I have a bad habit of never feeling like a room is really “done.” And I want desperately to wait to post about it until it’s “done.” (Because I know if I don’t wait, I’ll never update it.) But, since I never feel that it’s done, I wait forever to post about it. It’s a vicious cycle.
This was especially true with Henry’s nursery. Even though I started thinking about the nursery when I got pregnant and really planning as soon as I knew Henry was going to be a boy (in February), I was still scrambling to pull it together in May.
Then my little stinker showed up 3 1/2 weeks early. And while the bones of the nursery were there (paint, crib, changing table, rocker), there was still a lot to do. So, after a few weeks of coming out of the new baby haze, I got back to finishing touches. Thanks to my husband and mom for taking Henry duty while I set to sewing pillows and pennants, putting up wall art and primping (not to be confused with pimping) the room.
Yes, I know. I’m not winning any awards for this inspiration board. But, I think the room actually turned out a lot better than I had imagined. And as of last weekend, I officially declared the room “done.” Sure, there are things that I had planned to do, but at some point, I had to say, I have a ten-week old child and I’m tired of the project list. And I’m quite happy with the room as it is. In fact, it may just be my favorite room in the house.
So, here’s the official tour, courtesy of Henry and I. (And let’s be honest, the nursery is more for the momma than the baby at this point. See, he isn’t even interested enough to look at the camera.)
I know that many people take the less is more approach when it comes to decorating. I, however, take the more is more approach. Haven’t heard of it? Well, it essentially means that I fill every nook and cranny. It’s not everyone’s taste, and that’s okay. Because I’m loving it. And I love that everywhere I look, there’s something interesting.
I’ll share all the (millions of) photos and sources today and come back in the next few weeks with more details about some of the projects I haven’t blogged about. Links to DIY projects and sources are at the bottom of the post.
Welcome to the classic nautical nursery
The main man
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- Vintage dresser (Antique from local antique mall)
- DaVinci Jenny Lind crib (Amazon, gift from Ryan’s parents)
- Sealy Baby Firm Rest Crib mattress (Amazon, gift from Ryan’s parents)
- Vintage school desk (Antique that originally belonged to Ryan’s grandfather)
- Tree trunk table (DIY by Ryan)
Madison 4-shelf bookrack (Pottery Barn Kids)Rocking chair (the same chair my mom rocked me in as a baby)
White hutch (originally a television hutch, made by my father, painted by me and shelves added by Ryan)
Leather ottoman (hand-me-down from my in-laws)
- Blackout curtains (DIY with Dwell Bella Porta in Twilight, Fabric.com)
- Houndstooth quilt (DIY with front in Kona solids in white and indigo from Hancock and backing and binding in mini dots navy from Ben Franklin)
- Zig zag quilt (DIY with front in Kona solids in white and indigo from Hancock and backing and binding in mini dots navy from Ben Franklin)
- Mini dot crib sheet (Pottery Barn)
- Seacliff quilted twin quilt and pillow (Pottery Barn)
Crib skirt (DIY from navy twin flat sheet and white grosgrain ribbon)
- “H” monogram pillow (Lands End, gift from Lauren at Life Uncluttered, no longer available online)
- Blue and white striped sheet set (Target, not available online)
- Granny striped navy and white crochet blanket (Maybe Matilda)
Elephants on Parade quilt (handmade and gifted to us by Jenny at Anything Pretty)
Aiden and Anais muslin star swaddle blanket (gift from Emily at Imperfect)
Sheepskin throw (IKEA)
Accessories and other gear:
- “Henry” wooden ruler growth chart (Custom made by a local woodworker and given to us as a gift from my Aunt Deena)
“Henry” name plate (Handmade card from my friend Stephanie at A Steph Made Life)
“Henry” artwork around closets (Made by my Aunt Cathie)
Red barometer work lamp and floor/reading lamp (IKEA)
- Navy monogrammed large utility tote and organizing utility tote (31 Gifts)
- Wee gallery mobile frame (Amazon)
- Pinwheel mobile (DIY)
- Curtain Rod (Target, in 2011)
- Bamboo roman shades (JCPenney, in 2011)
- Vintage pull-down world map (Craigslist, in 2011)
- Locally grown nursery sign (Onion Grove Mercantile, gift from Jen at Onion Grove Mercantile)
- Changing area baskets (IKEA, covered in IKEA striped fabric) – hung from curtain clips and a small curtain rod from Bed Bath and Beyond
- Changing pad and cover (Babies R Us, gifts from my parents)
- Canvas art (Canvases reused from hallway artwork in our old home, fabrics: Pimatex Basics Polka Dots Navy, Remix Zig Zags Red, Premier Prints ZigZag Twill Blue, fabric.com; blue check, IKEA)
- Large red “H” on canvas (vintage find at Sisters’ Garden and Bloom)
- Blue and white artwork near closet (homemade gifts from my Aunt Cathie)
- World globe (vintage find at Sisters’ Garden and Bloom)
- Small light-up world globe night light (Land of Nod, a gift from my in-laws)
- Painted wicker baskets (reused from bathroom storage in old home, DIY info to come)
- Black pug and fawn pug artwork (purchased on etsy in 2008 from Brian Rubenacher, these used to live in the office of our old home)
- Red shelf (painted red from an unfinished shelf at Michaels, originally a jewelry holder in our old home)
- Embossed alphabet blocks (Amazon, gift from my friend Ashley)
- Pug bookends (I believe they are from ZGallerie, they were a Christmas gift a few years ago from my in-laws)
- “Imagine” storage crate (I believe it was an unfinished crate from Michaels, this was a gift from my friend Emily)
- Various toys, clothes and stuffed animals were gifts
- Baskets (DIY to make them blue)
- MS Sharkey Grey (color matched to Behr Premium Plus)
I hope you like this as much as we do.
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