Nursery pics!

The Nursery is finished! I feel so much better having this room tackled and ready. One of the best pieces of advice I got was to start planning the nursery once you feel comfortable in the first trimester. Then when the second trimester hits, and you feel your best… get to work! Because once that third trimester hits, not only is your energy gone- but you have enough to do already between birthing classes, bag packing, and in my case- Christmas!

I’ve had nursery ideas floating around in my mind for years. So I knew exactly what I wanted to do in this room. I wanted gender neutral, comfortable, and liveable. I wanted toys to be able to come in and out of this room without having to “match” the decor. Somewhat modern with a nod to the past.

I didn’t want it to feel too “baby”, I wanted a fun kid room that he could grow into. Then when he’s old enough to know what he wants in his room- we can change it all to Star Wars.

I also never really wanted a “theme”. It was more important to me that this room was filled with sentiment- with things that were special to his Daddy and me when we were kids, and also to our families. Before I knew it, our own personal theme surfaced- without us even realizing it.

Books.

As we began talking about the memories that meant the most to us, it was the special books we read, the books our parents read to us, the books that were given to us from grandparents and family. So I did our best to pay subtle tribute to those memories.

Who knows if we pulled it off, but I love the finished result, and hopefully our little one will too. I hope you like it!

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I wanted a basic Jenny Lind white crib- to me they are the ultimate classic. I also decided to go with all white bedding, except for the crib sheet. That way I could change the look up as I feel. My mom helped me hem the bed skirt and the curtains- for which we are very thankful! We did our best to use most of what we already had- pretty much everything in the room was in boxes, or already had a place in another part of the house.

We are still missing one bumper… it’s not quite finished so I will post a pic once it’s complete. But for now- imagine. It’s white fabric with yellow and white broad striped ties. I do love the look without, too- which is nice because the bumper will only be in for a certain amount of time.

The prints above the bed are from Brown Bear, Brown Bear- my favorite book when I was little. It was next to impossible to get a good pic sans the glare from the window behind it, so you’ll have to come over if you want a closer look ;).

And my handy husband did a wonderful job re-wiring the drum shade ceiling fixture that I found, so it could work on our dimmers. What would I do without him?

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What would a crib be without friends? (*Note: These good-lookin’ guys will be taken out as soon as our little one arrives, they are just “testing the crib out” for him ahead of time.) This is Lionel- a new friend I couldn’t resist on our Santa Fe adventure, and the infamous Bunny Rabbit- Michael’s childhood buddy. The crib sheet is Dwell Studio for Target, I fell in love with it when I saw it. (This is where knowing the sex came in a little handy.)

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We used an old dresser (it used to be in my room as a child) for the changing table. Above it I made this mobile out of vintage tin airplane ornaments. I just painted each one and we arranged them from the ceiling- doing our best to make them seem like they were truly floating. I am still contemplating adding in a few clouds, we will see.
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This picture came out a little dark, but here is the other side of the room. Let me take this moment to say that none of the colors really came out true on these images. The walls are a celery green, the rug is a bright indigo blue- and the rest of the touches are hot pink, yellow, and shades of green or light blue. And of course, lots of white.

The rocking chair is antique. It was Michael’s namesake’s rocking chair, and has been in the family ever since. We are so honored to know we will be rocking our own in it. I heard a good tip years ago to have two chairs in the nursery, if possible, so that both parents can have a place to sit- and can both be involved in feeding time, etc. My goal was to have one I could possibly sleep in as well, if needed.

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I also better explain this pillow. It’s one of my favorite parts of the nursery so I couldn’t leave it out of the pictures. However, it has the little guy’s first initial on it- and since we haven’t shared the name, my clever husband edited it out for me. We couldn’t just go and ruin the surprise, now could we?

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These are alphabet prints I found years ago, and had been saving. Michael built the frames for each one, and I painted them a dark hot pink- the same as the frames for the Brown Bear prints.

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The above is Michael’s nod to his favorite childhood book… Where the Sidewalk Ends. He has lovely memories of his Mom and Dad reading him this book, and giggling uncontrollably at Shel Silverstein’s poems. We hope this Aars tradition continues… especially the giggling part.

The picture of Mommy and Daddy was taken when I was about 13 weeks pregnant. We wanted our kids to always know and see how much we truly love each other.

And the little bluebird is a nightlight! I don’t know why but we are both fascinated with this thing! I swear it’s going to run out of batteries before our little one arrives, because we both keep turning it on to watch it glow. It secretly reminds me of the Glo Worms from the 80′s.

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The sleeping chair, as I call it. That’s Soapsuds hanging out on the floor next to it. I know it’s hard to believe, but almost every stuffed animal in the room, and 95% of the ones hiding in the closet have come from the State Fair of Texas. Soapsuds was a dart balloon win.

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The picture above the reading chair is of my childhood buddy, Felix. Many of you know him well. He was even my something blue when we got married. Michael surprised me and painted him in watercolor years ago. I’ve been waiting for the perfect place to hang him, and I believe we found it.

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I love this pillow- to me it’s the perfect mix of old and new. It’s got a modern feel to it, but the craftsmanship reminds me of something my grandma would have made. I heart it. It also has a beautiful flip side for when we want to change things up.

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Storage was key for me, so we tried to bring in as much of it as possible- including these baskets. The other two on the shelves are for “friends” and “books.” The dolls are vintage, from the Brown family side, sitting on our collection of ‘Little Goldens’. In the frame is a very special card we received when we were going through the chromosome scare. It was important to me to keep in the room as a reminder that God always has us in the palm of his hand.

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I saw this picture years ago and had to have it. Again, I’ve been saving it. It’s a picture of Disneyland on opening day in 1955. I just love the way the photographer captured the children’s pure delight! Hundreds of excited kiddos, running as fast as they can to take in the sights. I can’t wait to take our kids to Disneyland some day. I hope they run in just like this.

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Quite possibly my favorite part of the room… the bookcase. Michael built this from scratch, just for our little boy. All I had was a bad picture, and an even worse drawing of what I wanted it to look like. And from that, he created this. It’s stunning. I love looking at it every time I am in the room.

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We’ve already placed several special books on the shelves, and we can’t wait to read them all to baby Aars.

That’s it! Baby Aars’ future nursery. Hopefully he likes it as much as we do. We hope you like it too!

Love,

alli

3 Responses to “Nursery pics!”

  1. Beth

    It’s gorgeous! And I love the books theme. You could decorate professionally!

  2. Taylor

    Michael, please teach my husband to make stuff!

  3. Beck

    Love it. Love it all. Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a family fave over here. Shout out to Shel Silverstein, too! My favorite thing is definitely Felix, though.

    By the way, I showed this post to Russ and he goes, “I need to start doing that.” I asked, “make more things around the house?” He replied, “No, find stuff online that other wives do around their homes & show it to you.” Punk.

    Can’t wait for lil’ mister to enjoy his room.

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