People said, "Won't a giant octopus over the crib give your baby nightmares?" and "Why would you want that thing as decoration in your baby room?" but for me it was a no brainer. Not only is the octopus one of my favorite creatures (obviously), but they are the ultimate symbol of motherhood and protection. A mother octopus protects her eggs from the time they are laid to the time they hatch without leaving or eating, and then she dies. There is still much research to be done on this, but from what scientists have observed, "No mother could give more." That is the image of love and sacrifice that I want my son, and husband and I to remember when we admire her in his room.
Mother octopus was the main inspiration for the room, but I also wanted to incorporate some of my favorite artists and designers that I have met and followed in the past few years. My mother and I used organic fabric designed by Monaluna to sew the quilt, curtains, changing pad cover, and basket liners. Teddy and I made a gallery wall of the artwork we've collected at shows or have been given, along with a big "C" signed by all his friends and family from the baby shower. Sean Barry, Chris Doherty, Schatzi Brown, and Aaron Ansarov are a few of the artists displayed, along with one of our favorites by Jay Alders on the opposite wall.
Friends and family wrote sweet notes of wisdom and advice and placed them into each of his diapers, which 6 weeks later, is still a joy to open, even in the middle of the night!
Teddy and his brother, Matt, made these bamboo rods to hang Cody's clothes from, while Snowball supervised and approved all of the decisions and additions from her favorite rug by Schatzi Brown.
Huge thanks to the wonderful, Chelsea Erwin Photography for these stunning photos of Cody's room, and for the maternity and newborn photos that will also be hanging on the wall in there as well!