Whitman Graham (4 months)
When I found out we were having our first child I knew that whether girl or boy, this baby was having a blue room. Once I settled on a color after fourteen (yes fourteen!) samples of blue paint, everything else came together fairly easily. I spent months pinning these gorgeous, elaborate nurseries, only to find out that it wasn't my style or my husband's.
We prefer to keep things as modern and simple as possible with the occasional oddball item that we just like. We tried to stay away from a theme, but I fell in love with anything "monster", and my husband is a huge astronomy nerd, so a few things repeat themselves.
Our biggest problem was gifts. Whit is the first grandchild in both of our families, so we received a lot of tchotchkes that didn't necessarily work with what I wanted in the nursery. For instance, the crib was my old one (yes, it's one of the old style, but I altered it so you can't drop the side anymore) and my parents begged me not to paint it so it can continue to be passed around. The dresser was an old oak-and-brass number that I painted...in 90+ degree weather...eight months pregnant. The mobile is an old Pottery Barn Kids one I purchased on eBay. The prints came from various Etsy dealers with the exception of the James Hance prints that were a gift. Other gifts included the hand-painted growth chart, the Ugly dolls (a friend works for the company), a turtle nightlight and my mother's handmade monsters.
I did my best to pull together a lot of random items with conflicting styles, but I think we pulled it off. After the many sleepless nights I've spent rocking Whit in his room I adore it, and I think he's pretty keen on it too.
Thanks, Ashley! Readers, you can visit Ashely at Baby, What Were We Thinking?
(Images: Ashley C.)
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