Disclaimer: This post was written the day before I went into labor, but never published!
I have been waiting to show you all my gender neutral nursery, but had a few last minute things I needed to complete before I put it into writing. I think I have it exactly like I want it for now-I have to change out a few things, and add some photos and footprints to frames once the bebe arrives, but other than that, I think we’re ready for our baby!
We kept the same nursery ensemble for baby #2, since all of the bedding and panels had been custom made, and I adored them all. The nursery has always been my sanctuary in our home, it is so peaceful and well lit, I just adore it. I will redo my nursery once we build our forever home, but while we are in this house, I want it to stay the same for the most part.
The walls are Benjamin Moore’s gossamer blue, and our accent colors are pewter and cream.
The taupe and cream toile is the fabric for my window panels, and the blue checkered fabric is my bumper pad. I don’t put the bumper pad on the crib until the baby is at least 1 year old, so you won’t see it in any of the photos, but it is lovely! The fabric below is my bedskirt. All 3 fabrics are from The Interior Fabric Shoppe.
I used a ladder style bookcase to keep the room looking open since this room is super small too.
This glider and ottoman is the best thing ever, and is the best price you will find too. It’s perfect for late night nursing, daytime nursing, story reading, baby book filling out, and bible study doing while baby naps. It’s my haven. This was my parent’s baby gift to me for Hattie, they couldn’t have done better!
Hattie and I made this “Welcome Love” bunting to hang in the room as our sentiment to the new baby. Hattie loved helping with anything “baby”.
I picked up this night stand at Hobby Lobby ( I thought it added an almost rustic like charm to the room), changed the knob to match the pewter in the crib, and added a dainty frame for a family photo once baby arrives. I kept the lamp small too, so that it didn’t overpower whatever art I choose to hang above the chair where the bunting is. (That is where Hattie’s bird canvas hung, so the new baby will need something personalized once he/she arrives)
Instead of a changing table, we transformed an armoire given to us by Ben’s grandparents into a changing station/clothing storage area. We used fabric leftover from the window panels to wrap a foam-board to cover the back, and the baskets below the changing pad hold diapers, medical supplies, socks, and hats.
The crib was one of my first acquisitions with Hattie’s pregnancy. My mother in law wanted to buy one for us as her gift to the baby, so we found the perfect iron bed at Cullen’s in Lafayette, and ordered it in pewter to fit what I had in mind for our nursery. I love it, and it is extremely gender neutral and will conform to many different nursery themes, plus it’s well constructed and can even hold my husband…although I’m not sure it’s supposed to.
I know, I’m crazy for putting a MIRROR above a crib, right? Well, it looks great there, the edges can’t cut little fingers, and Hattie actually loved looking at herself once she learned to stand up. Now, the lady that helps me clean my house would beg to differ after she meticulously wipes little slobbery hand prints from it but I think it’s a great idea! I actually had this custom cut into the shape of a quatrefoil as an homage to my Phi Mu days when I had my little house before we were married, so it’s like a piece of my past living in my present. I love it. Plus mirrors make rooms seem bigger, so win-win!
Another pewter accessory from my old house, and a cream frame for a photo of Hattie and her baby.
I picked up this tin can from Hobby Lobby to store burp rags next to my glider. I think it is necessary to always have those on hand! I also keep lotion, hair clips, and lanolin in my night-stand drawer, because I like things nearby when nursing, and those are what I reach for most often. Hattie’s toys will end up in there occasionally-I’m sure of it.
I love these pewter tie-backs.
This boppy cover is my absolute FAVORITE. It is from this Etsy shop, and I have used it since the very beginning with Hattie (It’s been washed-of course). It’s a thick upholstery fabric on one side and a minky on the other. It’s gorgeous, and high quality, and even if I had to go back, I wouldn’t use any other kind!
Air purifiers in a nursery are a must! Plus it makes a nice white noise. I use the kind that do not require filter replacement! You just vacuum out the existing filter, and you’re good to go!
These sweet accents decorate the top of the armoire. The musical instruments were gifts from Mexico from my in laws. They add a nice pop of color to the room!
These wall decorations warm my heart! The white frame will hold the new baby’s foot and hand prints, while the two shadowboxes each hold something personal. One holds a pair of booties that my paternal grandmother (who died when I was 7) hand crocheted, and the other holds a pewter rattle that Ben had as a baby. The inserts read “Something of mommy’s to cuddle my toes” and “Something of daddy’s to soothe my woes”.
This framed card hangs above the bookcase, and will be replaced once our new bundle arrives, but it is a Happy Birthday card (this is Hattie’s-obviously) that we buy at their birth, and Ben and I take turns-line by line- writing a welcoming message to our newborn. It’s a sweet tradition that we plan to uphold with each new baby.
This is one of my favorite NEW things in the nursery. Ben’s paternal grandmother brought over a bag of baby clothes from Ben’s father, and this was included. She knit it when she found out she was pregnant following instructions in a book, and ended up making a preemie sized sweater that her babies never got to wear, but it was darling, so I framed it for the nursery. I love heirlooms!
Speaking of heirlooms….this is the baby’s bassinet, and will be transferred to our bedroom once it arrives, but it was built by my mother in law’s great grandfather (or something of the sort) and has been passed down through the family for generations. It has notches on the post where the mosquito nets once were attached! Oh, if old wood could talk!! I wonder how many precious babies this bassinet has held!
I hope that you love my nursery! I can’t wait to bring a new baby home to it. Well, I kind of can…I love being pregnant and I’m sad for it to end. But I do want to meet my baby. Why can’t I just have both!!! I shouldn’t speak so soon, I could find myself pregnant with a little baby! Ahh!! 🙂
I can’t wait to share my hospital prep with you all soon-stay tuned!