With the thought in mind that she won't be born "at home" I tried to come up with some ideas for her nursery that incorporated things from our family and her unique heritage. I'm not big on Winnie the Pooh and all the other pre-fab nursery junk out there. I can't help it. I just want to do things my way. I love Winnie the Pooh, especially his friend Tigger, but I don't like the over commercialized versions of him hanging off all my walls. While we were in Alaska I searched and searched for ideas for the nursery. Thank goodness for secret boards so I could work on Pinning before we made the announcement.
The first item for the nursery was a painting by my husband's grandmother. We had it framed and hanging in the loft area of our previous house. I started working on the nursery before we knew the gender, but I have always leaned toward gender neutral baby things. The painting below is full of greens and blues which are common throughout our home.
Because of Pinterest, I've seen many projects using chevron printed fabrics. I ordered (way too much) fabric and made a simple quilt and dust ruffle to go on the gorgeous convertible crib Olivia's daddy picked for her room. I had something much "fluffier" in mind, but, in the end, simplicity won. I just didn't feel like hiding this pretty piece of wood. Her crib bumper came from a garage sale for $2.00! She'll actually use the quilt on the floor for playing, but it will fit her toddler bed, too.
I'm sure you're wondering at this point, "What is your theme??? All nurseries have a theme, right?" It was kind of an unintentional theme decided after gathering some of the parts and working them together with a few accessory ideas from Pinterest. I still haven't been able to pinpoint the right words for it, but being that she was conceived in Alaska, will move all over the USA, possible internationally, and we want to keep both our children rooted in tradition, this is what we came up with.
We want both our childrens' lives to be a celebration. Celebrate love, life, nature, and everything that goes with those things, the good and the bad. Never be afraid to dream big and go where you want, but always remember home and family. Here is one of the projects that help convey that theme.
All three of these projects were Pinterest inspired (Pinspired, ha) and I'll probably write/link to tutorials in the coming weeks. There are lots more projects in this little room, too. Mostly textile related. I told you I bought too much fabric. :)
Finally, I give you a couple of photos of completed areas. I can't wait to get this girl home.
The crib wall with more canvas from big sister's past rooms.
The window wall with the "nanny" bed. We don't have a nanny, but I feel like someone will be in there frequently even if it's just big sister getting kicked out of her room for company. The only NEW pieces of furniture in this room are the crib and its matching dresser. Everything else is repurposed, thrifted, or hand-me-down. Can you tell I'm excited about bringing her home?
What's your favorite baby project?