I can’t wait to share with you my favorite room in the house! Around this time last year, we found out we were expecting our first baby. It’s hard to believe so much has happened in such a short amount of time and I’m still getting used to the fact that I have a DAUGHTER and I am a MOTHER.
Like any expecting mom, one of the first things on my mind was THE NURSERY. From the moment I found out I was pregnant (and probably even before, let’s just be honest here) I spent countless hours looking at nursery themes online and bookmarking ideas. There is SO much to look at and there are a million ideas out there. While scavenging through all of the main baby sites I was having a hard time finding a theme that I could imagine bringing Baby W home to. I’ve always like different things and buying a nursery theme in a bag seemed way too easy to me, so I decided to see what I could come up with.
Since I was giving up my sewing/craft room for the little one (sigh), I needed to be absolutely IN LOVE with the design so I wouldn’t miss my little piece of heaven. One thing we knew for sure was that the nursery had to be gender neutral (we decided to keep the gender a surprise), which narrowed down the color palette pretty quickly. The second thing I knew for sure was that I wanted birds and trees to be the main focal point. There is just something about nature and the thought of birds chirping that makes a space feel peaceful and I knew we were going to need as much peace (-fullness, -of mind, -and quiet) as we could get during those first few months!
Here is a peak at the finished product. Keep reading to find out how I got there and to see more about Miss E’s Bird Inspired Nursery!
For my inspiration, I found a few nurseries on HGTV Rate My Space that caught my eye. I loved how these spaces are modern, clean and didn’t feel like your typical nursery. What I also loved, they weren’t over the top ‘baby’ and could work for years down the road.
On March 13, 2011 we welcomed a Baby E (our daughter’s first initial) into this world and this is the nursery she came home to.
I spent many hours searching for the perfect crib and I finally found the one below. It’s the Madison 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in White and Espresso. I fell in love with the modern, clean lines and HAD to have it.
I bought the tree decals on Etsy. They took FOREVER to put up, but well worth it. I was really happy with how they turned out and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
My plan was to use orange as the only accent color, but the room started to feel a little over powered by the bright color so I brought some teal in to balance it out. I was hesitant at first, but I think it works. I’ll probably change my mind in a month or so but for now it’s staying this way.
I had some left over branches from the wall decals, so I added a little surprise by the window. Unfortunately, it distracts Baby E while I’m rocking her to sleep so I’m hoping she gets bored of it soon!
The rocking chair was my big splurge for the nursery. Pottery Barn makes such comfy chairs, I couldn’t resist! We chose the rocker over the glider because this one came with chair legs, so down the road we can use the chair in different room. Brilliant idea PB!
The space already had a built-in nook making it the perfect place to create a cozy reading corner.
Now that you’ve seen the big picture, let’s dive into some of the details.
Meet my DIY bird mobile. I handmade each of the birds using fabric I had in my collection along with a few new swatches I picked up at the local fabric store. After the birds were done, I attached them to a wreath I spray painted white.
I was having a hard time finding wall art that went with my bird/color theme, so I decided to see what I could come up with using the leftover fabric from the bird mobile. I ended up creating four nature scenes using the left over fabric pieces and then wrapped the fabric around wall canvases.
I came across these birch branches at my local craft store and thought they would make the perfect nightlight for Baby E! Not only are they super functional but they add a little something too :)
I didn’t think it was appropriate to have a bird theme without a birdhouse. I picked up this little guy for a few dollars at none other than the local craft store and spray painted it white.
In case you are wondering:
Wall Paint: Java from Eddie Bauer at Lowes
Birch Tree Decals: DesignedDESIGNER Esty Shop
Rocking Chair: Charleston Upholstered Rocker from Pottery Barn
Owl Pillow: Pier One (unable to locate online)
Bird Pillow: Land of Nod
Changing Table:Madison 3-Drawer Dresser
Changing Table Pad: Orange Organic Pad from Land of Nod
Cube Storage:ClosetMaid 9-Cube Organizer
So there you have it, Baby E’s modern nursery. I crammed a lot into this post so apologies if you got a little lost. If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!