Tuesday, June 15, 2010

nursery works: part three, ii

well folks, here we are! its the end of the road as we know it! its the end of the road as we know it! and i feel fiiiiiine....

ok really just the end of nursery posting for the time being. i want to wrap up with showing the chair we chose, the cheap-as-i-could-make-it frame project, and a couple details that were added into the room after the babe arrived.

first up: the chair nook.

i wanted to have a good reading corner so we positioned the chair by the window, next to the locker unit [so my water glass, books, etc. could rest there], and with the vintage swag pendant hanging overhead to light things up when needed.

let me start off by saying that i did not relish the hunt for a nursery rocker. in the one corner you have expensive padded gliders, which are the design equivalent of an 80's sweater with shoulder pads, in my opin. blech. they cost a lot and there is nothing redeeming about them other than their comfort....which some would say IS their redeeming quality but i just cannot get over the looks [or lack thereof]. so unless i was going to have the nursery on blackout 24-7 this was not an option.

in another corner of the ring you have uuuber expensive amazing looking rockers, such as the nurseryworks sleepytime chair. BIG FAT SIGH. but did i have a grand to spend on one solitary chair? nope.

and in another corner you have the super fun + famous eames rocker. the consummate classic when it comes to furniture that rocks. HEY-OHHH!

however my concern was with the harder shell, and the lower profile of the back of the chair. i pictured exhausted nights of nursing where all i wanted was a place to lay my head, and this beaut of a chair does not offer this option. and in addition, my girlfriend had already purchased said chair for her nursery, and i wanted to have something different for my own room.

enter corner four. iiiii-kea! ikea! ikea! ikeee-e-e-aaaaa. [yes, that's the hallelujah chorus tune you're hearing]. as referenced in my nursery mood board i'd originally pounced on this pup when it came across my computer screen. [its the ikea lillberg rocker + i would link to it, however it looks to be discontinued] however when we checked it out in-store, we found it had very VERY minimal rocking ability since the curve on the rocker legs was so slight. and that was on concrete, let alone our comfy frieze carpeting. in its defense, it has a nice wide cushy seat so i did picture great possibilities in terms of sitting indian style, tyke on lap, however it just wasn't living up to expectations overall.

so after wandering the store a while we ended up in the famous poang chair section and lo. and. be. hold. there was a poang rocker! as far as i knew this was a new item and upon sitting in it i came to the conclusion that it would be the best middle ground on the scale of form + function. comfy enough to where i could sink into it, head support-check!, enough rocking capability to combat the higher pile of our frieze, and the swedish looks still nice + simple + sweet. hellooo bent wood.

well, bent wood that promptly broke upon install. so back to ikea we went [thank goodness its on the way to my parents' house, considering its three hours away from where we live], and retrieved a new frame.

as for the fabric color, i was a little stuck to start. there was not a crisp white option, and i didn't want to go too heavy or saturated with the color either [if there were an orange solid or print i would have changed my mind on that]. so i settled on the neutral but nice random graphic known as 'tuna light blue-gray', which is an icy color that i thought would compliment the light gray walls + white/orange color scheme well. how do i feel about having a tuna chair? well, pretty darn happy considering i snagged it for less than two hundo and c'mon now, it even ties in with the fish swimming around in the crib, if you really want to start reading into things.

and, fun for me, i even caught a post about it by apartment therapy's baby site, ohdeedoh. check it out! my chair's famous!! funny enough they even comment on the flop that was the lillberg rocker.

as for the chair's occupants. the obvious ones are me. the baby. but get a load of these two:

gotta love the pinnacle of handmade toys, the sock monkey. this one was a target special, although there were tons of cute orangey options on etsy as well including striped + argyle + monogrammed sweater-wearing versions. and his new pal, the flamboyantly bright ugly doll known as plunko. [as opposed to plinko, one of the best price is right games of all time. r.i.p. rod roddy]. one of my favorite things is those feet both turned to the side. and the wave. and the eyes....the never-blinking eyes. anywho.

rounding out the colorful clique are our friends birdie, spotted giraffe-cow [either he's having an identity crisis or i've lost touch with the animal kingdom], and the newest member: recycled sweater-cat.

i made fast friends with the be-sweatered feline while touring hopscotch children's boutique in grand rapids. there were many excellent options to choose from in their line of fun re-tooled sweater animals including an awesome bird with stick legs, but alas that combo of coral-y orange + navy was too much for me to handle and i had to take the kitty home.

since having our delightful baby boy we've also been blessed with a few decor gifts from friends + family. added to the locker unit are handmade blocks, that safe for baby h to chew on to his heart's content.

+ a school of fishies

+ a mod polka-dot burp cloth.

and on that note, i'm realizing that once again i've created a rather long [to put it nicely, right?] post that hardly needs one MORE topic added on yet....so yes, the frame project will have to wait for a final FINAL nursery reveal post. thanks y'all for your patience....hope you're enjoying hearing all the dirty details on this work of love!

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