Friday, September 14, 2012

The Nursery Tour!

With at least one and a half weeks to go, I'm happy to report that the nursery is done! Before I even got pregnant, there were two things that continuously got me excited about having a baby - watching the language development in a child and designing/decorating a nursery. One of those is now marked off of the list and of course now that list has grown. 

I have to give the mister mad props on this room. I wasn't able to physically do lots of the work required in here but he was and he really knocked it out of the park, even with me breathing down his neck ;) In a nutshell, we (he) painted, wallpapered, put in can lights, installed base shoe, rewired existing lighting, added outlets, and rejuvenated the floors. It's truly the nicest room in the house.

I'm sure Rio wouldn't have minded one bit if we didn't do one bit of work on the room but we really did do it all for her. Hopefully she'll appreciate it at some point :) So, welcome to her room and to a lengthy, long-winded tour!
Early on in my pregnancy, I had some random idea to use lockers for a closet. We live in a small, midcentury home with little spare closet space (I have an estate sale clothing problem, remember) so we had to figure out some way to create storage inside of the room. You may recall earlier this summer when we took a small road trip to pick the lockers up. If I remember correctly, the lockers were $60 each and came out of a demolished high school in Kansas. The mister spray painted them with just three cans of Rustoleum, affixed them to the wall more securely than you can imagine and then made a shelf across the top of them. It turned out better than I could have dreamed.
After we had that structure built, I decided to try and slide the dresser in between them and, low and behold, it fit perfectly! That dresser was a random college hand-me-down that was once purple, then painted black by me and finally yellow for Rio. I switched out the hardware and Voila! We have a curtain rod for the clothing rod but I think we're going to try and find a larger silver rod to securely affix in place of that.

The top of the shelf houses books from my childhood that aren't quite ready for a baby's hands, two jewelry boxes from my childhood, a rouge vintage roller skate from our old neighbors with a pleiosaurus from my childhood surfing atop, two pieces of driftwood I've acquired over the years, and a photo of the mister and I from our maternity photos.
I definitely wanted to use the DeGrazias in the room somehow and managed to do so with four small prints found on top of the dresser and above the coat rack that came from my 'second mom' from my childhood. That adorable little monkey outfit will adorn the little lady in a little over a month for Halloween and was gifted to us by a very creative and wonderful woman :) The hanging rock is a natural dreamcatcher. I've had them hanging in every sleeping quarter since I was a kid. The bookrack I found at the flea market for $7 and spray painted to match the lockers. 
We painted the walls a light grey with a blueish tint. In fact, that wall color was the first design choice we made in the room. We viewed that color as our neutral and were optimistic that pretty much any direction we went with colors would work with it! Quite a change from the blood red walls that were once in there.

We were very lucky to not have to buy much new, especially in terms of furniture. One item we did buy new was the window seat, just picked up at Target one afternoon for around $30. I made a removable slip cover to jazz up the cushion a bit that matches the rocker which is seen below. The cats are huge fans of that spot for bird watching. The clock came from the mister's stash of goods from before we even met. We decided to spray paint the burst green and when Rio is born, we'll set the clock to the time she arrived or, as our neighbor says, the time the ship went down ;)
Woody Guthrie looks over it all as the mister and I would have never even had met had it not been for him. One of the friends responsible for us meeting gifted us that poster earlier this year and it just seemed fitting to have him in there. The two flanking poems are ones that were in my room as a young child. I'm not certain of their origin, just that I've known them all of my life. 

The changing table was my cousin's and was a dark, dark red. I hand painted that table as well and curse the day that I ever have to paint another spindle again! ;) We had (have) some wallpaper left over so we covered the changing table shelves with it even though you can't really see it that well in the photos. The changing pad cover was made by me prior to going quilt crazy! I'd like to still replace the wire rack next to the table but have yet to find what I'm looking for. 

The rocker, oh the rocker. This chair is a family heirloom that has been handed down for at least 75 years and has rocked many a-baby to sleep. My mom had it recovered in the 80s and I had been dying to recover it ever since! Sorry Moma ;) Here's a before shot of it and the trunk behind it. The fabric was actually some vintage fabric that I had found at the flea market a year or so ago. In fact, I even made a bag out of it! We both liked the fabric in the room and I had enough so we sought out someone to recover it for us and I'm SO glad we did. I absolutely love it! I picked up a little stool with storage in it at Target for $15 so I can put my feet up while rocking. The cats seem to think it was purchased for them.
Not too far from the crib are two more pieces of artwork from my childhood. The Irish blessing is another one of unknown origin to me but the crewel piece below is one my mom stitched many years ago. The cars came from my Granny and Papa's house from when I was a kid. Granny insisted that girls play with cars too. She was awesome like that. The little shelf was a $5 flea market find that was already the desired green color of the room.
For some reason, I was dead set on having one wall covered with wallpaper but found myself quite overwhelmed by all of the options out there and the idea of actually putting it up. Luckily, once the mister and I started looking, we found this one quickly and with the help of my dad, we had the paper up in a day. I love the way it makes the room look when sunlight is in attendance. We've yet to hang anything on that wall and I'm not sure that we will. There is an awesome mobile hanging above the bed but it's pretty much impossible to see in photos! And of course, my beloved quilt waits, along with Vera on the crib's edge :)
And there's an elephant. A white elephant, at that. The elephant stand came from my Mimi's house and has been forever admired by me throughout the years. It's stood all over our house and has finally found its home in the nursery. 
I looked and looked online for crib bedding that I liked and couldn't find one blasted thing that sung to me. I know that we won't use much else other than swaddles and crib sheets for quite some time but I still did want some sort of bedding so I went to one of the most talented quilters I know and she made this amazing number for us. Amazing, no?
Vera absolutely loves sleeping in the crib and I'm ok with that. I'm sure once Rio makes her way there, Vera won't be as interested in resting there anymore :) For now, it's her space to share with various stuffed animals - a pony made especially for Rio, a Holly Hobbie pillow I made with pieces found at an estate sale, a few Philbrook friends, a sweet sock bear and a purple mouse that Vera enjoys dragging all over the house. Did I mention she's more dog than cat?
Lately, I spend lots of time sitting in the rocker and just reflecting with animals at my feet and in my lap. It will be so bizarre and exciting to add a tiny human to this room, the only piece that's missing. 

Thanks for sitting in here with me for a bit :)


  1. That looks awesome! You guys did a great job! :)

  2. It's all perfect! Even the comment about the day the ship went down. :) I can't wait to play with baby Rio!!

  3. Beautiful nursery! Love every happy for you both.

  4. Briana, this is beautiful! I'm excited for you all and your new adventure! See you soon!

  5. What a beautiful room! I love the lockers with the pretty yellow dresser, and I especially love the Woody Guthrie print because it's so special to your family's history. You two really outdid yourself!

  6. What a beautiful and thoughtful nursery. Rio sure is lucky! Love all of the salvaged items you used. You and the mister are going to be such wonderful parents (it's apparent from how much love has already gone into creating a space for her)!

  7. Briana!!! This looks AMAZING. You guys did an awesome job on this! I love the color scheme and it's so "you." The Woodie Guthrie poster is an awesome touch. I can't wait for her to arrive! So she's due pretty much on *our* birthdays then, right? I cant wait to meet her and know you will be an awesome mama bird!~

  8. This nursery is totally a reflection of you and the Mister!! LOVE how you've filled it with memorable stuff!! Now bring on the baby!!!!!

  9. Her room turned out great! I can't wait to see a baby in it! Any day now...!

  10. Aw great tour! Love that you had so much fun putting this toom together. It looks so cool! I'm really excited for you. I so remember sitting in Tessa's room before she was born, just waiting in the quiet.


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