The Nursery

The old blog was mostly about our adventures a couple and our DIY home improvements to our 1920’s bungalow. Sharing August’s nursery finally brings back our love of DIY and mixes it with our new love – our very special little guy.

We had always planned to find out ahead of time if we were having a boy or girl. I wanted to find out so we could either get very boy decor in the nursery or a very girl decor. The plan was always to keep things like the furniture, rug, curtains, and walls neutral and add accessories and bedding for either a girl or boy. Either way we wanted a “Backyard Adventure” feel to the space and were planing on more bugs for a boy and if it was a girl garden fairies. Instead of just finding out the sex to finish the nursery, we actually got to meet August and finish his nursery while he was in the NICU. Behold:


Curtains: a DIY I did two years ago with fabric from JoAnn’s.

“A” Artwork: A custom piece from an Etsy seller who happens to be local.

Animal Friends Artwork: A gift from and Etsy seller, but looks like the shop is no longer open.

Chipmunk Artwork: Handmade by a family friend

Room Paint Colors: Trim (not sure – it’s an off white that the homeowner before us used) Ceiling: Behr Wave Crest, same color we used in the upstairs guest room. Walls: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray. I decided the morning we were going to paint that I wanted to do the ceiling. I am so glad that I did. It is very subtle, but adds so much extra character.


Crib: A family heirloom (It was mine when I was a baby)

Floor Poufs: Target


Rug: Flor, we really love their products and have used them throughout most of our home. The design intent behind the rug is that it’s a play rug with the water, beach, and grass, without looking like one. We’re banking on August having a great imagination!

Changing Table: Matt built this from Ana White Plans. We changed the location of the shelf because a) we could and b) we knew we wanted to use the animal baskets and placed the shelf to fit them.

Animal Baskets: Ordered from Amazon – they are 3 Sprouts

Woven Baskets: The Container Store

All of the quick grab items, like bibs, hats, socks, onesies, pants, and receive blankets are in the different baskets on the changing table and in the bookcase. Pajamas and full outfits are in the closet that you can’t see in any of these photos.


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Changing Table Organizer: This was a DIY and also used IKEA kitchen storage containers and faux plants.

Changing Pad Cover: Another Etsy purchase

It’s working really well having everything overhead. We’re hoping it’s high enough for when August is bigger… but we’ll also try to be sure he’s not standing on the table at any point. The diapers and wipes are in the basket, zinc diaper cream and lotion are in one of the lower flower pots and the other has a few toys to play with while he’s being changed. Since these photos were taken I’ve also added some paper pinwheels under the diapers so he has something to look at.


Green Furniture: Old family hand me down

Rocking Chair:Local Craft Fair.

When August begins crawling the rocking chair and side table will probably go. I really want to be sure his room is a safe place for him to play and the looks great, but it’s very climbable.

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Mountain Walls: My sister found the idea of the mountains on Pintrest, This is the direct link to the project. Instead of adding other colors we wanted to stay neutral, we have so much other color in the decor and rug. The mountain colors from top down are the trim color, followed by Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray, then the wall color.

Crib Sheets: Land of Nod

And that’s it. I’m excited to see him grow with this room. It has so much potential to be quite the little boy adventure play space.


One thought on “The Nursery

  1. I love your nursery design! Auggie looks to be doing well. I do not know if I could have managed mothering a micro preemie, but you surely have been an inspiration for all of us. Before you know it, he will be mobile and exploring the world!


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