Hello Lovely! I’ve received so many questions about Delaney’s nursery and I’m so excited to finally share all the details with you! Out of the many projects I’ve taken on I think Delaney’s nursery was by far my absolute favorite!
I wanted to be sure to have plenty of bright colors, while still maintaining a look that would be enjoyed by not only Delaney but me also as I knew I’d be spending a lot of hours here. Black out curtains were a must for her room and the curtain rods that curve on the ends make sure the first morning light doesn’t wake her. I was beyond excited to find black out curtains in such a fun color with tassels and for a great price, you’d be surprised how many complements I’ve received on these curtains alone! As for the changing table I wanted again a piece that would transition into her big girl room someday. I bought a dresser with a matching changing table topper so that some day it can be easily removed and it will save us another furniture purchase in the long run. Having carpet there wasn’t much of a textural reason for a rug in her room, but I added one for the accent color it brought in. The painting was bought on our honeymoon, painted by a local artist in St. Lucia and was only moved from our bedroom when I realized it was perfect for the space above the changing table.
On this side of the room I have several items that I not only think are beautiful, but each hold some sentimental value. Half of the flowers on the wall were decor at the first baby shower we had and the other half (the ones with watercolor) were made by yours truly special for my little one’s room. The watercolor edged flowers are meant to pull in the watercolor floral printed wallpaper of the adjacent wall. The rocking chair was maybe the biggest splurge we made but I was particularly sentimental about this purchase. I spent months searching for the perfect chair as I envisioned many a long nights in my future rocking my little girl to sleep in it. I finally decided if I was to make one big purchase this was it, as I plan to use it as we have more children and I knew whatever chair I chose would hold the memories of each of their first few years. Needless to say I do love this chair, would love to have the matching ottoman but maybe that can wait until there’s another baby.
The blanket I have draped on the chair was quilted and monogramed by a family friend. The ostrich stuffed animal on the book case was originally bought as decor for a gender neutral baby shower I threw for a good friend last year, I held onto it in hopes it would someday sit exactly where it is today. The girlie fox doll on the second shelf was ordered by my mom not long after we let her know we were expecting. I had told my mom that I felt like the baby was a girl but to please not buy anything until we knew for sure. My mom didn’t listen and sent us a very girlie stuffed animal just in case. It immediately meant so much more once we realized we were having a girl. The picture album on the third shelf is filled with photos of my Dad and his family growing up. Since he has passed and so have his parents, I’m proud to have this album were I can talk to Delaney about her awesome Granddaddy she has in Heaven.
Last two items but two of my favorites are the rattle in the top corner and the book shelf. The bookshelf was designed by me and hand built carefully by her Daddy. We’re both detailed people as you you could guess from this post alone and this bookshelf was the most perfect gift for him to add to her nursery. The wooden Alabama shaped rattle engraved with the words “Baby Erwin” was purchase once we decided we were ready to get preganant. I had it set aside when we moved just in case I needed it at any moment. With timing that could only have been God’s, the week after I had physically moved to be in Alabama with James I got the funny feeling I might be needing to get to the rattle sooner than I thought. With my husbands 29th birthday being that week I waited until he’d left for work to take what became the first of many pregnancy tests. It was also the day of our house inspection so I grabbed the rattle on my way out to work and by the time I was headed to meet him at the home inspection I had grabbed a box to wrap the rattle up in. Presented as a birthday gift this little rattle was likely the most special physical item I have ever given my husband and he had the smile to match it once he opened it. It was a symbol of a new chapter in our lives, a new house, a new state, and a new member of our family to go along with it. Needless to say it was the same day that we gave this room in our house a new name, the nursery.
Possibly the first big decorative item I chose was this wallpaper and I have to tell you it is even prettier in person. I knew I wanted a wallpaper accent wall that would also grow up with her but wouldn’t look like it exclusively belonged in a nursery. Once I knew we were having a girl I quickly landed on this one from Anthropologie and the designing sprouted from there. The baby bedding is all mixed and matched giving it the same look I have carried through the rest of the house. I was completely obsessed with finding a cast iron crib that would not give my child lead poisoning but was actually cast iron. There are many cribs that say they are “cast iron” but trust me if they were under $400 I traveled to see them in person and I didn’t find a single one I thought could substitute. The cost of these ranges so much but this was the best option for the look, quality, and cost that I found… Trust me when I say I searched high and low. We plan to again reuse this item since even if we decide for the next baby the color isn’t right we can just have it redone in another powder coating. At the end of the day we were thrilled when it arrived, it is gorgeous in person!
While there is a color scheme I loosely stick to in our house, I rarely chose anything that is made to match exactly. Dishes are my one exclusion to this rule, but I still mix patterns even in that department. The fawn was close to if not the very first item I ordered once I knew SHE was on her way. One of the last items I bought was the ship pillow, it was the perfect touch to give a nod to her Daddy who has made a career out of designing boats. The princess doll is actually handmade, it was another Mommy purchase from a local boutique. I just couldn’t help myself and the Princess Leia-esque doll became even more perfect once our Princess decided to make her debut on Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you!
Here are the links to most all of the items above and please let me know if you have any questions in case I’ve missed something:
Bookshelf (Yes thats right, he can make you one too!)
More to come on the hubby’s custom wood projects, we’re still working on the site but couldn’t wait to share this post a minute longer! I think that about covers all the little details we poured into her room, hope it gives you the same happy feeling it does me!