Sorry, kitchen. This is my new favorite room.
It started with closets. There's an oddly shaped closet in the baby's room that we'd been using for winter coats and overflow clothing that didn't fit in our bedroom's one closet (how had we lived like that so long, two women sharing one small closet?).
The baby's closet is now outfitted with teeny hangers and washed crib sheets. We needed more space in our room. Enter the white mirrored wardrobe, which my dad and I put together over a period of two days. It was the hardest, most complicated thing I've ever built, but every time I look at it I'm so proud of what we did together.
The new wardrobe houses my wife Kristie's clothes. Now that I manage our room's built-in closet solo, hung items are organized by sleeve length and color, and I finally have a place to squirrel away Christmas presents (or are they there?!). As happens sometimes, the addition of the new piece of furniture spurred other updates and changes.
I did the painting above the bed myself, at one of those paint-and-wine nights. I impressed myself so much, I had to frame it, ha!
Kristie isn't its biggest fan, but I will love that coverlet forever and ever. It reminds me of a pink one I took with me to college.
The baby's bassinet will eventually be on my side of the bed, where he'll sleep within easy reach of his breastfeeding parent once he arrives, but it's been tucked away on Kristie's side for the meantime. I need a clear path to the bathroom at night! (That knit blanket, by the way, will not live in the bassinet. It's there in these pictures because I think it looks lovely, and I worked hard on it and want to show it off. Of course the safest way for babies to sleep is without anything in their bassinets or cribs other than a fitted sheet.)
My dresser used to be a greenish color with wooden knobs. I bought it at a tag sale a few years ago, painted it white, switched out the knobs with vintage ones from eBay, and used a thrifted table runner to cover some kind of bubbly, nail-polish-remover-type damage on the top.
I can't tell you how well this jewelry storage system works for me. I like being able to see everything I have all at once, which of course does not lend itself to neatness. But I've been using these trays successfully for a year without fail. (And yes, that's my first positive pregnancy test from way back in early March. I think I'm going to keep it forever.)
I dragged out a few cluttery things that maybe aren't always in our bedroom – a couple of fans, clothes that had been piled on top of Kristie's dresser, a vacuum seal bag of my winter clothes that I'm slowly restoring to the closet, a basket of dirty laundry, our old hamper, a thredUP clean-out bag (I'm never not in the middle of filling one of those)!
Coverlet (estate sale in Minneapolis)
Duvet cover (IKEA)
Blackout curtains (DIY)
Blue velvet pillow (IKEA)
Nightstands (DIY; used to be a desk owned by my mom)
Wall lamps (IKEA)
Travel keepsake boxes (DIY)
Mountain print (Minted)
Jewelry trays (Amazon)
Bassinet blanket (DIY)
Laundry hamper (Target)
Wall clock (Target, discontinued)
House tissue box (Amazon)
Wall weaving (Niroma Studio)
Vintage Northampton map (a gift from my dad)
Speckled ring dish (DIY I made as favors for Chiara's bachelorette party)
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