I’ve been trying to find the time to post this for months! Baby C is now over 9 months old. I clearly have a lot going on. But I am very excited that I finally have a moment to share with you. I found designing Baby C’s nursery to be one the most fun and rewarding projects that I’ve ever done. I have a pretty intense love for interior design and for home decor in general, but nursery design has quickly become a strange passion of mine. In fact, I just said to Mr. C (he’s sitting across from me in our home office), “If money were no object and we lived in a bigger city, I think I would love to be a nursery designer… for all budgets. I wonder if that’s an actual job? I would love that.” We like to dream together.

When I first started thinking and planning on the nursery, I only had one rule: no themes. I’ve seen some adorably themed nurseries. I’ve seen some super cute themed products in stores. But… it’s just not my thing. I knew my approach would be different so I started with a color palette:

Nursery Swatches

With that in mind, I knew and I wanted something a bit of a mix of modern and vintage styles (totally weird – but  very much my style) and I allowed a tiny little smidgen of “safari-type” influence. BUT NOT A THEME. 😉

Before I ramble on and on, here is the long awaited tour of my sweet baby boy’s nursery. A lot of love went in to this space, but not much money. I’m a decorator on a budget. Though, winning a $1,000 Superbowl pool really helped us out. 😉

The full view from the nursery door (p.s. I need a wide angle lens)

The full view from the nursery door (p.s. I need a wide angle lens)

The zebra rug I built the room around - it was the first thing I purchased
The zebra rug I built the room around – it was the first thing I purchased

The view from the window. Beautiful natural light (but more on that later)

The view from the window. Beautiful natural light (but more on that later)

A collection of wonderful items I spent months acquiring, and, my favorite part of the room.

A collection of wonderful items I spent months acquiring, and, my favorite part of the room.

Collage Wall Closeup 2

Collage Wall Closeup

Our super high changing station. The necessity of being tall parents.

Our super high changing station. The necessity of being tall parents.

Changing Dresser

The area I call dipes and wipes.

The area I call dipes and wipes.

The place where I spend the sweetest moments with our son.

The place where I spend the sweetest moments with our son. Your eyes do not deceive you, the curtains are different in this pic… more on that later (it goes with the natural light thing).

The paper stars that hang above our heads as we nursed, rock to sleep and read books together

The paper stars that hang above our heads as we nursed, rock to sleep and read books together

California Art

The mod chair I just had to have. It's not very functional but it sure is cute, right?!

The mod chair I just had to have. It’s not very functional but it sure is cute, right?!

Side Table

A fruit crate for books and toys...

A fruit crate for books and toys…

A bucket for our stuffed animal friends...

A bucket for our stuffed animal friends…

The cutest chevron laundry bin (do you like how I added clothes for authenticity? No seriously, we live here. These are live action shots).

The cutest chevron laundry bin (do you like how I added clothes for authenticity? No seriously, we live here. These are live action shots).

He will definitely be out-growing this one.

He will definitely be out-growing this one.

I love these fun Ikat prints and the fact they I was able to get them made custom to my color scheme.

I love these fun Ikat prints and the fact they I was able to get them made custom to my color scheme.

Book "shelved" made from chicken feeders. I have to thank Pinterest for that idea.

Book “shelves” made from chicken feeders. I have to thank Pinterest for that idea.

Book Shelf 2

So, that’s my sweet son’s space. I absolutely love it and I hope you do too. I almost can’t wait for baby #2 (if that day comes) just so I can design another beautiful space! I’m kidding… I love my son so much, I can only imagine the joy that more children brings. The nursery part is just an added perk. 🙂

Sources:

Furniture and Bedding:

Crib:  DaVinci Porter 4-in-1 Convertible Crib @ Amazon.com
Bedding: Custom bedding from Dandelion Baby @ Etsy.com
Ikat pillow @ Lamps Plus
Zebra Rug @ Overstock.com
White children’s dresser @ Amazon.com
White changing tray @ Amazon.com
Orange dot changing pad cover @ The Land of Nod
Mod White Chair @ Amazon.com
White side table @ Amazon.com
Glider and Ottomon – Custom Upholstered @ BuyBuyBaby

Paint and Lighting:

Paint: Color=Argos @ Sherwin Williams
Ceiling Fan @ Lowe’s
Orange Lamp @ Lowe’s
Paper Stars @ Save On Crafts

Decor, Art and Accessories:

Chicken feeders (turned into bookshelves) @ Miss Greeenthing and Prairie Treasure @ Etsy
Fruit crate (turned into toy crate) @ Chic Staging & Design
Galvanized metal tub @ Lowe’s
Frame for hanging photos – made myself by repurposing an old framed print, high gloss white spray paint, twine, eye screws and mini clothespins
Dipes and Wipes bins – made from a clearance herb garden kit (Target) and metal letters acquired at a church garage sale.
Chevron laundry bin @ Anthropologie
Art and decor pieces @ CB2, Amazon (orange clock), milkandcookies @ Etsy, Baby Dear @ Etsy, Pixie Pixels @ Etsy, O’Reilly Ink @ Etsy, Sheepshead Design @ Etsy, Wallfry @ Etsy, Bait and Tackle @ Etsy, Carl Christensen @ Etsy, Hobby Lobby, embroidery hoops acquired from a garage sale and fitted with fabric from Joann, floating shelves @ Lowe’s, and colorful train letters @  Valhalla Restaurant and Gift Shop. Frames for various art acquired from Michaels.
Curtains: Originally, white linen cotton panels from West Elm… but I quickly learned that babies don’t like natural light as much as I do so, we switched it up and got nice rich dark blue room darkening shades from JC Penny on clearance.

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