Location: Fort Worth, Texas
We chose not to find out whether HJ would be a boy or a girl - we called him "Rice" from the very beginning, as a tribute to his little shape and size in that first sonogram. This room had never actually been decorated before, so it was easy to clear it completely out, and start from the floor up. Well, the ceiling down.
Long before there was a Rice, there was Jenna Lyon's to-die-for nursery - those stripes never left my memory. But to go with the pale golden paint that was already in the room, I adjusted the colors down and went with gray and white stripes on the ceiling.
We picked up a wool rug on sale at World Market that mimicked the stripes on the ceiling, and scored the Corsican crib on Craiglist. Because we wanted the room to be overall a fun place for a baby to grow into a child (and an attractive place for me to spend those long hours nursing, playing, and changing diapers with him), we chose items that we loved - paper machie trophy heads from Anthropologie, photos from Sharon Montrose, and the letterpress from Etsy. The vintage dachshund toys and the lamp from Offi are a tribute to our little Lucy, and the lanterns were ridiculously cheap from an online source.
My favorite part was choosing the fabrics - an Alexander Henry vintage looking circus fabric was the first pick, and we coordinated with gray ticking on the Lee swivel glider (courtesy of the wonderful folks at Simple Things) and the gorgeous bird print from Duralee. My Mom was so kind to make all of the bedding, and the sweet sheep quilt that is the requisite gift for all new family babies. The dresser was in the family--it got a fresh coat of paint and some cool new drawer pulls. The barrister's bookshelf is antique, and while it will have to find a new home once HJ starts pulling up, it is a great place to store diapers, blankets, and books.
This was our first time really planning and executing a room makeover, and we are so happy with the result. More so, we know HJ is happy too, as he is just starting to give us the squeal-giggles of affirmation on our choices - particularly the lanterns and animals heads.
(Images: Patrick Gaither)