Well, at long last…here it is! Baby L’s sweet lil’ nursery. What do you think? I started working on it the moment I found out she was a girl, which was back towards the end of September. And I finished it just before the holidays, probably early December. This used to be little C’s nursery (aww, tears), then it became his playroom (he moved to a larger room and his playroom is the former office…so many moving parts, I know!) and then it became baby L’s nursery…for good. The walls were already a baby blue before we had little (baby) C., so we never had to paint them…until now. I knew I wanted a ton of pink in the room, so I wanted the walls to be subdued and chose this light gray. I think it works because I just love the contrast. For me, pink walls would’ve been too much. Months later I got the idea that I would add polka dots (they’re decals!), and I think that’s my fav part of the room now.
Aesthetically, I wanted something girly, yet I didn’t want too shabby chic, Victorian or frilly. That’s just not my style. So, I chose something more modern, right down to the furniture (I totally dig the hand-carved quatrefoil panels on the end of the crib and changing table), and tried not to fill it with too many odds and ends. The simpler the better. We bought the furniture in October (mom tip: this time I chose a recliner over a rocker with ottoman as there were many times I wished I had been able to doze off for just a bit with the babe!), and my mom, sister and I took a fun girl’s trip to Dallas to find many of the accessories (which include my fav patterns: polka dot and chevron). We even found a fun butterfly chandelier to hang in the corner, another fav thing of mine (thanks to my sister for spotting it on sale!).
For baby L’s nursery, it all had to make sense. Curtains? Blackout. Mobile? Glow-in-the-dark. Recliner? Comfort. Paint? Low VOC. This is in addition to style and, you know me, it had to be as eco as possible. I worked with some of my favorite brands to make that happen, including Nurseryworks for the furniture, which uses high gloss, low VOC non-toxic lacquer and Boon (the topper on the changing table and dragonfly mobile), which has BPA- and chemical-free products. Also, one of the most overlooked products in a nursery can be the actual mattress (so boring, right?), but we worked with Naturepedic on the best organic mattress, made to fit perfectly in this amazing crib (for one thing, when I had little C. I never even thought about this…). I found all the crib sheets (bumpers have been rated unsafe by Consumer Reports, so I don’t use them) at Pottery Barn Kids, and they’re organic cotton. So, I feel pretty safe knowing baby L. has the best environment possible (if only we had hardwood floors in the bedrooms, but that’s another project…).
I think I had way too much fun decorating her room. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun with little C’s blue and brown room, but there’s just nothing like going all out on a girl’s room for this girly-girl. I hope you enjoy the photos below, and here are the details, in case you’re creating a dream nursery for your own:
1. Abbey Crib and Changer by Nurseryworks
2. Paint from Sherwin-Williams by Pottery Barn Kids in Light French Gray (definitely comes out lighter than it appears on the chip, FYI)
3. Lightweight Organic Cotton Ultra 2-Stage Baby & Toddler Mattress courtesy of Naturepedic (with two stages/sides, we can flip and use as she gets older and needs a softer mattress…it’s waterproof…and it’s only about 10 lbs. The organic cotton is soft, safe and very durable!)
4. Chevron (also have cheetah) sheets, mini dot blackout curtains, pink painted letter “L”, mini dot hamper (sold out), butterfly chandelier, all from Pottery Barns Kids
5. White Lottie Dots wall decals courtesy of The Land of Nod (I highly rec these for an easy and fun wall design…no mess, and they really do peel right on and off if you change your mind! I only used one pack, and still had a few leftover. Also in silver and gold!)
6. Fresh Changing Station (in orange, but I use pink burpies to cover it, ha) courtesy of Boon (I think this is going to be way better than a gross foam cushion to change baby on every day)
7. Fli dragonfly mobile by Boon (props to my mom for finding this at TJMaxx for just $10! I think it’s going to be really cool since it glows in the dark and you can adjust the wings. So modern.)
8. Round belly basket courtesy of Serena & Lily (in the shape of a water vessel, it’s made of seagrass and I filled ours with lotsa baby blankets!)
9. Josephine the Elephant mini knit doll courtesy of Blabla (we loooove these dolls; there are SO many cute ones to choose from, but the pink and gray elephant stole my heart.)
10. Mouse wheelyBUGS courtesy of Prince Lionheart (I know she won’t be able to ride this for another year or two, but I couldn’t help myself…it’s CUTE! Not to mention, she will adore riding it and using her “fine motor skills” on this non-toxic/no PVC toy. Isn’t it precious?)
11. Gray with white cording recliner by Best Chairs (this is a great, durable brand and I’ve always wanted a contrasting cording…little C’s Best Chair was chocolate brown. I love the high back on this one, too!) (oh, and the elephant nursing pillow is Dr. Brown’s)
12. Round pink shag rug by The Rug Market (we have one of these in both our room and little C’s….they’re the best!)
13. Smaller rectangle shag rug from Marshall’s (doesn’t it look like it matches the other rug completely??)
14. Wall art canvases; floor lamp; white round mirror; gray chevron toy chest from TJMaxx, Marshall’s
15. Alphabet I (I copied at Kinko’s and framed it in white)
16. Gray knit poof from Target (I found this on sale before I knew boy/girl, but knew I wanted a “poof” and knew I wanted gray!)
17. Flamingo wall organizer courtesy of 3 Sprouts (since the changer doesn’t have any organizational space on top, I’m using this for easy access to diapers, pacifiers, creams, etc. Just found some over-the-door hooks and ribbon to hang.)
18. Side table (pretty sure we’ve had this forever from TJMaxx; used it with little C. I placed on it my maternity photo, a piggybank little C. made her and a shoe book, of course.)