Now that Veronica is nearly 17 months old, I've finally gotten around to photographing her nursery. First, let me just say that typically this room has clothes, books, and toys strewn about and basically looks like we've just been robbed at all times. We pick up and then the next morning the fun begins again. She also likes to "organize" and "put things away" now, and by that I mean we will spend a half hour looking for her left shoe and finally find it in the bath tub. A few weeks ago, I threw a load of her laundry into the washing machine, not thinking too much about it. I came back an hour later to discover that she had thrown 5 or 6 (unused, thankfully) diapers into her hamper and they had exploded in the washing machine, requiring a shop vac and two garbage bags to clean up. Rookie mistake!
Where was I? Oh yeah! The nursery. So I tidied up and sent Frank and Ronnie to do errands while I snapped a few photos. It wasn't a great time of day for photo-taking with the light, but sometimes you just gotta let good enough be good enough, right?
The back story of this room is that, before Ronnie, it was technically our guest room, but in reality it was just an extra space to store junk. We didn't do any redecorating or improvements, pretty much keeping it the way the former homeowners had: the walls were an eggshell beige, the wood floor was beat up, and somebody had covered the cracking plaster ceiling with a 70s popcorn finish. We furnished it with a lonely twin bed and a cheap nightstand, and that was about it. Well, besides various Christmas decorations and cat toys. So, picture a guest room, but the type of guest room you'd stay in if your host really didn't like you. Pretty terrible all around.
In the spring of 2015 we found out we were having Ronnie, and realized that this crash pad for our friends was not really going to cut it as a baby's nursery. It was downright depressing. Frank got to work on taking down the popcorn finish and patching the plaster and I did the heavy lifting of scouring the internet for inspiration photos.
We knew we were having a girl pretty early on, and while I love gender-neutral nurseries, for some reason I was drawn to sweet little feminine bedrooms with a mid-century flair. I also liked the rooms that could transition from baby to toddler to kid easily, with a mix of decor suitable for any age. Frank's input was that he was keen on some type of purple wall color. So here's what we came up with:
- The wall color is Sugarplum by Benjamin Moore
- I love PAISLEY patterns and I knew I wanted a bright, colorful pattern to add some oomph to the room. I wasn't sure where to use it at first (quilt? wall tapestry? changing pad cover?), but settled on a cornice board above the window. We bought something similar (and nicer) by P/Kaufmann.
- For the rug, I wanted something 100% wool and on the neutral end of the spectrum. This is the rug we purchased.
- The light fixture was tough. All the ones I loved cost waaaay too much or were just not the right scale for the room. We settled on this cute one from Ikea for now. I may switch it out if I come across something I like better.
- This Ronettes album cover is a little twist on the traditional baby name sign!
- I love the artwork of Richard Scarry, it is so freaking cute and full of life and emotive! However, I wanted some artwork that was a little softer, color-wise, and so I ended up buying these from a great Etsy shop.
- A little set of frames from Ikea, including this adorable one that reminds me of I don't know what--Cinderella's castle? The Brady girls' bedroom? I'd like to add to this wall of family photos as she grows.
- I loved this dresser from West Elm, but I thought the front was a little plain. We ended up finding the one we used at Good Will for $30! It was a dark wood veneer that we painted white.
- The crib is Ikea. We had selected the one above but it was out of stock so we purchased a similar model with solid panel ends.
- One of our favorite local shops is Crompton Collective for handmade goods and antiques. Browsing one day, I knew I needed one of these sweet handmade stuffies from Teddy Bear Republic!
- I found this vintage 1960s Disneyland tray at a flea market instantly fell in love. I thought I'd keep lotions and other baby sundries on it but it's too cute not to be displayed. I keep moving it around to different spots but I'm thinking of hanging it on the wall.
- The starburst mirror is from Target.
So, that concludes the 5-cent tour! I'm still working on adding to her gallery wall, and like I mentioned, creating a reading nook for her. Also, a moment of silence for the poor rug...since it's taken QUITE a beating over the last year. In hindsight, instead of a rug, I probably should have just put a tarp down. Light gray and white with a baby? Rookie mistake indeed...