Nursery Diaries: Part 1

Sorry for yet another baby post but this one's décor related, I promise.
Feel free to skip over it if you don't like babies.
Baby hater.  =]

Here's my plan for Freckles Chicklet's nursery (thanks Shannon, for that moniker). 
Mr. FC has deferred the design to me; he's accepted that there's no getting around the girly vibes. 
Poor Mr. FC & his masculinity (what's left of it anyway).

My intentions:
* an airy, ethereal room of ivory & gold grounded by accents of vibrant raspberry & rich charcoal (the room's small, approx. 10 ft x 12 ft)
* create a room she can grow with so transitional pieces are key (a crib that converts to a toddler bed, a dresser that has changing table capabilities, neutral/timeless colors)
* stick to a budget by repurposing some things we already have/finding worthy knockoffs/refurbishing thrifty finds



The details if you're curious:
{1} We've ordered the Jenny Lind DaVinci crib (non drop side).  Its' vintage look & versatility has always appealed to me.  It's finish is non-toxic, lead free, and phthalate free of course.  We also got the affordable conversion rail so that, when the time comes, the crib can be converted to a toddler bed.  I really love white/ivory crib bedding (this is a crude mock-up I did).  We'll see how it holds up to those midnight baby poop explosions. 

{2} I've been a fan of Sharon Montrose's animal photos for a while, & we've chosen two of her adorable prints to frame.  (Sidenote: a reader questioned the humanity of such animal photography on my original post way back when; to which I responded with the photographer's assurance here.)  The Rainbow Connection print is a fun Etsy find.  I like Muppets.  My mom couldn't pry me away from Miss Piggy when I was a tot.  Still can't.

{3} Avid reader that I am, I'd love to pass this habit on to the little Peanut.  Would love to recreate this wall-mounted book rack for less.  The wall-mount feature is ideal as floor space is limited.

{4} Some sort of ottoman to prop up tired toes would be nice.  This tufted piece got rave reviews, the charcoal linen is versatile, AND it also has storage space.  (I stumbled across this piece whilst assembling this idea board weeks ago, but lately it seems to be cropping up all over the blogosphere!)

{5} A cushy rug to cover our hardwood floor is crucial.  I'm not sold on this one but I do like the chevron texture & sandy gold color.

{6} I'm torn about getting a glider/rocker.  Obviously I won't know for a little bit if baby girl will be the rocking type, so I'm hesitant to spend beaucoup bucks on a fancy rocking chair.  From talking to our friends & family, apparently some babies love to be rocked & others don't.  Regardless, it would be smart to have a comfy seat nearby so we shall see.  Why are upholstered armchairs and gliders so damn expensive?! 

{7} I'd like to bring in our ceramic garden stool to use as a side table.  It's round, compact, & stable.  It's currently white so there's a new coat or two of raspberry paint (no VOC) in its future.

{8} A changing table in a classic style that can offer storage (and later be used just as a dresser) is on the wishlist.  Been stalking Craig's List for something similar that I can refurbish or maybe we'll try to find a knockoff of the pricey one pictured.  Either way, my plan is to replace the hardware with these art deco knobs that I bought last year for no apparent reason. 

{9} I found this $10 ornate gold mirror at a thrift store two years ago.  Too frilly for the rest of our home but just right for a nursery, I'm thinking. 

{10} The walls will be painted a cool taupe color with a hint of gold undertone---> Mr. FC just did this last weekend. This might sound drab for a nursery, but I guess we're just not candy-colored walls people (I'm a huge advocate of bringing in color with accessories).  Plus, baby toys are bright enough so there won't be any shortage of color, I'm sure. 

{11} Ever since we installed recessed lighting throughout, our old white capiz chandelier that used to be in our master bedroom needs a new home so there we go.

{12} To add some whimsy to the wall, a blooming branch wall decal is a possibility.  I love this particular one for its gold birds & fuschia blooms, which fit right in with the color scheme.  If that doesn't work out, maybe a stencil pattern of some sort? Edit: the decal pictured above can be found here.


I know...........it is a bit silly of me to put so much thought into a nursery when she won't even know the difference for a while (the plan is for her to sleep by our bed in her basinette for those early days).  Yes, I won't give a flying flip as to how the space looks once I'm up at all ungodly hours with a newborn.  And yes, the most important element in the nursery is her & everything else pales in comparison.  I can't deny it though: putting together a space just for her is a constant source of comfort & joy.  Aw, all the things that wine used to do; how I miss you, my friend (no offense, Peanut).


Now, does anyone have any advice when it comes to a rocker/glider/chair discussion?
 Is anyone snorting at the idea of pristine white linens & poop explosions?  
Does anyone think my idea board is ludicrous for a nursery?
Me too.  But I'm totally doing it.