawer pulls were bought at a local flea market.

Even if your due date is far away, start looking for items now–read catalogs, visit stores, search the Internet, wander through antique stores–so that when your baby arrives, the nursery will be a heavenly place for you and your child to get to know each other.

[CLOCKWISE FROM CENTER RIGHT] Milan crib in natural by Delta Enterprises from Babies “R” Us, $160 * Biscayne Baby four-piece crib linen set (slip-covered bumper, sheet and skirt pictured, blanket not shown). $379, and embroidered baby pillow, $64, all by Wendy Bellissimo Baby ‘n’ Kids (be sure to remove all pillows before placing baby in the crib) * Floral-print baby blanket from Baby Gap, $15 * 8-by10-foot basket-weave sea-grass rug from Pottery Barn catalog, $299 * Dalby wicker footstool from Ikea, $30 * Rocking chair with rush seat from All Wood Unfinished, $90 * Custom paint on rocker by Sinclair Paints * Pillow from Wendy Bellissimo Baby ‘n’ Kids, $60 * 36-inch-wide matchstick blinds (ribbon trim not included] from Cost Plus, $13 * Wall paint above wainscot in Pool Party by Benjamin Moore * Roder pendant lamp from Ikea, $12 * 8-by-10-inch wood gallery frames in white from Pottery Barn catalog, $29 each. See Shopping Guide on pg. 127 for retail information.

[TOP LEFT] Lamp, $24, shade (ribbon trim not included), $10, and side table, $30, all from Urban Outfitters * Rocking chair with rush seat from All Wood Unfinished, $90 * Custom paint on rocker by Sinclair Paints * Baby pillow from Wendy Bellissimo Baby n Kids, $60. (TOP RIGHT) 13-by-i 4-by-13-inch Branas basket from lkea, $10 * White plush lamb from Jacadi, $44 * Checked jumper, $29, cotton drawstring pants, $11, green terry hoody, $25, and leaf-design zip-front jacket, $30, all from Baby Gap. [BOTTOM LEFT) On top shelf: Plush elephant, $18, and musical crocodile, $44, both from Jacadi * Moppe storage box from lkea, $8 * Clothing from Baby Gap * Middle shelf: All clothing and accessories from Baby Gap * Bottom shelf: Blankets and clothing from Baby Gap. [BOTTOM RIGHT] Decorative ladder from Anthropologie, $98 * Purl-Knit Stroller Blanket from Pottery Barn Kids, $49 * Beach hat from Baby Gap, $11 * Wall paint in Pool Party by Benjamin Moore * 8-by-i 0-inch wood gallery frame in white from Pottery Barn catalog , $29. (OPPOSITE PAGE] Lack shelf from lkea, $13 * On shelf, from left: Orange giraffe, $18, and yellow lion, $18, both from Jacadi * Bins from Pottery Barn Kids, set of two for $18 * Baby Bee Buttermilk Bath Soak by Burt’s Bees, $15 * Green plush frog from Jacadi, $26 * ABC picture blocks from Landis General Store, $22 * Pine dresser from Culver Furniture, $290 * Custom paint on dresser by Sinclair Paints * On dresser: Rhea changing basket with cushion from Jacadi, $98 * Baby Magic Foaming Hair & Body Wash from Playtex, $3. See Shopping Guide on pg. 127 for retail information.

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CHANGING TABLE You can also use a sturdy dresser with a changing tray or pad.

CRIB AND BEDDING Let these define the style of the room.

ROCKER AND SIDE TABLE Go for super–comfortable furniture.

STORAGE You’ll need more than you think.

COLORFUL WALL HANBINGS Be creative! Frame pieces of fabric you love.

RUG Look for one that can take the inevitable stain or two.

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