Noah's Sunshine Nursery

Noah's Sunshine Nursery

Katie Steuernagle
Jul 26, 2010

Name: Noah
Age: 7 weeks
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Room Size: 12x10

Noah's room is a beautiful contrast of cool blue sky tones and warm sunny yellows. His mom, Susan Weinroth, waited to find out if she was having a boy or girl, and designed a room that would work for either. She started with a few pieces handed down from her first son's nursery, and really made this room a stand-out with sweet, handmade accessories. Inspired by nursery tours she'd seen here at Ohdeedoh, Susan created a cheerful summery space for her baby (a boy!) that we know will in turn inspire others.

What was your inspiration for this room: From the beginning of my pregnancy, I knew that I wanted a gender neutral room - since we were having a "surprise" this time around. I love bright and sunny colors, and knew that I needed to decide on a fresh color scheme as my starting point in designing and decorating this nursery. My choice of a yellow and aqua color palette was heavily inspired by two nursery tours on ohdeedoh - norah's sweet and sunny nursery and also Little P's nursery. Along the way, I mixed in bits of bright orange and touches of green as well.

After I had chosen my yellow and aqua color scheme, I was drawn towards giraffes - and kept finding cute giraffes to add into the room. Overall, I didn't want any type of "theme" to the room - other than "baby". :) We have moved quite often in the past, so I don't spend time worrying about whether the room will transition well as my child grows. I'm more concerned with creating a room for right now, that we love, and that celebrates the "baby-hood" time frame (which is way too short!).

What is your favorite part of the room: My favorite part of the room is the corner to the right of the crib, next to the closet. The tall bookcase sits there, full of lots of bright & colorful, favorite toys that I chose for Noah during my pregnancy. I love the splash of color that the giraffe lamp that sits on top of the bookcase (which was an inexpensive Homegoods find) creates along with the alphabet artwork that hangs next to it.

What was your biggest challenge in designing the room:
My biggest challenge was the brown glider/ottoman in the corner of the room. It was leftover from my older son's nursery, and was in perfect shape (and is super-comfortable!) - so I couldn't justify replacing it. While I could have slip covered it, I choose to just work the brown color into the room with a few small accents of brown. I also had the brightly colored afghan made to throw over the back of the chair and break up the color a bit.

What is your proudest DIY project in the room: I love that I had the time to create a variety of quilts that each add both their own function and splash of color to various spots in the room. I have a larger throw sized quilt that sits on the ottoman, to keep warm with while rocking - and also smaller baby sized quilts to be used as playmats on the floor. I also sewed the valance on the window, and love the little touch of pom pom trim that I added to the bottom.

What was your biggest indulgence: All of the furniture in the room was passed on from my older son's nursery (except for the nightstand, which was purchased on clearance from Restoration Hardware) - so we were lucky and didn't have to spend money there. Because of that, I'd have to say that the J Schatz egg lamp (that sits on the nightstand next to the glider) was the biggest splurge. It's not something that could ever be considered a "need", but i truly love looking and it and enjoy the little starry specs of light that it shoots out all over the room at night, when I'm usually rocking Noah to sleep.

Do you have any advice for expectant parents who are beginning to design a nursery:
Create a budget, and then prioritize your needs and wants, to really plan out and maximize your resources. It also helped me to create a color and inspiration "storyboard" of sorts prior to starting the design/decoration process. I knew the overall look and feel that I was going for when selecting bedding and artwork and accessories for the room - & as a bonus, keeping my "storyboard" in mind (and also in jpeg form on my iphone!) helped me to recognize great "finds" (like the homegoods giraffe lamp) when I was out shopping.

We love the art and accessories in this nursery. Will you share some of your sources with us:
alphabet print: Ink Tree Press
elephant print above changer: Freya Art
wild air print (above peg shelf): The Wheat Field
Elephant embroidery hoop: September House

J Schatz egg lamp:
Elephant mirror: Petit Collage
Giraffe wall vinyl: Elephannie
Bedding: Tip Toe Studio

Be sure to check out Susan's blog!
Thanks, Susan and Noah!

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