August 10, 2010

Cribs: The Nursery Photo Tour

Some of you probably remember hearing how I decided to start redoing the babe's nursery the week before his dedication. That also happened to be the same week before we were having 40 people over to our house. Let's just say that I'm not known for my great timing. But despite the frantic, late-night painting by light of a camping headlamp, the paint was dry by the time the guests arrived. And since that day, we've been working to finish decorating our little boy's room. Today, I'm revealing the finished product to all of you!

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Nathaniel welcomes all of you into his nursery. He hopes you enjoy poking around and seeing how he helped mama decorate. And he would also like you to know that he was very cooperative during the painting process. And yes, he would like a cookie.

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The artwork above the crib is a new addition since the start of the nursery project. We ran with the elephant theme, or as the conversation between the hubs and I often went, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH ELEPHANTS. The piece on the left is a print created by SK Art Shop and the piece on the right was crafted by We and The Bean. Both pieces fit our theme perfectly and I love looking at them every day!

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Over the babe's crib hangs the mobile that was created for his room by Heartfelt Felties. And although the mobile has hung over the crib since before the babe was born, the last few weeks have brought about a special interest in those animals... as well as some very un-ladylike animal noises made by mama.

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Moving around the room, our next stop is the reading nook. Every single night before bed, Nathaniel cuddles up in the rocking chair with mama or daddy, we read a story out of his Rhyme Bible, and we say prayers. It's our time where we can stop and relax together for a few minutes before bed.

This is also one of my favorite places in the babe's room because it houses the very special toy chest that was made by his grandpa. The best part? BASEBALLS FOR LEGS. What little boy won't go crazy over that!?

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Also in our reading nook is a gorgeous piece of art that we selected especially for Nathaniel's nursery. It's an original painting created by Autumn Renae and when I saw the elephant and the little bird, I knew it had to go in the nursery!

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Passing by the closet, we have the changing table, or as the babe would say, WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS. The magic being when the amazing mama makes the poop disappear. Poof. The elephants that hang over the changing pad were created to match the baby's nursery by Heartfelt Felties. They also provide lots of fun as the babe tries to reach them during diaper changes.

To hold all of our diapers, diaper liners, wipes, and the ever-essential hand sanitizer, we employ two cloth buckets, made by Bubbles and Boo. It helps keep our drawer space more organized... and with a constant shortage of time entertaining a very curious baby, anything that helps with organization is worth its weight in gold!

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Moving farther around the room, we reach the bookshelf that I love so dearly. The shelf was made by Jonathan, especially for our little boy. It's just perfect for holding all of his books and it's as sturdy as a tank.

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Atop the bookshelf is the little lamp we use at night when a certain someone wakes up from his beauty sleep. The lamp is accompanied by another adorable piece of elephant art, a print created by Kate O'Leary Illustration.

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During the nursery project, Nathaniel was so helpful that he received a new toy, compliments of Millie's Moon Menagerie. Because what elephant nursery is complete without a toy elephant?

The redecoration is finally complete, at least until Nathaniel sees the movie Cars and decides that he wants a Lightening McQueen themed room. But for now, the room passes the most important test and has received the stamp of approval from the babe. And as for mama? I love it too. We spend many of our afternoons sitting on the big, blue rug playing with stuffed animals, blocks, and rattles. It makes me glad that I spent so much time hand-painting all of those elephants on the walls. All 93 of them.

Like what you see? Want to pick up some of these products for your own nursery? Several of the shops listed in this post (Bubbles and Boo, SK Art Shop, Millie's Moon Menagerie, Autumn Renae, and Kate O'Leary Illustration) have graciously agreed to give readers of Adventures of the Stay At Home Mom a 10% discount, good through September 10 with the coupon code NURSERYTOUR to be entered in the notes section at checkout.

I would also like to extend my thanks to all of the shops listed in this post who contributed their time and products toward this project, free of charge. Many thanks for making our nursery the warm, welcoming place it is now!

8 comments:

  1. WOW! You did a fantastic job! I love it and I think it's definitely a room that will grow with him!

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  2. what a beautiful room! You did an amazing job!

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  3. Love the elephant theme! And I love all the furniture you used in his nursery - looks so vintage and cozy!

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  4. i agree - one can never have enough elephants! so cute!

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  5. absolutely LOVELY!!! i adore all the handmade touches - what a cute theme! i think my favorite is all the unique wall art. but it's ALL wonderful!

    and of course, what a cute boy you've got. you must love hanging out in there with him!

    cheers!

    ~emily bilbrey

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  6. Oh my gosh, you painted those?! I thought they were wall decals! What talent. It's adorable!

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