A Nursery in Lights & Darks

A Nursery in Lights & Darks

Sharing my sweet baby number three’s nursery today…

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Books are probably my favorite thing to decorate with. You’ll see I use them in most rooms I do. It’s an easy way to add color that’s not matchy-matchy and they just make a room feel alive- not like a showroom house, like a real home where people read and learn and live!

We DIYed the pelmets and hung Ikea curtains with blackout liners behind them. It’s been the perfect solution for those big windows and arches over the windows. This room gets DARK during the day.

The House of Figs- nursery The song 10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman, was really special to us around the time I was pregnant with Will. It felt like the perfect thing for over his crib. And I wanted it to be a reminder for me when those inevitable early mornings and sleepless nights came… “whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing…”

Will's Room_5 The ship painting below I found in a little antique store in downtown Houston. It was painted by the dealer’s father and there’s a little story about him taped to the back of the canvas!  The Lego W was made by Will’s big cousin.

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Will's Room_3 Will's Room_2 The bedding is old and from my seven year old’s nursery but the sheet is new from Pottery Barn.

I removed the other more useful but not so pretty items for the pictures- like the monitor, the sound machine (those things are heaven-sent!!), the diaper genie, and the multitude of pacifiers everywhere, but of course we have those things too.  Below, you can find a list of more resources.

The House of Figs- nursery Paint color: Dover Gray, Dresser : Ikea Hemnes, Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids, Pouf: Amazon, Rusty W: Found in Round Top, TX, Shelves & book racks: Ikea, Lamp: Hobby Lobby, Curtains: Ikea, Pelmets: DIY with black linen from JoAnn’s Fabric, Canvas Art: DIY of some of our favorite song lyrics, Rug: Joss & Main, Round table & Basket: Found at HomeGoods

Thanks for reading! Happy Weekend!

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Nursery Planning

Nursery Planning

When we first moved in to our house, we weren’t certain this room would become a baby’s room.  But about 6 months later, I was pregnant and what had become a nice little office and guest room, had to start making way for baby number 3! Here’s what the room looked like when we first moved in.  As you can see, lots of natural light.  Not always a great thing in a baby’s room when you’re wanting them to sleep in the middle of the day!.  

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I poured over this picture for hours.  I love the mix of old and new, antiques and baby books, the dark moody walls, the bright rug, just adore.

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Even though I knew I was having a boy, I was still drawn to this space.  As you saw in the before pictures, the room was BRIGHT.  So I needed a window solution.  This embroidered pelmut and coordinating ottoman is so fun.  I also love bamboo shades for texture and grown up lamps in kids’ rooms.

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I love the Ikea Hemnes line, and I was pretty sure we’d be using this dresser in his room, so I loved this picture and how they styled that dresser and added different hardware to it!  And once again, another grown up lamp.

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I pretty much adore anything by designer Lauren Liess.  This was her third baby’s nursery.  Once again the dark, moody walls, and I also loved how she didn’t make it feel super babyish.  Something about that really appealed to me this time around after doing two pretty bright and babyish nurseries before. nurseryinspiration5

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Lastly, even with dark &  moody on my mind, I still couldn’t get away from my love of light and bright.  Plus I was just in love with the look of this rocker and ottoman.

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Stay tuned! Next up, I will share with you how his room turned out!

A Nursery for a Baby Girl

A Nursery for a Baby Girl

Two short years after the nursery I shared with you yesterday, we found ourselves preparing for a baby girl…

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By this time around, I had discovered my love for LONG curtains, hung high and wide.  My absolute favorite still to this day are Ikea Ritva curtains.  I stenciled the design onto these with fabric paint.

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Custom stenciled curtains

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Thanks for reading!  This won’t be all nurseries, I promise… next up, the rest of my former house.

The Nursery that Started it All

The Nursery that Started it All

This was before the days of Pinterest- back in the time when you had to actually read a blog and flip through a Pottery Barn Kids catalog to prepare for your baby coming!  Some of you may recognize this tree painted on the nursery wall- copied right out of aforementioned catalog, circa 2007.  I already told you my husband was uber-creative- he painted the whole thing, freehand!

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I cringe at that valance that matches the bedding and is hung so low… DSC02444 DSC02468 DSC02450 DSC02448 DSC02441

There are definitely things I would change if I did this room all over again, but I love, love, LOVE seeing these pictures.  I took these right before we turned this room into a big boy room.  We needed the crib for our baby girl who was on her way.

This room: the sweet little lamp, the poorly hung valance, the well painted tree, was the background of our life. The life that included that sweet haircut-needing toddler dumping out puzzle piece after puzzle piece, having ear infection after ear infection, requesting lullabye after lullabye.  You know how it is.  Beauty has a purpose.

Thanks for reading.

Up next… that baby girl’s room?  Or the big boy room?  Or maybe a tour of some other rooms in the old house?