January 20, 2014

The Nursery: Getting Started

Even before we found out that Baby Fraser is a boy, I knew I wanted to stick to a more gender neutral nursery. I love grey and white nurseries with pops of colour like yellow or navy, regardless if the room is for a boy or a girl. I am not a theme-loving girl (unless books are a theme), and I wanted to create not only a nursery, but a room that our baby can grow up and into. So I stuck to my guns, and looked for inspiration via pinterest and blogs when it came to creating our baby's nursery.

Here is my starting point:




I love grey because I feel it works well with so many colours and doesn't limit you as much in terms of decorating. So for the walls, I chose a Manhattan Mist by Behr. The crib and dresser will be white and the Bicycle Yellow, also by Behr, is for a bookshelf I am repainting for Baby Fraser's library. I have a few other projects in the works that will also be yellow.

I am happy to report that painting finally started this past week! The trim and doors in our home are all builder beige, so it was a no-brainer that the trim and doors in the nursery would need to be painted white.  The prep work for painting trim in a room with carpet is the worst part. Luckily, Jim took on that project all on his own :)

Here's a before picture of where we started with this nursery. This is pretty much what this room has looked like since we moved in. I lovingly refer to it as the "shit room", because it's where all our shit gets dumped. Please tell me we're not the only ones who have a room like this. Out of sight, out of mind, right?



It probably took us a good week, spending our evenings sorting through the piles of junk, deciding what to keep, what could be donated and what to throw away. It was worth it though because once we were done, it felt so good to have that room cleared out.

And here's the room all ready to be painted:



Already looks better!



11 comments:

  1. I love that IKEA dresser! That's the one I wanted, but it was too big for the room (seriously, baby L's room is TINY when you think about it). Your colours and ideas remind me a lot of another blogger, Kath over at Kath Eats. You should check out her nursery at Baby Eats Real Food. She has the same kind of colours and the chevron pattern. It's really nice!

    LOVE the owl! I have some owl receiving blankets but that's about it. Baby L's room is all about the animals, so there are a lot of them in the room. And simple -- I love simplicity!

    I'm so excited to see the room finished! I'm glad the painting has finally started. :)

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    1. I love that dresser too - Jim and I actually have the same one already in our bedroom, except it's more that natural wood colour (same colour as my bookshelves). I figured we can't go wrong with it because even if it doesn't stay in the baby's room forever, it can always be used somewhere else! And the owl lamp I've owned for a few years now! I think I bought it knowing that one day I would use it in a baby's room :)

      I will have to go check out Kath's blog! I know *of* her blog, but haven't been to it in ages.

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    2. I feel the same way about the dresser in L's room ... glad I got something that can go in another bedroom. Actually, we have one that is woefully neglected and could use some furniture that isn't 30+ years old and deteriorating. But we'll let baby have the dresser first. :)

      Where did you get the owl lamp? I would love that in my library!

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    3. I got the owl lamp at Urban Barn...probably around 1.5 years ago? I saw it and knew I had to have it. It leaves a really cool pattern on the wall when it's on :)

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    4. Very cool. I doubt they've have it now. :( I have a twilight turtle from Indigo in Lucas's room ... it leaves stars all over the place!

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  2. So excited for you Brie!

    I really am a fan of that yellow and grey combo. I actually like grey a lot in general.

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I've been a big fan of grey for a long time too, but this is the first time I've actually used it in my own home - I'm excited to see it all done! :)

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  3. LOVE the colour scheme! And nope, you're definitely not alone in having a shit room haha we have a shit basement, too.

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    1. Hahaha - our basement doesn't look much better!

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  4. I really like the color scheme and totally agree about a more neutral environment. I can't wait to see it when it's all put together. And we would totally have a shit room if we had space! Seriously.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! And yes, honestly, more space really just = more stuff/junk/clutter!

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