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Friday, August 17, 2018

Sawyer's Nursery

Photos: Hilleary Photography
I'm so excited to finally share pictures with you of Sawyer's nursery. We had our newborn photo session at the house the other week and my wonderful photographer captured a few special photos for us. I'm so thrilled with the way his nursery turned out. We have a three bedroom house, and his room was once our second guestroom. Transitioning the room seemed like such a daunting project because I wasn't sure where to even begin. We had to sell furniture, shift some around and then figure out what all we needed to buy. 

I knew that I didn't want a theme per say. My goal was to create a space that could easily transition as he grows. One that was neutral and bright. The walls in the room were already white and we already had white curtains — check! I'm really thankful I didn't have to go through picking out a paint color. I'm the most indecisive person ever and the thought of painting makes me cringe. We had a good, clean starting point for the room. A white nursery with accents of blue and grey is what I had envisioned. My very first purchase was the glider. It was important to me to have a comfy chair in the room. I also wanted one that didn't look like a rocking chair and that had a washable slip cover. I found the perfect one at Celadon during their Memorial Day sale. The great part about it is, we can move it to our living room when we are done with it in the nursery. 

Next was the crib. I knew I wanted something traditional. I debated on a few different options and finally decided on this beautiful white iron, Million Dollar Baby Classic Abigail 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. It's simple, gender neutral and grows with your child. 
I was stumped when it came to what to put on the wall about the crib. I searched and searched for paintings that were affordable but came up empty handed. Then I came across these black and white animal prints on Instagram and knew we had to have them above the crib for some contrast. The little blue chair was something I had registered for and received as a gift at one of my showers. It's so little and cute and is perfect for monogramming.

After ordering five area rugs, we finally landed on the striped one you see in the photo. We wanted it to be bright with some sort of pattern but one that wouldn't become the focal point in the room. I'm really happy with the one we ended up keeping it. 
The dresser search was a month long venture. I wanted one that would serve as a changing table, but with enough drawers for storage. Oh, and one that wasn't too tall given I'm challenged in the height department. I found some that were the perfect shade of white but looked cheap, others that looked well built but weren't white and so on. I stalked our local antique mall every weekend, hoping to get my hands on what I was looking for. And then I came across this beautiful dresser with rope handles...but it was navy blue! I was sick of searching and decided that it was nothing that a little paint couldn't fix. Thanks to my mom and my brother's girlfriend, I now have the perfect white dresser I had been searching for. You can see a before picture here. I added one of my favorite maternity photos for a personal touch. And the beautifully hand carved bird was made by my husbands late grandfather.
If you look closely in the reflection of the mirror, you can see a painting hanging on the wall. It's one that Whit and I purchased on our trip to Italy last year. We managed to make it all the way back without it getting damaged. It's so beautiful and the colors work perfectly in Sawyer's room.
We moved one of our fiddle leaf fig trees into the room to add a pop of color. The white rocking horse was mine when I was a little girl. And I wanted the tufted jute pouf for some texture. I really wanted to add a basket light fixture but we decided a fan was more important since the sunlight shines on that side of the house in the afternoons.

The crib bedding is probably one of my favorite parts about the nursery. I spotted this macramé crib skirt and knew I had to find a way to incorporate it. I pretty much based everything around it. I decided to go with a simple white bumper and trellis patterned crib sheet which is not pictured.
This little cubby you see pictured below really had me stumped. It's a small look nook with a light fixture mounted on the wall. I believe the previous owners of our home had a small desk in the space. I really wanted to put a bookshelf there but I couldn't find one that was the right dimensions. Eventually I would like to get a custom one made, but in the meantime the current set up will do. 
This is the nightstand that was originally in the guest bedroom and it happened to fit just perfectly in the space. I added a few special things on top like my late grandmother's bible, another favorite maternity picture of mine, the first pair of shoes Sawyer received, a cute little sailboat I picked up at an antique mall and a few books that were gifts from my baby showers.
After weeks of stressing about this room, I'm really pleased with the outcome. I wanted it to be perfect, knowing how much time we would be spending in there. Right now I'm enjoying the fact that it's clean and toys aren't all over the place. That day is coming soon!


Glider (similar) here, here and here

Dresser (similar) here

Mirror (similar)

Pouf (similar)

White Floor Lamp (similar)

Blue Table Lamp (similar)

Rocking Horse (similar) 

Sailboat (similar)


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