I’m really happy with the way Baby T’s nursery has turned out, and I’m so excited to share it with you today! It took me awhile to get it here, and of course my mom gave input and help as well, but I finally feel like it’s finished enough to share. Not 100% finished, but close.
I decided to deviate from my normal white walls only rule, and paint the walls a pale shade of gray with just a tiny hint of blue in it. It’s Behr “Reflecting Pool,” and it give just enough contrast to make the white trim and furniture pop. I don’t usually go by a color pallete; typically I like white walls and pops of color. But one definitely emerged in this room: aqua and red and gray. Regardless, I stayed true to form with lots of handmade details and mostly re-purposed items.
The rocker will eventually be replaced by one that works better with the decor of the room, but for now we have this golden-yellow one. Pretend it’s gray. The book shelves are picture ledges from Ikea. The rug is also Ikea – we’ve all seen it around. And the chevron pouf is handmade by Aletafae. The curtains you may remember from B’s San Francisco nursery, along with the matching crib skirt. My mom made both, which I still love and really like in this new space. My mom was kind enough to replace the old blue rick rack on the curtains with a bright red. She also painted the round side table as well as spray-painted the curtain rod, previously black, red; since I was preggo at the time. I could not have gotten this room done without her — she’s a pretty bangup crafter and decorator.
This built-in cabinet is a great feature in the room. I don’t have the shelves styled properly yet, though; I’m still looking around for the right stuff.
The crib is the Ikea Gulliver crib, the second that we own; B has one just like it in her room. I’m not one to spend a bucket of money on a crib. This one has clean lines, is sturdy and affordable, and can be converted to a toddler bed. The large Mary Cassat poster was in my room when I was growing up; my mom had it lying around and I gave it a new frame and a new home. I think it’s especially sweet now that I have two little girls.
The “Texas Love” print is from Austin-based Etsy shop, Owl U Need Is Love. I embroidered the “Practically Perfect” hoop myself after I was inspired by this one — I just free-handed the letters and umbrella. I always love a nod to Mary Poppins. And I love BlaBla dolls.
This dresser is a hand-me-down that Jordan and I have had since we were first married (10 years this year!). It has been many colors and served many purposes in our home: buffet/sideboard, console, office supply storage, clothes dresser, and now baby changing station. Strangely enough, I had already painted it this bright aqua color several years back, and had been meaning to repaint it a different color for a while. But the aqua ended up working well for T’s nursery.
Hopefully you’ll remember the mobile I made from wool felt balls. We hung a simple Ikea shelf to hold an old lamp I had hanging around (also from Ikea) and some baby supplies. The Raggedy Ann plate is one I found at a thrift store some years ago for about ten cents. And Aurelia picked up the sweet sheep collage by Cate and Levi Collection in a boutique on a trip to Portland; it’s made from recycled and re-purposed wool sweaters. I framed one of our baby party invitations, which you may also remember.
I’m so happy with our sweet nursery. T doesn’t actually sleep there yet except for naps, but as she transitions to sleeping in her own room I think we’ll love the room even more. So far it lives well and has a cozy, fresh feel.