Saturday, March 15, 2014

polka dot nursery

I wanted to make our nursery comfortable and inviting because I knew I was going to be spending a lot of time in there over the next year. James and I decided early on that we wanted our first born's gender to be a surprise the day of delivery. But decorating a gender neutral nursery proved to be harder than I thought. Everything I ended up finding tended to lean boy or girl, so I decided to do a more generic sky theme and really play up patterns.

I wanted to hang something soft over the crib for safety reasons so I created these clouds from 2 pieces of fleece. Make sure you create them much bigger than you want because they shrink quite a bit once you stuff them. I did a large hand stitch with yarn around the edge and tied it off in back, then hung them with plastic ring hooks.


To add some color to the walls, I created these hot air balloons using patterned scrapbook paper, burlap and string. I used the burlap from the runners at our wedding, so it meant even more to incorporate it into the room. I framed and hung them between an old dresser that we repainted gray and white. The knobs are from Antropologie.


The rocking chair is a family heirloom that I painted white, and my mom custom-made the cushion. It was inspired by a cushion I found online (found here) but it unfortunately didn't fit our sized rocker. The lamp was a $10 Craigslist find that we painted white. We then bought a new lampshade and hot glued ribbon to the edging. 


 

The shelves were from Target, but it was a little low for our wall so we decided to add legs. I found short wooden legs from The Home Depot and painted them white and my husband secured them to the shelf. The B-A-B-Y letters were hand made by my sister for my baby shower. 



The last wall was completed after our little man was born. I wanted to personalize it with his baby photos and found this cute little chalkboard sign from Hobby Lobby. We couldn't be happier with how this room turned out and I can certainly say I've loved every minute spent in it (even at 3 am!)