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Mid-century Modern BABY Nursery

Postby Chimay » Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:46 pm

Hey all,

I haven't been very active here lately. But for those who don't know, Elise & I are expecting our first child for late June. Any suggestions on names are welcome!

In the meantime, we've been converting the office at our house into a nursery. I know that a lot of you have already been down this path, but I haven't found many pics on the web for nursery inspiration. So please post your pics here. I'll start by posting ours!

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Postby retrotravelgirl » Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:55 pm

You rock! My husband and I were So trying to keep everything 50's in our house however broke down and had to stay modern/current in the baby's room. However we got a bitchin crib and changing table by Stokke that kind of has the feel and a Heywood Wakefield bookshelft with a cute 50's lamp. If I can figure out how to post a pic I would happily so as I love this topic.

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P.S. We are drooling over your chair and ottoman...where did you find it? Is it Kroeher?
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Postby Chimay » Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:14 pm

Thanks, Leslie. Actually, our nursery is far from authentically 50s. We elected to splurge on the chair and ottoman (it's a Hans Wegner Poppa Bear reedition, by Modernica), but aren't spending much on the rest of the furniture. I know and like the Stokke crib, too. This is the one you're talking about, right?

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We also really liked the furniture and cribs by NurseryWorks:

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But in the end, we went with IKEA for most stuff to keep the costs down.

By the way, all you have to do to post images is to put Image
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Postby synthetic space » Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:33 am

This topic recently came up in another thread:

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... highlight=

Here are some photos of our daughter's current room:

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And here is a rather crappy photo of the nursery from when she was born, back when we were still living in an Alexander in Palm Springs:

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It is amazing how much more modern baby furniture there is on the market now than when we were searching just a few years ago. My brother and his wife have the NurseryWorks crib that Chimay posted above, but with white ends instead of pink. I think it's a really cool piece and wish it had been available when we were crib shopping! Maybe next time....

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Stokke

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Postby contos » Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:53 pm

Your nursery looks great. I really like the mural. We are gettting the same ikea crib. We don't have any pictures to share yet, but we should by next month or so. Right now we still have to finish the big changes in our condo before we move in. Then, we can start the nursery.

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Postby MikeLindsey » Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:44 pm

It's good to hear from you and congratulations on the big news. Our son is almost 20 months and is about to jump out of his crib. We plan on buying him a bigboy platform bed soon. The kids grow so fast, IKEA (and other affordable solutions) are really the way to go. However, you have some of the most expensive IKEA items in that room! :D

The nursery looks great! Wonderful splurge. My son uses a Nelson Bench to climb on our bed.

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not a nursery, but...

Postby MikeLindsey » Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:49 pm

Here is my son Miles with his modern table and chair set. This is in our living room (first thing you see when you walk in the front door). He's taking over the house, but as you can see, he has great style. Those are Dinosaur PJs.

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Re: not a nursery, but...

Postby retrotravelgirl » Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:59 pm

I cannot believe all the cool stuff I never knew existed for babies and kids!!!! Where did you get that table and chair set???? I usually go to Ebay for old and cool stuff, but I love this!

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Postby Chimay » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:08 pm

There are actually lots of places available now where you can find great modern stuff for kids. Here are a few of them:

http://www.modernseed.com/
http://www.modernnursery.com/
http://www.designpublic.com/shop/baby
http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/dept.do?dept=RB7
http://www.dwr.com/dwrjax/index.cfm
http://www.modernkid.com/

And, of course, IKEA!

Happy hunting!

(and thanks again, everyone, for sharing your baby rooms and the kind words about ours).
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Re: not a nursery, but...

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Postby Chimay » Wed Mar 08, 2006 12:18 pm

Thanks for the advice and suggestions, Robin! It sounds like we're on the right track, since we've already taken care of item #1 with the splurge on the PaPa Bear chair, and have spent absolute minimal amounts on the crib and other stuff.

We also have a very well supplied liquor cabinet with good nearby liquor stores (it's a benefit to living in a college town) and neighbors available to keep us stocked, if needed (right, Marty?). That reminds me- I picked up this great book by Christie Mellor called The Three-Martini Playdate which has a lot of great advice in it for those parents who believe that's important to try to maintain some semblance of a normal adult social life - even with kids.

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Like the names and style advice, too!
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Postby robinCO » Wed Mar 08, 2006 12:40 pm

Love the book! I'll have to get that one for my friend who is expecting. The Papa Bear chair is great - you will never regret that one (Get some Simple Solution at Petsmart - it works as well for baby stains as it does for pet stains).

I left an item out - be sure to get an absolutely fabulous stroller as well - something that folds easily and small enough to fit in the car with no problem, and is good for jogging and hiking and going grocery shopping - My BOB Duallie stroller was like a second home to my kiddos.

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Postby spinsLPs » Wed Mar 08, 2006 12:57 pm

Congrats and good luck Chimay!!! If your child is a girl, I've always been partial to the first name Polly and the middle name Esther. :wink:

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Postby Chimay » Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:02 pm

Spins should add a rimshot to that last post. Very funny!

Robin, it's as if you're reading our mind! The only other area we've decided to splurge is on the stroller. We've decided to bite the bullet and get the bugaboo cameleon, since it's also a great bassinet and works for just about every situation:

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Postby Chimay » Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:35 pm

to SDR's point, the mobile is just your run-of-the-mill Flensted (this one is called "Symphony"). It's actually a bit larger than it looks in the photos here. It's 26 inches by 7 inches.

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But I love the idea of making new ones myself. That would be a great project to do with the little one someday.

to Sky, thanks for the advice on controlling the 'water pistol'. I'll keep that in mind if we need it! The changing table does have a lip on it, so we'll be ok there.
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Postby sky » Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:16 pm

Here are a couple of other tips for your modern babies:

1. Send a birth announcement to the White House – they have a correspondence office that will acknowledge it. No matter what you think about the creep who lives there, it is a pretty cool memento for your baby. We had three babies, all during the Reagan years, and they each got a different acknowledgement. (See sample below)

2. Chimay – especially for you in the San Diego area - look into buying the baby a lifetime pass at Legoland. I remember reading about it on their brochure when I was there last year, and I was thinking that it would be a great gift for a baby. It was about the cost of five or six admissions, but it came with several passes for guests every year. (I’m not sure about the fiscal health of the parent company, but if they stay afloat for five years, you will at least break even.)

3. Start your birthing classes early. Our first born was one full month early, and we missed the last Lamaze class – the one that covered post-partum depression. So, I was pretty unaware when that happened.

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Postby PacificaModern » Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:10 am

Hmmm... I'm liking Magnus a lot! Good one.

Oh yes, we'll be pitching in by keeping a well stocked bar at the ready. I have a feeling that Elise will be ready for a good cocktail when the time finally comes!

(I don't know how the girls do it now. It had to be a lot easier back in the days when I was a mere incubus. I think my mom was drinking martinis on the way to the hospital with me! Maybe that's the root cause of my dain bramage...) :roll:

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