Saturday, December 17, 2016

Zach is one, and his room is done

So, this has been the most difficult year of my life, and our newest addition is the reason why.  This kid doesn't nap, cries and whines most of the day, fights like a boxer for each outfit or diaper change, and just generally is the most difficult baby I've ever met.  Here he is doing his best impression of mama.
But, we made it to one year old, and he's starting to walk now and trying to say some words.  He has 6 teeth, but has been eating absolutely everything including raw veggies and apples since before the teeth.  Once in awhile he sleeps for 10 hours at night, but mostly he wakes up every 5.  When he's happy, he's awesome!
It took me awhile to finish his room because I never get any time to myself, but I'll admit it's been done for months.  I took some photos of the room while it was clean for his birthday party, so here is the final post for you all!  I'm very happy with the space, it is exactly what I wanted.
The wood wall turned out amazing, we literally did nothing but frame out the edges with lattice that I stained and sealed.  Whoever put it up probably had no idea how on-trend this look would be in 30 years!  I cut it extra fancy on top to follow the same lines as the chevron.
The sign above the crib was chosen for it's funnies, since Zach has napped in this crib maybe three times and absolutely does not like naps.  I think he does like me, though.  So, it's half legit.  I liked that the sign has no glass, and is very lightweight for when he decides to pull it on himself.  That will definitely happen.  
This room gets a lot of light, which is great since he doesn't sleep in here during the day, anyway.  Across the hall you can see a glimpse of our FINISHED guest room, too!  Post on that in the works.
I originally bought the gazelle head for the wood wall, and it was hanging there until I got myself so worried about it falling on his head, I moved it to the other side of the room.  It looked better above the crib, but it's much safer where it's at, because it is super heavy.  I got that beauty at  They have so many animals to choose from, and the detail in the faces is stunning!
The little Ikea bookcases that used to hold my rainbow wardrobe in my old dressing room now hold toys.  Sad.
You can see in these photos the blackout paper blinds I have on the windows.  I know I'm fooling myself by thinking a darker room will make him nap in here, they haven't worked for 12 months, but still they stay up JUST IN CASE.
My mom took the Urban Zoology Crocodile fabric I bought, and turned it into the most beautiful crib skirt!  She even lined it with matching green fabric, because it was a little thin.  She is just so good at sewing crafts like this.
The skirt looked even better before we had to lower the crib, but of course, this happened in September:
We joke that he looks like a crib spokesperson in this one.  The wall with the changing area is my favorite.  I got a lot of little doodads to make it more homey and cute for him.
This is the dresser I used to have in our den on Russet Street.  I'm still using Howard products on it, and I still love it so much!  It's a perfect changing area and dresser for a baby.  Tucked off to the right is a rolling cart from World Market, it fits in that space perfectly, and stores extra diapers, unmatched socks (a huge BOO to baby socks!!) and other miscellaneous stuff.  The changing pad cover was made by Etsy seller avaelliot.
The marquee letter hooks are from Anthropologie.  Love that they are mixed metal, and have that industrial look I wanted.
The print of Zach is one of my favorite photos ever.  My brother and future sister in law are huge Disney fans, and buy him all these adorable outfits.  I dressed him up as Dumbo at two months old, and I couldn't imagine anything cuter!
Here is the actual photo, so you can fully appreciate.  I'm so glad I got photos like this when he was little, because there is no way I will ever get him to lay still again.
The shelf is a simple cedar board we had laying around, and the galvanized pipe brackets are from great Etsy seller PipeDreamsDecor.   The galvanized wall hanging basket is from World Market.
On the bookcase wall, the art is very special to me.  The bicycle print used to hang in Ashford's room, and the little animal-riding-things prints on the right are from a talented Etsy seller, AmelieLegault.  There are two more of her prints in the tall white collage frame above the dresser.  They are so whimsical and cute!
Here is a closer look at the alligator riding a trike, along with a tiny but cute giraffe hook from Anthro.  But the star is the beautiful custom birth announcement print made by my favorite blogger, Meryl from Picardy Project!   She surprised me with this, and one for Ashford, shortly after Zach was born.
Look at this hand-cut detail!  It's just beautiful with the colored glittery backgrounds.  Obsessed!
And here is Ashford's, which she also did in his room colors.  LOVE!
I know Meryl was planning an Etsy shop, I sure hope it happens.  These prints are beautiful!  And, here's the messy closet.  The Malm dresser fits well in here, and luckily, because Zach has inherited a huge wardrobe.  
So, that is the finished room.  I'm so happy it's done!  Here is a before, during and after.  I hope you liked seeing all the details!
Now, I can go back to our regularly-scheduled mess.  Clothes are no fun in the drawers, right?  Happy birthday, Zach!  Let's give mom a break in 2017!


  1. I love the wood wall. It looks fabulous with the wall color and industrial hardware. The pop of green looks great. You did it again Sara.

  2. Oh and he does look like he's selling that crib ha!

  3. Oh my god, those thighs. Delilah has no chunk, she's 14 months and still not 20 lbs. lol His room looks GREAT! I love how it all came together.

    1. Oona, Zach is already 25.5 pounds! I have a killer butt shot that melts my heart. He gives J Lo a run for her money. Ha!

  4. his room is adorable and so is he! the good news is that every kid is a challenge at one time in their lives, so maybe it will be over soon. maybe... i am not making any promises. wishing you loads of naps in 2017!

    1. Cassie, I'm hoping he becomes a bit easier, but I think deep down I love his dedication to being a handful! :)

  5. Love those baby information prints/cutouts!

    A tip for pics near a crib: I put the 3M command velcro strips on the back of each frame that is somewhat close to my son's bed. Keeps them from moving around when he's jumping around on his bed and he couldn't pull them off from his crib when he was still in it.

  6. I love the room! It looks fabulous and OH! That wall!! I always love seeing what you do with your spaces.

    And can I just say - my daughter was as you describe. Fussy, whiny, unhappy baby who seemingly never slept. It's a big reason we only have the one. It was SO MUCH HARDER than anyone said it would be, because if she was awake she was crying and she hated everything people swore worked on babies. I even had medical tests done on her, her doctor and I both convinced that there had to be some underlying issue(s) causing her perpetually terrible 'tude. Now at age 3 she is such a joy. She's just fiercely independent, not someone who likes to be touched or wants help with anything. I think she hated being a baby as much as we hated the frustration of dealing with her babyhood. All this to say, I feel you, and I hope it gets better for you as he becomes his own person, as it did for us!

    1. I think you're right, he just doesn't like being a baby and wants to do what he wants. He is into absolutely everything and never lets me cuddle him or sleep with him. Doesn't every kid want to cosleep?! Not mine. I'm interested to see what he is like in a year or two!

  7. Gah, he's so cute. (I know. That's easy for me to say.)

    Love the room - the wood wall looks incredible behind his crib - and the picture of him in the crib is too much cute to handle.

    1. Thanks, Kim! He sure is cute...even when he's crying and angry! Ha


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