And a Little Monkey Makes Three

I’m like the worst future mother. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I’ve had zero desire to work on this nursery. Zilch, nada, nothing. Maybe it’s because we don’t know the gender yet, or because I’m still like – wait – there’s a monkey human in there – but y’all – WHOA. This momma needs to get some pep in da step.

So this week, when I felt a small little burst of babyness, I put together a mood board for the space, to help guide me a bit on this nursery process.

Baby Sell Board

A little bit of this, a little bit of that – voila – a room fit for a babe.

See, I really, really don’t want a themed nursery. I want something gender neutral and easy to pop future humans into. Since this room already has a twin bed in it, I think that we’ll just convert it into a room for two once we have another pip squeak down the line. Easy peasy.

Now I’m on the hunt to find a jenny lind crib on craigslist ūüėÄ

I’m also trying to narrow down my rug choices, which are:

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Kilim Natural

This one is my favorite (I included it in my mood board, above), but the most expensive – of course. I love, love, LOVE it though and might just splurge. Or cross my fingers and hope for a mad sale.

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Gray Natural

I also love this one, but it doesn’t look quite as soft since it’s a lower pile option. It has a little less detail throughout as well.

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Gray Wool

This one is cute (the cheapest) but I wonder if the pattern is a bit trendy? If I’m looking to keep this for future babes, I don’t want to have to worry about buying a new rug down the line …

So what say you? Cast your vote!

Southland Avenue Nursery

A few months back I spotted Heath and Mary Keller’s blog, Southland Avenue, and absolutely fell in love! Mary Keller is guest blogging today with some sweet images from her daughter’s nursery – enjoy!

Thanks for having us Mary!¬† For those of you who we haven’t met, my sister (Heath) and I (Mary Keller)¬†blog at Southland Avenue and we’d love to share picture’s of my daughter Virginia’s nursery with you if you’re interested.¬† Virginia’s nursery is actually the master bedroom of our house.¬†¬†You can probably tell from these pictures,¬†but her room is huge, especially for an old house.¬† When we first moved in we decided we would never have enough furniture to fill the bedroom as a master bedroom, and instead decided to make it a giant nursery.¬† If Virginia becomes a big sister one day, our plan is for her to share this room with her sibling.¬† ūüôā¬†¬†We really wanted¬†her¬†nursery¬†to be colorful and full of Virginia’s art and toys as the years go by.¬† So many pieces in the room are things we already had, but I’ll share sources and tons of photos below.

 

 

Sources:

The twin beds were actually my mother’s childhood beds with simple matelass√© bedspreads from Bed Bath and Beyond.¬† The splatter paint pillows are from Biscuit.¬†¬†We purchased an¬†inexpensive chest at auction¬†to use¬†between the beds¬†and the gourd lamps are¬†from a local boutique Cottage & Vine¬†in Columbia, SC.¬† The elephant and giraffe bookends are Serena and Lily (a gift from grandparents) and the art between the beds is by Michelle Armas.¬† (It’s a print.¬† Wish we could have done an original but Virginia will never know the difference!)

For her rugs we decided on two Dash and Albert rugs.¬† Her crib is an inexpensive Jenny Lind, but I loved it’s old fashioned classic look.¬† Crib splatter paint bedding by Biscuit.¬† Art above the crib is an old framed Spoleto poster, and¬†the hot air balloon mobile is from Shower Me With Love in Charlotte.

We DIYed her glider (a tutorial here!) and the pillows on the¬†glider and crib¬†by Kevin O’Brien Studio.¬† The bookcase was actually made by my grandfather for my nursery when I was a child.

I’m using an old¬†buffet as a changing table for now.¬† I found the toile flower¬†lamp at a vintage shop and the black mirror is an inexpensive piece that I painted a long time ago.¬† I would love something more fun like this, but it’s not in the budget for now.

Right now this nursery stays nice and neat (too neat!)¬†like this since Virginia doesn’t move around much, but I really look forward to the day that she has lots of room to run around in here, pull out all of her toys, invite friends (or a future sister) to have a slumber party with her, etc.¬† I’d love to add roman shades or some type of drapery to all of these windows to soften the room, but for now we’re pretty pleased with our girl’s sweet room!

Nursery Look Book

Oh babies. The things they do to their mommas from day one. My little nugget just happens to be giving me a run for my money right now – first trimester is no joke, y’all! I’m nearly 10-weeks now and my fingers are crossed that things get a bit easier once I pass over the 12-week mark because truth be told, I’m sorta tired of feeling like poop all the time. ūüėÄ

So instead of dwelling on my current state of human-making, I’ve decided to jump ahead a bit and start throwing out some nursery ideas into the blogland gauntlet. Because, quite frankly, that’s more fun than dwelling on my current (blah) condition.

Which leads to my styling conundrum – dark and cozy, or bright and light?

Because as much as I love nurseries like these:

Neutral Nursery

Source | Melanie Pounds Interior Design

White Nursery

Source | Nicole Davis

I’m equally attracted (maybe more so?) to spaces like these:

Dark Navy Nursery

Source | LaSueure Interiors

Dark Nursery

Source | Erin Williamson

Charcoal Nursery

Source | Elements of Style

Now, confession. I made an impulse pregnant lady purchase and thought I’d just pick a color from a stack (again) and have it look lovely.

I thought it would be a nice olive green but it turned out looking like baby doo, which in the end, could actually work quite well. He he. Alas as functional as that could be, I’m not sure I’m willing to go that far to baby proof the abode. ūüėČ

It’s almost enough to scare me back into the white and neutrals crowd. What say you? White nursery or dark and cozy?

Help an indecisive pregnant woman decide!