This past weekend we finally put the finishing touches on lil' McCabe's bedroom, a.k.a. our spare room/my ex-office. While half the room (namely the book case and the wardrobe) remain storage space for our stuff, the other half we've tried to decorate in a way that is not overly cute or kid-like, fairly gender neutral (even though we know we're having a boy), and very budget friendly.
The room is an off-white colour already, and we decided against painting it for a few reasons, the main being that we could not be bothered... Truth is we may only live here for another year or so, and also, painting is annoying.
We didn't buy a lot of new things for the baby. The letters you might recall from their previous lounge room location, and the Jessica Hische drop-cap print I purchased a while ago and seemed fitting for a kid's room! The lampshade was in the room already (originally from Freedom), the cot is Ikea (via Gumtree), and the quilt and sheet I made. The most expensive item in this pic is the cot mattress from Nido Organics. We love our eco-friendly non-toxic mattress so figured bub should have something similar!
Over here is the feeding and changing areas (a.k.a inputs/outputs). A while back I was wondering where I would house my crappy old office desk when the baby came along. It's too crappy to sell, not crappy enough to bin, and too big to fit in any other part of the apartment. But it is a great size for a change table, and I was delighted to find that this smart-looking chest of Ikea drawers fit right underneath. The posters are ones we already had (Dollar Bar is Patrick's old/recently-somewhat-reunited band). The change mat cover I won through State of Green's blog, and the spotty bag at bottom left is one of two waterproof, odour-proof, zip lock bags which will house dirty nappies (instead of a bin)... they're from Planet Wise and are machine washable (saves having to rinse/wash a bin, hurrah!).
The most expensive thing in this pic is the chair, which I found at Grandfather's Axe... but it is definitely something that will fit in with our household decor long after the kid takes his daily meals in it...
These 'vintage' Ikea shelves house various knick knacks that we already had (globe, Yee Haw Industries letter print), plus family photos (including one from Patrick and my first holiday to Melbourne when we were dating in 2004), both our childhood teddy bears, and a couple of toys I picked up on a recent trip to Daylesford.
And just to prove it's not all super-styled interior-bliss, near the bed is the storage area I mentioned (featuring remaining CWC books and various film-related reading material!), but atop it are two paintings I did for my LCAD course in 2010, and a rad pre-loved Tasmanian-made fire engine gifted from the lovely Sarah.
Don't you love a new room with a bit history? Overall, it is fairly Ikea-heavy, and very white, but I'm pleased we managed to only buy one brand-new piece of furniture (the drawers) and decorated with what we already had first (after all, it will be all new to him!)
Now all it needs is a baby!