...At Home: The Nursery (1 of 2)...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Picture courtesy of Amy Oligny Photography

Decorating my house was so much fun, and with the help of my husband, I think our choices came together perfect; when we found out we were having a baby, we decided to keep the gender a surprise until the very end, from a decorating perspective this was a little difficult... not that I wanted to paint the babies room pink or blue, or anything of the sort, I knew I wanted to keep the room fairly neutral, but without knowing a gender I also needed to keep out details I might have incorporated if I did know whether we were having a little girl or boy....

When we renovated our house, we painted just about every room except for the upstairs bedrooms; initially we used what is now the babies room as our television/living room. I never liked the color the previous owners had painted the room, but I also knew this would eventually be a nursery and decided I would wait to do anything drastic with it. The previous color was a dark brown with ugly orange undertones... blah..... it was not very nice, and made the room seem itty-bitty; a nice light airy color was just what the room needed to open it up and change the feel..... here are the before pictures:

My initial color inspiration came from a couple pillows I picked up from Homesense... greys, whites, subtle blues, with hints of gold and cream were the idea I wanted to go with. I went with Benjamin Moores Thunder on the walls and Behr's Off White on the ceiling; I took on the challenge of painting the space while I had a few days off over Christmas break and Ryan was working; it only took me an afternoon to paint both the ceiling and walls with 2 coats of paint..... not bad for a pregnant lady, right??!! I couldn't have been more happy with how it turned out; my baby room vision was finally coming together, now I just needed the furniture, bedding and of course the small fun details.....

When I started looking at cribs I couldn't find a whole lot that I really liked in a price range I thought was reasonable. Breaking the bank on a crib did not seem like the best of ideas, and the wrought iron cribs at Restoration Hardware just weren't fitting the bill;  in keeping with the white and grey feel, a white crib was definetely where I wanted to go but the selection proved to be rather minimal... especially since I wanted something with a vintage feel. When I laid eyes on a Jenny Lind Crib it was game over, this crib was it!!! Painted classic white, solid wood with its beautiful ornate spindals, this crib was just what my newborn baby needed to sleep in when he/she arrived home from the hospital, did I mention it was incredibly hard to find in Canada!!! I ended up finding a place that would ship it to me, the shipping almost cost as much as the crib; regardless, I still ended up being on budget in the crib department and couldn't be happier with the piece I got! (I also learned that my grandmother used a Jenny Lind crib for my mom and her siblings.... apparently these Jenny Lind cribs have been around for a while...... I guess its just a classic piece, great for any baby's room....)

Here he is, enjoying his space!

I am usually not a very "matchy matchy" person when it comes to my interior decor, but when  I was browsing kijiji and an ad popped up for a Jenny Lind change table in white I immediately messaged the lady to pick it up the next day; and it was a score at $50, double win!!! She had used it with all three of her little ones, and also had the matching crib; I packed that change table into the back of my car and took off like the lady in the IKEA commercial ("Start the Car!!!!") I knew this was steal and couldn't pass it up!!

Picture courtesy of Amy Oligny Photography
More tomorrow on pulling the space together...

...til next time...xo...CS


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