Our little girl is slated to make her arrival next month and I’ll be taking July off from photography! HOWEVER – I still have a few slots left this month and will be back in August just in time for fall family photos! 🙂 I did want to provide this sneak peak into whats been going on behind the scenes to prepare for her arrival.
Decorating this nursery has been a TON of fun and as we approach the home stretch to meeting our little girl, I wanted to give you a look into how its come together! We knew really early on that lavender was going to be the color for the room if it was a baby girl. The windows in the bedroom allow for some great natural light, so the goal was to create a comfortable, relaxing and airy environment. One that we both knew we would be comfortable sitting in at ALL hours of the day and night. 🙂
Its easy to get overwhelmed pretty quickly with baby “stuff” and the constant barrage of articles being put in your face: “TEN MUST HAVES FOR YOUR NEWBORNS ROOM!” “What every first time parents wish they knew about planning a nursery,” etc ETC ETC. Sigh. Its pretty ridiculous and never ending. In an attempt to cut through the noise, we took a hard look at what we had around the house that wasn’t being put to optimal use or that might be repurposed. From there, we took everything one “topic” or area at a time. I’ll attempt to break it down for you, with photos of course! : )
Curtains – To maximize the soft natural light that enters the room, we went on the hunt for white curtains that were whimsical without being too girly. Knowing they likely won’t be in there long term (thanks to tiny dirty hands, dogs, etc), we found lots of affordable options via overstock!
Crib – In terms of safety and helping cut through the “noise” of every baby store and article on the web, we found the book “Baby Bargains” to be incredibly helpful. Recommended by numerous friends, we now know why and refer to it as the “baby bible.” We ended up settling on a DaVinci crib, which we ordered via amazon.com.
Changing Table – I had all but convinced myself I was going to have to say goodbye to my beloved armoire. It’s a big, sturdy piece that worked perfectly if you needed more closet space and had been in our spare room holding my suit jackets and bulkier work attire for the last few years. But, it just didn’t make a whole lot of sense for a babies room (no matter how many times I moved it around in a desperate attempt to prove I could make it work). UNTIL my neighbor saved the day and sent me a photo of an armoire repurposed into a changing table she saw on pinterest. J I broke out the measuring tape as quickly as possible and confirmed it actually was pretty perfect for a changing table. With the help of several removable inserts and clothes rods, it also is easily convertible into more storage/space for kids clothes and toys. SCORE! It just needed a new coat of paint and for the doors to be removed (for now). My Grandma had been offering to sew something (or many things) for the babies room, so we found some fabric that complimented the chair and she went to work sewing basket liners for easy access storage in the armoire.
Nursery Art: Among the many hopes we have for our little girl is that she will love animals. She should come by it naturally, given her 3 fur siblings and lineage to veterinarians! 🙂 I fell in love with an animal print while browsing one afternoon at Westside Storey in Kansas City and then fell (quite hard) down a rabbit hole once I found the artists online website. A native Missourian, Rachel Brown’s artwork is phenomenal and ended up being nothing short of perfection for our little girls room. I put the prints in Ikea acrylic frames and set them on white Ikea picture ledges. They look stunningly simple with the lavender walls as a backdrop. There were a few personal little heirlooms I wanted to add to her rom that worked nicely onto the ledges – including an antelope carved by my Great Grandpa, my silver baby cup and baby ring.
Rocking Chair – Erik and I had bought this awesome swivel bucket rocking chair from Eagles Rest when we first moved to Lawrence into our town house. Its insanely comfortable, but the pattern wasn’t one that really fit with the décor once we moved to our existing home. Its sat rarely used for a couple years waiting to be either sold or repurposed (cue light bulb going off)…After a quick google search, I found this amazing woman from Nashville who makes custom slipcovers via her Etsy Shop – DIY Slipcovers. I scoured fabric stores in the area for the perfect fabric and she is now finishing up a custom order. Even better – the upholstery fabric I found at Joanns Fabric went on super sale right when we were ready to purchase and ship it to her. 🙂 It was a great choice in that we can take off the cover and clean it as necessary, and that we can incorporate the chair back into other parts of the house when she outgrows wanting to be rocked to sleep. Which will be NEVER, right?!
Lighting – We knew that in addition to the overhead room lighting, it would make sense to have softer lighting placed inside the changing table and beside the rocking chair. Ikea was our go to for both – we found a pendant lamp that was typically used for a desk lamp that we opted to hang, as well as a lamp for beside the chair. I’m not completely convinced we have the perfect light yet for next to the rocker, but for now it will work until we can figure out how much/little light we will need and how much space we will actually have once you incorporate things like cups, bottles, etc onto the end table beside the chair. Time will tell!
Accessories – Or, I guess I should say…things that aren’t necessities but that I found and love. HA!
- Night Light – Via etsy I found heart shaped Himalayan Salt night lights. They have a gorgeous glow!
- Ring Sling – I cannot WAIT to carry her in this sling! I found Aloha and Light via Instagram (@alohaandlight). She hand paints hemp silk ring slings and baby wraps and sells these one of a kind beautiful ring slings from her Etsy Shop. The pictures don’t even do it justice, its stunning in person. She lives in Hawaii, so her instagram featuring photos of her slings/wraps being made and worn in Hawaii and around the world is a lot of fun to follow.
- Books – Its no secret we have amazing friends and family. So, it should come as no surprise that Baby W already has one heckuva library waiting for her! Check out some of the titles, I just love it!
All in all, her room is ready and we THINK we are as prepared as we can be for her to enter the world. With 35 weeks down and 5 (or LESS – FINGERS CROSSED!), we are ready to meet you, Celeste Elise!