I picked the wall color of Owen’s first nursery three years before he was born.
In unrelated news, I am not what you would call spontaneous.
I fell in love with Restoration Hardware’s Baby & Child line while I was planning my wedding, and not just for nurseries. I still adore their palette of cool blues, grays and pinks, especially when mixed with rustic metal and wood elements. So, when choosing paint colors for our first home, a 1940s Craftsman bungalow, I knew I wanted a room — in this case, our home office — in RH’s signature silver sage. If it eventually became a nursery, we wouldn’t even have to repaint! (Since we’ve moved, I’m focusing on Owen’s “big boy” room, and opted for a different color scheme. But the silver sage love lives on — in our dining room.)
The crib and changing table are from the Taylor line by Baby Cache.
(Side note: We got them both at a steal. We happened to be walking through Burlington Baby Depot when I noticed the set, which was marked down by nearly 75% because the company had discontinued the style, and the only set left was the floor sample. We negotiated an additional discount by offering to disassemble the set ourselves, and saved the delivery fee. Shop around, my friends.)
The bedding set is from the same RH Baby & Child silver sage line (I think it’s since been discontinued), and has held up quite well 2.5 years later. My only complaint is with the bumper pads. (Side note, again: I am fully aware of the passionate movement to ban/scream at/light bumper pads on fire. We rarely used ours, but did employ them for about a month when my son couldn’t sleep without ramming into the hard wooden bars of the crib. Be practical, my friends.) I think it had to do with the suede-like fabric, but the color of the pads in no way matched the color of the wall, sheets or bedskirt. It is a very bright mint-like color, not a gray-sage.
The bookshelf is a cheap-o laminate version from Walmart that we’d had for years — it doesn’t hurt getting Owen used to affordable dorm room furniture early, right? The lamp was a holdover from my own dorm days. I repainted the base a fresh white, and then painted the lampshade — originally a bright blue-and-white gingham — a chocolate brown.
The glider was a hand-me-down from my grandmother when I moved into my first post-grad apartment. Originally, the cushions were a denim blue, so I found some fabric spray paint and covered them to match the room. MUCH cheaper than buying a new chair or getting the cushions professionally recovered! I thought about also painting the chair frame white, and I still might someday, but in this space, I felt like it would be too much WHITE. The painted cushions have also held up remarkably well, considering how much daily use this chair has gotten. There are only a couple places where, if you look closely, you can see a smidgen of blue starting to come through. The pillow is also from RH.
The shelf above the changing table was one of my favorite room features. It was an oak shelf — I painted it white — that had been installed over the bathroom window when we moved into the house, and we had removed it but saved it in the basement. (Today, it’s hanging out in Owen’s playroom.)
I bought papier-mâché letters at Hobby Lobby and spray-painted them a chocolate brown, and found the picture frame at Target several years before. The diaper supply caddy is from Sara Bear, and the changing pad cover is from Carter’s.
The stars were the last project I finished for the nursery, three weeks before Owen was born on his due date. I had debated several options – hanging a clothesline of onesies, etc. – but none looked right. I went with the stars, and immediately loved them – as did baby Owen. They served as a type of hanging mobile during the many diaper changes and clothing swaps over the next few months. To craft them, I simply draw a star shape in Microsoft Word, played around a few times with sizes, then printed a smaller version on white cardstock and a larger version on sage or chocolate cardstock from PapertreyInk (LOVE them for paper crafting supplies). I cut sections of chocolate polka-dot satin ribbon (also from PapertreyInk), taped one end to the star, then looped it around the shelf’s bar and taped the other end to the star again. I varied their height as I went.
I found the Bible verse subway art at Dayspring, and after Owen was born, used sage ink to stamp his handprint and footprint on white cardstock that I then framed on either side. That made them easy to pop out of their frames and save for scrapbooking, too.
I can’t remember where I bought the vinyl monogram above his crib – in retrospect, I could have gone a size larger, but I still like the look of it. Initially, I was going to put some 8×10″ black-and-white newborn photos on either side, but I never got around to it. NO idea why I was so busy ;).
On the adjoining wall is another favorite aspect of mine. I am a HUGE proponent of literacy and love reading, and knew it was something I wanted to pass on to Owen immediately (see my top list of baby and toddler books). The Pottery Barn Kids wall bookshelf was a sweet gift from my coworkers, and I am excited to put it up again in the near future as we transform Owen’s closet into a reading nook. Above the shelf, I added a Jackie O quote in chocolate vinyl that I custom-ordered from Vinyl Wall Expressions. Some of my favorite children’s literature characters are framed in between. I simply did a Google image search, resized them in Word so they’d be similar dimensions, adjusted them to black-and-white and printed.
*Sigh* How is it possible that my little boy’s NURSERY is eligible for a #tbt post??