You all have been with us from the beginning, when we announced our next big project...
And when we shared with you that Baby Blough is a boy!
Remember where I was going with the plans for the nursery? The Great ScoutDoorsman.
Well let's see how we did.
Here is where we started. This room had functioned as our guest room/office. It was not painted (just primed) and was left pretty much undecorated.
And the time has come! (insert the I Love Lucy reference here)
You may notice that we switched up the artwork behind the crib. A couple posts ago there was a world map hanging up there with the words "Adventure is Out There" painted on it. I really liked it there until I started to hang the other artwork up. Then the colors started to feel really off and the whole room just started to feel very word-heavy. We had ordered these antique arrows from ebay months ago, figuring we could find a place to incorporate them into the room. So when we took down the map, I tried to see if they would work in the space as either a mobile or as artwork. The mobile didn't work out, but I love the way they look up on the wall. Simple. and Boy.
Speaking of Simple and Boy. Check out the quilt. My friend Emily made it for us!!!
It is absolutely one of my favorite things in the room. Not only does it fit perf.ec.tly in the room, it means so much to us that it was made with love by someone that means so much to us.
The room's light is something that gave me a big headache. I bought it at the Habitat ReStore. I tried several different things to get it to feel right in the room. I finally got it right when I started threading some twine through the wire in a herringbone pattern.
I wouldn't recommend that project unless you have lots of free time and are looking for a sore neck.
The curtain is the simplest curtain I have ever made! I'll tell you more about it sometime.
The swivel rocker was another element we agonized over. Buy new? Buy off craigslist? Well finally, after being failed by craigslist, we decided to invest in a swivel rocker from a local place. We got to pick out the upholstery and everything #superfancy. And for only a $30 upcharge, we had it coated with an upholstery protector #supernecessary.
The wall light is IKEA -I wrapped the shade with more twine and spray painted the finish oil-rubbed bronze.
Here's the very first thing we bought for the nursery.
I guess you'd call it a tool box of some kind, made with some tree branches. It works perfectly for us to store burp cloths for now and books later on.
Turning counterclockwise in the room is the changing station.
We found this old butcher basket which worked out perfectly for the changing pad and other diaper changing necessities.
And sitting on top of the box is something also very special. Some of you know that Michael lost his dad when he was 7 years old. Shortly after, a sweet lady took a couple of Michael's dad's shirts and made them into this little bear that they rightly named his "Daddy Bear."
On the opposite wall we hung the adorable little camp signs that were made for one of my showers by my Aunt Janet and Saint Steve.
The vintage picture is of a bunch of Boy Scouts taken in 1920. We found it in our attic. I love looking at all their serious little faces. I also love how they are holding the American flag backwards in the picture. :-)
Finally, as you walk into the room you'll see that our bookcase is stocked and ready to go!
The baskets below will be great for storing extra blankets for now and toys in the the future.
Above, we have a nice selection of books thanks to so many wonderful friends! And a couple other nick nacks I've collected.
And a lot of the Boy Scout books were either Michael's or his dad's.
I also found this printable that summarizes everything I'm feeling. Every time I read it, there are tears.
Around the corner you remember the chalkboard that I painted and wrote out the Boy Scout Law. And that canoe up top?... just something that my mom had. Who just has stuff like that?!
We are thrilled with how everything has come together! But here's the thing, what I love most about this room is the hand that others have played in getting it to this point. I love that this room came together with the help of inherited furniture, family keepsakes and memories, and many many gifts (handmade and otherwise) from people that love us and love our little guy. I look around and I see other people in this room and know this is just the first step in their part in his life. What a lucky dude he is - to have so much love coming his way.
My heart is very thankful.
Here's a source list from our nursery:
Crib: Wayfair (similar)
Rug: Home Decorators
Sheepskin Rug: Similar
Paint Color: Louisburg Green - Benjamin Moore
Light: Habitat ReStore, DIY'ed
Curtain: DIY'd from drop cloth bought at Lowe's
Swivel Rocker: Local - Larimer Furniture
Large Changing Table Baskets: Target
Small Changing Table Baskets: Target
Changing Table Artwork: Free Vintage Posters.com
Wall Light: IKEA
Book Shelf Fabric Bins: Amazon
Adventure Printable: Oh So Lovely Blog
Quilt Inspiration: Pinterest
Felt Fire Pit: Similar on Etsy
Rocking Horse: Locally Made
Camping Signs: DIY'd
Planked Wall Tutorial
Crib Skirt Tutorial
Built In Bookshelf Tutorial
Linked to: Talented Tuesdays, May Pretty Preppy Party, Think & Make Thursday, June Before & After Party,
To see more about the nursery and how we organized it, click here.