KING OF THE POND NURSERY THEME

by Andy Nguyen
(Houston, Texas)

Unique King of the Pond Storybook Nursery Theme for a Baby Boy Tadpole Wall Painting and More!

Unique King of the Pond Storybook Nursery Theme for a Baby Boy Tadpole Wall Painting and More!


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CLOSEUP VIEWS OF THE WALL MURAL PAINTING



BABY FROG TADPOLE PAINTING

BABY BUNNY RABBIT PAINTING

Three Little Pigs Wall Mural Painting

Lion and Butterfly Wall Painting



I got the idea for my King of the Pond nursery theme from the exciting kids' character building storybooks from the "Another Sommer-Time Stories". The paintings that you see on the walls were all inspired by illustrations in the books that teach positive character traits.

As you can see from my baby boy nursery pictures and ideas that I got from the children's books, there is a large cast of characters found in nature including butterflies, tadpoles, jungle animals and more. Those were just some of the characters that I was able to fit below the blue sky painting technique used on the upper portion of the nursery walls.

I started decorating my King of the Pond nursery theme from the ground up starting with the baby bed that I found at a garage sale. I found the baby's dresser and changing table on Craigslist. When I got them home the first order of business was to paint all three items in a neutral color scheme of bright yellow and green. It was enough work that we know ahead of time what colors will be used for our second child.

I began working on painting the bookcase first, then the blue and white upper part of the ceiling and yellow on the lower portion. Last, I tackled painting the detailed storybook characters that took longer to complete than all the other jobs combined. Once I stepped back and took a look, I realized in focusing on the frog pond theme nursery that I had completely overlooked the interior of the closet. Picking up my paint brushes after they had been cleaned took discipline on my part, but I knew that I would not be truly satisfied until the final work was done in the closet and now our perfect nursery design is complete and we are waiting for the arrival of our baby boy.

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Feb 26, 2010
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2nd Place Nursery Decorating Contest Winner
by: Jan

I am pleased to announce Andy Nguyen of Houston, Texas as our 2nd Place Nursery Decorating Contest Winner for the King of the Pond nursery theme that he designed. His baby's nursery theme was based on a storybook whose focus is building positive character traits.

I asked Andy to share a few details about himself and I'm so very glad that I did as it is truly an inspiring story.

I was born in Vietnam and I am the middle child of 10 children. When I was 10 years old, I was on a battleship in the middle of East China Sea leaving the war behind in Vietnam. I remember one day looking up to the sky and seeing two helicopters flying over my head as it was running out of gas. The pilots were trying to make it to the battleship deck so they could land their helicopters.

The battleship had two propellers but was running on one propeller as the other was crippled. At the same time that was happening, I turned my head away from the helicopters, only to see a Cessna single engine plane that was also running out of gas that crashed into the sea. The crash resulted in the death of one person and another person being rescued. It wasn't until I grew older, that I realized the significance of what I had encountered that day.

My family came to the United States in 1975. We first lived in Canton, Ohio and then in 1979 we moved to Houston, Texas and I have made Houston my home.

In a long awaited desire to marry, 15 months ago that dream came true when I married a wonderful and lovely lady named, DeAnn. Just three months ago, we had a little boy named Truitt.

Professionally, I am a computer graphics designer, but my passion is to paint on canvas. My experiences in life have played a significant role in my life. I feel the events I encountered in life have helped shape my outlook in life.

It wasn't a one time event, but rather, a result of many experiences over the years. I see these experiences as a tool for me to apply when solving difficulty in life. Like each piece of the puzzle, I have to be collective in my thought process before I can put them together to make a beautiful puzzle.

I live my life as if was the last week on Earth. I make the most out of every moment.

In summary, my life is filled with serenity, love and compassion. Now having a family of my own, I feel it is complete. This is what inspired me to do my son's room as I did. Love is a strong driving force in my life and that is reflected in my paintings.

Congratulations to Andy, our 2nd Place Nursery Decorating Contest Winner for his spectacular King of the Pond Nursery theme!


Sep 21, 2009
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Amazing baby room
by: Irma

This room is amazing. Truitt will enjoy spending time in his room. You are very talented.

Sep 15, 2009
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A Nursery Filled with Life Lessons
by: Anonymous

Your artistic interpretation of this book for children is fantastic. The art is simple, to the point and well executed. The King of the Pond storybook is one of my favorites that I used to read to kids when I was a babysitter. Imagine my surprise when I lucked up on this room while looking at pictures of nurseries for my own baby expected early next year. Your picture definitely has my vote.

Sep 04, 2009
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Excellent
by: Sandra D.

The room is gorgeous! Very creative and talented!

Aug 21, 2009
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Incredible!!
by: Kathy O'Brien

Andy~ You are incredibly talented!! The baby room is just unbelievable. You can tell that you are a very proud dad!!

Aug 20, 2009
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Great job!!!
by: Rick G

Cool! I hope the big tadpoles don't scare anyone!!! Great job.

Aug 19, 2009
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Simply Perfect.
by: Prescott

Each brush stroke is a testament to your love and commitment to your new baby! I only wish that I could have the marvelous talent and energy to achieve a work of art like that! You are truly special.

Aug 19, 2009
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AWESOME!!
by: Jennifer O

The room is so cute your did an awesome job on it.

Aug 19, 2009
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AWESOME!!
by: Jennifer O

What an incredible natural nursery theme! Who would have thought that it was possible to decorate a baby's room starting with tadpoles and butterflies with the grand finale of lions!

Can you please, please send some closeup pictures into the contest so that we can see your work more clearly although it's easy to tell from this single photo that it is awesome!

Aug 19, 2009
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Out of This World!!!
by: Anonymous

Truitt is a very lucky little fellow to have you as a dad. You are awesome and the nursery is out of this world!!!

Aug 19, 2009
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WHAT????!!
by: Anonymous

WHAT????!! No one tells me anything!! Not only did I not know you were this talented, I didn't even know you were expecting. So of course, I didn't know you were naming your son after Teresa husband (Ha).

Andy, this is so beautiful! I had no idea you illustrated children's books! I did a mural for my granddaughter's room when she was born, but now I know it wasn't very good.
Thank you so much for sharing. I am blown away!

Aug 19, 2009
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So Beautiful!!
by: Anonymous

The room is beautiful, Truitt is very lucky, you will be a wonderful dad.

Aug 19, 2009
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Wow
by: Anonymous

Wow... that is amazing!!!!

Aug 19, 2009
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Outstanding!
by: Gloria

Your upcoming child is very lucky to have such a creative and talented father! I am so impressed with the labor of love that you have created for him. What an introduction to our beautiful world he will have in his new nursery! It is fun to see the work of such an excited and committed father! Congratulations!

Aug 14, 2009
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Outstanding
by: Laurie B.

This room is fantastic... not just painted but inspired! I love the thought of bringing the characters in books to life on these walls. I'm confident that the artist and this rooms resident will spend many hours exploring each story this room represents. Great Work!

Aug 14, 2009
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Awesome!
by: Anonymous

This room is just amazing. All of the thought and hard work that went into creating this child's room is truly awesome. I have never seen anything quite like it. Great job!

Aug 14, 2009
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Green is Great!
by: Anonymous

I like how this room would be appropriate for a boy or a girl. Green is such a calm refreshing color and gender neutral. And the room could grow with the child because it is not so "Babyish." Good work!

Aug 14, 2009
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Incredible!
by: Nat

This is an incredible room. I see it took a lot of effort, thought and time. The child is fortunate to have such a nice, safe, decorated room. It is full of love. I can sense great pride in the work of this parent.

Aug 14, 2009
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Eligible to Win?
by: Anonymous

In your rules you state that the pictures should not have been submitted to any other sites but I just saw this picture had been submitted to another site. It was not a contest, but the rules of the contest said "any" site rather than that they not be entered in another nursery contest. I have the address if you want it. Shouldn't this entrant be disqualified?

Aug 13, 2009
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Great job!
by: Glenda

Love the room - you did a great job. I am impressed!

Aug 13, 2009
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Extra-ordinary Creativity
by: Darlene B

WOW!!!!! Amazing

Your creativity is aspiring. The room should be in pictures.


Aug 12, 2009
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AMAZING!!!!
by: Anonymous

What a creative and amazing nursery!!!!! Great job!!!

Lettie

Aug 12, 2009
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Awesome
by: Yo

This is the most incredible room I have ever seen. The artist's vision is so unique, awesome & creative. What a great room for any baby to start his life!!

Aug 12, 2009
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Great Baby Room
by: K thornton

Your baby will love this room! Great job!

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