Sharing Is Caring in This Bold Nursery

published Jun 21, 2016
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Name: Max & Mia (2 years and 3 months)
Location: Austin, Texas

My son Maxwell’s black and white nursery was actually featured on Apartment Therapy when he was born in 2014. When I found out I was expecting another baby just 14 months later, I was excited to update the nursery to welcome our baby girl. We absolutely needed another bed or crib and a larger dresser to make room for two kiddos.

The inspiration for the nursery started with a large, vintage map I found at a local furniture store, Vintage Fresh. I love the idea of using maps in a nursery since they are educational and pretty. The crib/big boy bed dilemma is a tough call when you have an almost two year old and a newborn. Do you give the new baby the crib and buy the toddler a big boy bed? Or buy another crib for the new baby? Our decision was made for us when friends offered to give us two red Jenny Lind cribs their twin girls had outgrown. With the new-to-us red cribs, giant wall map and a little rearranging, the red and aqua shared nursery came together better than if I had planned out every detail!

There were three big changes from the original nursery: 1) I took down the black, vinyl triangles 2) New, larger dresser, additional crib, and wall map 3) Painted one wall dark grey. The artwork and furniture was rearranged, but the original DIY projects that my husband, my mom and I built for Max are still a part of the new nursery. I also love that the nursery maintains a sense of nostalgia, like the blanket over the glider my great grandmother crocheted, the red sweater in the gallery wall that was my dad’s as a young boy, and even original cross stitch pieces that my mom made for my nursery. Three months in and I am happy to report that the shared nursery is a functional, happy place for the whole family to relax and play.

Source List:

  • Rug: Home Goods
  • Cribs: Hand me downs
  • Crib sheets: Handmade by Nana
  • Glider: West Elm
  • Bench: The old version of the IKEA EXPEDIT shelf
  • Bench cushion: Handmade
  • Book ledges: Handmade by Dad
  • Mirror: Hobby Lobby
  • Wall color: Igloo by Dunn Edwards and Pencil Point by Behr
  • Pillows: Handmade and Tuesday Morning
  • Rocking horse: Repainted Craigslist find
  • Valances: Handmade out of insulation
  • Artwork: Handmade by Grammy and Mom
  • Timeout chair: Wisteria
  • Planet Mobile: Pottery Barn Kids
  • Map and Dresser: Vintage Fresh

Thanks, Jamie! You can see more on Jamie’s blog C.R.A.F.T