Elizabeth didn't get in gear on Everett's nursery until her eighth month of pregnancy which makes what she accomplished all the more remarkable. She shares: Everett's nursery was intended for a boy or girl--we didn't find out the gender of our baby until he arrived. So that counted out anything that could be construed as a "girl color." We went with a happy, bright aqua on the walls, and celery green, black, and white became the accent colors.
Our biggest challenge was actually getting the room started. I waited until I was over eight months pregnant to begin the work, and now I know why they tell you to get it done during your second trimester when you have all that euphoric energy shooting out of your butt. There was the world's ugliest wallpaper on the walls, and the thought of having to strip it kept me off the project for months. Turns out, there were TWO layers of ugly wallpaper waiting for me. So prepping the room took the majority of the three weeks it took us to finish it.
Once I knew what colors I wanted to use, I pulled fabrics from my stash and started making handmade accents first. I made the stuffed dog in Everett's crib first (don't worry, we took the pillows out of the crib once baby arrived). I also made each of the three pillows in the room (in the crib, in the rocker, and on the vintage sofa). The stuffed whale in the built-in shelving was another addition made by me. It was important to this crafty mama to add my own work before I went shopping.
Other things I made by hand: the pinwheels in the wall collages, the bunting across the front of Everett's crib, the miniature bunting strung across the mirror on the opposite wall, the contoured changing pad cover, and the paper circle mobile. The mobile took a whole day to make. I parked my large self on a stool and sat under the hanging dowels tying knot after knot in fishing wire and stringing up each hand-cut circle one after another. It took forever, but it's the tiara of the crib, and I love it.
My husband says the empty frames in the wall collages freak him out, but it's my intention to fill them with pictures of our growing boy as time passes. Consider it my baby book, except on the wall.
The black and white chevron carpet is probably my favorite bought element in the room. I got it on sale for 30% off plus free shipping--make a pregnant woman happy, why don't you?
The vintage sofa was a gift from my college roommate--it had been in her parent's living room forever, and when I moved to Boston after college, they sent it with me because it fit perfectly in the bay window in my new Boylston Street apartment. Speaking of Boston, the map prints between the windows are of my two favorite cities--Boston, Mass., and Paris, France. I hope little Everett gets to visit both someday just like his mama before him.
Bottom line? I wanted to avoid cartoon characters and tacky neon colors. You can't help but have them creep in anyway once people start gifting you things, but that's what cabinets and closets are for (hiding all that stuff)...at least until he's walking and destroying the house right and left. And then it'll be time for another baby and another nursery!
• Black and white chevron rug, Rugs USA
• Walmart Olivia crib
• Walmart Olivia dresser
• Dachshund lamp, Urban Outfitters
• Benjamin Moore's Sea Mist green paint
• DwellStudio crib sheets
• Walmart rocking chair
• City prints by Karen M. O'Leary
• Black frames for collages, Urban Outfitters
Thanks Elizabeth! Readers, want more? Check out Elizabeth's blog E Tells Tales for more photos of this beautiful room.