I’m so excited to share with you one of my favorite projects of all time, Kensley’s Nursery! I have to admit that before I was even pregnant I had an entire Pinterest board dedicated to all things babies…to say I had baby fever would be a total understatement. I could not wait to start a family with Jake. To finally become a mom. It was (this is so cliche and annoying but…) a dream come true. And one of the most exciting things for me was the opportunity to design a nursery for our new baby.
There are so many different things to consider when designing your baby’s nursery like the theme, paints colors, what kind of furniture, and art to hang on the walls. For Kensley’s nursery, I didn’t want to pick a traditional “theme”… they all just seem so over done in my opinion. At first, I loved the neutral themed nurseries with accents like gray paint and chevron designs. After I found out I was having a girl though that all changed. I wanted her nursery to be timeless like the neutral themed nurseries but at the same time to look girly and sweet like I knew our precious daughter would be.
I am so happy with the way it turned out. I kept to a neutral paint color, Muslin by Benjamin Moore. I am happy to say I only obsessed over paint colors for a few days. Our painters put up so many samples, and in the end this color was exactly what I was looking for, a nice neutral that I could play up with feminine décor.
Kensley’s nursery is probably the smaller bedroom upstairs out of the three, but we chose this room because it was closest to our master bedroom. Because it was smaller, we had to play around a lot with the layout of the furniture. We bought our crib and matching dresser from Buy Buy Baby, it’s the Sorelle Finley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and the Sorelle Finley 7-Drawer Double Dresser. We just fell in love with look of it while we were shopping (one of maybe three times Jake has ever come to Buy Buy Baby with me haha), and it ended up being one of the easiest decisions I made about her nursery.
The other piece of furniture I have in Kensley’s nursery is a small, vintage bookshelf. I found this item at a local vintage boutique, Shabby Creek on Main. When I arrived to the store that day another woman had been eyeing it and when I asked if it was available the sales associate told me the other woman was going to buy it . I was super disappointed because it was PERFECT and of course if someone else wants it then it just makes me want it even more!! I kept browsing the store, and was headed out when I noticed the bookshelf was still there. I asked the sales associate and he said she left so I could have it. SCORE!! I brought it home and it fit right in with plan I had for the nursery.
After I painted and bought furniture, my first project was to make a floral mobile. This was such an easy project and it turned out SO cute. It’s my favorite thing about her nursery. The sweet thing about it is that the flowers I used to create it were taken from the floral initials my mother in law made for our wedding. Click here if you would like the tutorial on how to create a floral mobile for your own nursery.
The next thing I knew that I wanted to decorate the nursery with was some kind of monogram of her name to display. I love monograms and I would monogram everything if I could (one of the many things that make me thing I should be living in the south). I ended up deciding that I wanted to display her full name because we put so much thought into it. I’m a huge fan of supporting small business when I can, so I ordered a gorgeous handmade sign of her name from the Etsy store SalvagedChicMarket. The store features handmade calligraphy signs for weddings, nurseries and all other rooms in your home.
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Another smaller project that went into Kensley’s nursery was something to hold all her bows. At my baby shower, we had a bow making station so all the women who came were able to make a bow for Kensley to wear. So before I even had a chance to buy any bows I already had quite a lot just from that! There are so many cute tutorials on different ways to display and store bows, but I wanted to keep it simple and use something that would hold a lot. I ended up using a a metal, three-tiered fruit basket that I found at Ross for like $8. I painted the basket with some pretty pastel pink chalk paint and used a fine sand paper to distress it a little bit to give it that shabby chic look. Boom! Done. Bow holder that can hold all the super cute bows we can get our hands on!!
One of my favorite things that other Pinterest moms share are their gallery walls. I absolutely love them! They can be so challenging to pull off though. After we arranged the furniture the best way to optimize space it resulted in one wall just having the smaller bookcase. I decided that this wall would be the perfect place to have a gallery wall. I bought a bunch of assorted “shabby chic-esq” looking frames, but only till recently did I finally put pictures in some of them. I did buy some watercolor print artwork from the store JoshandDavids on Etsy of the Cinderella castle and princess crown. The gold frame actually still has the picture that came with the frame for now until I replace it with a family photo of the three of us. I’m not sure I still like the design of the gallery wall. It needs some tweaking!! If you have any suggestions I would love to hear about them in the comments. (:
The last project I have done so far for the nursery was doing a glitter heart wall. I originally thought I was going to put up curtains to cover her window, but I never found ones that I liked. The wall was feeling so bare and empty, so when I saw this idea on another blog, I had to do it!!! If you would like to read the tutorial on how to DIY Glitter Heart Wall please click here. Otherwise, I bought the Gold Hearts Vinyl Wall Decals on Amazon and it turned out so much cuter in person.
There are still a few things I would like to get like curtains and maybe a cute rug to tie it all together. If you have any suggestions for these items, please share.