As a Dad it’s one of the few things you can do to make yourself useful before the baby arrives. Sure, you can take the easy route, throw a coat of paint on the walls and roll out that old carpet you haven’t looked at since the University days. With Pintrest, Etsy & Instagram, expect your partner to put more pressure on you to make something more Style at Home-esque.
The good news is that it’s not all that hard. It just takes time. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed, and I can’t imagine this is unique to me it’s that there isn’t one baby store where you can find everything you’re looking for. The quintessential one stop shop is non-existent. There are so many interesting things you can buy. Cool designs, interesting fabrics, handmade, made in Canada, you get the idea. But, to track it all down, you need to be willing to bounce from small boutique to small boutique searching.
I’m going to walk you through my daughter’s room (proud Dad moment). Let me first start by saying, I’m not an overly handy guy so what I’m about to show you doesn’t require a work bench or a tool belt.
If you’re on any kind of budget, every room has a heavy IKEA presence. This room is no different so let’s knock those pieces off first.
HEMNES 8-drawer white dresser ($299): Offers tonnes of great storage and doubles as a change table. Win, right! It’s a pretty hefty sized piece so if you’re working with a smaller space this might not be the right pick.
PÄRLBLAD Curtains ($40): We finally landed on these after realizing that curtains are curtains. It took us a while. These are cheap, good quality and do the trick. The only thing is that they aren’t blackout.
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail in White ($529): This was the best purchase we made, hands down. Even though Amelia has gnawed all the paint off along the railing with her sprouting chicklets. Not only does it look great, but it’s easy to set up and will last well into her toddler days. They will ship it right to your door from Lussobaby.
Glider Chair: Here’s where we had to get creative. My wife had her heart set a glider chair called the monte luca – it was about $1000… yes for a chair in a baby room. After some research, I found monte luca’s doppelganger for a far more reasonable $289. Quality is good, look is great. This is where I got mine. Apologies to anyone outside of Toronto.
Paint: The most tedious part of making this room happen. We used Stormy Grey by Benjamin Moore for the stripes and Oxford White for the background – we chose something neutral since the sex of our bean was a surprise. Those beautifully straight lines… yep those were just sweat and tears. Get good green painting tape, a laser level, measuring tape and some help. It really gives the room that extra pop, well worth the time in my opinion.
Owl Mobile: Handmade by a company called Little Hooters (fitting, I know) on Etsy. It can be fully customizable. Pick your own colours, wooden hanger and even the owls facial expressions. Sure beats some of the stuff you see in the big stores.
Carpet: For some reason, finding a decent carpet was the needle in a hay stack. Either you fork out big bucks or head to Etsy and pick one up from one of the small shops. The women who I bought mine from seems to be out of the carpet game but I did a quick search and there are some other great options.
You can tie everything together with a few accent pieces from Pottery Barn Kids, Anthropology, West Elm, Home Sense and you’ve got yourself a baby room.
If you have any questions on any of the pieces I don’t talk about here, just let me know.
Until next time.