We would like to move Elara into one of the downstairs bedrooms so that she can have more room to play. We still haven't decided on which of the two rooms would be better for her, and for us, as we would still like to have an office and guest bed. She probably won't be sleeping down there for awhile yet, I just want to get her used to the idea, and for me to have a safe place for her to play while I work.
In the meantime, I've come up with this new "little girls" room theme: Pink Flamingos!
I'm way too excited about this! Check out my Pinterest Board for more ideas as this room develops.
I have been collecting a bunch of photos and drawings of flamingos which I plan to make a gallery collage on one of the walls. Here are a couple that I will be using. The first is a drawing that I found at Chapters and the second is a photo we took on our vacation in Curacao.
I also would like to create a reading corner with lots of cozy pillows. I have already bought photo frame ledges from Ikea that will hold all her books. I just need to add all the pillows!
I love this little kids chair from Monte, the same company that made our rocking chair. Maybe Elara will ask for it for Christmas haha.
I got this little table and chair set from Ikea for Elara a few months ago. It is the same as the photo below except the little stool is white instead of dark pink. She loves it, especially for drawing with crayons or on her magnetic board. She is so excited that she is able to get on and off of the chairs herself. However, I have found her climbing up on the table too (see photo below). Elara certainly loves to climb everything!
For laundry and cloth diapers I got this pink feathery hanging wet bag from Funky Fluff. Wet bags are great even if you don't cloth diaper. You can use them for anything, like wet bathing suits or any dirty clothes or wipes. They are great! What's wonderful about this hanging zippered one is it isn't easy for small hands to get into.
We haven't decided on a bed yet. I love the idea of a daybed but I don't know how practical it would be for the future. Having bunk beds might be a good idea, or at least a loft bed so that the space underneath could be used for something. We could even sell our current guest bed and use whatever bed we get for Elara's room as the guest bed in the meantime. So many options, it's hard to pick the best one!
I really love the idea of getting a life sized wall decal of a flamingo! I have seen a few on Etsy, hopefully I can find one that we like and is affordable.
We bought these curtains from Ikea on our last visit. They have a nice soft pattern and will add warmth to the downstairs room. I'm going to keep them floor length even though it's a small basement window. This way at night it will look like a nice big window and keep it cosy.
We also had fun buying a few other accessories for Elara's future room on our Ikea trip (see photo below). I can't wait to set up her room, however, there are a few steps that have to come first. One, we have to pick the room! Then some fix up painting needs to be done, as well as replace the carpets. This is going to be our fun fall project!
The balcony is finally done! Well, all the construction parts of the balcony are done. The glass panels are all in, the railing is up and Elara couldn't be happier running back and forth, and around and around the balcony's length. It's like a huge outdoor playpen! Next up, we need to seal the wood, add furniture, and possibly make some neat planters to go on it. I'm really impressed, and I'm thinking we will get a lot more use out of it now.
How much fun would this rocker be as a kid!? It's a great design and would look so good sitting in a nursery. Plus, it looks like a lot of fun to ride. This rocker was designed by Nikolay Avakov of DZZZ from Armenia. It was constructed with plywood, and has a minimal aesthetic. Love it! See more pictures at Contemporist.