when Cooper was on the way we moved when from South Carolina to Oklahoma when I was 33 weeks pregnant.. YEAH.. we also had TWO mortgages, and not a lot of extra cash – he had a super cute room… when abby was born, we JUST sold the South Carolina house and were beginning to recover from going through a ton of savings.. so – we didn’t have a lot of cash to make a nursery as i really wanted to.. when Emily was on the way – she had a cute space, but it really wasn’t her own.. they all had lovely little nurseries, but not like I really wanted.. an ugly glider… pre-made bedding – cute, but not exactly what I wanted.. not exactly.. a bit matchy matchy
when we decided to try for another babe and were fortunate to have a healthy babe on the way – I wanted a cozy relaxing space… i really wanted a space that I would be comfortable spending time – rocking, relaxing.. just being with the baby… and not feel “ugh, go to sleep baby so I can go… ” .. so… off to Pinterest I went to find some type of inspiration.. I fell in love with a wall with a cool pattern on it.. and after the girls stripy paint job that Tom did flawlessly, I thought he needed a bit more of a challenge.. he he.. he shook his head at me.. a lot.. we went with the same (left over grays) we did in the girls room..
(most iphone pics.. some better than others..)
first.. patching, prepping.. with lots of help..
then the base coat for the pattern and the color for the 3 solid walls. please keep in mind – i have foggy – not accurate pregnant brain… and well, we had a few hiccups through this..
the first hiccup being.. um.. “I um.. had meant that um.. the solid walls should be the dark color.. “… tom just looked at me.. said, “yeah, i think that will be too dark”.. I had to advocate for the darker.. i wanted cozy.. restful..
see.. here are the freshly painted basecoat with the light walls.. it’s very – sterile and hospitalllllly.. tom suggested i think about it whilst he taped the pattern…
do i tell him i think the squares are a bit smaller than i want? he’d already asked me twice to make sure.. but i realized it was a bit smaller than i wanted.. um.. nah.. we will just go with it..
and he sent me to the store to get more of the dark gray to be sure we could cover all three of the other walls.. (perhaps, PERHAPS, he just didn’t want me to change my mind any more.. )
at this point – i was NERVOUS!!
and Emily and I were working on another project..
so.. the light was one of those purchases I made with out telling tom.. i was not sure how it was going to turn out..
it came unassembled.. with all these spokes and 80 of the white things to clip on..
i enlisted help.
i took it in to tom.. and handed it to him.. he smiled.. and said, “wow.. really??”
but he was won over – it looks so cool.
ultra crappy pic of the finished walls with the happy girls and the light..
So.. i mentioned a couple of hiccups..
I THOUGHT i wanted a white crib to go in the room.. well..
um.. no.. it just was wrong..
so we got our dark wood crib back out.. the same crib all the kids used.. and it felt right.. tom left BOTH cribs in there for a weekend to let me think about it..
in the meantime, I’d asked Anslee of Sugar & Blue to make the bedding for the nursery.. she sent me to a few websites to find fabrics.. i found some – told her to go with it.. mix it up.. she made the skirt, sheets, blankets, pillows and the birds for the mobile.. and i got some extra fabric to make burp cloths, washcloths, and random other things.. i figured i’d be in crazy nesting mode – i was right!
i was HOPING all would turn out as I pictured.. i don’t love girly girly stuff.. and I was sooo hoping the pattern would be soft, and feminine but not too girly.. i’d only seen it online..
it is perfect.. i just love it.. as usual – Anslee hit exactly what i was hoping for..
here’s the finished room.. i still am on the hunt for an ottoman – but haven’t found the perfect one yet..
the kids have a stash of books and pillows under the crib.. they sit under there and read.. they did it when Emily was a baby too
the simple mobile.. i told Anslee – blobbish birds… they are sooo dang perfect..
I’d thought i was going to put some things on the walls, but i think it would be too busy.. for now..
a view from the chair..
yes, i needed a tv.. i like to watch tv.. when emily was a baby, her room was also the guest room/play room.. so there was a tv in there.. it was wonderful.. i would turn the sound off and when she needed a bit more cuddle time, or was sick.. i was content to just sit and hold her.. I could watch important shows, like the Bachelor..
rest assured, tv for me, not the babe..
i really love how it turned out.. tom worked super hard to get it all done so i wouldn’t go insane..
now.. we just need the babe…