:: Henry’s nursery ::

Well, here it is…Henry’s nursery is finally finished which is a good thing considering he will be here SOON! I still have not blogged about the bella notte bedskirt “situation” but I will eventually but without further delay, here it is…

Keep in mind this room is super tiny..10/11 i think and it seems even smaller because there is at least one door or window on every wall..like the funny shutter “cubby” that i should have had sheetrocked over when we moved in (this house was built in 1941 and it had wood plank walls with cheesecloth wallpaper IN EVERY ROOM..so we had to 1/2″ sheetrock over everything downstairs and left the bare wood walls upstairs) anyway that was my chance to cover the cubby but i didnt..it is good storage but hard to decorate..i left the area above it fairly bare because i wanted the focus to be on the monogram over the rocker and the crib..you just cant have every wall filled to the brim, i am trying to learn to edit and it is hard because i love stuff but it is a lot nicer..

So over the rocker (thanks for the rocker Nana!) is the monogram piece from Smallwords..Kim did an amazing job, I highly recommend her..it is 20×20, great size. Then the little stool that I (yes I) slipcovered in linen (not burlap like i had intended..too rough, we’ll talk about burlap for wimps later;;) dont look too closely but i love it) the dahlia fabric on the pillow and blanket are from calico corners.. the crib and most of the furniture i used in Drew’s nursery 4 years ago..same basic bones pretty much but a much different look.. i wanted this nursery to be cottagey, a touch of vintange AND modern..i didnt know if that mix would come off at all but i am happy with it.

Above the crib is the print from Sarah and Abraham, i love her stuff, ironically one of my shower hostesses new about her before i did and they even ordered my shower invites from there without my knowing, they also used some sihouette cards on the shower favors..loving that look right now! more on the shower later..back to the room.

On to the bedding, my seamstress here in town did a great job..the inside of the bumper and the bedskirt (no i did not use the bella nottie bedskirt, more on that later, prepare to laugh) is a linen dot from Calico corners too..the exterior of the bumper and the white linen on the ties and welting are all from fabric.com. In fact the blue trellis on the curtains and the stripe are both waverly OUTDOOR fabrics, love that, they washed up so nice and soft suprisingly. And the stripe was too bright, i wanted a softer look so i just had Susi (the seamstress) use the verso (back side) of the fabric for a softer look..turned out great. The brown pillow is from Target and the polka dot doggies is from Toys R us!..dont rule out Toys R us!;;; the crib sheet is plain white linen from Bella Notte, i purchased it back in December when i was just weeks pregnant (at Wildflower in Austin, love that store)..it is sooo soft..with the black out curtains, new mattress, and soft sheet, hopefully little Henry will love to sleep in this room!
The little coat rack is from Target, the polka dot toy bin is from Pottery Barn kids.. I love having some of his sweet little outfits, most were Drew’s, in fact the first one is the outfit he wore the first time he went to church..vintage feltman, someone gave it to me when Drew was born, they bought it from an estate sale and repaired it..so precious.



And then what i like to call the “service area”…the changer is actually an old desk/secretary..where the baskets are there was a drawer with cubbies and a fold out writing desk, i simply removed that part (is in the attic if i ever want to use it that again) and added the baskets, the chalk tags are from Pottery Barn kids..the glass knobs are from Nell Hills which i bought on my pilgrimage there when i was pregnant with Drew in 2004!;; The flash cards are from Land of Nod and i simply punched holes and hung with ribbon..i may eventaully put a large black and white picture on canvas here..but i like the cards because once he gets bigger (and rowdy when being changed, hey i know how boys are) i dont have to worry about him pulling them down and hurting himself, they are just heavy paper..and i didnt want to spend fortune on the perfect frames… the little ladder is from Ross..it was ugly wood and i painted it for Drew’s nursery, it is perfect for baskets of blankets, and diapering “stuff” (notice the Boudreux’s in the back;;)



So that is it, i kept the plain brown rug from Target, i tried the dash and albert and it was cute but seemed slippery and in the end the rug is not the focal point after all..i removed the original mobile which was cute but too big for the room and our “not very high” ceilings…the tree works much better, is safer and mirrors the organic feel in the dahlia fabric on the crib blanket and rocker pillow.

I love that i was able to use so many of the vintage things from Drew’s room like this old clothes hamper, all of the furniture, the awnings, and the little feltman things like this sweater..for months i have obsessed over how this room would turn out and look, now i just want to see this little baby and welcome him home!

When i moved Drew’s little wooden rocker (a gift to him from my grandmother who has since died and wont get to meet baby Henry) into the nursery just for these pictures, Drew said “Oh that is a great idea mama, i need a rocker in here too so i can rock with you and Henry when he crys..i can sing to him”..so the rocker may stay;;; can you tell i am hormonal and goopy!?;;

thanks for looking..i will talk more next week about making the stool cover,etc..in the meantime, email or leave in comments with any questions about sources..i really appreciate all of the interest in our humble little abode. Yall are awesome readers!

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