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My Firefly Nursery

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Nursery, Parenting
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I had a lot people get really excited when they found out I was doing a Firefly/Serenity nursery. It’s a show that a decade later still has a following of beloved fans, of which I am one. So as promised, here are pictures as well as links.

Since babies can’t express an opinion on decor, decorating a nursery is about the parents’ taste and in our case, my taste. I knew I wanted to do a sci-fi theme but I wanted it to be primarily gender neutral with accents of gender that could be changed if more little ones come along. Much of sci-fi is blue and gray which, besides being associated with boys is also rather dull. Sure, there are accents of color, but in the end I loved the endless possibilities with Firefly.

Being a western-in-space, it had vibrant colors – reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, blues – and vibrant culture – an eastern and western mish-mash. It has everything a TCK could love. Firefly doesn’t have the wide appeal to warrant a lot of merchandising. This meant I had to piece it together and it’s likely this will be a work in progress as I tweak it (and I’ll update this post as I do).

The primary color I chose was orange. People generally have strong feelings about this color, and for me it’s a positive feeling. The room I chose for my nursery faces east and the orange hues of the wall glow as the morning sun peeks through the windows. It’s hard to capture in a snapshot though. You’ll just have to trust me. This mobile was my inspiration, however, I ended up with so much orange, I replaced it with the other one pictured (but the orange one is still in the room, just elsewhere). You can get these beautiful mobiles as theStarcraft over on Etsy.

Going from there, it was time to find the furniture and the rest of the decor. I prefer a sparse room, that is, I don’t like clutter. A clean look is important to me – probably because the rest of my house is a total disaster. But I live on a tight budget and so if I wanted to spend money on items I knew would make my nursery unique and try as much as a possible to find inexpensive ways to fill out the rest of it.

One of those was was to sand down and repaint a hideous old dresser. I hated that dresser. I should have taken a picture of it but I didn’t because it never occurred to me to take a picture of an ugly dresser. However, this ugly dresser (through the help of my BFF – yes Jo, I called you my BFF) was miraculously transformed into this beauty that you see on the left. I replaced the color and the handles and then I got a changing pad from Target along with a changing pad cover and voila. Changing station and dresser all in one!

Finding a crib was a bit more tricky. There are a lot of fantsy pants cribs out there for hundreds of dollars. Me, I have a deep love of IKEA, so that’s where I headed to get my crib.

I appreciated this particular crib for it’s simplicity. One of the fancy cribs made me think of the Alliance. I wanted something that made me think of the Rebels. It also helps that the Sundvik gets high marks. It may not look like much, but that thing is sturdy. You should have seen the look on my husband’s face as I picked up the model and dropped, then shook it, then shook it like a woman trying to simulate an earthquake.

Trust me, it’s sturdy.

For wall art, I stumbled across chibi characters on Etsy. Yup Etsy again! These four prints I purchased from bensmind and I will attest that they are very worth the money and the shipping (he’s in the UK). I purchased my frames through Amazon from Art to Frames

Let me take a moment to say that the customer service from Art to Frames was top notch. They packaged the frames incredibly well. Even so, one came with the glass cracked. I contacted them and within a few hours they’d promised to send out a new frame and would have FedEx pick up the broken one. I had my new frame within the week. I can’t recommend these frames enough – they’re good quality at an affordable price point.

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Since my baby is a boy, the artwork is one of those tweakable pieces. I opted for the male characters to be highlighted. If we have more babies and one of those future babies is a girl, the artwork is easily switched out for the girls (my picks: River, Zoe, and Kaylee).

The chibi characters worked perfectly with the fabric I had chosen. Now here’s where things got tricky. There is no bedding for this show. Not at all. So your options are either to be skilled with the sewing machine, know someone skilled with a sewing machine willing to put in hours of hard work, or you can commission it from Geek-A-Bye-Baby. In my case, my BFF (yes Jo, I called you my BFF), loved me dearly and offered to make my bedding. I found my fabric on Spoonflower

I’m not a bumper girl, so we skipped bumpers. Instead she made me a bedskirt, a blanket, a cushion (more on that), and curtains.

The beauty of this fabric is that it’s playful, childlike, and has lots of different colors. So if you’re not an orange gal like me, you have tons of other options to play with.

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The cushion was my replacement for bumpers. With the larger age difference, I knew that it would be easy for E to be neglected. So Jo had the great idea of creating E’s cushion. He comes in and he can sit on the floor while I nurse his brother. It’s been a hit as E absolutely adores his little brother.

And finally, the final piece that I am totally in love with. NAME BLOCKS!

At yet another Etsy store, Around the Block, I found someone who would use panels from the Firefly comic book. I selected the characters and the colors and then waited on the edge of my seat. I was so taken with these that I ordered another set for E!

I added a bit of bamboo for effect next to the blocks although I may change up everything later on :)

If you have any questions, let me know. I tried to include links to where I found everything. You can also check out my Pinterest board to see all the pins I pinned as I brainstormed this room.

And just to finish it out, here are some other pics!

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AroundtheBlockAZ (name blocks) – Like them on Facebook (Around the Block)
bensmind (prints)
theStarcraft (mobile)
IKEA (crib, shelf, vase, bamboo, blinds, frame for fabric squares)
Art to Frame (frame for bensmind prints)
Geek-A-Bye-Baby (where you’ll have to go for bedding since my BFF is, well, my BFF LOL)