Before I say a thing about the Nautical Delight or Princess Rooms, I must first thank Jennifer Craw and Jeremy Taylor for their INCREDIBLE kindness in putting together the rooms while I mostly watched. There is hardly a thing in either room that they didn’t assemble, move, hang, or place. I conceived, online shopped, and supervised. They did all the dirty work. Thank you both so much!!
Here is the twins’ room.
Initially, I wanted to make it a lovely sitting room to my taste since the boys won’t care what it looks like, but I will spend more time in there this year than ever again. Kent vetoed. My husband is very cheesy, and he insisted that there be a theme. As many of you will recall, this room used to be all violet and purple butterflies when it belonged to Fluffy. Kent requested jungle animals for a while, but finally agreed to go with nautical. I had a chair rail installed and designed and commissioned the custom paint job.
I hung the steering wheel clock at the helm of the room, and the porthole mirrors along the port and starboard side walls. I’ve gotten inured to the effect, but when people see it for the first time, they always give a little smile or laugh of recognition.
The nautical flags around the ceiling each stand for a letter of the alphabet or a number. It’s a bit like putting up the ABC’s in the room only in semaphore. Better yet, it takes the place of a mobile by providing something for babies’ little eyes to focus on without the risk of little fingers pulling a mobile down into the crib.
The rocker recliner is my absolute favorite part of the room. It is so much more comfortable than the glider I had with Fluffy. Does anybody ever use those rocking footstools?
I often rock and read to all three kids at once in this big bad recliner. The awesome circle and square fabric that Kent let me upgrade to perfectly complements the geometric and stripes theme in the room. Another plus is that it hides a multitude of sins. There are two huge cases of diapers and one of wipes behind it right now, shhhh!
I still wonder whether the room may need a rug with navy and red border stripes. I also
would love to put the pirate ship on a red shelf over the crib. I found a sweet little red shelf with pegs under it on which I could hang two little white sailor hats. I went as far as purchasing the white sailor hats, but I didn’t yet buy the shelf because I am terribly afraid that we might have an earthquake or something and the pirate ship could land on their heads. I don’t want to be that kind of mom. If I find a way to make it safe, there might be a shelf there some day soon.
Update: When the babies were 3 months old, we did indeed have a horrible earthquake that showered down shelf-items on everything below. Peppers barely missed being brained by a huge silver platter that clattered down from the shelves in the kitchen. Needless to say, I abandoned the idea of hanging anything over the crib.
Update: The boys slept so sweetly together here for 5 months until they were just too big and squirmy. We then added the second crib along the other wall.
Update: Now that the boys are 21 mo, every day starts and ends with the toy shelf looking like this, but during the day, it’s a free-for-all. At least they now participate in cleaning it up before bed. Yay!
Update: It feels like I’ve spent so much of my life sitting in the rocking chair looking up at these two ships in the display shelf and imagining myself on them. Someday….