Friday, August 26, 2011

Nursery Preview

Ok, so I can't hold out any longer. I have to share pictures of our nursery as is, because I love it so much. I find any excuse I can to spend time in there. There are a few things left to do... my awesome mom is working on an owl painting and a plaque that says "Owl Always Love You" to hang above his crib and my fabulous mom-in-law is working on a growth chart to hang on the same wall as the closet. I still need to make the crib skirt and sew his crib blanket (matches the curtains), but that's about it I think. We also have these cool metallic dragonflies that will hang on the wall over his crib as well.

To show the transformation of the room, I had the foresight to take before pictures. Here is what it looked like before all the painting and decorating began:

And here is the transformation! Click on the pictures to see bigger versions.

Mom and I made the curtains out of specially ordered fabric from with green broadcloth as the backing and top band. We found these awesome plastic grommets to use at the top. The owl pattern on the fabric is the basis for the theme and colours of the nursery.

The crib and dresser my mom bought us used of Kijiji when we found out we were pregnant after our first IVF. It just so happens it's the exact same as Elaine's crib, which was why I fell in love with it in the first place because I loved the crib she had for Matthew. The bookshelf, which looks like it matches, we found at IKEA for a steal (we decided not to use the ugly one you see in the before pictures). The lamp was another great find for only $14 at Jysk. The turtle is really cool because his shell lights up and projects stars on the ceiling. I bought him for "Nate" for Father's Day because he's interested in anything astronomy (though of course it's really for the baby, but it was just for fun). The rocking chair is very special to Nate and I; his maternal grandma gave it to his mom when he was born. Now he will get to sit in it and rock his own firstborn son. We added a cushion that matches the decor, and my mom crocheted the blanket hanging on the back. The light fixture we also found at IKEA, and it allowed us to move the light from right in front of the closet door (who installs a light right there??).

The cute little owl painting (on the same wall as the white bookshelf) my mom painted a few years ago. We found it when we were cleaning out the nursery closet to make room for baby and it goes with the room perfectly. The tree mural and dragonflies I painted on the wall, and Nate hung the shelves on the branches. The stuffed owl on the top of the tree is my favourite stuffie from when I was a kid. His name is Hooty, and I think he's the reason why I really wanted owls as the theme. The lime green owl below him I ordered off of Etsy (it's a piggy bank), and the pewter owl Elaine bought me when she was shopping for her own nursery for Holly and bought one for herself too (we both did an owl theme). The switch plate cover I made by decoupaging fabric over the original cover.

My very talented mama painted the owls on the closet door. She mimicked them after the ones on the fabric, but gave them her own special touch. I absolutely love how they turned out! I painted the dragonflies since I'm not nearly as talented in the painting department haha. We both made the felt owls hanging from the mobile, though mom got the fun task of trying to sew them together.

So that's the room! Nate, mom, and I are so incredibly happy with how it turned out. I can't wait to finish the last little bit. As soon as we do I'll post a couple of update pictures. Thanks for looking!


  1. oh katie, I love it!! well done! That tree with shelves is the BEST! baby boy will LOVE it <3

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