For the last six weeks, we’ve been working on a nursery for the little girl we’re expecting this summer and today we’re so excited to share with you what it looks like now! This is our second time participating in the One Room Challenge (last time, we coincidentally tackled a bedroom for our other two daughters) and we’re so grateful Linda invited us to participate again. We actually had the pleasure of talking with her in this week’s podcast episode and we peeled back the curtain on pretty much everything pertaining to the ORC–you can listen right here!
Let’s jump right in. Welcome to our new nursery!:
Overall, we really focused on creating a room that was soft and serene, but sophisticated, too. After all, I’ll be spending almost as much time in here–haha. We added a lot of special, more permanent, touches to the space over the last six weeks; like all the molding from Metrie and the be all, end all cloud wallpaper from Cole & Sons. And then accessorized the room with a few pieces that could transition to a more grown-up space after the baby years are long gone.
The crib is, obviously, the main stage of any nursery. And while there should definitely be no sort of pillows or blankets in the crib when a baby is sleeping, it’s a fun way to “make” a baby’s bed just like you would your own. No one actually sleeps with the throw pillows. Although it’s not a design element per se, we got a new crib mattress (after having the same one for 7 years–eeks!) and I was surprised to see how far they had come. We got this one that is two sided! A firmer side for baby and then you can flip it over when they get older, and it’s a little softer for toddlers.
In lieu of traditional art above the crib, we let the wallpaper add a splash of dreamy pattern behind this beautiful mobile, that doubles as an art installation and makes my heart sing every time it catches the light.
Speaking of light, the gold from the mobile is repeated in the simple, but stylish semi-flushmount overhead light that we put on a dimmer switch. It’s often hard to find good flush mounts and semi-flushmounts, but this one takes the cake. And even though it’s on a dimmer, it’s a good rule of thumb to have 2-3 light sources in every room. We added this floor lamp next to the glider and a small table lamp on the changing table–we’ll get there in a sec!
We’ve had this glider for over 3 years now and it was love at first rock. The fabric has wiped up so easily–with just warm water! The back is nice and tall and the sides square in at the perfect width to nod off to sleep while nursing during the night–I can barely wait to rock another baby to sleep in it.
In our last nursery, we had book ledges, but this time around we opted for a simple basket of books since our girls have a good sized library down in their room. We do purchase a few new books for each baby and must say, Next To You: A Book of Adorableness and Jimmy Fallon’s DADA book are must haves for every nursery!
We tried 3 different side tables before landing on this one–it’s so affordable and wipeable and will likely have a big jug of water on it most of the time.
The fun, super textured pouf is larger enough to prop my feet up to rock and for a little 3 year old or 7 year old to also sit down and chat–we tested it. ;)
The dresser adds much needed storage and moodiness to the room, and the blue hue ties in beautifully to the rest of the color scheme. The best part is the changing table addition can easily come off down the road and we can use the piece as a regular dresser in any room (or entry table! or console!) Or maybe the best part are those round inset knobs?
We picked up the roundness in the mirror we hung above the dresser and added a lamp for late night diaper changes. I ordered the custom ultrasound print of our little one from this Etsy shop (my heart!).
While we still have a few months until she arrives, our babies usually sleep in their own room shortly after they’re born and it feels so wonderful to know that we’re ready for her. Here’s a look back at where this room used to look like (yikes!).
Trim – Metrie | Wallpaper – Cole & Son’s Nuvolette 97/2004 Wallpaper | Overhead Light – Rejuvenation | Area Rug – Rejuvenation | Wool Flannel Blackout Flat Roman Shade in Azure – The Shade Store | Crib – AllModern | Tassel Crib Skirt – PotteryBarn Baby | Crib Sheet – PotteryBarn Baby | Blue Crib Pillow – McGee&Co | Pink Striped Crib Pillow – McGee&Co | Cat Stuffed Animal – PotteryBarn Baby | Light Blue Pom Pom Throw – Annie Selke | Mobile – West Elm | Floor Lamp – AllModern | Pouf – AllModern | Graham Glider – West Elm | Pink Tassel Pillow – Urban Outfitters | Side Table – Target | Book Basket – Target | Wooden Rattle – Target | Dresser – The Land of Nod | Table Lamp – Target | Custom Ultrasound Print – Baby Blue Print | Acrylic Frame – Crate & Barrel | Vase – Jill Rosenwald | Hamper – Serena & Lily | Mirror – Target | Burt’s Bees Striped Changing Pad Cover – Amazon
We’re so grateful for the motivation and fun we had putting this nursery together for the One Room Challenge. To Linda for inviting us to participate. To all the fabulous sponsors of the challenge, who were such a pleasure to work with and provided materials for the nursery including Metrie, Jill Rosenwald, AllModern, AnnieSelke, and The Shade Store. And to the other participants for keeping us going–we have loved following along with the progress of their rooms throughout these 6 weeks and encourage you to check out their final spaces through the links below!
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