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When my mom was here last week we were able to tidy up the nursery and take pictures so I can finally post about it here. My vision for the room was to have a lot of different textures (wood, linen, metal, etc.), and a palette of neutrals with pops of color (mostly aqua blues, yellows, and greens). I’ve posted below each photo where the items are from. I’d love to hear what you think!
(As a refresher, here is what the room used to look like after we first moved in, and here is what it looked like over the years when it was a guest bedroom. Don’t let those vertical blinds burn your eyeballs too badly. Here is my previous post on the topic.)
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. My favorite “greige.”
Rug: RugsUSA.com Zebra Grey Rug (I should say that the “grey” in the rug runs a little bit greenish, in case you are looking for a true silver gray.)
Chair: Buy Buy Baby, TRYP from the Best Chairs Storytime Series (with a 20% off coupon!). Custom fabric in “Burlap” linen (main fabric) and “Espresso” piping.
Pouf/Footstool: One Kings Lane (no longer available).
Curtains: IKEA (Pretty sure they are RITVA, but I bought them a long time ago. They have the hidden tabs at the top, which I think look more expensive without actually being expensive.)
Curtain rod: Target clearance section.
Blinds: Blindschalet.com, woven wood shades in Kyoto Brown, with blackout liner added, and “top-down, bottom up” option.
(The blankets and quilts are handmade — I’m going to do a separate post just on all the handmade items soon!)
Mirror: Martha Stewart collection from Home Depot (bought somewhat impulsively after I saw Abby post it on Instagram one day). I’m actually thinking of taking down the mirror and putting up something different on this wall. Perhaps a name banner for each baby? I’m open to ideas here! I love the mirror but it’s not very “baby” and we already have sunburst mirrors decorating our room.
Mobile: Vintage from Etsy for only $12!
Small in-closet dresser: IKEA
Wall hangings: Mirror was a gift from a friend from Don Drumm in Akron. The ceramic piece is Miller’s footprint and handprint.
Dresser: A midcentury modern piece found on craigslist. I love it because it’s very shallow in depth for a small room.
Other “previously owned” finds: The giant mirror that weighs a million pounds (thanks, Dad, for hanging it!) and a small side table that could totally use a new paint job. The lamp is a hand-me-down from Andrew’s parents.
Storage baskets: IKEA. I have various shapes and sizes of these throughout the room and LOVE them.
I think that’s it! We also have a variety of storage baskets (from IKEA and Target) in the closet and some under-the-crib storage. I just did some rough math and I think the total cost for everything that I listed above is around $2,200 or so. I’ve collected many of the items over the past few years so can’t remember exact prices. The chair ($500), dresser ($400), rug ($400), cribs/mattresses ($300), and blinds ($250) were the biggest expenses.
I love spending time in this room and hope that many of these items will grow with the boys and fit into their room (or even in other parts of my house) even when they’re no longer little babies.
Can you hear the optimism oozing through that post title?
Let’s talk about the babies’ room. About 1.5 years ago, it looked like this:
Since then, I’ve sold the beloved yellow sofa (Le Sad), and the chair and the daybed are either gone or will soon be on their way out. The walls are still a warm gray (this photo isn’t the best representation – try this link: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter) and the curtains are still white (IKEA).
I’ve also added this rug and this beautiful dresser. You can catch a glimpse of both in my latest belly pic.
And that’s just about where progress has come to a halt! However, last weekend we went to IKEA to purchase two Gulliver cribs.
And we placed an order for the most amazing and comfortable rocker/glider/recliner ever in the history of chairs (see left), in a neutral linen fabric with gray trim/cording (see right). And then I had a panic attack on Twitter about if it would look cute or not. Panic averted, thanks to the internets!
Because the room is so tiny, that’s about it for big furniture items: two cribs, one dresser, one chair.
Next up, accessories! I want to keep the room full of neutrals (grays, whites) and textures (wood, sheepskin, quilts, linen) with a few pops of colors (mostly aqua blue, sea green, or yellow). I’ve pinned a bunch of ideas over here: http://pinterest.com/loveisblonde/baby-b/
I’d love to know what you all think and if you have any ideas. I hope we can make some progress on the IKEA assembling (and by “we” I mean Andrew) so that I can finally start to pull things together in there.
Just a few little items today, chickadees:
2. The lovely K and I are unveiling a new (yet familiar to you old-timers) project tomorrow. So please do come back!
3. It only too me 3.25 years, but my guest bedroom has gone from this:
And that makes me pretty darn happy, too. Anything making you happy today?