Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pleased as punch

The nursery, my friends, is finished. I am thrilled with the completed product. In fact, I often find myself wandering down the hall just so I can stand in the doorway and bask in its beauty.

Given that litany of boastful statements, I'm sure you are thinking, "My, but pregnancy has certainly given Debbie not only a big belly, but a big head. How lovely." Well, pregnancy has certainly made a lot of my body parts big, but any swelling about the head results from the fact that I fully realize how fortunate I am to have a mother and friend with limitless talents, as well as a father and husband with limitless amounts of patience.

My mom, saint that she is, made every fabric item you see in the nursery. I'm talking curtains, bed skirt, crib sheet, bumper pad, quilt, pillow, and, of course, a coordinating collar for Buddy, Jr., the non-shedding, stationary version of our beloved pup.

Our friend Anne, in addition to knitting the most precious sweater and booties you ever did see, designed and painted the canvases hanging over the cribs. (Yes, I still call her a friend, despite the fact that her daughter Clare asked, "Is Debbie a diva?" after Anne recounted tale #53 about how this nursery has brought out the worst in Detail-Oriented Debbie. Clearly, the slight OCD behaviors Chip and I exhibit are a source of great entertainment to the Fleming family.)

My dad, conditioned by many years of living with three women (four, if you count the dog), spent one Saturday helping Chip disassemble, assemble and move furniture to and fro. The following Saturday was spent hanging and rehanging various items while my mom and I added tasks to his never-ending to-do list.

Last, but not least, I have my husband, who endured even more than all three of the previously mentioned people combined. After withstanding a ridiculous number of Debbie-led design discussions, Chip then moved large pieces of furniture by fractions of inches until they were just so. Of course everything ended up right back where it started, but how would I have known the dresser and crib were in the right places if I didn't see them in every wrong place first?

Like I said, I'm lucky. And that's why my head is so big. And why Baby Lindh will have such a swank nursery. Now I just have to finish reading, "The OCD Mother's Guide to Having a Neat & Tidy Newborn," and I should be good to go.

Click here to see the full set of photos, and be sure to roll over each image for notes. I just cannot get enough of that particular Flickr feature.


  1. HA! If only that book existed/could be. Maybe YOU could write it if you figure it out?
    The nursery looks lovely! Very nice team effort!

  2. The nursery looks great! How wonderful that you have lots of great DIYers at your disposal. And the Friends of Violet print goes very well with the rest of the room decor. Kudos on the wall color choice as well. Now all you need is baby!


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