In December of 2022, we found out that we were having a second baby! We were fortunate to welcome our son in August of 2023. I wake up some mornings and still just can't believe that we have two amazing children. I am so thankful for this time at home as a family of four.
We found out the gender of our second child while we were at Walt Disney World with both sets of grandparents! It was fun to find out with our daughter and see her excitement. We decided to move our daughter into a new, big girl room (that post coming soon) and update the nursery for our son. There were several tears shed in the process of transitioning the nursery from her room to his. It was such a bittersweet time. Her nursery was a special room to me and where I spent most mornings before she was born for my quiet time and coffee. I was excited to welcome a new little one to our family, but worried about the transition for her and honestly, for myself. It is a privilege to watch our children grow up. But, like any parent knows, it is also a little hard on the heart and truly goes by too fast.
BEFORE: The nursery decorated for our daughter
Nursery Design Inspiration
I love classic and traditional nursery styles and wanted the room to feature soft colors. The Pinterest inspiration I kept pinning featured creams and soft blues/greens. I did not have my mind set on a particular theme, but more so envisioned the colors and the feeling I wanted to have in the nursery. I envisioned a calming space, but something to transition with our son as he grows. We knew we would be using our guest room furniture (Austin's furniture growing up) and reusing our crib. I needed to figure out how to blend the dark furniture with the cream and gray crib. We planned for the kids' rooms to both mirror each other as they are side by side. I knew I didn't want to walk past a totally pink bedroom and blue bedroom side by side. I wanted their rooms to flow with the colors of the rest of our home, but still feel like fun kid rooms to them as they grow. Both rooms have one accent wall and the other three walls are painted Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. This is one of my favorite paint colors. It is so warm and cozy, but also lightens up a space and pairs well with many colors. We used this color in the main living spaces of the Bee House.
We went with a board and batten accent wall in our daughter's room, however the layout in the nursery made it difficult to do something similar. We decided that doing board and batten two-thirds up the wall around the room with paint or wallpaper above may make the small room feel more confined. I searched for the perfect wallpaper that could be treated like a mural for the accent wall and bring in the colors I wanted for the space. I ordered several different wallpaper samples from Wallpaper Direct. Wallpaper Direct is my favorite sourcing site for high quality paper at great price points and samples are free. We landed on this beautiful woodland wallpaper "Up North" by Borastapeter. When I say it was the perfect match and made the room, it totally did! The background of the paper is basically the same color as Swiss Coffee. I loved the soft blue and green in the paper and how it pulled in brown, gray, and other warm colors with the cream background. Austin and I did all of the painting ourselves and my mom and dad hung the wallpaper.
Once I had chosen the wallpaper, my mom and I went fabric searching. We found the stripe fabric at Shelby Fabrics (local store) at a great price point and it had the perfect colors and simple pattern for what I envisioned for the curtains. I loved how the soft blue and gray stripes were outlined with a darker blue on the cream background. It's hard to tell in the pictures of the room, but up close the fabric is so beautiful. Shelby Fabrics is usually our first stop when looking for fabric as they have competitive pricing and a great selection. Just plan to be there awhile because there is a lot to look through! I selected these brushed gold French return style rods from Amazon for both kids' rooms. This allows us to be able to block out more light than a standard rod and opening/closing the curtains is easy. It also worked well for the window behind the rocker that is in a tight corner. The window position prevents any kind of decorative finial on a curtain rod or the ability to hang curtains past the window the way interior designers suggest.
Nursery Decor Links & Sources
For decor, I wanted to keep things pretty simple with the same soft colors in the fabric and wallpaper. I sourced the artwork and name signs from Etsy. Both shops I used were fabulous to work with and customize for exactly what I wanted. I've really grown to love Etsy shops for home decor and supporting small businesses. Some items, like the shelves and glider, we used with our daughter and purchased almost four years ago. The nursery is done, except for incorporating newborn photos and Mason's quilt. I'll be sure to share some updated photos when those things are added!
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Some things to know about my decor sources:
For the Woodland Alphabet, I purchased the digital print and used Smallwoods home to have it printed and framed on canvas. This process was extremely easy and I was very pleased with the final product.
For the name sign, the Etsy shop has a virtual designer where you can see exactly what you are asking them to make. I am very visual and this was so helpful.
The matching oval baskets on the dresser (to hold wipes and other diaper essentials) and the smaller one on the chest of drawers were from Hobby Lobby. I cannot find them online. I linked very similar baskets from there above.
I purchased the Scallop Step Stool at a Pottery Barn Outlet for under $50. It is the perfect thing to help big sister feel like she is getting to help take care of baby brother.
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