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Monday, October 2, 2006

What we got and where we got it

Have received lots of questions about the nursery and playroom "stuff," so here's the scoop on what and where:

Fabric: The curtain/bedskirt fabric is from Hancock Fabrics. It's really sturdy indoor/outdoor fabric that comes on huge rolls in the furniture upholstery section. Ungodly expensive (particularly if you're sewing-challenged and buy 15 yards, which is about 10 yards too much). We loved how the wavy lines looked like waves and the multicolored circles looked like bubbles.

Low blue and green chairs: They're funky faux-fur chairs from Linens and Things. Incredibly comfortable for adults, and low enough for kids (and apparently cats). Plus, the colors make us grin.

Storage units: They're Cameron Bookrack Wall Systems from Pottery Barn Kids. We got the Espresso color for the playroom and the Sun Valley Honey color for the nursery. Great quality, and just the right height for kids. The lower "toss bins" are my favorite part. We drilled right through each piece to bolt each component into a wall stud. One warning: these units come unassembled, in about 10 huge boxes filled with rigid styrofoam. We called around and found a local recycling place where we could just dump the boxes. Whew.

Green & blue dolphin bureau: The kid-sized bureau is from a funky little furniture store in San Luis Obispo called Bali Designs. Our piece came from Indonesia.

Black baby gate: It's a Kidco Hearthgate, just Google those words and you'll find a whole bunch of online stores selling it. Check with your local baby stores too. It fits all the way across our room to divide the playroom (shown here in progress) from the living room. What we love about this gate: - It's black! - Made of solid, sturdy, coated, smooth metal - Spans a HUGE opening and you can also buy extensions (we bought one) - Has a little baby-proof door in it so we can easily step through - Can set it up in a straight line, curved line, or any zig-zagged or any bent configuration - Comes with a kit to bolt it directly to the wall on both sides I archived all of the above information in our Tools & Tips section, so it's always easy to find, and also posted directions for the Flickr slideshow images. Hope I answered all of the questions! Coming soon to a blog post near you: surprise shower fun, travel details finalized (fingers crossed), handmade dolls, and the cutest baby clothes ever. Stay tuned...