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Make Room for Baby

March 4, 2013
by thenestinggame

So, I’m not sure who stuck it out through the entire video in my last post, but the big surprise at the end was…we’re having a baby!

Among many thousands of other things that having a baby means, one thing’s for sure: we need to decorate a nursery! So, here’s our plan:

Nursery Moodboard

Aaaannnd….It’s already changed.

But let me walk you through it.

First of all, the room we are using as the nursery is our formerly Moody Glam room. We’re keeping the paint, the shades, the dresser, the bed, the red nightstand and some artwork. But it also has to get babified.

Navy Bedroom_Jenny Lind Bed

The first sign it’s a baby’s room? The crib. I picked Pinterest’s fave and mine, the Baby Mod Olivia from (of all places) Walmart. I wanted it all white though, so I painted the rail and feet. We took a piece of the crib to Home Depot and they color matched the rail and did an awesome job

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. The finish isn’t quite as smooth as the factory-made white parts, but that may have something to do with painterly impatience.

Baby Mod Olivia Crib

I’m adding the Larkin Swivel Glider from Ballard Designs, a very generous Christmas gift from my Dad and Stepmom. It’s on order and I can’t wait until it gets here. I loved how it was a fully upholstered chair, but not super honkin’ big.

Ballard Larkin Swivel Glider Nursery

The jumping-off point for the color choices is this fabric: Waverly Santa Maria Desert. I loved how it was fun and playful, but still sophisticated. The “black” stems on the yellow tulips read a bit more navy in real life.


And then after I proudly brought a swatch home and declared to Taylor “I don’t know why but I just think it’s perfect!” He suggested I back up about 10 paces into the hallway and take a gander to the right.

updated silhouettes photo

And I thought I was so original. I ripped off ourselves.

Anyway….so the fabric is a smidge girly, I admit. And we don’t know what gender the baby is. So for that reason I’m just using it for a pillow on the glider and another long lumbar throw pillow on the bed. I figure those pieces of furniture are mine and not the baby’s so it doesn’t matter. And luckily I have a husband who believes there’s no reason boys can’t deal with a little pink, so… we’re going with it!

For the rug, I really liked this trellis rug from Rugs USA. (Word to the wise, wait for a 50% off sale. I settled for 35% off but shoulda waited.) I saw a lot of rugs that were yellow in the background with the pattern in white. This was one of the few I saw that was the reverse.

nursery rug yellow white trellis

Moving on to the dresser: my original plan, which I still really love the idea of, was to get an Ikea Expedit and add some drawer/cabinet inserts, pop on a few legs for extra height and have a piece that can grow with the kiddo for toy and book storage.

Expedit Reference

I even jumped the gun and bought some cute legs which I painted white and rubbed-n-buffed the metal tips gold. But, then we actually got in the room to rearrange it and discovered that if I really wanted to keep the double bed (which I did) the Expedit had to go buh-bye and the smaller dresser had to stay. So, we’re going with plan B which is to use the current dresser, partially pictured below.

Mirror Gallery Gold

Here’s the floorplan:

Nursery Floorplan

We left a little room on the right of the bed for someone to get in and out of it. And I’m totally excited about using Jenny’s brills idea for a built-in nightstand.

As for the crib bedding, I did get the 2 crib sheets that are pictured in the lower right corner of the moodboard. (I’ll reinsert it so you don’t have to scroll.) But the crib skirt was a bust because you can’t see the stripe because of the rail, so I’m still on the hunt for that. What else… the red mirror might be the eagle mirror from this post or I might go with the white mirror that used to hang in the living room. The toy box is representative of one my Dad made me when I was a kid and will probably not come into play until baby phase 2 and may or may not be yellow at that point. Those white things over the crib sheets represent some sort of shelving within reach of the changing table. I’m seeing sconces somewhere…either over the bed or the chair. The navy chevron pillow is probably not happening either. I think I’m chevroned out.

Nursery Moodboard

So THAT is the plan! What say you? Last weekend I busted out the sewing machine for some pillow making and I must say they made me pretty darn excited! Will take pics soon and show you guys.


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine permalink
    March 4, 2013 11:14 pm


  2. March 4, 2013 11:16 pm

    Yay! I’m not sure how I missed the end of the video, but I did. So excited for you. Hope all is going well and continues to. If the Moody Glam room has to go, this is a great reason. :-)

  3. kathyglo permalink
    March 5, 2013 7:54 am

    Congratulations on your first baby! This will be such an exciting time in your life, wishing you all the best! The room will be super cute!

  4. Elaine Smart permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:06 am

    Exciting! Very creative.

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