2. Gender neutral
3. As natural and non-toxic as possible
The choices out there can be overwhelming, but when attempting to stay within these parameters, it truly seemed like a needle in the haystack search, unless we had an unlimited cash. Which wasn’t the case. So, as I always do, I started thinking outside the box and getting creative. For example, we had an old credenza from our days in Chicago that we’d gotten at a thrift or antique shop for cheap. It was dark and dingy when we purchased it, but we stripped it, pulled off the hardware and finished it with a natural, non-toxic oil. With some new hardware it became a perfect changing table/low dresser (see photo). I then fell in love with pretty much everything from local LA designers at Amenity Home, so we hit up their sample sale and found large pieces of printed fabric for $5. I had a local seamstress turn a couple of them into pillows and then stretched the largest one over a new art canvas and had a beautiful piece of art for a total of $25 (shown in photo)! Moral of the story? Repurpose furniture, shop vintage and sample sales, and get creative… You can do it, I know it!