How Jasmine-Anita’s room came together

Jasmine enjoying Granddad and Nanna's expensive turf

My cheeky and sweet Jasmine-Anita

Jasmine-Anita is now nearly 12 months old. After enjoying the comforts and convenience of our bedroom (both her and myself) for nearly 10 months, we finally moved her out a month ago. Now, I trudge bleary-eyed and half asleep to the next room to breastfeed. Coupled with my husband and I taking turns in coming in when she cries to pat and just sit with her when it’s not a proper feed time, it means she is slowly learning not to depend on a suck to go back to sleep.

She’s finally in her own room. My desk and home office was temporarily using that room. Now they’ve switched places and now the ‘office’ lies on the floor in a mess while I source for the right storage solution.

Never one for a pale or pretty-frilly room for a child, I naturally chose vibrant oranges and reds. But also because it works well in the current wall colours of pale yellow and lavender (renters in Australia aren’t allowed to paint walls). This photo served as an inspiration:

This was the plan for Jasmine’s room:

The plan for Jasmine's new bedroom

The search for an orange chaise has not been easy, but we’re persevering. Meanwhile, my old yellow armchair serves as breastfeeding station at night.

This is how it’s turned out, in reality:

An actual layout of Jasmine's new room

I hadn’t really planned on buying more furniture or art or soft furnishings to match my vision for Jasmine-Anita’s room. But when they were put together, I was really pleased at the pops of reds here and there that tied the room together.

This is looking into the room from the hallway:

Jasmine-Anita's cot and my feeding armchair

Jasmine-Anita’s cot and my feeding armchair

I love walking into her room. This is a pleasant room with pale yellow walls and a lacey curtain, which I quite like for this room. (Normally I HATE lacey curtains). It means I don’t draw down or up the block out roller blind and the room is always bathed in light. Jasmine-Anita has no problems sleeping in it during the day – taking after her Mum.

The cot is diagonally across from the door. That way Jasmine-Anita can still see out the door if she needs to and when I walk in, I get to make eye contact with her straight away. Above her cot are two precious things. On the wall is a canvas print I made for her soon after she was born. It’s a song I sing to her a lot. (Yes, I didn’t get the lyrics right. Oh Well.) And above her cot is a beautiful mobile I begged my sister in law to make for her when Jasmine-Anita was born. I love it so much.

The mobile my sister in law made for Jasmine-Anita

The woodland animals mobile my sister in law made for Jasmine-Anita

Jasmine-Anita loves it too. The Chinese tend to want to bath babies before the sun goes down (to minimise babies absorbing too much wind and cool) so for her night and sleep time rituals, I cannot depend on a warm bath. But we have a system and she LOVES it. I feed her and then play a little with her in her bedroom. Put her into her cot then cover her entirely with a blanket. She loves pulling down the blanket from over her face and grinning at me. We do this for almost five times and then I lightly push each piece of the mobile so that it moves quite vigorously. Then I turn on her music and leave the room. This has been her ritual from the time she was about 4 months. A happy baby is a sleep-happy baby!

I got the inspiration for the mobile from Etsy. But we couldn’t afford the item + shipping. And my sister in law had just made a beautiful one for her other nephew so I figured her new niece could commandeer another one from her. Heh.

More red in her built in wardrobe

More red in her built in wardrobe

Next to the cot is her built in wardrobe. I am not a fan of these mirrored doors so one is always drawn open. That way the pop of the vibrant red backing I made for her when we moved it becomes the focal rather than large, uninspiring mirrors.

I also chose to hang our IKEA chandelier I bought for Hannah in 2008 in her little sister’s room and Jasmine-Anita loves gazing up at the pretty patterns at night.

Opposite Jasmine-Anita's cot

Opposite Jasmine-Anita’s cot

Opposite the cot (right in front of the door) is a beautiful vintage rug we’ve had since 2010. My husband’s aunt lent it to his parents decades ago and now it’s ours. It’s a silk blend so feels so luxurious underfoot. I have always preferred changing and dressing my girls on the floor rather than change tables so this rug is our ‘change table’. It’s perfect for me. I get to change and dress her, then leave her to play with a few toys while I clean up.

I also line up Jasmine-Anita’s little shoes on the top. It adds interest to her room and is convenient to grab.

I thrifted the low bookshelf and then painted it a gloss red and pink back in 2007 for Hannah and now it holds baby books for Jasmine-Anita. It’s perfect to line her little shoes at the top and hold books, puzzles and a few toys (the rest are outside).

The sweet blue IKEA RÅSKOG trolley is perfect to hold nappies, wipes and other baby necessities. The shelving hold perfectly half a box of bulk nappies. The bottom shelf hold breast pads, wipes and her swimming nappies. Top shelf holds a basket full of baby items: a nail clipper, dummies, teething clips, brushes and combs. I also love love love the pop of unexpected blue.

I found the perfect orange wastebasket from Officeworks for only $4 and it fits in well with the colours.

My red artwork collage for Jasmine-Anita's room

My red artwork collage for Jasmine-Anita’s room

I love this collage setting so much. I sit at night breastfeeding and gaze with ridiculous amounts of satisfaction at the perfect arrangement of irregularity. (I know. Verbose, much?) I selected a few that Hannah had grown out of and put them together and found that they matched perfectly.

From left to right:

  • Little girl walking in rain with red raincoat and umbrella, Blackapple @ Etsy, bought in 2007
  • I scored a children’s book promotional poster from the local indie bookstore (Once the promotional period is past, you’re welcome to grab the posters and I have quite a few.) Poster from Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod and Freya Blackwood.
  • I bought this limited edition print from Belle & Boo’s Etsy store back in 2008 when they were just an Etsy shop.
  • I found this framed in a tiny, local (now defunct) antiques store near me. The lady did a lot of framing and sold quite a few. Her interests lie not in the pictures, but in providing quality frames. I just loved this one with the three dogs and red board. I’d chosen it for Hannah initially, but as I’d mentioned above, she is growing up and these just “aren’t cool” anymore.

Newborn french onesie for Jasmine-Anita

Newborn french onesie for Jasmine-Anita

She wore this once. I LOVE it so much. My husband’s aunt gave it to us when she was born.

Maman est géniale
Papa est formidable
et moi je leur ressemble

(Mummy is brilliant
Daddy is extraordinary
And I am just like both of them.)

I’m currently searching for the right frame for the onesie. I’d like to hang it up to add to the collage mix. I figure this will be suitable for a baby till she’s about three. Then it’ll be “so last year”.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of Jasmine-Anita’s nursery bedroom. It’s a very fresh, bright and simple bedroom. She loves being in it.

21 May 2014

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