36 weeks, and I’ve officially begun nesting. ‘Bout time, eh?
It took a little kick in the pants for me to get going. Because we didn’t have furniture, it was hard to really get excited about doing anything. Then one day last week, Jereme’s sister Candace called him and said we were giving her anxiety because we hadn’t even started on the room. It was a valid concern, given that just one week ago, this is what Indie’s nursery looked like:
Everything we had received at Christmas and at my first baby shower was sitting on the floor in the corner of the room, still in bags. (I posted the pic on Facebook and Instagram. I’m guessing that’s where the anxiety came from.)
Today, Indie’s nursery looks more like this:
Slowly but surely, we’re making progress.
That gracious woman sitting on the floor is my amazing mother-in-law who offered to paint the room for us. I must say, it was incredibly sweet of her. The walls are a mint green color called Lacewing by Sherwin Williams, and I LOVE it! It’s so pretty and feminine for a girl and goes so well with the neutral color scheme we’ve picked out.
Speaking of neutrals…
I started looking for nursery inspiration on Pinterest pretty early on and discovered I’m in love with neutral rooms. I love them because they’re so versatile. You can keep it neutral if you want, or you can add pops of bright color with decorative pillows, picture frames, small pieces of furniture, etc. Neutrals are timeless, so they will never go out of style. And it’s an economical choice: if we have a boy, we can use the same colors later and just change out some of the pink decor with pops of blue. That certainly beats buying all new stuff.
I picked out neutral bedding with tones of gray, cream and tan. And Candace helped me pick out an antique dresser on Craigslist that she’s refinishing in distressed antique white (Sherwin Williams Ivory Lace, to be exact). Such an amazing gift. Thank you Candace! This is what the dresser looked like when we bought it:
It’s still in the process of being painted… new pic coming soon!
I’ve got my eye on two different cribs. One is the weathered grey, 4-in-1 convertible crib from The Honest Company (in partnership with babyletto). The other is the babyletto 3-in-1 convertible Hudson crib in grey. There’s very little grey in the bedding, so I think a grey crib will help to bring out that color and will look pretty against the mint green walls. The Honest Company crib is currently out of stock. I’m waiting to find out if they will be getting more in, and if so, that’s definitely my first choice. But if not, we’ll probably go with the Hudson. I ordered a custom decal from an etsy seller to go above the crib that says, “If Grace is an Ocean, we’re all Sinking.” (It’s a lyric from the song, “How He Loves Us,” by John Mark McMillan. Indie’s middle name is Grace, so I thought it was fitting.) And the bedding is the Wendy Bellisimo Avery collection, available at Buy Buy Baby.
I also love the Madison swivel rocker from babyletto. The ecru color will look beautiful next to the antique wood bookshelf I bought yesterday (for only $38!), which I plan to paint with Annie Sloan’s coco chalk paint to complement the tan color in the bedding. Here’s a photo of the bookshelf before they cleaned it off and loaded it into my car:
As far as adding more color goes, I’m planning to do a collage of frames on the wall above the dresser with some pops of pink. I also found this pink knit pouf ottoman to put in front of the chair. It says purple, but it looks pink, so I’ll have to find out what color it is. The lovely monogrammed baby blanket that we got from Jereme’s other sister, Melissa, will also look great draped over the crib railing or over the side of the chair. I registered for a pink changing pad to go on top of the dresser, along with the neutral lamp in my bedding collection. My goal is to add small splashes of color, here and there. Nothing too extravagant. I’m sure the books on the bookshelf will brighten up the space a bit too. I’m contemplating having a sign made that says “Kids’ Reading Corner” (or something similar) to put on the wall nearby.
Here’s the inspiration board I created to showcase the color palette. Let me know what you think!