Oh my goodness, has this been the most fun room to decorate! Styling a room for littles is unlike anything else. The world of inspiration is endless, on top of that, my heart gets to lead the way. Greg and I are just a few weeks away from meeting our first child. I can hardly believe I’m writing those words. This pregnancy has flown by, just as everyone said it would and now we’re anticipating the arrival of our most precious gift. We’re about to be a family of three! Let’s jump into the nursery design, shall we?
We always knew this room would be the nursery
This space gets the most gorgeous light because it’s south-facing and the view out the windows is of our dogwood trees and vegetable garden, perfect for a child to daydream. I couldn’t be happier that this is where she will imagine, learn, read and play. It feels like a magical place to grow up in. That sense of wonder is what inspired the vibe of the nursery. I wanted to embrace the beautiful natural light, encourage peace and play, and let it look simple, yet lived-in. Much has changed from my original mood board, mostly because once I found these curtains, they dictated a shift in the design. Inspired purchases often lead to a better end result though. You’ll have to let me know if you think we nailed it!
Incorporating animals into the nursery gives it the whimsical touch I was craving.
The changing area
I didn’t think it was necessary to invest in an actual changing table because her dresser happens to be the perfect height for that task. I was able to find this wooden changing topper for less than $20 on clearance, locally. (Here is where to buy online) I liked that once we were out of the diaper stage, we’d simply remove the topper and her dresser would function as usual. The drawers are filled with her tiny clothes along with diapering essentials and I just couldn’t resist the bunny tail for over the changing station. (You can purchase the bunny prints here.) The dresser has been mine for over 15 years and it’s holding up great, so it will be perfect for her to grow into. Although, I must say, it’s not far from full already!
The special sauce
That’s what I like calling it… it’s what you achieve when you find the perfect mix in a space. The special sauce, for me, is the perfect balance consisting of the right color, heart, pieces that are old and new, a little polish and a little grit. In here, that means a new crib, new bedding, old (beautifully-refinished-by-my-mother) dresser, re-purposed lamp, my vintage lace gloves, my mom’s baby blanket, gifted books and toys and some hand-painted birds above the crib.
This dresser was found on consignment locally for $50 and it was stained dark like the handles you see in the photo. I’m usually not one for painting over wood grain, but for the purposes of this nursery, we went white and kept the detailed handles in their original state. This dresser is full of swaddles, blankets, first aid bits and odds ends like pacifiers and bows. I think it’s really going to be a work horse in this room for years to come and I love that it doesn’t take up too much space! (The lamp is from Homegoods.)
Peep the moses basket in the background? I can’t wait to see her sound asleep in there…
I recently found the story of Portuguese swallows. Greg is half Portuguese and I really wanted to incorporate a bit of his heritage into this space. These migratory birds return each year to announce the arrival of Spring. They seek to build their nests in the exact same place as the year prior. They represent family and home in the Portuguese culture, along with love, loyalty and faithfulness, as they have only a single partner for life. They’ve had a presence in fables, legends and songs for centuries. In Portugal, ceramic swallows are exchanged among lovers and friends and hung beautifully inside and outside of homes. One day, when we visit, I’ll buy some to bring home, but for now, these painted ones will do.
Her Jenny Lind crib was something I knew I wanted from the beginning. I wanted to incorporate a vintage style and the floral bedding compliment it so well. I love how sweet it is and that it’s not too bulky. (We ordered the crib from Amazon)
Room to grow
My goal is to make this room a ‘yes space’ for our little one, so that once she is crawling around, she can be free to roam about her room without us chasing her around. I am so looking forward to seeing how everything is going to evolve and change. What she will enjoy and how she will put her own stamp on this space. Who knows how it will look in a couple years from now.
So, there you have it, our little girl’s room is ready and waiting for her, just like us. This is the hardest part, the last couple of weeks! I hope you guys like the nursery as much as we do!
How did you decorate your nursery? Do you have a favorite style? I’d love to know if anything from this post inspires you. Let me know in the comments!