Nursery natterings (part four: the grand-ish tour of our sweet little nursery)

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Babies, Nursery | 12 comments

Today is my due date.  TODAY.  It’s wonderful and unbelievable and crazy and scary and exciting all at once.  As of last week’s OB appointment, Baby hadn’t yet made much of an effort to join us out here in the real air-breathing world, so I’m guessing that he or she is still feeling comfy cozy in there.  Which, truthfully, is rather fine by me.  That said, I’m very aware that time is now ticking away quite quickly and that Baby could make an appearance at any moment.

And I’m also very aware that I’m ridiculously ginormous…

Maternity picture photo at 40 weeks

Crazy eh?  I’m still not entirely sure how I manage to stay upright.

Last week, with nesting instincts in overdrive, I put a few last minute touches on the nursery.  Curtains were hung, art was placed up on walls, the more-complex-than-anticipated baby monitor got installed, and I fussed over silly little details (would bashful bunny look better here?  Or here?)  And, with Baby overdue as of tomorrow, I’m happy with the rather peaceful teal, gray, white and mustardy yellow space that this nursery has gradually morphed into.

Gulliver Ikea crib with lamb mobile and teal and mustard and gray

My dad found this metal wall hanging at a street art fair.  I added the ribbon and hung it from the door.  It’s perfect in every way.

First we had each other, then we had you, now we have everything art

Teal white mustard yellow gender neutral nursery

We’re using Ikea’s Hemnes dresser as our change table: it’s a good height for both normal-sized me and super tall Sweetie, it has lots of room for the change pad and diaper related stuff, and (most importantly) it’s rather lovely-looking.

Ikea Hemnes dresser in white as nursery change table - BM Woodlawn Blue nursery

(Unfortunately it was also rather difficult and time consuming to assemble.  But that’s a whole other blog post for a whole other day.)

The Celebrate Everything canvas was a HomeSense purchase (on clearance, no less!) made a couple of years ago, long before Baby and nursery planning had ever started.  Again (and again and again): I heart HomeSense.

Nursery art canvas print with bunting flags Celebrate Everything

Nursery art canvas print with bunting flags in shades of teal mustard and coral - Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue

And this trio of friendly stuffed animals will eventually be relocated to a shelving unit of some sort (I’m still in search of the perfect bookshelf for this room.)  I’m hoping to find something fairly small, but still very functional.  Until then, these three will bravely stand guard over the change table.

Stuffed animals for nursery Indigo lamb and Gund bear

Because the nursery is fairly tiny, we didn’t want a crib that felt large and bulky (as so many of them do.)  Enter: Ikea.  Of course.  We fell in love with Gulliver (and hopefully Baby will too!)

Ikea Gulliver crib in white

My friend Nadia (we’ve been friends since Grade Nine) (which means we’ve been friends for… um… many many years) made Baby this gorgeous yellow and teal baby quilt.

Simple handmade baby quilt for nursery

And the small vintage rocking chair, that long ago belonged to my grandparents, was reupholstered by my mom and dad as a gift to Baby.  It’s the perfect size for this little space.  And I love knowing that I’ll be rocking Baby to sleep in a chair that once belonged to people who, while no longer here, were such an important part of my life growing up.

Vintage small reupholstered rocking chair rocker in nursery

Keeping watch over everything from beside my beloved rocker is the ever adorable bashful bunny (along with his good friends the happy hedgehog and hilarious hare.)

Chapters Indigo Bashful Bunny

But my absolute favourite part of the nursery?  This sheep mobile from amazing Etsier (and fellow Canadian) TheMemis

Etsy baby mobile sheep and stars and moon gender neutral

Gender neutral sheep lambs mobile with stars and moon - handmade

Each little sheep has a different expression on its face.  It’s absolutely perfect, and I can’t say enough good things about Emi at TheMemis. :)

Gender neutral teal and yellow mustard and gray and white nursery, painted BM Woodlawn Blue

So there you have it.  Our sweet and peaceful (and gender neutral) little nursery.  I’ll likely continue to add to it as time goes on – I have lofty gallery wall plans for the wall opposite the crib, I still need to find that bookshelf for stuffies and books and toys and nicnacs and such, and I’d love to add a little more coral (if Baby is a girl) or greens and navy (if this belly-wiggler is a wee boy) once Baby arrives.  And my friend Shawn (who I’ve been friends with pretty much since forever) has commissioned a baby blanket for me as a gift for Baby from another mutual friend (Sheilagh) who is an amazingly and incredibly talented quilter (you can see some of her work over at her site, Lay it on Me Baby) – I’m so excited about planning the blanket with her once Baby is born!

But for now I absolutely adore this serene little space, just as it is.

Let’s hope that Baby does too.

Whenever he or she decides to make a big appearance.


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12 comments on “Nursery natterings (part four: the grand-ish tour of our sweet little nursery)

  1. Hi Melissa!!!
    What a beautiful lovely nursery! I’m in love with every single detail! … And now I want to know when this so loved baby arrives … Boy or girl? Can’t wait!!!!
    Congratulations and wish you all the happiness for you and your family!

    PS: and thank you so much for the pictures of the mobile! :)

    • Thanks Emi!!! And thanks again for customizing the mobile for me – it’s my favourite part of the room. I absolutely adore it! :)

  2. LOVE the little nursery – it’s so cozy and perfect! I’m sure baby will absolutely adore it (I know I do!) :)

    And you look amazing (which is no surprise considering how fabulous you looked when I saw you a few weeks ago)!!! Hang in there pretty mama, baby will be here before you know it! Sending positive labour vibes, xo

    • Yay! Thanks Lisa! So glad you like it! We love it too!!!

      And I’ll take as many positive labour vibes as I can get right now (although, as of yesterday’s appointment, baby still wasn’t too keen on meeting us all… baby might be a bit of an introvert like his/her mommy LOL.) I’ll keep you posted! :)

  3. Joy, your nursery is so cute and I hope you are enjoying your new baby boy! We are going with the Gulliver crib as well in ours (due in Dec). Can’t beat the price and I really like the look of it! Woodlawn Blue looks so good in here, and I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!

    • Hi Jena! Absolutely! I’m thrilled that you’d like to feature my little guy’s nursery on your blog. Thank you so much! And congratulations on expecting!!! I highly recommend the Gulliver crib. It’s been awesome so far – we love it! :)

    • Thank you! It’s Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue. It’s such a lovely colour! I’m a little obsessed with it and I’m completely convinced that it’s the perfect nursery colour!

  4. such a lovely nursery! i was wondering what ‘colour’ hemnes dresser you went with; “white” or “white stain”. i have the gulliver crib in white and am unsure as to which hemnes dresser ‘colour’ to go with! i live 6 hours from the nearest IKEA so i’m trying to pre-plan haha. Whichever one you had chosen looks perfect!

    • Hi! Thank you! Two years later and I STILL love my little guy’s room (although it’s not nearly as tidy as it once was – toddlers aren’t particularly tidy little folk LOL). I went with the “white” dresser, not the stain – the white non-stain dresser has a bit of a slightly glossy finish to it, so I figured it would be a little more durable against the, um… mess that comes with also using it as a change table (and it has been SUPER durable – there’s not a mark on it!) Btw, the Gulliver crib has also been fantastic (great choice!) Hope this helps! And congratulations on expecting your little one! :)

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