Farmhouse Nursery // Design Plan

THE FARMHOUSE

The leaves are yellowing and the air is crisp and I’m feeling all sorts of cozy about fall at the farmhouse, making the nursery the perfect room to be working on right now. The afternoon light filters through the large south-facing windows and it’s like country heaven. Not to mention, I’ve made some recent fall acquisitions that have me even more stoked to cuddle up on the nursery bed with a book (or maybe just nap…).

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I should correct myself. This space isn’t just a nursery, it’s the playroom/workroom/baby’s sleeping nook/overflow guest space in our house. Whatever you call it, I’m aiming for a soothing space to spend time in, think in, play in, create in, and sleep in. For the design, I’m targeting something country and natural. This room has views of the yard, surrounding hayfields, and distant hills and I want the space to feel connected with what you see out there. I debated about stepping up the designer-ey feel in here – add some more colors, a big bold art piece, and layer prints – but I kept coming back to the fact that this is a farmhouse, in the middle of the country, where we hunt for frogs and wear muck boots all day long. So no, nothing too glamorous or precious fits in here. Soothing, organic, relaxing, and welcoming are the vibes at our house and I want this room to reflect that.

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Resources: side table, Urban Outfitters | throw pillows, Serena and Lily | white quilted pillows, Pottery Barn | wallpaper, Anthropologie | Reed sconce, Rejuvenation | Paint, BM simply white | hanging chair, Serena and Lily | patterned rug, Rejuvenation | jute rug, Rejuvenation | sheepskin, IKEA | basket, Serena and Lily | books, Ada Twist Scientist and Zen Shorts | wood figurines, Amara.
So that’s my plan for this space. A few of my furnishings crushes made the cut, including the Skyline rug from Rejuvenation and the rattan hanging chair from Serena and Lily. I’ve actually been eyeing that hanging chair for about 3 years now, so consider me beyond excited to finally have it in a box on it’s way to me. I’m planning to hang it in the corner by the large double-hung windows to really capitalize on birdwatching and daydreaming. Of course, I’ll probably be fighting Wilder for this seat, because it’s sooooo up his alley. He may look like his dada, but he likes to get cozy like his mama.
I put a fiddle leaf fig in the design board, but honestly, I’m not sure my heart can take the death of another house plant. We’re 0 for 2 on fiddle leaf figs and well, is it me, or is it the damn plant?! Maybe in this dryer east-side air, it will survive…I don’t know. We’ll see.
What I do know is that it’s time to get decorating, which is so exciting. The full-size “day-bed” has been made and ready since we had a house full of guests at Labor Day. Plus the dresser is in, the mirror is hung, and the rug is laid. So I’m getting into the finishing touches now, which is so exciting. Things like pillows, lights, hanging chair, and Pendleton throws. Speaking of…we stopped by the Pendleton Woolen Mill outlet on our way to Wallowa Lake on Sunday, and Oh My Goodness it was amazing! Garrett could hardly drag me out of there after 45 minutes, and he only accomplished that once we had two crying kiddos. Needless to say, you’ll be seeing lots of their stuff in the months to come at our farmhouse!
What do you think about my “nursery” design plan? Would you enjoy such a neutral space or would you get board in it?
xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. About that trip to Wallowa Lake in Oregon…there was no cell phone service or wifi and wow was it awesome. We did tons of hiking, fishing, exploring, and cooking over open flames and to see Wilder experience all of that for the first time (HOW is that the first time?!) was parenthood gold.

p.p.s. dreaming about a garland like this for above the day-bed in the nursery. But how to keep the greenery alive…?

p.p.p.s. loved this Plantation house. What a beautiful family home!

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  1. It’s totally the plant, not you. I know that only one room in my house could possibly support a fiddle leaf fig and I can’t handle a plant that can’t be neglected occasionally. i think the wood with all of the neutrals is soothing and cozy – white and cream and wood.

  2. Kristin Johnson says:

    Love the serene colors! I’m through the main floor of our house and on to the bedrooms! I also recently found a neat vintage bed frame and can’t wait to finish up that space. looking forward to seeing what you do there!

  3. I’m glad you mentioned that outlet. I’ve been down that way so many times but never stopped in, thinking it wouldn’t be good. I guess I’ll have to go in next time.

    I look forward to all your farmhouse posts. It looks so idyllic.

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