36 weeks and 4 days! I can’t tell you how excited I am to have made this far. After some complications at 24 weeks that required me staying on bed rest, 36 weeks once seemed light-years away. But several art projects, a bit of freelance work, and one too many online shopping orders later, here I am. Eagerly anticipating the arrival of my kleines Mädchen and relishing every little bump, kick and hiccup I feel emanating from my ever-growing tummy.
While I certainly wouldn’t wish bed rest on anyone, I took advantage of having this time to nest and drive my husband crazy with my fixation on having the absolutely perfect nursery, as though our kleines mädchen would know if one thing were out of place.
Now, properly nesting and preparing a nursery while on bed rest is not without its challenges, especially in Switzerland where online shopping is… shall we say… a bit behind the times. Nevertheless, I attacked this project like any good creative director…. I surveyed the competition, looked for inspiration and started out with a vision. Or in this case a moodboard. I created two different moodboards with one of my favorite apps Polyvore.
Initially I was torn between a gender neutral rainbow theme or a more subdued pink and gray color palette. After sharing these options with various friends and trusted “design enthusiasts” the pink and gray palette won out.
My next challenge was to actually find furnishings similar to what I pulled from Polyvore. And I had to find everything online as I couldn’t get to any physical stores. I started out scouring as many Swiss websites as I could find, but eventually resorted to a few of my favorite US retailers. My husband and I also decided that we wouldn’t go overboard. We’d splurge on a few key pieces that would stand the test of time and make use of friend’s hand me downs and the “ubiquitous” Ikea for everything else.
I also made all of the artwork myself, dabbling in watercolor and acrylic painting, as well as my most comfortable medium – Photoshop. I have to say I’m quite happy with how it all came together.
Our most expensive purchase was the Eames rocker. While this may not be the most practical chair for breast-feeding, I’ve had my eye on it for years. They literally do not sell stylish rocking chairs in Switzerland and frankly I don’t care how comfortable they may be. I. will. not. buy. a glider.
Here’s a gallery showing the rest of the room and some details. You may notice the map of Switzerland above the changing table and think… hmm, that wasn’t on the moodboard. You would be correct. It was NOT a part of my plan but my husband is OBSESSED with maps, especially this one that shows the Swiss Alpine Club huts. I was going to replace it, however, if looking at this map entices him to change more diapers, the map can stay…. for now anyway. 🙂
Here’s a list of our furnishings and where I found them:
Changing table, chest of drawers and hamper: Ikea
Stokke crib: Hand-me-down from a very kind and generous friend
Eames rocker: Seipp.com
Gray foot poof: Westwing.ch
Hot pink curtains and baby book: Land of Nod
Musical mobile: Gilt.com
aden + anais bedding: Diapers.com
Plush gray rug: Overstock.com
All Artwork: Made by me!
The alphabet print can be purchased at http://society6.com/gruezigirl