Farmhouse Nursery // 9 Finds for our Baby Girl (So Far)

THE FARMHOUSE

Considering that our baby girl is due in just ELEVEN days, this introduction to her nursery is a little overdue.  But before I dive in, I want to wish you and your’s a very happy Forth of July!  This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and even though we haven’t stayed up late enough to watch fireworks in a few years (four years to be exact…ahem, babies ;), I still love the excitement of the day.  May your holiday be safe and full of perfectly-cooked hamburgers, dazzling fireworks, and spiked sweet tea (or maybe just sparkling water if you have a similar condition to me).

Now on to the nursery…

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I’ve been collecting ideas for a baby girl’s nursery since I found out that I was pregnant with my first baby, almost 5 years ago.  In my heart of hearts I always doubted that I’d have a girl – I’m not really sure why – but it made dreaming up a girl’s nursery all the more fun.  And for the record, I am beyond excited to have been wrong!

Collecting dresses, furniture, vintage decor, and sweet accents for this baby has been a real joy.  And I’m excited to show you what I’ve found thus far!

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Baby girl’s nursery won’t have a theme, per se.  It’s more of a feeling I’d like to evoke: eternal summer, with a healthy dose of country, vintage, femininity, and a sprinkle of whimsy.  That sounds like a lot, but hopefully it all comes together seamlessly, anchored in white, and with the feeling that everything has been collected over time (which wouldn’t be too far from the truth).

So let’s talk about what I’ve found for the space thus far (similar products shown in place of vintage, one-of-a-kind, or items I couldn’t otherwise find):

1. RUG

I’m reusing a couple of rugs that we already have for this space: the beautiful 5×8 Skyline rug (shown above), layered over a neutral 8×10 jute rug.

2. WALLPAPER

I still adore the wallpaper that we put in the nursery’s closet, so it is definitely staying, but this time the closet will function as an actual closet instead of housing the crib like it did for Brooks.  I imagine putting this dresser in the closet, in front of the fun wallpaper, since there is plenty of room in there to change a baby’s diaper and hang up lots of cute dresses on a traditional hanging rod.

3. VINTAGE PICNIC BASKET

This basket came from our local antique store and I adore it!  It’ll be used for extra storage – probably blankets or books.

4. GIRLY CLOTHES

We should probably all take a moment to appreciate those french shoes.  Seriously, have you ever seen anything sweeter?!  I kinda feel like I need to apologize to my daughter in advance for all the floral dresses and vintage-inspired shoes she will be wearing.  Hopefully she likes feminine outfits.  But if not, I figure I have a good 18 months until she can voice her opinion on the matter, and I intend to live it up 😉

5. PILLOWS

My mom sewed the 2 pillows in the picnic basket (thanks mom!!!) from fabrics I’ve collected.  The floral pattern is a Rifle Paper Co print (I included the pink version in the links above) and the striped pillow is actually 2 dishtowels from Anthropologie sewn together. I’ll layer these pillows over some others that I’ve collected plus I’m hoping to sweet talk my mom into making that fun dragon print fabric into another pillow too 😉

6. WHIMSICAL ANIMAL HEADS

I bought three animal heads from Target a few months back after eyeing them for pretty much forever. They are just too cute and should add a fun, whimsical touch to baby girl’s nursery!

7. ART

You guys may remember that we put art/book ledges in this room back when Brooks was a baby, and I’ll be keeping them for baby girl.  I’m collecting some art from Etsy (shown above) and will likely pair them with some vintage pieces or photographs.

8. ANIMAL KNOBS

The animal knobs on the dresser came from Anthropologie and were marked down over 75% off (I always love a good deal!).  But I could only find 3 bunnies and 2 lions, so I’m on the hunt for one last nob (the missing nob is conveniently hidden behind the hanging dress).

9. DRESSER

Speaking of the dresser, I bought this one to store clothes and put a changing pad on. When our boys were babies, I used antique dressers as changing tables in both of their rooms, and both times I regretted it (for the functionality aspect only). When you have a wriggly baby on a changing table and are holding them down with one hand, and the other hand is wrestling stubborn, antique drawers to find wipes and a change of clothes, it’s just not pretty.  So I’m happy to say that this dresser’s drawers open easily!

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I always intended to add a pop of color in this room by painting the dresser, but I’ve been dragging my feet because I can’t decide which paint color to use.  I’d love to get your input, so hop on over to Instagram on Wednesday to check out the options and tell me which color you like best!

You may be surprised to hear that even though I’m due in eleven days (!!!), I’m in no rush to get this space put together. Baby girl will probably come late like her brothers did, plus she’ll sleep in our room for awhile after she’s born.  So we have plenty of time to get this room ready and I’m going to take my time to make sure it gets put together just right.  Plus this is almost certainly (like 99.99% certainly) the last nursery I get to design for my family, so I want to enjoy it!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I’ve collected so far!  Any must-haves you have when designing a nursery?

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. What this room looked like when Brooks was in here and where we started from.

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Farmhouse Nursery // The Current Version

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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!

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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:

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Wilder’s second nursery and big boy room.  And an update on Wilder’s current bedroom here.

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Farmhouse Nursery // Shelves & Picking Art

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Before I start this post, let me just say, please ignore the hardwood floors. After ripping up the carpets in the nursery, we discovered that the wood floors are in DIRE need of a sand and refinish (apparently the previous owners didn’t believe in tarps…?!), but we’re waiting until we have all the bedroom floors exposed before tackling that project.

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Okay, so we had this big, blank wall in the nursery and I struggled for weeks deciding what to do with it.  I would have loved to have a desk or a cozy reading nook there, but because of the wall’s position (it’s essentially along the walkway between the door and the baby nook), anything sticking out would have been in the way.  So, a low-clearance design option was a must. But that’s as far as I got.

Here’s what the wall looked like while I debated options.

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My first thought was to hang a gallery wall and I even had a lot of art ready to go, but I wasn’t really excited about that option. What this room really needed was more books accessible for the little guys, so shallow shelves popped into mind.

Narrow ledge shelves are nothing new or groundbreaking (not only are they all over the internet, but I used them in our first dining room some 8 odd years ago), but they are the perfect solution for here.

Building the shelves was pretty simple. I told Garrett what I wanted (essentially a ‘u’ shaped shelf no wider than the thickness of the open door), and 2 hours later he had crafted them out of a leftover pine 1×4.  I didn’t take any pictures during the process, but here are some more resources should you want to build something similar: 1, 2, 3.  Garrett filled the seams in our shelves with wood putty and then sanded them down.  The next morning, we hung the shelves and caulked any remaining seams.

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Next we primed the shelves.  And eventually we will paint the shelves the same color as the walls (Simply White), but I’m waiting until we get the paint out for our master bedroom. In the meantime, I’ve propped up lots of books and art for all of us to enjoy.

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Picking art was the hardest part of this project. I don’t think of myself as having an art eye, and I don’t have a clue about cool artists. I also don’t have a big budget for original paintings, for that matter.  So I went with my gut and picked out images that I found fun and whimsical and thought my family would enjoy.

Sources: 1 (Frank S. Guild) | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 (Paul Cezanne) | frames

All the prints are from Etsy and Costco’s image gallery. I’m still waiting for some of the art to arrive (did you notice the empty frames on the shelves?), but in the meantime, we’re working on our master bedroom for the One Room Challenge and recovering from eating faaarrrr too much cake during Brooks’ birthday over the weekend 😉 I’ll share this space again after we paint and get all of our art up on the shelf. Oh and did you notice my Rejuvenation Skyline rug came in (!!!!)?

Please dish!  Share your go-to sources for inexpensive, fun art in the comments.  I’m still searching for some great pieces for our master bedroom!

If you’re interested in learning more on anything in the nursery, here’s everything I’ve written to date: paint, carpets, wallpaper, design plan, hanging chair.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Tara and Percy are in the New York Times! If you don’t know who I’m talking about, check them out because they are amazing and everything they touch is gold!

p.p.s. Emily Henderson (yes, THE Emily Henderson), posted a picture of our #6daykitchenreno on her Instagram account! I jokingly told my sister it was the biggest moment of my life, but really, I’m feeling sooooo flattered!

p.p.p.s. We have ripe, plump Concord grapes coming out of our ears right now. And despite never being a grape girl in the past, I can’t get enough of their candy sweetness. I already used some 40 + pounds of grapes in grape jelly (that recipe is awesome!) and grape syrup (some of the jelly didn’t set), but what else can I use them in??!!

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Farmhouse Nursery // The Hanging Out Hanging Up Hanging Around Hanging Chair

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After three years of pining and two months of debating, I’m happy to announce that the Serena and Lily hanging rattan chair is officially mine. And it’s every bit as good as I thought it would be!

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Because I think pairing rap music and renovations is cheeky, I put together a little hanging-up-the-hanging-chair GIF for y’all. It’s over on Instagram if you want to check it out! And please, lay it on me. Am I as funny as I think I am?

Anyway, as I mentioned last week, I’m still putting this room together. You may notice that there’s a Rejuvenation sconce over the bed now (more on that soon), the curtains are hung (although I’m still debating whether to hem these inexpensive Ikea drapes or swap them out for something a bit nicer), and more than a few throw pillows adorn the “day-bed”.  One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the paint-speckled floors. Those look the exact same as the day we uncovered them. And for the record, the floors are killing me in these photos. They look more dirty than ‘art-studio’ and the floors make the whole room feel unfinished (well it is unfinished, but even more unfinished). Strangely, the floors don’t really bother me in person, but after seeing these photos, I’m thinking we need to move refinishing the hardwood floors up on our ‘to-do’ list.

Now for a look at installing that amazing chair. And as an aside, Garrett is a dutiful husband! Just a quick finger point and he gets ‘er done for me 😉

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Isn’t it lovely?!

Not five minutes after the chair was hung, a delighted Wilder spotted the new addition and declared it his.  I guess that was to be expected.  The whole, “this is a hanging chair, not a swing” conversation went right over his head, which, I suppose, was also to be expected. But now, how do I handle it?  All I’ve come up with is planting mouse traps under the cushions.

kidding.

mostly…

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More on this room: paint, carpet, wallpaper, and design plan.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. later this week I start the One Room Challenge for the first time! And I picked a room that I’m pretty excited about. You can read more here!

p.p.s. speaking of this hanging chair…I love it in Charlie’s room! This whole New York apartment tour is pretty amazing, actually. Charlie’s parents done good!

p.p.p.s. “Yay, it’s Wednesday cake!”. Yes, it’s a thing, and I am thinking that it’s the best idea ever!

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