So I guess this is a long time coming.
That’s because it’s not even finished. Her nursery, that is. I haven’t finished it. I have a 14-week-old baby and an unfinished nursery. That may not seem so crazy until you consider the fact that I had six months of unemployment and babylessness (totally a word) to get it finished. Aaaaandd it’s not done. Oy.
That being said, I have decided to at least share what I have done. There are so many fabulously adorable nurseries ideas out there. I am talking about some really, really, really cute nurseries. I scoured the internet for days, weeks, maybe even months putting together the most fabulous nursery I could muster. A few things were key:
- Neutralness-besides the fact that I love white (see our white bedroom here) I wanted a mainly neutral nursery with pops of bright color. We would love to have a gaggle of babies, boys and girls alike, therefore having pieces that could be easily switched out based on gender was muy importante.
- Fit for a princess-there are practically millions of sweet cutesy little girl nurseries. I love them all. I did not want one. I wanted a nursery with some elegance. I wanted a nursery that was breezy and light and rich and luxurious. If you can have all those things.
- No pink-okay maybe a little pink. Just a little. I like pink, I do, but I wanted A to have a little more character to her nursery so I opted for a stronger color. I went with coral. I must say I’m pleased with it.
The only thing in the entire room we bought ourselves is the rug. This baby is so loved that most of the pieces were given to her from our family and friends. Along with these gifted pieces were her armoire (which we converted from an old china cabinet) and dresser that we were given back in our graduate school days. These two things were given new coats of fresh white paint (Snowy Mount by Olympic in semi-gloss) which made my neutral-loving heart smile. I have yet to finish the inside of her armoire but once I do there will lots of photos to share. It really is a neat concept that I’m sure I found on pinterest to take the shelves out of a china cabinet and add a rod to hang clothes on. Voila! Instant armoire!
The hardware is original to the piece. The whole thing used to be a dark cherry wood color where the details of the knobs and handles never stood out. I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how much of a statement they make against the white background now. Hanging from the knob on the upper right is one of the few pieces of art I have actually put in this nursery. It’s her name, made by a man in our church from a metal wire. I think it’s the sweetest.
Her crib and bedding were also gifts. The crib is from one of my grandparents (A’s great-grandparent) and the bedding is from a group of families in the church where I grew up. See what I mean when I say this baby is SO loved?
The blanket is handmade by a friend. It’s soft and cuddly captures perfectly the whole thought of the nursery.
Above her crib is where things get even more princess-y. I took the mosquito netting from above our bed and hung it up above her crib. Once the netting was hung I gathered up sections of it and pinned them to the ceiling, creating the draped canopy look.
Inside the canopy I hung several variations of paper lanterns, to create a “mobile” effect.
I am in love with the different textures of the paper lanterns. However, I must say this was harder to put together than I thought. It looks like a few lanterns just randomly thrown up there, but it’s actually a bit of work to get each paper lantern to hang perfectly.
One last shot of her crib & bedding. I am so pleased with the color of the rug. It was a hard color to find.
My sister found this rocking horse in an antique store in Phoenix. Even though it will be some time before A rides a rocking horse I do just love it sitting in her nursery. It’s so sweet and yet another reminder of how much this baby is loved.
A collection of stuffed animals waiting for A to be old enough to play sits on the other side of her crib.
I simply love this pillow from a dear friend.
Directly across from A’s crib is her dresser/changing table.
This is the other piece we repainted and moved to her bedroom. It was a bright turquoise color with yellow handles that my lover stripped and then I repainted (again with help from friends) in the same white as the armoire. The handles got a spray painted coat of oil rubbed bronze. The armoire and dresser look so good together, a few people have thought they were a set. I call that a win.
In the corner of the room is a mural of a little boy playing in a tree and a little girl picking flowers. It was already here when we moved in, contributing to the decision to use this rather large space as a nursery. I added the flowers, giving the tree a 3-D effect and feminizing the dark color just a bit.
The lamb is another gift from sweet friends. Do you remember this project to make a faux lambskin and how I nicknamed it lamby so my lover would get too attached to make me throw it away? Well, some friends of ours thought that since her daddy had a lamby then A certainly needed one too. :) I think it’s pretty cute.
The last thing in the room are the curtains. I looked and looked for the right curtains but everything I found was either not right or too expensive. In the end I bought shower curtains. I bought three shower curtains and they are perfect. Fluffy, frilly, flowy. They are exactly what this little princess needed.
I still desperately need to add some art to the room. I need to get her newborn portraits and a couple of our maternity photos framed, I want to create some art using Bible verses, and we’ve had some cabinets added to the room that need staging. All in good time. I only have a three-month-old. No big deal.