February 1, 2012
Pre-baby, the room that would be our daughter’s nursery was our storage room. You know, that room that you just close the door to and forget exists? We had been living in our 3 bedroom house for about 8 months at that time, and had already set up our master and guest rooms, but we still had a lot of unpacked boxes and things that we didn’t use on a regular basis.
Of course, that all changed when we found out that I was pregnant in the summer of ‘09. I would finally have to open the door de-clutter all that stuff. In order to find the motivation, I first came up with this inspiration board.
My home decor style runs more classical with clean lines, so right off the bat I knew that I wanted the nursery to match the feel of the rest of the house. In other words, no cartoon characters and no gender-based pink or blue explosions.
I also didn’t want to spend a ton of money on one of those matching sets of a crib, diaper changer, dresser and rocking chair. Besides being pricey, the pieces can be hard to use in other areas of the house once the kiddo no longer needs them.
Here’s a list of things that we would need to buy for the nursery.
1. mirror - I liked this capiz shell one from west elm. But my only requirements were that the mirror be white and round.
2. floating shelves - These are from west elm. I pictured them in varying shades and being used to hold books and toys.
3. ladder shelf - I wanted a cute wall-mounted shelf that could hold a few decorative items as well as serve a function in the space.
4. crib, bedding, mobile - Our two-tone crib is a cool focal point in the room and ties in well with the curtains and changing table cabinet. We got a really great deal on it by shopping around online. This gender neutral Amy Coe bedding set from Baby’s R Us was actually a gift, but ended up being the perfect theme for our nursery.
5. wall art - Using this tutorial, I made wall art using canvas rectangles and a variety of receiving blankets that complemented the bedding.
6. storage cube - This banana leaf storage ottoman from Target stores extra toys, books and odds and ends.
7. window treatment - I opted for light and airy Vivan curtain panels over a dark bamboo roman shade from Home Depot to add some texture to the nursery.
8. reading lamp - I loved the idea of having a small lamp next to the chair for reading bedtime stories without having to turn on the bright overhead light. But since the room was a bit small to fit a side table, I chose this swing arm lamp that attaches directly to the wall. The vertical cord cover is mostly hidden behind the curtains.
9. white planter - I saw this large white ceramic planter online and thought it would be a great decorative accent in the room.
10. hanging shelf - This Trofast shelf could hold odds and ends like thermometers, and medication safely out of the way of little hands, while adding another spot for decor items.
11. cabinet turned diaper changer - We bought the Effektiv cabinet in two tone colors to match the crib. It’s large enough to hold several mini storage bins that hold diapers, socks, bibs, bath and hair supplies and baby toiletries. I bought the decorative knobs and installed them myself. We bought this diaper changing pad and placed it on top of the cabinet. The changing pad cover was part of the coordinated accessories designed to go with the bedding.
We decided to reuse a Pier 1 wicker chair that I’ve had for ages and accessorized it with some throw pillows that I also already had. Since the closet in the room was already full of my clothes :), we pulled the solid wood TV cabinet that was in our master bedroom and repurposed it into a wardrobe by adding a hanging bar and a shelf inside.
Here are a few close up shots of the finished room.
The Good Luck Care Bear and the plush teddy bear are two of my childhood toys that I was happy to pass onto my little one. I changed out the original green and red plaid bow on the teddy bear with some ribbons that matched the nursery colors.
The two letter “A”s on the ladder shelf were wood letters that I found at Hobby Lobby and painted with craft paint.
The diaper cake was a gift from my work shower.It was so cute that I really hated to take it apart when the time came to use it. :(
Finishing the nursery was so much fun and I was looking forward to it becoming my favorite room in the house.