Nursery Nook

Sunday, July 03, 2016

I am so excited to finally be sharing Ramsey Kate's sweet nursery nook! It's been finished for a few weeks now, but we've been so busy preparing things for her lately that I haven't gotten a chance to take photographs. I am so so happy with how it turned out. It's been quite the journey getting it to this point. To say I'm indecisive is an understatement- we completely changed the nook twice and made about 4647382 returns to Hobby Lobby over the course of the design process. Good news is that I keep receipts, so there was never an issue. Lesson learned the hard way while decorating the apartment and town home in the past. Anywayyyy, I knew from the beginning I didn't want a set 'theme' and as soon as the ultrasound tech said 'GIRL' I knew pink would be a definite in the color scheme. I originally wanted to add touches of gold, but after mom gave me an old baby blanket of mine I quickly changed my mind. I'm not sure what you'd call the color- maybe mint or turquoise- but I knew the nook would center around reusing my old baby blanket as a key piece in her bedding.

Due to lack of space, we opted for a mini crib instead of a full size crib. I found ours on Amazon after weeks of searching and mom graciously offered to purchase it for us. I originally wanted a white crib, but with our wall color being so light (and not wanting to paint since the town home is a rental) I was nervous there wouldn't be enough contrast. I'm so happy with the color we chose. I think it adds the perfect amount of contrast to the space without making the nook feel smaller than it already is.

I am OBSESSED with the letters above her crib. I knew as soon as I saw them that they were perfect. Hobby Lobby never disappoints- or their 50% off sales. I spent TWLEVE DOLLARS on these letters. You can't beat that. It took hours and a lot of trial and error on the paint colors, but they turned out exactly as I envisioned. I hot glued twine to the back and tied a little bow to add the finishing touches.

I stumbled across a wooden toy chest on Pinterest and fell in absolute love with it. Unfortunately, the price tag associated with solid wood chests is rather steep. Zach offered to build one himself, and as uncertain as I was about it to begin with, it turned out PERFECT! I stained it  to match her mini crib a few weekends later (don't worry I didn't inhale the fumes) and Zach added the finishing touches- a handle on each side. This toy chest is such a sentimental addition to her nursery nook. It warms my heart that so much love was poured into it, and I look forward to passing it down to our grandchildren one day.

Above the chest we placed a wooden shelf so I'd have an opportunity to display frames/bows/knickknacks, whatever my heart desired. Since there wasn't enough room for a dresser this was the perfect way to have that opportunity without taking up floor space and making the nook feel small. We actually found the shelf at Hobby Lobby while on 50% off, and I think we paid EIGHT DOLLARS for it. I used the leftover stain from the toy chest to stain the shelf, which helped tie together all the 'furniture' in the nook. The shelf turned out darker (more like the mini crib) than the toy chest, but that's because I didn't feel as much pressure staining an $8 shelf as compared to a $50 toy chest that Zach sunk hours into. As far as I'm concerned, it's perfect either way.

The streamers are my favorite part of the nook, and they were one of the very first purchases. Zach spotted them at Hobby Lobby. He definitely comes in handy! We had to purchase two different strands of streamers to get the colors we needed- all Zach's idea too. He's a genius- and sometimes my little pregnant brain just can't come up with these things all on its own. The mint/turquoise streamers were on one strand, and the pink and white streamers were on another. It sounds simple enough to combine the two, but it was a PAIN. I had to remove every. single. streamer. on both strands, and thennnn add them to a third strand of twine because I literally tore apart both of the original two strands trying to remove the streamers. The streamers are attached to the twine with metal hooks that are twisted for security. I had to use pliers people. PLIERS. After what seemed like 45385 hours of intensive labor, the streamers were complete. And I have to say it was totally worth it!

For more storage, we purchased a basket stacker from TJ Maxx. I love love love baskets, and I think the color goes perfectly with everything else in the space. The best part of course is that it's vertical- it doesn't take up much floor space. I think it's the cutest way to store her swaddle blankets and extra crib sheets- and her diapers are easily accessible as well.

We had a tiny amount of wall space left, so I hot glued twine to the back of an open frame from Hobby Lobby to make a little clothesline pin-board. I am thrilled with how it turned out! It's the perfect way to display photos and our favorite sonograms. I love how twine is incorporated sparingly throughout her nursery- on this pin-board, the strand of streamers, and the letters above her crib hang from twine as well. I think it helps tie everything together without being too matchy matchy and obvious about it.

I absolutely cannot wait to bring our baby girl home to this sweet nursery nook. We haven't met her yet, but I feel like it fits her perfectly. It's everything I dreamed of, and I don't feel like I missed out on designing a nursery- even with space being so limited. I'm so so happy with the end result.

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  1. You guys done great, it's simply perfect and made with tons of love. Ramsey will be one blessed little girl can't wait to meet her, love you guys!uncle chris & aunt kiki