September 02, 2012 by
I’ve been working on the nursery since we found out we were having a boy, and…ta-da! Now it’s done.
When I started the whole nursery decoration process, I was a weensy bit overwhelmed. I tend to think in negatives rather than positives when it comes to planning, so I first started to think about what I didn’t want. That list included:
- Tree decals. They are everywhere. I’m allergic to trees anyway.
- Birds. I don’t like birds and I think owls are creepy.
- Anything too gender-neutral. I’m not saying I want our children to have rooms that look like ballerinas and footballs threw up all over them, but I really am not a fan of 95% of the gender-neutral nurseries I’ve seen. I don’t like yellow, I don’t like green.
- Bed-in-a-bag type sets from Babies R Us or similar. I don’t need rockstar monkeys all over the every damn thing in the room. Subtle themes, people.
- Pastels. With a boy, I wanted to do something a little bit more bright and fun.
So, of course, I went to Pinterest and started a board around the theme I’d had in the back of my mind: children’s books. Slowly, and with the help of a very talented friend who made our crib bedding and curtains, things started coming together bit by bit.
The view from the door:
The nursery gets a LOT of bright, direct sunlight, so we had blackout curtains made. They are still pretty hard to photograph, but I did my best!
We went for a cheap but well-reviewed crib (Graco Lauren) and dressed it up with fancy bedding made by a friend. (YES, I will remove the bumpers and stuffed animals before there’s an actual baby in there—decoration only!)
For the gallery wall, we used images from our favorite children’s books plus prints from Etsy.
The books featured include Corduroy, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Now We are Six, Babar, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are, The Big Orange Splot, and a vintage alphabet book.
The glider was our big splurge item, but it is SO comfortable. I am still on the hunt for a tiny side table or nightstand that will hold a small lamp and a few other odds and ends!
Neener neener. We have a name (and a yarn monogram on the wall that is super cute) but we’re not telling.
I admit that the dresser is a bit small. But we have a lot of closet storage space and I adore the red glass knobs. Also, we have a funky chevron changing pad cover on the way that matches the other nursery fabrics that I think will be a fun contrast.
This will be for toys, books, etc.
The closet! It looks kind of messy but is quite organized, actually.
Bought these dividers on Etsy. They were very cute but I was a wee bit annoyed that I had to cut and assemble them myself. Oh well, shoulda read closer.
Bear and Sophie.
The bear in the back was made out of a quilt my grandmother made a long time ago. We also have a Sleep Sheep, a Pacimal, and Big and Little Nutbrown Hare from Guess How Much I Love You.
Light switch cover detail—the fabric matches the pillow on the glider.
Glider and ottoman: Best Chairs Quinn from USA Baby
Paint: Behr River’s Edge from Home Depot
Crib: Graco Lauren from Target
Crib mattress: Colgate Clasica from Amazon
Crib sheet: QuickZip sheet set from Amazon
Dresser: vintage, refinished by me, from Good Ju Ju
Gallery wall frames: Canopy from Wal-Mart
Storage cubes: Closetmaid from Target
Storage cube bins: Closetmaid from Target
Closet Dividers: HeadsUpGirlsBaby on Etsy
Let the Wild Rumpus Start print: Rawartletterpress on Etsy
Bunny and hedgehog prints: Trafalgar Square on Etsy
Dumbledore print: Custom West Eighty Third on Etsy
Crib skirt and curtain fabric: Remix Dot Stripe in Celebration by Robert Kaufman
Crib bumper fabric: Red Argyle by Robert Kaufman
Changing pad cover (in progress) fabric : Remix Zigzag in Celebration by Robert Kaufman
Yarn monogram: DIY, using this tutorial
Video monitor: Motorola from Amazon