12 October 2010

The Nursery Unveiled

Although I don't think I'll ever be satisfied... with anything, I thought now was as good a time as any to reveal the nursery.  Perhaps it is the pregnancy hormones but I've been having this overwhelming feeling of dissatisfaction with my surroundings.  I lay awake at night contemplating whether or not I should get up and just start purging.  I dream about wild house cleaning sprees where I throw away the unused contents of every cupboard and drawer and I donate all of the things in this house that I just don't love anymore.  Unfortunately, I don't have the discipline or the energy to do any of those things at this point and so instead I will meditate on loving what is. 
In the meantime, I took some pictures of the baby's room this weekend and although I am unhappy with how they turned out (shocker), I will display them anyway, but only because I said I would. 

Probably the best "whole room" shot using the mirrored closet door and featuring Jasper, my assistant, looking super sassy on that pink zebra rug. 

The crib is a classic Jenny Lind style wooden number that we got at Babies'R'Us for less than $200.  I made the crib skirt and bumper out of Michael Miller green chevron fabric and Amy Butler's Love Sandalwood in tangerine, respectively, both of which are less than $10/yd.  The crib sheet is from PotteryBarn Baby and was on clearance.  The curtains are also Amy Butler fabric made by my lovely and talented Mama.  The two paintings above the crib are Matisse's Citrons sur Fond Rose and Raoul Dufy's Le Tour Eiffel, some colorful Fauvist favorites for her little eyes.  I'm trying to breed an artist- can you tell?

Close up of the vintage tie-backs I scored at Werther's Antique mall in Wallholler (Walhalla), SC.

Alas, the part of the room where all the magic will happen: dirty diapers and the dairy rack.  The side table, rocking chair, and green mirror are all hand-me-downs from different generous sources and we already had them "laying around."  The lamp was a thrift store find ($3) and I smacked a wicker IKEA lampshade on it.  Above the rocking chair is another framed Matisse, a platter that I collected somewhere along the way, and an original pastel drawing done by yours truly that will probably not stay there.  Having it framed has been on the to-do list for a couple of weeks now, thus adding to my angsty, unsatisfied impulses.  Rats.  As for the dresser, it was a Craigslist steal that we painted white, handles and all, and it doubles as a changing table.

Close up.

Closer up.

Bookshelf, fabric baskets and lamp all from IKEA.  The chair used to be at my grandparents kitchen table-  I painted and recovered it years ago.  Assemblage of found objects atop the bookcase mostly consists of thrift store and antique mall finds.  Original oil painting was a gift and I can't remember the artist's name.

There are about a million things I'd still like to do to make the room feel more complete, but I was reminded that if I waited until I thought it was perfect, then I would never reveal it. 

And so there it is- just like me- as ready as it will ever be for baby to arrive.


  1. Beautiful, just beautiful....just as I knew it would be!

  2. Laura took the words right out of my mouth: beautiful, just beautiful. That really was exactly what I was thinking as I looked at those wonderful, bright details.

  3. i love it! the right amount of art, patterns, new furniture and thrifty finds. you rock. you gotta show me how to make the crib skirt and bumper one day.