When I was a freshman in college, living in the inferno of a dorm that is Knight Hall (meaning, we had no control over the furnace in the winter and no A/C in the summer), my roommate and I worked really hard to make the 12x16 room homey and livable. During Christmas that year, we stumbled upon the idea of putting icicle lights around the walls of our room. It created such a mellow atmosphere and fun look that we left them up for the rest of year, and it was one of our first tasks to put them back up in each subsequent dorm room every fall. I have a real aversion to overhead lighting, and it totally solved the issue for me.
Ever since that time, I've always wanted to recreate the look, but never knew how to do it without making it look like a college dorm room. When we first started re-doing the back bedroom for the nursery, I was stumped about how to do the lighting in there. There is no overhead light fixture, and we've just been using an old floor lamp. I really wanted a soft, mellow look, but I wasn't sure how to do it. During one of my many scouting trips to the IKEA lighting section (yes, I know I am addicted to IKEA), I came across some modern looking twinkle lights. I bought them without knowing exactly how to make them work. But when I brought them home, and explained to Travis just how badly I wanted them in the room, he figured out a genius plan to hang them from the edge of the ceiling.
I love them.
We also got the artwork we found in Wilmington framed and hung. They are digital art from a NC artist named John W. Golden. They are from the Critter series, and I'm seriously thinking about getting another one. He also has a series called By Order of the Management that I also love.
The three-legged table by the window is a thrift store find, and will eventually have some kind of cute tablecloth on it.
The lights only go around half the room. I didn't want to go overboard with them. The pack'n'play is from my awesome college friends/roommates, who threw me a surprise shower during our first annual Girl's Weekend Getaway.
We've been using the bookcase to sort the presents and baby goodies we've been receiving. I still think this bookcase is the best thing we've bought so far. The recliner is from the living room, where we switched it out for the new rocking chair we got from Travis' parents. The rocker is just so comfortable, we couldn't stand leaving it in the back bedroom for the next two months. (But don't worry, Lori, I promise we'll switch them back!) Hanging above the chair, is a picture frame mobile that we plan on filling up with pictures of our families and friends.
All in all...it's my favorite room in the house. I can't wait to put a baby in there!