We finished L's room this weekend, and are really happy with how it turned out. We went with an under-the-sea theme--shocking, I know. We also tried for soothing colors that aren't too cold--tough with blues, but in Seattle, warmer tones can make a big difference.
I scored this crib/toddler bed from Craigslist (where has Craigslist been all my life?), which we are leaving as a crib right now, but will change to a toddler bed if that is more appropriate. We are pretty sure kiddos L's age are still in cribs in the orphanage, but he did spend some time in a foster family, so it's a bit of a mystery as to exactly how he is used to sleeping. Crib, toddler bed, co-sleeping--whatever works for him, works for us.
We added some lanterns in the corner--
This Etsy purchase was the first thing I bought for L, and is at the entrance of his room. In between the larger words "I love you from here to China" are the names of major Chinese cities. Xi'an, where L has lived most of his life, is listed, as well as the Silk Road (Xi'an was on the Silk Road in days of yore) and Guangzhou, where we will end our adoption process in China.
We created a nice little reading area (complete with cat, but what in our house isn't?). This chair/ottoman set is the one Cory's dad used to read to him in days of yore.
And last, but not least, is my favorite part of the room: a picture of a fish Cory drew for L. As an art school graduate, Cory is a talented artist, but has primarily worked in black-and-white. He branched out in this picture of a Moorfish, which he chose as they are the bearers of happiness.
We are feeling more and more ready to meet L and become his parents. The condo is clean as a whistle, animals bathed, freezer full, and all of the other little things that are nice to have in place before such a huge change.
We are officially leaving the 14th--8 months to the day since we got pre-approval to adopt L.