Life as a new mommy certainly has its challenges. My world now revolves around my sweet baby and during this first month I’ve learned that her needs will always come first. I actually wrote this blog post in between feedings, diaper changes, broken sleep, and cuddles while searching for a balance to all the other duties I had prior to becoming a mommy. I’ve got a long way to go before I’m even close to figuring it all out (hell, I probably will never truly figure it out), but one thing is for sure – I love my sweet Allie girl with my entire being. She’s come into this world, stole our hearts, and we’re loving each new day with her more and more.
I feel like I brainstormed for Allie’s nursery since the moment the ultrasound tech told us that we were having a girl. My initial intent was to keep the nursery gender neutral, so that we could use all the nursery items for our next child – even if we were to have a boy. But the more I envisioned the space, the more I wanted it to represent her individuality. So, I decided to select staple pieces that I knew I could reuse and more detailed items that could possibly grow with Allie as she gets older.
I’m hoping that my baby girl with be a girly girl like her momma, so a whimsical, floral nursery theme with blush and neutral accents seemed ideal. I especially liked the idea that flowers weren’t too babyish – so hopefully, as she grows, we won’t have to redecorate too often. Since peonies are my favorite flower (check them out in my wedding bouquet here), I decided that they would be the focal point.
The two staple items I bought for the room were the crib and the glider. I fortunately caught both of them on sale. If you are in the market to purchase, I’d check each website frequently in order to catch the next sale since they are both popular items (and don’t forget to use Ebates. Check out my referral link here).
Since the carpet in the room is basically white, I decided to select a darker rug for a nice contrast. I feel like I searched a ridiculously long amount of time for this rug. I had actually purchased two other rugs prior to finding this gorgeous Magnolia rug by the one and only Joanna Gaines. And to add a natural, yet modern touch to the room I purchased this sheepskin rug and placed it at the base of the crib.
Another goal of mine was to avoid clutter since this room already serves as our office. So, to keep things simple, I didn’t opt for a bunch of unnecessary baby gadgets. So items like a diaper genie, wipe warmer, and even bumpers for the crib were a no go for me – we even selected the most basic baby monitor to save a bit on spending. Those extras just didn’t seem practical for our type of living.
So, for the bedding I chose the Isabelle Crochet Crib Skirt (which is currently on sale) and crib sheeting (our pattern is no longer available) from Pottery Barn.
Allie’s Aunt Grace purchased the peony print that I selected from Minted. Once I received it in the mail I brought it to Hobby Lobby for custom matting then placed it in this frame. The side table was actually found on the side of the road a few years ago. Brett repaired, primed, and painted the piece for me so that I could have a stationary place for the baby monitor and sound machine.
My favorite piece in the room is the flower mobile that I created myself. I used this DIY tutorial as a guide for this project. The coral peonies and cabbage roses were both purchased from Afloral and the remaining flowers were purchased from Hobby Lobby. Loads of patience and a few days were needed to complete this project, but the end result was definitely worth the agony.
As most of you know, our home is filled with refinished furniture that we’ve purchased over the years from various flea markets. So, when I started to brainstorm Allie’s nursery I knew I wanted to find an old dresser that we could use for storage and utilize as a changing table as well. I searched for this piece for months and was so happy when Brett and I finally found it at our favorite spot – Pinhook Flea Market.
Our next step was to decide if we wanted to paint it or refinish. Since the dresser was a classic piece, I just didn’t have it in my heart to ruin it with paint – so we cleaned, stripped, stained, and sealed Allie’s very first antique treasure.
I did help Brett initially, but it was his hard work that truly brought this piece back to life. Since he started his own business a little over a year ago, he has been tremendously busy with gun work. So, it really meant the world to me that he set time aside to work on this very special project. I’d also like to thank my brother-in-law, Matt, and Brett’s friend, Everett, for helping Brett strip the dresser. I know that stripping is the toughest part of the entire process, so the assistance was greatly appreciated.
I’d also like to note that the dresser had a few missing pieces of molding and ornate accents, but Brett was able to fix the imperfections to where no one would have ever noticed that the piece of furniture had been damaged.
Brett hopes that Allie will use this piece throughout her life, and hopes to gift it to her on her wedding day.
Brett also found some time to build a small shelf so that I could display the vintage dresses my mom saved from when I was a baby. I brought Allie home from the hospital in the yellow dress – which was the same dress I wore home from the hospital 32 years ago. The middle dress was my baptismal gown. We will be baptizing Allie in this same dress next weekend. And the pink dress is a Feltman Brother dress that my mom bought from a garage sale for a quarter when I was a baby. I’m so happy that my mom kept these dresses for me. I hope to do the same for my baby girl so that they can be passed down for many generations.
I decorated the top of the shelf with items I already had that were stored away. To keep with the vintage/whimsical theme, I used a milk glass vase to hold an extra peony stem that I had leftover from my mobile project. The mercury glass and picture frame above were both leftover decorations from our wedding reception. And the sketched glass angel was a gift from my parents when they returned home from there three month stay in Wales.
On the other side I used more leftover florals from my mobile project and placed them in a vase that Brett’s mom purchased for us a few years ago. I also used a few more mercury glass votives here and placed my favorite maternity image in a frame that I purchased from Target.
Allie’s nursery also houses her dad’s gun cabinet. For laughs, we tell our friends and family that her nursery theme is Guns and Roses! Fortunately, the guns sit in another beautiful piece of furniture that Brett refinished a few years ago, so I guess it isn’t all that bad after all.
The last piece that I purchased for the space was the miniature stool that serves as an ottoman for me while I’m nursing my precious angel. Brett and I found the stool on sale at the Paul Michael Company.
The last update is actually not pictured, but I wanted to be sure to mention it in this blog post. Brett and our friend Ben installed recessed lighting prior to adding any of the furniture or decor to the space. Brett made sure to add a dimmer so that I wouldn’t have to turn on a bright light during 3 am feedings/diaper changes. It truly brings great value to the space and has certainly been appreciated by this tired momma.
I hope that you guys enjoyed the tour. I think I referenced all the items throughout the post, but please let me know if you have questions. Although this room came together after Allie was born, I have to say that I am completely pleased with the outcome and I look forward to making many memories with my little family in her nursery.