We’re taking a break from the living room makeover this week to share our progress in the nursery. You may recall that the nursery has undergone quite a transformation since we moved into the Farmhouse. The room always had great bones, but it took a lot of work to bring the space up to snuff. Thankfully, it was well worth the effort! Somewhere along the way, the nursery turned into one of my favorite spaces in the house, and one of the hardest working. Not only does Brooks sleep in here, but the space doubles as a playroom and an overflow guest bedroom.
We’ve always seen this as a temporary room for Brooks though. We’d like our boys to share a room. We’ve even tried to have our boys share a room, but we abandoned the plan after too many sleepless nights. After the better part of six months, we’re ready to try again, or at least, almost ready. As soon as we get the courage to move Brooks into Wilder’s room we’ll get to rethink the nursery (stay tuned for our plans on that), but in the mean time, here is a peak at what the nursery looks like today. And I must say…I love it!
Resources: teepee, Wayfair |teepee pillows, Anthropologie | curtain rods, Restoration Hardware | jute rug, Rejuvenation | brass side table, Urban Outfitters | mirror, One Kings Lane | diamond pillows, Serena and Lily | dark gray pillows, Ikea | quilt and white pillows, Pottery Barn | whale, Land of Nod | throw blankets, Pendleton | overhead light, Rejuvenation | sconces, Rejuvenation | wallpaper, Anthropologie | crib, Pottery Barn | rocker, Amazon (similar) | selected books: Chicken Chicken Duck, Waiting, Zen Shorts, Dinoblock, The Going to Bed Book, Flip-o-Saurus | rope bed, vintage | dresser, vintage | paint, BM Simply White
This space hasn’t always looked so good. Here are the before photos and how we transformed this space from dark and dingy to light and bright:
Those carpets don’t look too bad, but believe me when I say that they smelled like dog and all sorts of stuff I’d rather not think about. So we ripped the carpets up and then painted the walls, updated the electrical and lighting, built shelves, and refinished the hardwood floors. We also wallpapered over the floral print in the large closet (which is where Brooks’ crib is).
Phew! All that work took us the better part of 6 months, the length of time we’ve lived at the Farmhouse. We took our time, working on this room as we had the time, energy, and money. And about that last criteria, since this room was always temporary for Brooks, I tried to keep the decor inexpensive and versatile. You’ll notice a lot of vintage furniture and hand-me-downs from Wilder.
Brooks’ crib is in the door-less closet, which is 6’x6′. It’s proved to be the perfect little nook for a baby, fitting just the crib, a rocker, and usually a stack of books. Brooks loves winding down in here, staring at the wallpaper, and reading a few stories before bed.
The full-size bed, which I style as a day-bed, hasn’t gotten as much use as I thought it would. We have a guest bedroom downstairs, so this room has only seen occupants on Labor Day, when we had more friends and family than we did beds. Brooks and I also use this space to cuddle up when he’s up at night teething or sick.
Garrett and I have been thinking a lot about what we’ll do with this room once Brooks moves in with Wilder. I’m excited to say that we’ve finally come up with the perfect plan, which I’ll share next week. I cannot wait to see how this room continues to evolve!
So that’s the whole nursery/guest-room/play-room, at least for now. I’d love to hear what you guys think of it!