The Big Reveal: The Nursery

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May 13, 2013 by from the block

Everyone knows that you don’t decorate a nursery for the baby. You do it for yourself – to channel all that nesting energy and give yourself a project so you don’t spend all your time focusing on the day-to-day of being pregnant; and I will admit, you also do it for the friends and family that want a house tour and to impress your blog readers. :)

So…here’s where we started when we bought the house almost exactly 2 years ago:

Baby Room BeforeIt wasn’t terrible, but it had baby blue walls & trim, carpet adhesive stuck to the heart-pine hardwood floors, cracked plaster, peeling paint, old windows we propped open with dowel rods. But hey, a free rotary telephone!

Baby's Room - ProgressThen we took the window out to add on our mudroom/new basement stairs and this is largely how it remained until a few months ago. We used it as our closet/dressing room/storage room/catch all for anything we didn’t have a proper place for.

Baby's Room Progress 2The walls, ceiling and trim were scraped. The hardwoods were refinished, everything was given a new coat of paint, we installed a new window that I can open with two fingers and doesn’t slam shut. :)

And now…finally….the finished room!

View from hallway

View from hallway

I swear it doubled in size. Actually, it’s just my new camera with a proper lens versus the old camera or my iPhone. :)

View from the closet

View from the closet

View from baby's bed

View from baby’s bed

View looking towards hallway & closet

View looking towards hallway & closet

Close up of where I'm hoping the baby will sleep MANY hours.

Close up of where I’m hoping the baby will sleep MANY hours.

The elephant mobile I purchased in Turkey

The elephant mobile I purchased in Turkey

A place for everything and everything in its place!

A place for everything and everything in its place!

Put a bird on it!

My biggest “inspiration” source was the Band of Horses print hanging over the dresser. I bought that years ago remarking to Jon, “I’m going to hang this in the baby room someday.” I sort of forgot about it as I gathered the rest of the room, piece by piece – not really sticking to any sort of color scheme. When I finally started putting it all together, I was amazed by how much it flowed. A happy coincidence! At any rate, I love the room and find it very relaxing at the moment. We’ll see how relaxing it seems when I’m rocking a crying baby in the middle of the night.

With 5 weeks still left to go, I’m a little at a loss where to pour all my nesting energy. We’re going to have some VERY organized closets…

Happy Monday!

Source List:

Paint colors: walls- BM Thundercloud Gray; doors- BM Pure Black; trim- BM White

Glider – Dove Grey, West Elm

Rug – RugsUSA, Homespun Trellis in Turquoise

Lamp – already owned

Ceiling light – Maskros pendant lamp, IKEA

Curtains- Ritva in dark grey, IKEA

Bassinet – Fisher Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper (we’ll keep this in our bedroom and use for moving around the house, traveling)

Frames & Mats- Michael’s and thrift stores

Cow print- Asheville artist, Ann Hartline

Sound of Music print – Asheville artist, Ali Douglas

Barn & Mountains print – Asheville artist, Sarah Faulkner

Band of Horses print – purchased at show in 2010

Shit print- Etsy shop, thebigharumph

Mid-century peacocks print- Etsy shop, poolponydesign

Elephant at the Budapest Zoo- purchased on 20 x 200

Cross-stitched peacock- made by our friend, Sara

Baby Hammock- Kanoe in Sky, purchased used on Craigslist

Pillow in hammock – gift from our friend, Sara; made in Finland by RaumaLainen

Pouf ottoman – Target, no longer offered for sale

Side table- already owned, made by Jon

Changing table/toy, book, blanket storage – already owned, repurposed TV stand, IKEA

Changing pad cover – Turkish bath sheet, purchased in Istanbul

Mid-century dresser- purchased on Craigslist

Glider pillow cover- Lappljung Ruta, IKEA

Throw blanket on glider- IKEA, clearance (no longer on their website)

Green crocodile- purchase in 2003 from Pier1, loved by all the nieces and nephews that came before Baby Jonnifer

Elephant mobile- purchased in Turkey at a roadside stand, September 2012

Brown metal star- already owned

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