Our Home: The Nursery

Doorway to the Nursery

Oh, how I love being in this room. It was the first space in the house I really finished, I think. (Nothing like a baby on the way to motivate!) It was also the first room we painted white—and it won't be the last! The colors, the natural light...this room is one happy place. But first, shall we revisit the past?

Here's the room when we bought the house in 2009. Purple for days—and the former resident's name written on the ceiling in pen. You know. The usual.

Nursery Before
Nursery Nook Before

And here it is now.

Nursery Jenny Lind Changing Table and Striped Rug
Nursery Reading Nook Daybed
Nursery DIY Painted Dresser

The walls are painted Moonlight White by Benjamin Moore. It's a good white, just slightly on the warmish side, but not too much so. The dresser belonged to one of Ben's relatives. It was a little worn so I gave it a simple refresh with paint, new knobs, and scented drawer liners. I especially like the casters on the legs.

Nursery Child's Chair and Laundry Hamper

The laundry hamper was a shower gift from my mother-in-law and it is awesome. It's the Umbra Crunch Can from the Container Store (although it looks like they no longer carry the color I have). The strawberry is affectionately called Darryl. Get it? Think '80s baseball.

Nursery Mobile and Jenny Lind Changing Table

Displaying some favorite clothing items on the wall is a fun way to add color and personality to the room. It's also budget friendly, since I didn't have to buy extra art and frames to fill the wall space! The mobile is from Zulily, and the maker is Children Inspire Design. Same with the poster above the crib.

Nursery White Jenny Lind Crib

The ottoman was a simple makeover project. I found it at an estate sale. It needed new fabric and padding and I gave it a coat of white paint. We use it all the time.

Nursery Baby Dress
Nursery Wood Jenny Lind Kids Rocker

Jenny Lind style furniture truly is a favorite of mine. The Jenny Lind rocker was a gift from my grandparents to me when I was two, I believe. I love to see the girls sit up there with a book. We also bought a Jenny Lind crib (from Amazon) and I found the Jenny Lind changing table on Craigslist (from Land of Nod). And just to round it out, I bought two matching Jenny Lind twin beds on Craigslist for when the girls share a room someday. So I guess they will be surrounded by Jenny Lind for a long time!

Nursery Daybed Reading Nook

My mom knit that purple blanket and it is just as soft and cozy as it looks. Bunny was a gift from my sister and brother-in-law, and the owl pillow is from my sister-in-law. It wasn't intentional, but owls are a recurring theme in this room. The bunting is a free printable from Lindsay Stephenson. Go print yourself some and string 'em up. Instant color joy!

Nursery Striped Rug and Painted Dresser
Nursery Reading Nook and Gallery Wall

The room has this little nook under the window that was begging for something special. I was thrilled to find that it was just the right size to fit Ben's old XL twin Sleep Number mattress. I bought a simple metal frame and everything fit perfectly. Underneath is clothes storage because babies grow fast.

Back in 2013, the nursery nook was featured as part of Brooklyn Limestone's Favorite Nook series. I was so honored! Just recently, I took the comforter off the bed because I didn't need one more bed to make. ;) Nobody actually sleeps there, but the girls love to play on it. Older sister used to sit up on the bed and read while I fed the baby. Now they play up there together. Absolute sweetness.

Nursery Girls in the Reading Nook

We spend lots of time playing in this sunny room. This nursery is just as cheerful as can be and I am so happy with how it came together. What do you think? Are you a white walls person, or do you prefer color on yours?

Come back next week to see more of our home!