It has been a long, but fun, road putting this room together. I made a lot of changes over the past few months and because of that, the entire room has evolved into the most amazing and perfect (for me) nursery. Everything started with the crib when Stokke sent me their last Sleepi in Gray. I had my eyes on it since the first time I saw it years ago and was shocked to learn they were discontinuing the Sleepi in that specific color. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I consider it meant to be.
I ended up dressing the crib with the Stokke fitted sheets (in white) and part of the Breathable Baby mesh bumper to keep it simple, stylish and safe.
I made the clouds above the crib from four squares of Wall Candy Arts chalk panels. I flipped the panles over, drew the outline of each cloud with a Sharpie, and cut them out. I have no intention to draw on the clouds right now – I just like the way they look against the grey walls, which are Benjamin Moore’s Natura paint in the color, Stormy Sunday.
The clouds inspired me to make the mobile. I had a few ideas on how I wanted to assemble it, and then I walked by the dresser in my master bedroom and saw the piece of driftwood I had purchased about a year ago. I loved the dimension of it – and the look fit perfectly with my new found nursery theme – so I cut raindrops from white felt circles, sewed them together in multiple rows and securely hung it from the ceiling with fishing wire.
To the right of the crib is my nursing corner made comfy and complete by the Monte Design Vola Glider, Target Threshold Pouf, a lumbar pillow I picked up at Homegoods, an Ikea throw blanket and a Target pedestal side table that I’ve had for a few years (which also came from the master bedroom). Next to the glider is a burlap basket that holds items I know I’ll need to have within reach at all times – nursing pads, burp cloths and an extra snuggle blanket courtesy of Little Giraffe. I have yet to decide what’s going to stay on the side table, but the Aden and Anais Serenity Star will definitely stay put. I’m kind of waiting till he arives because it’s not a huge table and I need a place to put my book, water bottle and snack while spending precious hours in the glider with my babe.
Here are the details on the plaque above the glider. It’s the first piece that ties the entire room together… The gloomy gray walls, the dark clouds, the raindrops falling from the tree branch (the mobile) and then, there’s this song. The rest of the room encompasses sunshine, nature and simplicity – exactly as I had envisioned it would in the first place. It just took me months to finally get “it” and pull it together. (And this is where I formally apologize to my husband for turning into a crazy nesting/decorating mama and for making him move furniture from room to room – Love you, Honey).
Continuing to the right, we have a pair of burlap curtains (so swoon worthy) and a book and toy corner. I’m not a fan of toys in children’s rooms, but I always place books and stuffed animals in my kid’s rooms. If they’re not sleeping, the hope is that they are reading, using their imagination or getting some snuggles from a furry friend. It’s a small corner, but again, I wanted it clean and simple looking. Next to the toys there’s an Ubbi diaper pail in that amazing orange that I love so, which sits next to the dresser/changing table.
The book ledges (also from Target) hold a collection of my favorite children’s books along with a Manny and Simon wooden push toy snail and a teddy bear I’ve had since I was born. I’ve incorporated the same teddy bear in each nursery - this is the fourth!
And finally, there’s the Ikea Malm dresser (with a changing pad on top), a Boon Glo nightlight, a grass accent piece from Homegoods (which will end up holding the diaper cream and other small diaper changing essentials) and a glass canister full of cotton balls. Above the dresser is a Pottery Barn Kids hanging mirror and picture collage with nature-inspired images and colors. My oldest son (now 10) drew the orange sun when he was only four! After going through his box of schoolwork and art projects, I pulled it out to frame it for his little brother’s nursery. The Le Nid print is also from Pottery Barn Kids, but I’ve had it a while. In the beginning stages of the nursery, I was going in the direction of modern/nature/eclectic while incorporating mainly bird accents – and then I fell head over heels in love with the You Are My Sunshine theme. The rest of the frames have brown cardstock paper inside them until baby Q arrives – and I fill them with sweet baby images.
All in all, I’m extremely happy with how the nursery has evolved… and even happier that I started it early so I could turn it into something I’m truly proud of. It was extremely important to me that the room resembled love and family – for a sweet baby boy who is already very loved by a wonderful (and big) family with lots of big brothers!