Working on this nursery for June has easily been the my most favourite project I've put together. We decided her room would be our old guest bedroom and looking back at the way I threw that room together, it was almost as if I was subconsciously anticipating it becoming a baby's room someday. It makes sense because I do love pastels and bright colours, and I seem to naturally gravitate towards interior decorating that's best suited for a baby's room... something that became much more apparent to me as I started pulling items from around the house to add to the space. This also came in handy since we had just painted the room when we moved into the house a few years ago. The colour is Coventry Grey by Benjamin Moore, and because we decided not to find out the sex of the baby, we were in luck since it's a perfect base for a gender neutral theme. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It feels like a warm and cheery space without being too much of a deviation from the way we've decorated the rest of the house. I also feel like she can grow with the pieces we've chosen to include which is a bonus. Also since we finished it before she was born and we knew she was a June Bug, the room is largely devoid of large swaths of pink, something I wanted to avoid from the outset.
Theme: I tried to have a theme for the room when I started out... but then I quickly realized it would be more expensive to stick to a theme rather then work with what I already had. I think in the end the theme turned into something I'd like to think of as whimsical and nostalgic.
Pieces that bring the room together: My two most favourite elements of the room are the yellow rocking chairs. One for baby and one for mama. The large rocker is one that we found on a curb two years ago and I refinished it in yellow at the time, honestly not thinking about future babies - but it couldn't really be a more perfect accent colour. Can you believe someone threw it away? It's really comfortable. And that's saying a lot considering I'm most likely to be sitting in it at 3 am!
The pint sized yellow rocker is another stellar find. I'm part of a Facebook "mom swap" group and as soon as I saw this perfect match pop up in my feed I arranged to pick it up for 10$! Actually, timing couldn't have been more perfect; we picked it up from the woman's house on the Sunday after my water broke! It broke after we had been out for breakfast and it didn't seem like too big of a deal at the time so we just continued along with our errands. Nine short hours later I was in the hospital and pushing!
Working with what I had around the house: All the other bits and bobs came from around the house. I pulled together the gallery wall from pieces I'd kept over the years; cards from friends like the Winnie the Pooh one, and the art was pulled from books (Oh the Places You'll Go!) and post cards I'd bought at a craft and art sale years ago. (I knew they'd find their place one day!) And the frames were in a gallery I had in the living room which we removed when we repainted this past Spring. I ordered the bunting banner from an Etsy shop last summer for the tent at our wedding - I think there must be about 300 feet of it so I love the idea that a piece of that special day is making it's way into this space.
A few small investments: The dresser and crib are from Ikea. Honestly we shopped around and nothing seemed to be as reasonably priced. The crib is a good size too; so many of the cribs we looked at elsewhere seemed so bulky. The dresser took forever to set up but for Ikea it feels sturdy and like it will hold up for a long time. Plus the drawers are big enough that it will grow with June and her bigger clothes will fit in there someday (not anytime soon thankfully! Please stay little!) and we bought it during the bedroom event so bonus sale!
We invested in hardwood floors for the nursery and new guest bedroom/office this past Winter and it was one of the best decisions we've ever made. Labs are lovely but they tend to leave a bit of them in every room they enter and hardwood flooring makes it easier to keep up with the dust bunnies. When I was pregnant I wanted to clean every surface in sight and honestly the carpet was driving me crazy because I could literally picture all the dust mites buried in the depths of the dusty rose pile that had originally belonged to the previous owners of the house.
Everything old is new again: My mom found the Baby pillow in the crib at a yard sale, and we found the rocking horse at a yard sale too. The blocks are Melissa and Doug that I snatched from that Facebook Swap Group - and I didn't think of it until I got them home but they are going to be the perfect centre piece in the monthly photos I'm doing of June. So many good finds!
Finished product: Other than the hardwood which I consider to be more of a house upgrade, our only real expense was the furniture and the carpet ($14.99, also Ikea) totalling $370! And for that I'm more then happy with the finished product!