Welcome to our nursery! We pulled this room together about a year and a half ago while awaiting Cricket's arrival, but the details are continuously evolving to fit her changing needs. I first wrote about creating a calming environment in the nursery here. Cricket will be moving into her new room in a few months, once the new baby is ready for her own room.
We chose a shade of pale greenish-blue for the walls that seemed restful but not too girly (Benjamin Moore Bali—no VOC). For accents, we went with neutral and light pink tones with a few splashes of bolder colors mixed in.
Above: The space is tiny, so selecting furniture that fit was a challenge. We didn't have room for one of those uber-trendy gliders, but this standard one in white and beige has worked well for us.
Above and below left: The bird artwork hanging above the glider is made from two canvas bags that caught my eye at Barnes and Noble, which were created from tile designs by Xenia Taler. I had custom mats cut at Michael's, then framed the bags using ready-made Michael's frames. (See basic matting and framing tips here.)
Below right: Our search for an affordable crib that was phthalate free with a non-toxic finish ended with the DaVinci Jayden in antique white. Despite the ever-changing bumper recommendations, we use a breathable bumper (not pictured) to keep little feet and pacifiers in the crib. I've never been comfortable with the idea of hanging anything above the crib.
Below top left: The dresser was in rough shape when we bought it at Shelton's Furniture, requiring several repairs before Jeff could even start sanding and prepping it for refinishing. (Again we used a Benjamin Moore paint with no VOC.)
Below top right: We got a little cheesy on the back, where we put our hand prints and the dogs' paw prints. We plan to add the girls' hand prints one of these days.
Below bottom left: The pulls are a splurge from Anthropology.
Below bottom right: After many, many hours of work, mostly on Jeff's part, we're thrilled with the finished product.
Below top left: We nabbed this antique bookshelf from one of our favorite shops, Market Imports.
Below top right: A handkerchief that belonged to my grandma.
Below bottom left: Birdie lamps from Land of Nod.
Below bottom right: One of my photos, Prairie smoke, from an alpine meadow in Colorado.
Below top left: Numbers plaque made by my uncle.
Below top right: Needlepoint made by my grandma.
P.S. I've been blogging for several months now and have learned a lot about the types of posts I enjoy putting together. It turns out that, as a nature/landscape/documentary/portrait photographer, I find architectural and still-life photography incredibly boring! It's also difficult to stage home photos with a toddler following me around, tearing apart everything I try to arrange. I'm not sure how this realization will affect my posts moving forward.
Depending on when the baby arrives, this may be my last post for a while. Oh, how I can't wait to share with you the news of our new arrival!
I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.