I am SO excited to share these photos of Christopher’s nursery. I had a lot of fun putting it all together, and it’s definitely my favorite room in our house. In fact, it’s the only room in our house that feels finished just the way I want it.
Before the room became the official nursery, Chris and I hadn’t done a single thing to it. We were using it for storage and hadn’t updated it at all. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to repaint, update the curtains, and change the light fixture. Just those updates made a HUGE difference because the room has a lot of great bare bones elements, like the high/open ceiling, a huge window, an en suite half bath, and the wooden beam. Challenges in the room included its small size and the fact that there’s no closet.
Not knowing Christopher’s gender obviously played a big part in choosing the colors and decor. Early on I decided the colors would be light grey, white, aqua, and yellow. I didn’t originally plan on there being a “theme,” but a lot of animals worked their way into the decorations — especially elephants!
Crib — Buy Buy Baby
Crib bedding & mobile — Target
Crib quilt — Homemade
Rag garland — Homemade
The rag garland above the crib was my first DIY project for Baby H. I couldn’t have done it without Karin, who spent a day with me cutting strips of fabric and tying them onto the cord! It was such a fun and simple project, and it makes a big impact in the room. My mom took the leftover strips of fabric and surprised me with the matching quilt. I love it!
Bench cubby — Homemade, Painted with Behr “Moon Rise”
Like I mentioned earlier, the room doesn’t have a closet, but this cubby space will suffice. We will eventually put up a closet rod and add a curtain to make it more closet-like, but for now this bench with cubbies is perfect for holding Christopher’s toys, books, and blankets. Chris made the bench and sized it perfectly to fit in the space.
Dresser — Won at auction, painted with Behr “Sea Life” & “Moon Rise,” knobs from Hobby Lobby
Owl lamp — Lamps Plus
The dresser was an old, not-so-pretty one I got at an auction for $50. I gave it a total makeover by stripping it down to the wood, sanding it, painting it, and adding new knobs. The end result exceeded my expectations — I love it!
Elephant mirror — Bought at garage sale, painted with Krylon “Pistachio”
Andy Warhol ‘So Many Stars’ print — Art.com
Traveling circus whale print — Sadly Harmless on Etsy
Elephant print — Gingiber on Etsy
Polar bear print — Dimdimini on Etsy
All print frames — ArtToFrames on Amazon
Vintage macrame owl wall hanging — Bought at estate sale
Elephant bust — Bought at Garage Sale
The art above the dresser is a fun mix of secondhand sale finds and Etsy purchases.
Rocker — Hand-me-down
Quilt — Homemade
Side table — Target
Duck head book ends — Bought at garage sale
I nurse and read to Christopher sitting in this rocking chair. My grandma made me the “crazy quilt” years ago when I was a kid. I like that it’s full of color and pattern because it adds a quirky “pop” to the otherwise neutral room. The quilt is HUGE, so it’ll be perfect for spreading out and playing on when he starts sitting and moving.
Floating shelves — Target
Brass heron — Bought at garage sale
Framed ultrasound — Frame from Target
Wooden whale toy — Bought at craft fair
Blue vase — Bought at Shipshewana
Horse figurine — Bought at antique shop
Koala booties — Bought in Australia
Sophie the giraffe — Target
The room wouldn’t be complete without some trinkets! The mix of items on these shelves includes some new things and some old things I already had. The koala bear booties are my favorite, though, because I bought them five years ago during my trip to Australia. This was obviously WAY before Baby H was even dreamed of, but they were a hope chest purchase that I thought would be cute if I ever had kids.
Wall color –Behr “Quietude”
Curtains — Ikea
Curtain rod, tiebacks, & hardware — Lowes
Light fixture — Ikea
Rug — Home Depot
The rug is one of my favorite parts of the nursery. It’s SO soft and cushy and will be perfect for Christopher to crawl around on. I searched for months for the perfect rug and ended up finding it at Home Depot, of all places!
In case you were wondering, these photos were taken a few weeks before Christopher was born. The nursery isn’t quite so tidy these days. Christopher sure makes a big mess for being such a little guy!