As we are in the midst of working feverishly to get our stairway makeover almost done, or at least done enough to show you phase one, I have an adorable nursery of a local mom. Joanna pulled together such a boy-ish space for her newborn without it feeling stereotypical at all. Here is the sweet family… I thought this photo was so adorable, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a baby so alert for his newborn shots.
All photos were taken by Rachel Liz Photography.
I’m going to let you read Joanna’s thoughts because she was so wonderfully through in describing the story behind the nursery… if you are wondering on the sources for any of the items see the list at the bottom of the post:
As soon as I started conceptualizing the nursery I knew that I wanted the room to have a warm, eclectic feel. I decided on doing a woodland theme and initially wanted a very rustic room with lots of wood accents. I even considered installing a wood panel accent wall!
As I became more familiar with the nursery space, I realized that the room didn’t get a lot of sunlight during the day and I was afraid the darker accents might make the room look too gloomy. That’s when I started seeing more and more mid-century modern nurseries in Pinterest and decided to slightly modify my theme and incorporate the woodland accents but keep the general feel of the room light and modern.
The first big purchase (a gift from my parents) was the crib which I love. I didn’t want them to spend a lot on the crib but safety, durability and aesthetics were important to me and the Baby Mod Olivia crib ticked all the boxes at an unbeatable price.
From there I started the hunt for a long mid-century modern dresser that I could use as a changing table. I had seen a lot of pictures on Pinterest with this idea and I really wanted to do it but knew it would be quite a challenge to find exactly what I was looking for. Miraculously, I found the exact piece of furniture that I was looking for and it came as a set with a tallboy dresser (pictured above). At $500 for the set, this was my biggest splurge but Ryan and I were comfortable spending a little more to have two pieces of solid, versatile furniture that will grow with Will as he transitions from a nursery to toddler room, etc.
One of my favorite features in the nursery is the wall of IKEA frame ledges that we use to display Will’s books. We were able to turn a small, unused space behind the nursery door into a little reading nook and the picture ledges fit perfectly. It also adds a little pop of color to the room and I love how I can rearrange his books and change up the color palate whenever I feel like refreshing the space.
Other details that I love are the little items on Will’s tallboy dresser. When I was six months pregnant, Ryan and I planned a last-minute trip to Europe. A week before we left, we found out that we were having a boy and I was so excited to buy him little gifts during our travels. We bought the owl clock in Rome, the mouse toy at an adorable children’s shop in Nice, and the Babar print from a street vendor in Paris. These are the first things I see when I go into the nursery and they remind me of such a wonderful, romantic time with my husband anticipating the arrival of our little boy.
Speaking of my husband, it was very important to me for Ryan to have a chance to add his own ideas to the nursery. I think it was hard for him to visualize the completed nursery which makes me appreciate how supportive he was in helping me put it all together and going on wild goose chases for the perfect curtains or little stuffed animal to complete the “look”. When we were about 90% done with the room it was time to choose some nursery art. I had something in mind but I could tell Ryan wasn’t crazy about it. Then I asked him what he would like for the art and he said, “something Star Wars”. Challenge accepted. I had no idea how I would incorporate Star Wars art into my beautiful mid-century modern/woodland nursery but lo and behold, I found the perfect print set on Etsy (seriously, what can’t you find on Etsy?) that matched our color scheme and minimalist theme. I put them in simple white frames that I found at Michael’s and we hung them above the crib which adds such a fun, cheerful, feel to the space! (You can see this above in the shot with the crib.)
THANK YOU, JOANNA AND RYAN FOR LETTING ME SHARE YOUR ADORABLE SPACE! I LOVE IT! Sources below, Friends. 🙂
Wall Color: Lumen by C2
Crib Sheet: Land of Nod (Iconic Orange Arrows)
Crib Skirt: DIY using Premier Prints Shakes Twill Storm
Instructions found here: http://
Crib: Baby Mod – Olivia 3-in-1 Baby Crib, Amber and White
Mid-Century Dresser Set: Vintage via Antique Classics in Peabody, MA http://www.antique-
Mirror, Rugs, Owl Pillow, Basket and Curtains: HomeGoods/Marshalls
Wall-Mounted Book Shelves: IKEA RIBBA Picture Ledge
Changing Pad Tray: DIY
Instructions Here: http://www.
brittanymakes.com/2014/06/11/ diy-changing-table-tray/?crlt. pid=camp.Kkm6fyLpptu0
Modern STAR WARS Inspired, Art Print Movie Poster Series: CONCEPCIONSTUDIOS via ETSY
Alphabet Print: trafalgarssquare via ETSY
Mobile: DIY using Christmas Ornaments from Crate and Barrel
Vinyl Triangle Decals: VinylLettering via ETSY
Branch Curtain Tie-Backs: Urban Outfitters
Fox Dresser Knobs: Anthropologie
Fox Hat and Wrap: martenitza via ETSY