Can you hear it? That is me squealing with joy! Mainly because it is finished before the baby makes it's official appearance. And not a moment too soon! We had a long eventful night and I woke up this morning telling Mr. R we had to hang the last thing on the wall. Not, let's install a car seat or lets pack a bag. He told me my priorities were way off BUT posting these photos were on my "before baby comes" to do list.
Most people are shocked when they find out we don't know the sex of the baby. Like raised eyebrows with disbelief and shock. I don't think it is that uncommon but apparently we are not the norm. After they wipe the disappointment off their face the next question is....and it's usually with a nasty tone too, "So how will you decorate the nursery.....yellow?" So for all of you "yellow is the only gender neutral color" haters out there I will explain how this room evolved. And you know exactly who you are!
It started with the grey and white curtains to be perfectly honest. I have been eyeing these guys for almost a year. We didn't exactly know when would be bringing home a baby but I did know that these curtains would be in this house somewhere. Y'all think I am kidding but I'm not. The wall color was next. I wanted to room to be bold so I chose a bright turquoise. Again, this was way before we were even pregnant. And so it evolved from there. The grey and zebra rug was next and then everything else just kind of fell into place. There is a subtle animal theme but not in your face. It's just a nice space that will grow with baby OR transition into an office OR transition into a guest room.
The most shocking experience in all of this baby making is what a racket it all is. Cribs are stupid expensive! Baby bedding is tacky! Glider vs. Rocker....who cares they are mostly hideous! Things that they tell you you MUST have are so ugly and big...and usually pink or blue...with a bunny on it!!!!
Here's a rundown of what we got going in here, if you are at all curious.
Crib - Babyletto Hudson
*Rocker - Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker
*Rug - Pottery Barn Kids
*Curtains - Crate and Barrel
Bedding - Layla Grayce
Dresser - Vintage via Craigslist
Side table - Vintage via Granbury TX
Hamper - Ross
Light fixture - Lowes
Lamps - Thrift Town and spray painted, shades from Target
Frames - Thrift Town and Marshall's
Art - Vintage paper, cards, and original prints that I whipped up on the computer and printed for a whopping $1.09
Elephant head - hostess shower gift from Etsy
Vintage metal letter - wedding present that has been hanging outside at the farm since November 2011
Pouf - Target
Orange stool - Hico Antique fair.....and PS it was $30!
*I did splurge a little on a few items. Nothing crazy, I could never justify spending a $1,000 on a chair...ever! My only justification for these was to purchase items that could work in any room. I am constantly moving things from one room to another so I didn't want to have a pastel gingham rocker that I would not use in any other space in my house. Nothing against pastel gingham but it's not a color scheme or pattern I usually decorate with. So any of these items could be moved...besides the crib obviously. Hopefully we will have that baby bed in rotation for a few years:)
Some of my very favorite things in the room are the little things I didn't even register for. The quilt made by my sweet friend Amanda....just perfect. The card board mini dear head my sister picked up on a trip down to Austin. Of course the elephant head but I have been eyeing faux taxidermy for years! The little wood carved elephant I found at an antique store in Colleyville along with the brass lion. The E.E. Cummings poem that I read last year and couldn't get out of my head, felt appropriate for the space.
Things you wont find in this room, judge me if you must...
Diaper genie: There is only one place for a poopie diaper and that is in the outside trashcan....period! I don't care if it is 4am, poop goes outside!
I hope y'all like it. For some reason I just knew this is what I wanted to do in a babies room. It feels good and cozy and right for our family. A huge thank you to my dear friend Jim Martin who came over to photograph the nursery for me today. I fully understand how insane it is but I really wanted some nice shots before laborpalooza begins in the next few days....eeeerrrr hours maybe. And the best thing about being friends with a photographer is they work for beer.
Waiting for baby!