So it's the day before my due date, and no sign of baby girl. I think she is in there for the long haul at this point, even though I swore early on in my pregnancy that she wanted to come out early. I had more contractions in the first 8 months than I have had in this entire 9th month. At this point, I'm getting pretty impatient, but one of the projects I really wanted to complete before she arrived was the nursery. I can say we are *almost* finished, so I thought it was time to share the results of our hard work.
I should start by saying that we built our house 3 years ago and there are still rooms that I have not touched as far as paint or decorating. I mean they look as bare as the day we moved in. But, when it comes to doing just one room at a time, I usually take it on full force, and that was definitely the case for our nurseries.
We decided to keep Avery in his current room, and give baby girl what used to be my office. Unfortunately, because Avery got the big room, and my studio is also upstairs in a bedroom, baby is getting the smallest room. It is about 11x12 max (maybe smaller?), and odd-shaped, so we did not have a ton of options when it came to organizing furniture and such. Also, poor little girl is the only one without a walk-in closet. She really got the short end of the stick here!
The room was a complete blank slate before we started, and the very first step was the linens. I always like to start with the fabric in the room because matching fabric to a specific paint color is a nightmare, but mixing a custom paint color is easy. After looking at a million different nursery bedding options, I decided that nothing was matching the vision or color scheme I had in mind. I had been Pinteresting non-stop, and really wanted mint and lavender with white furniture. So off mom and I went to Joann Fabrics to find the fabric for the cribskirt and pillow.
Once I had my fabric, I called in "The Paint Lady". Now let me just tell you about this amazing service that Sherwin Williams offers. They have a wonderful interior designer at our local store, who will come out to your home and pick your paint, completely free of charge. Cheryl has been to my home several times and has chosen all of our colors. She has an incredible eye and easily matches fabrics, which I sometimes have trouble doing myself. This time around, she even custom mixed our lavender paint to match the fabric swatch I had chosen. So as much as I want to share a wall color name with you, I can't! It is a special blend :)
See my hubby hard at work? He gets roped into doing most of the work with these projects. He definitely got into this one with me though after we started to pull the pieces together. I think his least favorite part of the whole project was installing the amazing chandelier.
When we found out we were having a girl, I just HAD to have a chandelier. I did a lot of searching online for nursery chandeliers, but when it came down to it, I wanted something all crystal and we found it right at our local Home Depot. The ceiling medallion is from Amazon, and we ended up not needing to paint it since it matched our ceiling so well.
Chris built quite a few pieces for the room, like these bookshelves. The back is a simple board, and for the front we used pieces of trim from Lowe's. We painted them white to match the furniture in the room. Here's the before and after...
Now I mentioned the room is small a oddly-shaped, which created a little bit of an issue for our furniture arrangement. I had originally wanted to do a huge collage above the crib, but that required a blank wall which we just did not have. In the end, our crib ended up going in a corner, which then created a whole new issue about what to put above it. Here's what we came up with as a solution...
Chris built the crib canopy out of more trim pieces (they match the bookshelves), and some other decorative wood we found at Lowe's. Behind the wood is a simple curtain rod where we hung the sheers. The sheer panels are from Bed Bath and Beyond, and are the same ones we used for the curtains in the room.
The fabric that we purchased was used for the crib skirt, pillow, and curtain tieback. My mom is one of the only people I know who can still sew. It's a dying art. I found a pattern on Pinterest (pattern link here) and we modified it slightly to get a four ruffle skirt. The matching pillow is actually going to go in our rocker (if it ever gets delivered!).
So since my crib ended up in a corner, I needed a new spot for my collage wall, because let's face it, I'm a newborn photographer and I have big plans for this little girl's photos! The original frames were white and purchased at Hobby Lobby. Whenever you do a collage wall, you want to make sure you have the layout perfect before you start hanging. I spent a lot of time working on the spacing on the floor, before we ever even attempted the wall. I also decided which frames would be mint and which would be white before we hung them.
Another favorite piece is our vintage repurposed dresser from a local store, Pieces. We just couldn't find anything this detailed and girly in all of the nursery furniture options, and this piece really just fits the room perfectly with it's girly details. The mirror is from Kohls, and was originally cream, but I repainted it white to match the dresser and frames.
The curtain tieback is made from the same material as the crib skirt and pillow. My mom just randomly came up with this design as she was making the other pieces and I just LOVE how it turned out. I told her she should sell them!
And lastly we have the closet. Chris laughed at me when I said I wanted to paint the inside of the closet to match the room, but I think it turned out nicely in the end. As you can see, our baby girl is already blessed with quite the wardrobe thanks to our family and friends. I also found these super cute dividers from Gina Marie Originals on Etsy.
So there you have it! There are still a few things I need to find a home for, and my chair has yet to be delivered, but we are basically finished. Now it's just a waiting game to see when the little girl will make her appearance. Thank you to my hubby and mom for their help in pulling this vision together. It was quite a project!