It wasn’t until this past January Andrew and I actually began making our apartment into a home. After nearly three years of padding it with sporadic odds and ends, a valiant attempt at a mirage-like fullness, with our Poe impending we found ourselves ferociously thrown into a self-imposed nine-month bout of nesting. A frenzied, yet methodical desire to somehow find and ground ourselves through our aesthetic before his arrival. From repainting every nook in a warm foggy cream to procuring that perfect pair of flannel sheets for optimal lazy weekend morning snuggles, our focus was to fill our four walls with elements definitive of the ‘collective us,’ while mustering that true sense of cozy we could grow together within. So much love and thought went into every corner, it wasn’t until we walked through our doorstep with Poe in tow that the reality and emotional whirlwind of motherhood really struck – that here my Poe was, wiggling and warm in my arms, ready to live and flourish in this perfect nest we’d created for him. [from On Cozy]
Recreating our entire apartment, Andrew and I put the most consideration into Poe’s nursery – four walls all his own we hope will foster the wild, creative, and inquisitive spirit of our perpetually evolving babe. Including special touches, from his great grandmother’s rocker, an heirloom Andrew was nestled in, to a bookshelf hand crafted from wooden crates from our favorite farmers market, every piece and corner is grounded in the magic of Andrew and my story with room for growth and play. And not forgetting the four walls themselves, we curated and framed a collection of our favorite photographs and mementoes, with the help and love of online-based custom framers, Framebridge, to really bring his room to life.
For our one year wedding anniversary, Andrew gifted me a first edition copy of Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’ along with a poem he’d written and entitled ‘The Vegax’. One of my very faovite childhood stories, and filled with lessons of compassion, consciousness, and consideration we hope to instill in our Poe, this book is a nursery centerpiece. For your entertainment, Andrew’s poem:
I love berries, and daisies, and babies with polchkies
Coffee in cities and warm milk free cookies
I never eat meat, oh that is a crime
My murder free life is oh so divine!
From jogging to yoga I frolic to and fro
All greens, even okra, I nibble on the go
Say I’m a hippie! And that I love chubby puppies!
I am The Vegax, I speak for the veggies!
Andrew and I were sure to make little stamps of Poe’s footprints. Hanging alongside a ‘Wild Thing‘ wallhanging from his shower, a then secret ode to his middle name, Wilder, a 2016 lunar calendar, and my very favorite photograph of us, taken just hours after his birth, this wall holds so much magic from his very first moments, but also expansive space, ready to be filled in as life unfolds.
At Poe’s baby shower, we asked each guest, our closest friends and family, to note down a sentence to live by on handmade and decorated disks– a few well thought out words to pass on to our little bird as he took this life by storm. One of the most incredible pieces in our home, filled with boundless love and wisdom, this frame hangs right beside Poe’s rocker and right ontop of a dried bouquet of wildflowers, also from his shower.
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Within Poe’s Four Walls – this’s and that’s that brought Poe’s nursery together
‘The Lorax’ is framed in Framebridge’s white washed Monterey gallery frame
Poe’s footprints are framed in Framebridge’s antiqued silver Newport frame
Poe’s ‘wisdom’ is framed in Framebridge’s charcoal weathered Hatteras frame
The 2016 lunar calendar is framed in Framebridge’s white weathered Seabrook frame
Poe’s newborn photograph (not shown) is framed in Framebridge’s Irvine Slim gallery frame