This is my little girl, Harriet. She came into the world last week, 2 days before my own birthday. It was the very best day of my life.
She is the very best thing I’ve ever done. Or rather, helped to do. Assisted… in a way. A small way. Really, Sarah did all the heavy lifting and fabrication. I just sorta… well, you know.
So, while Sarah was doing the hard work, I built a room. The room design was a collaborative effort between the two of us, but all of the construction was me. And the photos are mine! Me and my trusty F3 had a blast shooting the room over the course of the day as the sun rose and set. All of these shots are on film. Fuji Superia 100.
Come in, won’t you?
I cut out the little periodic table sticker with my die cutter. It gives a bit of a taste of the nerdiness lurking inside.
This is Harriet’s Laboratory.
Science, rockets, and dinosaurs roam throughout the walls. Primary colors on all of the soft items and white paint on the wood furniture. The walls are La Fonda Blue from the Valspar National Historic Register line of paints. The woods were all sanded and then finished in Krylon gloss white spray paint.
Sarah found these vinyl decals on etsy months ago and we sorta designed the room around it. I mean, a dinosaur riding a rocket? Can anything ever be better than that? Instantly, the idea for a science-centric room was formed. Something awesome, yet cute. Something interesting, yet soothing and peaceful.
Something different from the standard sports / princess themes that seemed to be in every catalog and baby store everywhere.
The crib is a Graco that came from Amazon, the only piece of furniture in the entire room that was bought new. The quilt was sewn by my mom. The blankie was knitted by Sarah’s mom. Both are just indescribably lovely to hold. Neither have actually yet been used by the little one. She’s still too small to sleep in the crib.
These baby science prints also came from Etsy. I like them all, but the lower third column is my favorite. Prime numbers! Doesn’t get much more awesome than that.
The dresser (barely visible in this shot, but I’ve gotta talk about it somewhere) is a vintage second hand dresser made of cedar. Honestly, it was in gorgeous shape when I brought it home. It was difficult for me to remove the finish and paint it white. But it had to match! My little girl needed a dresser.
The smiling dinosaur is actually a bank (the money comes out of a hatch in his butt). It originally came without any eyes and looked a bit scary with just the big toothy grin. I hand-cut some eyes, arms, and toenails out of some black vinyl scrap and stuck them on. Instantly, he became cuddly and adorable.
My mom made the beautiful window shade out of some fabric Sarah had gathered. And the toy box belonged to Sarah as a small child. It’s built incredibly strong and is still in great shape. I took the liberty of painting it white and adding the stars. The big ones are inspired by the SSR Starshark design.
My buddy Soren (who runs a Spec Miata shop and built my Elise seat brackets) had this advice for me: “Buy or build the most sturdy changing table you possibly can. And keep in mind that she WILL fall off of it someday, so don’t make it too tall.” That advice rang through my head for months while I looked at and tested the various mass market changing tables available. I never found one that suited me. They were either way too wobbly or way too tall.
So I built this. Er, I modified it.
The table is left over from many years ago when Sarah and I were in a tiny apartment. It was our dining room table. It’s a decent size for a changing table, it’s low, and it’s incredibly stable. I’ve stood on it many times. The little side leafs add just the right amount of space to hold extra wipes and diapies. I just nailed on a few 1x2s and added a coat of white paint. It transformed into the most perfect changing table.
This room is as comfortable and relaxing at night as the photo leads you to believe. A warm glow from both the small lamp near the bottom and the big nursing lamp up above (more on that in a minute). It’s a wonderful place to spend late nights with a cranky little newborn. Warm and inviting.
One thing: See the little turtle? That’s a Twilight Turtle. It projects a starscape on the ceiling in 3 different colors. And it is magic. Sarah bought it something like 8 months prior to Harriet’s entering the world and we’ve been enjoying it in our own room all summer. It’s just… extremely pleasant. If anyone out there is having a problem settling down at night and turning off your brain, I’d totally recommend one of these little turtles.
And now onto my favorite part of the whole room.
THIS is my favorite thing. It was originally going to be the mobile above Harriet’s crib, but it’s just way too bright for that. And it would suck for her to grab a starship or tear the whole thing down at a later age. But above the chair? Perfect.
It used to be an IKEA LED lamp. My buddy John in Philadelphia sent it to us as a baby gift after I mentioned it to him. I stripped out the LED lights and put in standard Christmas lights. I used about 1/3 of a string. Then I spliced it into the original cord so that it would plug into the wall and the little power switch would still work.
The ships are Hallmark Star Trek ornaments. I’ve been collecting them since 1991 and have a whole fleet of the things. And getting to use some of them in my little girl’s room is just… the best thing. Ever.
And… that’s it. A lot of pix of such a small room. I hope you enjoyed it. I sure enjoyed building it.
I promise to blog about Miata stuff again soon.