Finally, the nursery is ready for its reveal! Which is a good thing, since my due date was last week. I must be perfectly honest. The beauty of the nursery is due completely to my aunt Kathy, my mother and my father. While I picked out the bedding, they found everything else that helped the room come together so beautifully!
Since we live in a two bedroom apartment, I wanted to be able to use our nursery also as a spare bedroom. So we decided to buy both a crib and a daybed, and forgo some of the other typical nursery furniture. For example, we got a rocker, but it lives in our living room, not in the nursery. The closet in that room was quite large, and decked out with shelves, so we decided baskets could take the place of a chest of drawers.
The husband and I found this adorable daybed at Ikea. My mother, aunt and I went to Pottery Barn to pick out a crib, and settled on the Madison crib in white, which is so cute and matched the daybed. Remember the walls were yellow? Well, we painted them a mint green to be softer, and much more baby friendly. The colors came out horribly on my camera, but hopefully you can get the idea!
I found the quilt for the daybed at Target – its the Shabby Chic line! The throw pillows were made custom, coordinated by my aunt – they’re the same pink check fabric that you’ll see on the window seat cushion.
I picked out the crib bedding from Serena and Lily. First off, calm down all of you who want to comment that I can’t have bumpers in my crib. I know that. But I like them, so I will leave them in until the baby sleeps in the crib. I figured most people would visit, anyways, before she could even sleep in it, and I just loved the colors and the pattern. If you can’t tell, I’m not really into “themes.” I loved the geometric shapes of these sheets and bumpers. Cute and girly, but not cheesy.
The pink crocheted blanket is NOT my handiwork – it was a gift from my mother-in-law that I know that baby will just love after she’s born. You can’t really see the bed skirt in this photo. I’m going to have to take some more photos of the crib to share.
The curtain was made out of the sheets that are on the crib!
The next photo is where my father comes in. He found these beautiful ABC paintings and bought them for his soon-to-be granddaughter. I just love them and how they match the room. They’re from Restoration Hardware’s baby line, which you must check out if you haven’t seen it yet. The picture frame you see on the right side is also from Restoration Hardware, a gift from my mother.
Aren’t they perfect?
And, for those of you who wanted to peak into her closet, this baby is totally ready to come home!
She already has a few friends waiting for her!
Here’s a close-up of my favorite part, the changing station! The guestroom had this large, awkward window shelf in it, and a black rot iron gate. My aunt suggested that I paint the gate white. It took many coats and patience, but the end result is so good! It actually looks like a decoration, rather than a safety gate.
I had the idea of using the shelf as a changing station, so we didn’t have to fit a changing table in the room. My aunt had a cushion made for it to make it comfortable for the baby, pretty, and functional. It’s made out of very thick foam and covered with the pink check fabric (same as the thrown pillows!) – the color matches the bedding almost perfectly. My aunt made a pattern of the window sill, so it fits it EXACTLY into the space. Isn’t it so cute? I just absolutely love it.
There are still a few little things to be done (like hanging the chandelier!) but I wanted to share this update, first. Now all we need is a baby!