If you follow us on Instagram (@chrislovesjulia), you know that we had a little pre-term labor scare on Sunday that sent us to the hospital. I’m home and doing much better now resting in bed, but when the nurse asked us if we had a carseat for the baby with us–I fa-reaked. Because this baby can’t come yet! And, also, we absolutely did not have a carseat. Or the nursery in order. Or even a name. It all became very real–this little girl is coming soon, and we aren’t even close to ready.
Since being forced to lay down and take it easy, I finally had time to put together a mood board so you, too, can see the direction we’re headed in the nursery. So far, we have painted the crib, walls, and got an area rug–that had a few of you scratching your heads how it read “nursery.” The vibe we’re going for is charming, calm and a little sophisticated–which looks a little something like this to me:
1. This mobile, Chris and I both deemed our favorite–separately! That has to be some sort of miracle. It’s whimsical and sweet, but something that can continue to hang even when it isn’t necessarily over a crib. Pretty.
2. I really love Ashley’s illustrations. They are colorful, textural, unique and exercise restraint in the right places. He is really talented. This owl is one of my favorites.
3. We need a glider, desperately. Greta very rarely took a bottle, and if she did–it was pumped (she wouldn’t swallow a drop of formula), so I exclusively nursed for 12 months with her, logging hours and hours in our cheap-o glider. It was worn and sunken by the end of that year and we’ve since passed it on to someone in need. This time around, I am looking for something comfortable, durable and beautiful. This one, I wouldn’t mind spending endless hours a day in.
4. The rug, you’ve seen. We got it at West Elm on clearance.
5. I am not a fan of a gliding ottoman accompanying my gliding chair. Like, how do you control the rocking when everything is moving?! I do love something to prop my feet on though. This pouf is ca-ute!
6. Seersucker crib sheet…or six.
7. I’m loving everything about this light fixture. The shape, black lining and brass detail is something that can definitely stay in this room for the long haul–even after it is no longer a nursery.
8. This dresser is astronomically expensive–but oh so gorg. I’m feeling pretty confident we can pull a copycat off. Stay tuned.
Although I can’t do too much physically for the next couple days–shopping online is totally fair game. Woot. Do you catch the vision of the nursery now? I am trying to be especially conscious to include pieces that can transition into a “big girl room” down the road or other areas of the house, too. Can’t wait to see it come together.
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