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Nursery Nutbag & the Pouf Problem

I’m obsessing. I know I am. I can’t help it. I’m not a designer, nor do I have a bottomless budget for this new project I’ve embarked upon. Perhaps that’s why it’s taking me so long to finish our mid-century modern inspired nursery.

I’m getting there, but I don’t think I’ve ever given so much thought to one room. This really makes me re-think my “abilities” in the department of design. Okay, okay, so the budget is part of it. I can’t just see stuff and buy it. I have to scrounge, Craigslist some things to buy other things…I have to save, I have to be creative. (Let’s not forget I’d much rather recycle and reuse than buy new.)

I don’t want to give too much away yet…but I do need help from all you designer-istas out there!

Once again….here’s where my inspiration began:

Here's the idea board found on Pinterest.

Here’s the idea board found on Pinterest.

I’m not sticking to it 100%….there will be more vintage furniture than new – but you get the idea.

Here are my colors:

Color Pallette

Color Palette

And here was part of my challenge this week:

Feeding & Reading Nook - in need of side table and foot stool/ottoman

Feeding & Reading Nook – in need of side table and foot stool/ottoman

The scoop: this room that is becoming the “mid-century modern-inspired” nursery is the smallest room in our entire house. Tiny, in fact. It goes without saying that every square inch needs to feature clean design while being multi-functional. This particular corner that backs up to the closet – will be the “feeding & reading nook” as I’ve named it. After an exhaustive search for the very trendy floor “pouf” or ottoman, I decided to stick with traditional MCM instead. Can I just say how ridiculously expensive the little balls of fabric and stuffing are? Oh.My.Goodness!

A pouf such as this one from CB2 will cost you $80 before shipping:

knitted graphite pouf from CB2

knitted graphite pouf from CB2

…okay, so maybe not terrible, but it wasn’t quite the right color, and it was more than I wanted to spend. On a pouf. Do you feel me? Plus, my anal-retentive personality kicked in and all I could think of was trying to vacuum dog hair, dry spit up, and crushed up Cheerios from between the knits.  Stay with me….

So then I thought….how about a leather pouf? Or better yet, a Moroccan Pouf!!! In TEAL!!!

Moroccan Pouf Found on AllModern.com

Moroccan Pouf Found on AllModern.com

That’ll be $139 before shipping. And too big for my tiny space. Beautiful. Fun. Colorful and functional. Don’t get me wrong. Just not what I needed.

So then I turned (as I have a milllllllion times before) to Etsy.com. Low and behold, I found it. My solution. An orange vinyl foot stool/ottoman with fantastic atomic legs just like those on my sweet little rocker.

Hello, Gorgeous!

Hello, Gorgeous!

Stool top

Once I get the okay – I’ll let you know what shop I found this little treasure in! This little guy will soon be on its way to me – and I can’t wait to be able to feature it in the room reveal.

Here’s what I need help with from my design-savvy readers:

Finding an affordable side table that is small, functional and affordable. I was originally thinking a Saarinen tulip side table (not necessarily name brand)…

Tulip Side Table Repro

Tulip Side Table Repro

… and then Google knocked me down a few notches. Even the reproductions start at close to $200. Vintage is twice that! Yikes!

So then I got to thinking about our very loose “woodland animal” theme… and thought about bringing some different materials in. What about a wood side table? Have you seen these around?

Eco-Friendly and Pretty unique.

Eco-Friendly and Pretty unique.

Eco-Friendly Wood Stumps…your thoughts?

That’s where I’m, well, stumped. This Nursery Nutbag needs help. Texture? Color? Materials? Functionality? Any suggestions would be sooooo welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About midcenturyobsession

My love for midcentury surfaced after inheriting a couple pieces of my very fashionable grandmother's MCM furniture. I'd always loved clean lines...and became obsessed. I'm currently in the process of redoing our entire home in Mid Century style. My husband would tell you "She's off her head." (Irish-speak for NUTS.) I am the wife of a Dubliner, a mother to an adorable little boy and two clownish french bulldogs Pig and Pearl. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. If there is anything I learned earning my degree, it was that I didn't want to pursue criminal justice. My heart just wasn't in it. I played 2 years of volleyball on a full scholarship and graduated a 4 year college in 3 years. I lived in Dallas for a very long time and left friends behind to be closer to family for my son. A native Californian, I have to say it's great to be back home.

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6 thoughts on “Nursery Nutbag & the Pouf Problem

  1. Stumped- bwahahaha!!! I love the orange footstool! If you have the time, make one yourself! See my post on the midcentury footstool I made. I love it and you can choose whatever fabric you’d like (love the orange for a pop of color). I also love the tree stump. Put a stuffed monkey on it!!!

    Posted by Lin | July 16, 2014, 4:09 pm
    • Dude! I forgot about your footstool project! I’ll check it out. That would be fun to do! I have some leftover fabric from the chair re-covering. Hmmm…wheels turning! I’m digging the tree stump too. Thanks Lin! I KNEW you’d have an idea!

      Posted by midcenturyobsession | July 16, 2014, 4:57 pm
  2. You are right on track with the nursery! You are not obsessing, you are simply “preparing the nest”! My suggestion is to go online and check out all of the “college dorm room” categories from Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart etc. Years ago I found a metal white tulip side table at Target for $25 in their college dorm room area, went back to get a second one, “poof’ they were gone, luckily able to order online. The dorm furniture is always affordable, and depending on the material its made of, can actually be sturdy. Here are some I found in my quick look up.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/mid-century-round-table/3251353?categoryId=12531

    http://www.target.com/p/threshold-accent-table-hourglass-wood/-/A-14404531#prodSlot=medium_1_14&term=accent+table

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosley-CO1011A-BL-Retro-Metal-Side-Table-in-Caribbean-Blue/35366967?findingMethod=Recommendation:wm:RecentlyViewedItems

    Good luck, can’t wait to see the completed nursery!

    Posted by Elena | July 16, 2014, 6:11 pm
  3. YOU ARE A NUTBAG….but if I could return to the womb…I’d want to be your kid! Love what you’ve done thus far! Momma

    Posted by alphagymrat | July 17, 2014, 3:50 am

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