Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Baby rooms

So the San Francisco Chronicle has a blog called The Mommy Files (ugh...) and they held a contest for best decorated baby room.

I kinda like the first one they show, where the family pets have been painted into a mural, but the winning room (keep scrolling down) is just dull, dull, dull.

Gray walls? Some kind of...white tree on the wall with Pottery Barn butterflies? I am not sure why that is considered better than the other rooms shown.

I never got terribly into nursery decorations, I must admit. I think I thought I'd do a Classic Pooh room with the cream and sage green, and then a neighbor showed me her baby's room, which was Classic Pooh with cream and sage green, straight outta a catalog, and I thought, eh, Kelly's going to march to her own drummer, not jump in line with a trend and a mass-produced character. So there!


Lisa S. said...

The better SF Chron parenting/baby blog is The Poop (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/parenting/index). Bag that other one for your daily Poop!

Crabby Apple Seed: said...

I'm not sure I consider any room with enormous, SIDS-friendly bumper pads on the crib as the best decorated...but then, I'm judgemental like that.

Sylko said...

When we finally bought a house where I could actually decorate a room, my daughter was a year old and we had one more on the way.

We had NO money for decorations because the house was a fixer-upper, so all money went into making it livable, not making it nice.

I printed the Alphabet on card stock I happened to have using Arial Rounded Bold, and carefully cut out each letter (i made them so big that only two letters fit on a page), and I used those as a stencil. I painted the alphabet in a line around her room using acrylic paints leftover from my artist years. Every two letters, the color changed, and cycled through the colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet), and also included the digits from 0-9.

Then I blocked off squares and painted very simple animals (heads only) with their name painted underneath (cow, dog, cat--on one wall, and lion, bear, dinosaur--on the other wall). I used almost the last of my acrylic paints. I bought nothing new.

I also added printouts of classic children's book covers around the room, so for the cost of a replacement ink cartridge, I had an educational room that was completely unique.

My daughter learned her letters on that wall (we would ask her "what letter sounds like "rrrr" and she would go up to the letter and point at it).