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Designing Mr. W's nursery was a fun experience. It's the only time I'll ever get to put exactly what I want in his room, so I wanted to make the most of it. And I want to share it with you, because I got nearly all of my ideas online and I'm grateful to those others who shared.
I indugled my love for old things in this room, but the green crib was my jumping-off point. I absolutely did NOT want a pale blue room. Pale blue was just about all the nursery bedding and decor available for boys - at least in my price range, and it drove me nuts.
I got the crib at a consignment sale for an unbelievable $20 (it was super sturdy and I checked the serial number for recalls first). We sanded it - it was originally white - and spray painted it a lovely grass green. The spray paint is nontoxic after it cures for a few days. I chose orange and brown to round out the warm, vintage-y color palette.
And I also chose owls. I think they're cute and they seem kind of vintage, too.
My mom made the crib bedding and the curtains from chocolate brown dot and stripe fabric because I couldn't find anything else I liked that wasn't $400 for a crib set. The chest of drawers and the dresser were Craigslist finds. I wanted something mid-20th century and these were in great condition. (And small world, the sellers were the parents of one of my college professors; she was home for the weekend helping them sell their stuff and we had a minor freakout session when we realized we knew each other.)
This groovy orange lamp belonged to my uncle and is actually from the 70s. It falls into the so-ugly-it's-cute category. It's been sitting in our garage for five years and I'm glad to finally have a place to put it.
Oddly, it's been easy to find owls for room decor. I thought I was being creative when I picked owls over something more traditional, like teddy bears or jungle animals, but a pparently I was just jumping on a larger owl-loving bandwagon. This silver owl bank was a $10 Target find.
an owl painting my mom got from Layla Grayce, and below it is a pointillist painting of Samford Hall (one of the oldest buildings my alma mater, Auburn University) that a close friend made for me when we were still in school. Beside it is a quote by Bo Jackson, Auburn's most famous football star. I like the sentiment and it was only $5 at Hobby Lobby, but it bugs me to no end that it says "...till you get there" in stead of "...'til you get there". Argh.
Above the Bo sign is a shadow box where I framed Mr. W's teeny hospital bracelet, and below the clock is a hanger with his name, made by Etsy seller LilaFrances. On the wall perpendicular to that (see in the first photo at the top of this post) are two owl paintings - one of a mommy, daddy and baby owl in the daytime; one of a mommy and baby owl at nighttime - that were painted by my super-talented sister.
Annnnd...my favorite part of his room, the library wall. We mounted Ribba ledges from Ikea to hold all of his picture books, and I painted letters I bought at Hobby Lobby for a dollar or two apiece to create the alphabet above. Both ideas I borrowed from nurseries I saw on Ohdeedoh .
I nurse Mr. W in the orange rocker, and we play cool tunes - Avett Brothers, Michael Jackson, Weezer - on the iPod player on the little table. I like that it continuously changes color, so it doubles as a nightlight.