Sunday, June 12, 2016

Step Onto the Road Nursery

Many of the unblogged projects I created in the last 2 years were for J's nursery. This was a rough inspiration board, and I'm really happy with the final product. Most of the rooms in our house are semi-decorated and most of our rooms have pieces that we're just trying to make work. Since we were starting from scratch here, I was able to be thoughtful about everything we did.

Idea board

The items we actually used are on this Pinterest board. (Some, not all.)

I really wanted to include a variety of patterns and textures along with a variety of natural items. I found a salt lamp online, for example, and not only did I love how it looked and the color coordinated with the rest of the room, the reddish light it gives off supposedly creates less sleep disturbance when you have to turn on a light in the middle of the night. Win win. We even got one for our room.

We painted the walls with Benjamin Moore's Palest Pistachio. It's a really, really soft green that I love. I had some issues with fabric because online shopping doesn't always give you a good idea of colors, and one fabric in particular was SO different in person from how it looked online that it could have been an entirely different fabric. It didn't work at all. I did use the coral and white print above for the single curtain, and I sewed new covers from the blue and green upholstery fabric for a glider passed down from my in-laws.

I made this mobile. It's hung from a cup hook in the ceiling, way too high for her to reach.  The colors aren't quite right with the rest of the room, but they're pretty so oh well. My mom gave me a bunch of her old craft supplies and there was a ton of glitter, so I made do with what I had. I used wooden beads (I think they're beads?) from the craft store, glittered them, and added several coats of clear acrylic to make sure we didn't have glitter raining down on our baby. The center sparkly bit was something I got from my grandma's things after she passed away - I don't know where it came from, but it works well for a mobile. The other crystal bit is an old chandelier crystal from an antique store. This was really fun to make!

I made this "Be brave" banner at a craft night at our church the summer before J was born. It was very simple to make, just black Sharpie stenciled onto burlap triangles glued onto twine. Unfortunately, it's no longer hanging in her room because she can now reach it, and one morning when I went in to get her out of bed, she was holding it. I'd like to put it back up somewhere out of toddler reach.

My sister-in-law painted this for us. It fit in so well with the room and we love it. I'm still working on finding or making something small to hang underneath it to balance out this grouping. Even here there are works in progress...

This print is from The Wheatfield on Etsy. It hangs right in front of her door, so we see it every time we enter the room. While I'm not an "outdoorsy" person, I do love nature and being in it, and hopefully we can instill in our daughter some of that love of going out, seeing things, and being in nature.