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12.12.2011

Tate's Nursery

Ages ago, I gave a sneak peek of the baby's new room, and then last time I posted, I said that I'd share photos of the completed space within a week.  I thought I was giving myself enough time, given that taking care of a newborn takes up ALL of my time these days.  Here I am though, almost two weeks later just  getting the photos up....such is life with the baby, as sweet and wonderful as he is :)

Before I share the "after" shots, I should show you what the space looked like when we moved in:



And again, over a year later when we still hadn't gotten around to making it a pretty room.  Please don't judge the mess:


Other than refinishing the floors and hanging some window shades, we hadn't even painted the walls in this room.  I'm sympathetic toward our poor guests who had to stay in this less-than-pretty space time after time (although I promise the bed looked more inviting than it does in this picture).  So this was our starting point, and after a few weekends of tackling a board and batten wall treatment, months of shopping for baby furniture and accessories, and creating some personalized statement pieces, this is how the room turned out:


I would say it is quite a transformation, and is definitely the bright, fresh space we were going for!  I wanted it to have a classic feel, with a bit of whimsy and an interesting color palate that I could build on.  I chose aqua and orange, and ended up with a nice mix of blues that compliment each other as well as contrast with the bright hits of orange in the space.  Obviously, white is a huge component in the room as well, with a large circular shag rug providing softness and texture, and a white micro-velvet rocker/glider giving me the perfect place to spend (a lot!) of time.



I like this crib for its clean-lined, modern feel.  It has a nice drawer for storage as well.  The map letters I made sit perfectly above the board and batten, and tie in all of the shades of blue in the room.



The bedding collection is "Ben" from Serena & Lily, and I have to mention that I purchased the entire set for 70% off when they had a sale this summer.  It was so exciting to get that kind of a deal!  The art piece at the end of the crib is a letter-pressed "T" I found, and framed in a turquoise frame that I had previously been using in another room.  I added an orange background to make it pop and tie in with the room.



Much of my time these days is spent in this very comfy rocker-glider.  I brought in this Eileen Gray table from my living room for a touch of modern glam.  This is for me, because let's be honest, I care way more about how this room looks than the baby does right now!  I love the pattern on the ottoman pouf, and it's the perfect height and softness as a foot rest for me.  Plus, it will function well as Tate grows and wants things to pull himself up on.  I purchased it from this Etsy shop, and would highly recommend browsing the collection if you're looking for a great selection of patterns and a well made, quality piece.  



This mahogany bow-front dresser was given to us by my parents-in-law, and its been in several rooms before this one.  I was going to paint it, but just couldn't cover up the rich wood that I liked so much.  Turns out it looks great here and is a nice juxtaposition with some of the more modern elements.  The "art" above the dresser is simple framed letter-press greeting cards that are the right color tones for the room.  I wrapped a couple of the frames in a natural linen to make the images stand out.  Also, I kind of have a thing for lamps, and managed to squeak two fantastic ones into this room.  This one, with the great burlap shade, and the one by my rocker (with the pretty fabric patterned shade) are both from HomeGoods.


The completed drapery panels turned out well.  My mom came to the rescue and finished sewing them after the baby was born and I was in no shape to complete the project.  I started them here, and it was her idea to add a narrow piece of orange grosgrain ribbon.  The panels are mostly decorative, but I love the pattern on this fabric and how it ties in with the other elements.


These built ins were original to the house, and are perfect in this room in so many ways.  The countertop is the right height for a changing table, and there's lots of surface area for diapers, supplies and essentials to be within easy reach.  Lots of open shelving is great for storage and display, and I painted the backs of the shelves a soft aqua to offset the brightly colored accessories.  With drawers and more storage below, this unit can evolve as Tate grows, providing space for all of his "stuff", and hopefully giving him some incentive to keep things neat and organized.......yeah, right :)

So here it is again, our little nursery project.  It truly is one of the nicest rooms in the house now, and I love spending time in here with my little guy:

23 comments:

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

What a lovely and welcoming space for a precious baby. WEll done!

Cailan said...

This is such a sweet room! Love all the creative details. :)

Andrea said...

Holy cow, what a beautiful nursery. I love it all, the fabrics, the pouf, the lamps, the artwork, the map covered letters. Every last detail is perfect. Almost makes me want to have another baby (ALMOST)! Job well done!!!

Sarah said...

Hi Kristen: Lovely room! I nominated you today for the Liebster Award! for bloggers with less than 200 followers - http://www.monacointeriors.blogspot.com - ;-))

Stephanie said...

Kristen it looks beautiful! So well put together and yet fun and soothing. Much more brighter than the before!! Those built ins will come in so handy as Tate grows. You really did an awesome job and don't worry about taking too long to post, a baby takes a lot of time! I can't even barely get out two posts per week on my blog and I don't even have kids at home anymore! Your doing great!

Cherry Blossoms said...

Hi Kristen,
I discovered your blog today via Project Nursery! Congrats on the PN feature. Lucky Lady! Your son's room is so adorable and I love the color scheme. I hope mommy hood is treating you well. My little girl Elle, just turned one on Dec 15th.
-Heidi

Holly said...

I'm coming over from Simplified Bee. This room that you've transformed into your son's nursery is really spectacular. It's a huge transformation from where it was when you moved in. I love the fabrics used on the draperies and pillow - very fun for a boy's room. And congratulations on your little bundle of joy - parenthood is the best. My little girl was 1 in August - it's the best adventure ever!

Renee@Modus Operandi Designs said...

What a beautiful nursery! Wonderful job =)

Engl-ish said...

Hi! Love your nursery!!! I did the same palette for my little Lucy who was born this past march. Only, I did some subtle fox accents. I was wondering, where did you get that fox print over the dresser? I must have it!!

Judy said...

Your nursery is gorgeous. I saw you featured over at House of Turquoise and had to stop by to see the before and after photos. Stunning. I am your latest follower. I hope you will link this room to my link party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

kayce hughes said...

So beautiful! You are very talented. I hope that you are enjoying your little one. I feel like I blinked and my oldest is now 18.

Kelly said...

Beautiful nursery! Can you share your source for the glider please?

Sarah said...

Love the nursery!!

Where did you find that whale pillow??

rkbsnana said...

So beautiful.

Tracy said...

@Sarah...looks like whale pillow is from west elm.

Jessica said...

love your nursery! Where did you get your crib?
Love the drawer it has!

Leslie said...

Love this nursery! Where did you get the rug? :)

Erin said...

Hi,

I absolutely love your nursery? Where did you find the glider? I have been looking for one similar to that, but have not had any luck.

Lauren said...

Hi - Love the nursery and love the Poof! Definitely will be purchasing one of those.

Where did you get the light fixture?

Charla Sneed said...

This is adorable. Can you tell me what kind of glider/rocker that is? I'm currently on the hunt for one!

Carrie A. said...

Hi Kristen,

What an amazing transformation! I am wondering as Erin and Charla were, where you got the glider? Am also looking for one for our nursery in progress!

Jenni said...

The room is adorable! I am looking for a glider as well, and yours looks great! Where did you find it?

stellar junk said...

Would you mind sharing the paint color above the board & batten? It's so lovely! I adore every choice you made in this space! :)