Silas climbed out of his crib on June 2nd 2012 and we began thinking of new sleeping arrangements for him. Before we replace his crib with a new bed, I snapped some pictures of his nursery to remember all of the little details of his “baby” room.
I don’t think I ever shared pictures of the “finished” nursery, and I can’t remember which details I shared on here before. We tried (unsuccessfully) to sell the house while I was pregnant, which I wouldn’t suggest to anyone. We didn’t want to invest much into nursery decor here if we were going to end up in another house, so we waited until I was about 8 months along to start decorating and kept it pretty thrifty. I also knew I wanted a gender neutral nursery that could be easily made into a big kid room later and be re-used for another baby some day. It kind of came together piece by piece without any overall theme in mind.
I know I’ve talked about the crib before because it was such a great find on Craigslist (for only $25!) and we spent hours and hours sanding it and painting it (and then sanding it again because the first coat of paint didn’t stick, and painting it again and again). It was a labor of love and well worth it. It’s so cheery against the soothing gray walls! (The walls are “mindful gray” by Sherwin Williams.) The bentwood rocker is the same chair my mom used to rock me in. ♥
The big splurge item was the dresser which was also a Craigslist find ($175… not too bad considering that’s the most we spent for any one item and it offers a ton of storage and doubles as a changing table). It was listed for more but I asked the seller if he would take less for it if he kept the original/girly drawer knobs, and I found these brown bird drawer pulls on Etsy which I love!
The abacus was inspired from one I saw in the CB2 catalog. Jason did an amazing job recreating it!
I don’t particularly love (real) birds, but I fell in love with an Anthropology-inspired bird mobile that I found online when I was pregnant and it slowly became a theme/joke. I had never sewn anything before but was determined somehow to make the mobile myself. When my friend Kim took over the project and offered to make it for me, I was so relieved! It turned out so pretty and Silas really loves his birds, as you can see in this picture below from Feb ’11, and he still points to them so that I’ll touch the branch and make them sway. When we took him to the zoo for the first time a few weeks ago Jason thought Silas’s favorite animal there was the birds. I wonder if it’s from all the months of staring up at his bird mobile?
I’ve added a chalkboard behind his crib so the birds don’t show up well in photos now, but they’re still gorgeous in person! They’re one of our favorite details in his room.
Kim and I went to the fabric store together to choose patterns for the birds, and I bought some extra fabric knowing that I would want to do a quilt or something else to match. I ended up putting some of it in embroidery hoops to add some color to the walls, and I also cut some into squares for my baby shower guests to write notes on, which I will eventually sew together and use for a quilt. I wish I had the time and motivation to do that sooner than later.
The small cross-stitched hoop is something my mom made for me or my brother when one of us were little. She and my dad moved a couple months ago and I found that in my “childhood keepsake box” that had been stored in her attic for all these years. I thought it was the perfect addition to the other hoops!
The curtains were a hard choice for me. I originally wanted a bright, happy, busy pattern and then fell in love with a heavy velvet curtain from Pottery Barn, and then settled on these turquoise curtains from Urban Outfitters. I’m so glad I went with a solid curtain since there are so many other little details going on around the room, and the curtains are thin so they let a ton of light in which I love. The letter “S” on the windowsill is made with yarn and a cardboard letter from Joann Etc. (That’s his “coming home from the hospital” outfit hanging on the curtain rod, by the way. ♥ I know the sunlight probably isn’t good for it, but I haven’t brought myself to pack it away yet.)
I love putting Silas’s toys near windows (I rearranged our living room a few months ago so that his toys could be under a window in there too). He loves playing with all of his animals and puzzles, and he’s had so much fun with the mailbox too which was an easy project inspired by one I saw on Kelle Hampton’s blog. I love to see what kind of random treasures I’ll find in there whenever I’m cleaning his room.
Speaking of random treasures, there are some things that just don’t have a “home” in his room and need to be kept out of his reach. So I asked Jason to build some corner shelves and I mod-podged some cute scrapbook paper underneath them to make them a little prettier. This is Silas’s own little “catch-all” corner (like our kitchen counter, or the desk in my craft room). Everything has meaning… from the handmade plush fox that he received on his 1st birthday from my good friend Kathy and the felt masks that I made for his 1st bday party, to his very first piggy bank and a clay deer that I painted for him while I was pregnant, to mine and Jason’s old Little Golden Books, to the old xylophone I found at my favorite antique shop.
This is another item from my mom’s attic… a music box that used to be in my childhood nursery! (That jar behind it was always intended to be made into a terrarium, but there’s been a certain one year old keeping me too busy to tackle my to-do list…)
Above his closet is a gift from one of my mom’s coworkers (and a dear friend) Jane Ann.
Last but not least, these birdhouses are one of my favorite things in his room. I made them while I was pregnant using wooden birdhouses from the craft store, pages from old Little Golden Books, and LOTS of Mod Podge glue and patience. Each roof is made with the coordinating book cover. I love how they turned out, and Silas LOVES sticking his fingers in the holes, lol.
I think it goes without saying that his nursery was created with a LOT of love. Most of it was homemade or DIY’ed because we were working with a small budget, but it turns out that those little handmade details are the ones we love most. It’s such a peaceful room that we already have so many great memories in and hopefully we’ll continue to have good memories of it, sans the crib.