Norah’s Nursery

I’m full term this Thursday, meaning if I were to go in to labor, they wouldn’t stop it.  And while I fully expect another three or so weeks before baby girl makes her appearance, I’m crossing things off the to-do list like mad lately.  I’ve got plans for a stop at Babies R’ Us (ugh) this week to use some store credit and pick up odds and ends I need to replenish, and I think next week I’ll start packing hospital bags to be ready.  The idea of packing my stuff doesn’t bother me at all; I think I started packing a few things on my due date last go around, and I had all I needed.  The idea of packing belongings and instructions for my two-year-old is stressing me out though.  I have no idea how long I’ll be gone, and I’d really prefer that he meet his sister at home if I can be back here in the time frame of 24-48 hours, but if it’s longer than that, he’ll come to the hospital.  The guessing game of labor and delivery – when it will happen, what time of day, how things will go – is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking at this stage of the game.

This weekend brought some fun things though when I crossed a big one off the list.  Norah’s room is finished!  Take a look now, folks, because I know most of the details and organization won’t look like this in a couple of months when we have a real eating, sleeping, pooping baby living there.  That much I remember.

We went with Baby Cache again for the crib and most of the furniture because we loved the one we had for Jude, and we actually are still using his as we’ve converted it to a full-sized bed. It’s served us well, and we found one we liked this time, too.

crib and monogram

The monogram is one I found on Etsy, and I simply spray-painted it with gray paint. It’s fairly light, so we hung it with Command strips. (There’s a glare in this photo, but I think you get the idea.)

For a long time, I couldn’t fine any bedding I even remotely liked, but then a Pottery Barn sale email landed in my inbox one day, and I settled on the “Dahlia” pattern. We’ve used Jude’s toddler blanket / quilt that came with his bedding as he’s grown older, and I love that it’s a quality item we can keep for a long time for each kid. Pottery Barn nursery details make me swoon. So so cute!



I also decided (Thanks, Pinterest!) to use various fabric and embroidery hoops to decorate the wall above her changing table. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and it was pretty inexpensive for a large focal point. A bonus is that I also have some scraps of fabric to use for one thing or another.

embroidery hoops

I chose one particular fabric from that wall to carry to the windows, and I made this simple valance using this easy tutorial.


Add a garage-sale find that I repainted…..

yard sale find!

And some other details like a mirror we found at Home Goods and an old Ikea lamp that we used to have in the guest bedroom….

Norah's nursery

My favorite thing about putting a nursery together is the tiny details that become sentimental. This is the first thing we bought for Norah, just after we found out she was a girl. I found it in a random souvenir shop across from the Louvre on our Paris trip when I was about 22 weeks pregnant. It loosely translates to “When I am grown, I will go to Paris.” I love it and the memories it brings.

Norah's first gift

And then this little project was a mix of a few different Pinterest ideas (mainly this one), and I am happy with the final result. It’s big brother’s scribbles, hole-punched and glued on a painted canvas to form her letter.

toddler art

Lastly, we moved the old Expedit shelf and rocking chair from Jude’s room to the nursery. I spent countless hours in this seat last go-around with a newbie, and the shelf became a command center of sorts. The baskets are great for storing burp cloths, blankets, and snacks and such you need as an overwhelmed nursing mama in the early days.  And great for faking organization by hiding the mess.

Jude's old expedit and rocking chair

All in all, I am happy with the way it turned out. It’s not really all that much like my earlier idea, and I discovered that the antique / dusty sort of pink is pretty much impossible to find. Still though, we used some sprinkles of purple and a little pink to lighten up the green, and I think in the end it’s feminine without being overwhelming. Or so I hope.

So that’s the finished project!  Drawers full of baby girl clothes, a finished room, and clean sheets on her bed are making me realize we have a new little person making her entrance soon.  And that’s pretty exciting.

Nursery Prep [alternate title: STOP THE PINK]

All this time I’ve had a boy I have complained that stores contain aisles and aisles of girl things and little to no boy things to speak of.  I still maintain that is true, but I’m realizing there is something I didn’t notice before.  I like the boy things so much better.  I don’t mind pink, really I don’t.  And I know she will be girly and wear pink and all of those things, and I’m not opposed to it.  But does it have to be head-to-toe pink?  And covered in rosebuds?  And adorned with ribbons?  Because that is pretty much all I see.  And I feel like the only thing worse than the abundant ruffles and head straps (What the hell are those things?) would be the animal prints and rhinestones and “glamour girl princess” labels all over everything.  I’ll drown her in ruffles before I’ll dress her in something that only the tackiest twenty-year-old should ever wear.

And nursery decorating?  I’m finding it’s much the same.  I browse bedding in a store or online, and I see mountains and mountains of pink and that’s about it.  Again, I want it to be feminine, but something a little more moderate would be nice.  Enter Pinterest.  Where did we start on a task like this before the internet?

Our walls are green, so we’ve decided that much.  And Design Seeds helped me land on this color palette since we have wood trim and some darker wood furniture she’ll be using.

The walls are pretty close to that green on the left, and we have some pink in there, but it’s that soothing mauve sort-of-pink that is hard to find yet much more to my liking than rosebuds and cupcakes I see in every store.  I don’t even know how I’ll do this except maybe bring this pallette to the store with me every time I shop for the nursery and hope I find some good matches.  The slate / dark purple in the middle won’t be too hard, I hope.  And at least the blue is everywhere, so there’s that.  I really don’t know at all where I’m going with this actually.  We’ll see.  I just want a room that doesn’t overwhelm me every time I walk in.

Other Pinterest finds I hope to copy be inspired by:

This awesome wall I tried to link here, but the photo won’t insert directly.  It’s simple but such a lovely way to get some color in a room.  I love it.

And this great book sling would go really well with a kid-sized rocking chair I thrifted a while back.  It would make a cute little reading corner, and it looks simple enough that I could do it.

And Etsy has some adorable bird mobiles I love. Like this one.

And this one.

It would be much easier to find a bed in a bag somewhere and go with it, but really I have not seen anything that didn’t induce nausea.  Does this happen to anyone else when looking at baby girl things?