I can hardly believe it’s been two months. It seems like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital.
Let’s take a tour of his room!
(That’s me, just two days before he was born!)
The room is small (about 7’ x 10’), so we had to fit a lot of function into a small space. (Click here to see my first post on our nursery ideas.)
I knew I wanted to use navy blue as the main color in the space. With that as the starting point, I searched for fabrics for inspiration. Andrew and I both really liked this argyle fabric, and I fell in love with the modern blocks pattern. I decided to use the argyle on the crib skirt and the blocks on the window treatments.
Once the fabrics were chosen, we were able to start pulling the room together. For the walls, we chose Benjamin Moore Admiral Blue 2065-10 to use above the chair rail. It’s a really rich navy blue color that is not too dark and not too purple. Below the chair rail, we used the white out of the can. Some people think that the white out of the can is too harsh, but I like the crispness of it. We used an eggshell finish on the walls and a semi-gloss for the trim.
My sister and her husband had saved the crib they used for their little boy and they were nice enough to share it with us. The crib sheet is from Land of Nod, and I used Young House Love’s tutorial to make a no-sew crib skirt. The quilt was a special gift from my parents and my sister and brother-in-law. A local quilt maker custom made it just for us! I love how she used modern fabrics in our color scheme to give a traditional quilt an updated look.
For the artwork above the crib, we framed three different fabrics that coordinate with the colors in the window treatments.
A very special thank you to my friend and super-talented seamstress, Christine of Iron Gate Interiors for making the Roman shades for us!
There is not a lot of space for storage in the room, so we hung 6 wall shelves to hold books, stuffed animals, and toys.
I searched and searched for a mobile for the room, but I just couldn’t find one that I loved. I found two shops on Etsy that had exactly want I wanted, so I ordered the pieces from them to make a custom mobile. Andrew and I had fun putting it together – I think it was the last finishing touch we did for the room (4 days before he was born!).
I used an embroidery hoop for the ring, and wrapped it in navy ribbon. The crocheted animals are from The Happy Star on Esty. The owner, Kristen, was as nice as she could be and made a few of the animals as special requests for us. We used a whale, a penguin, a polar bear, a walrus, a seal, a turtle, and an octopus. Not all arctic animals, we know, but they are just ones that we liked! The felt balls are from FELTSUPPLIER, and the owner Michal, was equally as nice. They are actually located in Poland, and I was a little nervous about the delivery time, but Michal assured me that they would arrive in about a week, and they did! (What did we do before Etsy?!)
I love how it turned out and know that we’ll enjoy making up names for and stories about these adorable animals!
Another important piece to the room was the dresser and changing table. Andrew and I love to browse antique stores, so we really wanted to find a piece that we could repurpose and paint. We found this dresser at The MarQet Place and knew that it was the one – it was in good shape and made of solid wood, we liked the lines and the hardware, and it had a good price tag ($189).
With the navy and white walls, I wanted to choose a color that would stand out, so we decided on green. I looked for the perfect green that wasn’t too bright and wasn’t too muddy. We chose Olympic’s Asparagus B68-5, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!
To create the changing pad top, Andrew used 1”x3” pieces of wood, screwed them together, and painted it the same Asparagus green.
The four animal prints above the dresser are also from Etsy – NikoAndLily. They’re pretty cute - a whale, a polar bear, a penguin, and a narwhal!
The light fixture we chose is from Land of Nod. It is fun and playful, and taking the advice of the reviewers online, we put it on a dimmer switch. (This is a tip I would recommend to anyone for their nursery!)
Because of the position of our stairs, the closet in this room is cut in half. We decided to take the door off of the closet and use it for storage, instead of for hanging clothes. We didn’t think this little boy would have too many hanging clothes right now ;)!
The closet already had two shelves and we added one more to increase the storage. I found the gray baskets at Garden Ridge. They are the perfect size for the shelves and are great for holding toys, books, extra sheets, and bath supplies.
We are so happy with how the room turned out! I’ve been spending a lot of time in there lately, and I just love looking at all of the pieces. I think we picked a color palate and patterns that will grow with him, and I hope he loves it as much as we do!
Thanks so much to Beth Furgurson Photography for all of the wonderful pictures! I know we'll cherish having these special nursery pictures.
º What is your favorite color combination for a nursery?