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Yellow and Gray Arrow Nursery

With surprisingly little time and expense (but a lot of help), we were able to transform formerly unused square footage into a third bedroom on our second floor, perfect for a nursery. We used some old, bought some new, and got creative with the theme—one that morphed from arrows to geometric shapes to a mixture of the two plus others.
We just added slowly, layering a patterns, textures, and colors. After finishing the Sharpie paint pen wall design, I was on a roll.  The rug was tough, didn’t want it competing with the wall, but ended up finding the perfect simple shag rug, one smaller than the edges of the furniture, anything bigger looked wrong. Next came the big gray pouf and adorable hex table…both are still used every day.
Storage was top on our minds when designing the room so anywhere we could sneak it in without ruining the fun, we did. Like the Ikea spice rack book shelves next to the rocker. The ledge shelving for pictures, and the industrial pipe rod down below where we’ll hang baskets and other hang-able items. We snagged the blue arrow shelf at Home Goods for more book storage…we have a lot of books and without good, close storage they pile up quickly. The under-the-crib real estate was too valuable to pass up so I found these two large baskets to store all kinds of bedding, burping, and pumping supplies.
Other than actually building the room, the changing table was probably my biggest “project”. When I was about one minute pregnant I randomly fell in love with a simple little mid-century-ish dresser at a local consignment store. It was in rough shape. Once the nursery plans started to form I realized with a little work, it would make the perfect changing table for our tiny room—we left the closet door-less for just this purpose. I think the fact you can see under the dresser, due to the tall legs, opens things up a big in the small space. Plus it’s just really fun seeing those angle mount tapered legs!
Artwork for the room popped up sporadically. I’d see a cute print on Brickyard Buffalo (a great flash sale site everyone should check out!), then I’d find a free printable or some wrapping paper I thought may work. The pant hangers were a fun addition to hang some of the prints while others got stuck in old frames I found long ago at Goodwill. Feathers, arrows, and, for some reason, antlers were the end result. The “F” print is amazing and by a local artist. I picked it up at City Sprouts and love when Ethan tells me about all the little images, always emphasizing the “F” sound. I even made some art! When I saw this geometric stitched elephant art I just had to give it a try. Once I had my canvas and some embroidery floss leftover from our felt alphabet project, things went very quickly. I followed the instructions exactly and it was enjoyable to spend a few evenings stitching away. The result is pretty adorable if I do say so myself
I made Ethan’s mobile so when I saw this little ditty on Design Mom, I knew it was the perfect solution for Finn’s nursery. I picked up some air-dry sculpting clay on one of my million trips to the craft store and gave it a try. Ethan even had his own little clay project going on while I worked. After a couple hours of rolling and cutting, a few days of drying, and another few minutes of painting, we had a beautiful mobile I think Finn will love.
Last but not least, there’s the bedding. I considered for a minute paying a premium for a crib sheet from Etsy, but after finding this ridiculously easy tutorial, I decided to order the fabric I wanted—adorable yellow herringbone—and make one myself. My sewing perfectionist mom was doubtful about the simple instructions, but we gave it a try and it worked perfectly! The cost for fabric and elastic was about $22 per fitted sheet and they took maybe 20 minutes to align, cut, and sew. As for the skirt, I ordered enough of this simple grey and white stripe fabric to make three rectangles, one for the front and one for each end (I figured why do the back?),  hemmed them, then secured them to the mattress support with ribbon. We were able to easily shorten the skirt when we lowered the mattress by just tying it higher on the mattress support.
So there it is! Our itty bitty nursery perfect for our itty bitty Finn. He’s turning 2 next month (!!!) and we still love the room, it works perfectly for him and has plenty of storage to fit all his needs. The space is fun and visually stimulating in the daylight streaming through that big window, but peaceful for a good nights rest.
See how this all came together on my blog

Yellow & Gray Arrow Baby Boy Nursery

This room started as a second floor landing…not a room at all! When planning for our second baby boy we knew adding a room would add value to our house and be more functional for us. When it was originally renovated, the small room at the top of the stairs was removed so we just put it back.
A deep grey, arrows, antlers, geometric shapes, and a pop of yellow was the theme, so I got paint on the wall and went from there. The back wall features a paint-pen arrow design that is mimicked in the leading on the transom windows.
I tired to use what we could from our first baby, but did buy a few new things like the Urban Outfitter’s side table, the Jenny Lind crib, the inexpensive barn light from Home Depot, and the under-crib baskets from Crate & Barrel.
The big orange chair was repurposed as well as almost all the shelving and frames. The new closet, well in our case the changing space, features a refinished dresser and some new floating shelves from Lowes.
It’s a small room but it meets our needs perfectly. In the future it can be used as an office or kids room. It’s sunny and cozy and we love it! Baby boy seems to love it too.

Big Rig Construction Birthday Party

In October, I asked Ethan what kind of birthday party he’d like this year. “A digger party with a bulldozer cake” was his quick reply.
I wasn’t surprised, the kid can’t stop talking about diggers, graders, back-hoes, bulldozers, and cranes, it only made sense that he’d want them incorporated in his third birthday celebration.
Everything was DIY’d: cake, decorations, favors, “helmets”, even the huge wrecking crane that was the favorite activity of the party. I went so far as to talk a local construction company doing work nearby to drive one of their Bobcats over for a makeshift photo booth. The kids thought it was amazing.
Read more about it on my blog.

No-Paint Birch Tree Nursery

So when we moved to Old Town Alexandria (Virginia) and into a rental house with all white walls, I thought it would be so hard to recreate our beloved Birch Tree Nursery. “No painting allowed” was what the landlords said. Therefore I was challenged to add the robin’s egg blue and rich orange colors to Ethan’s nursery without paint. And without my painted birch trees.
Luckily I found a great vendor, NouWall, who made extra tall birch tree decals for a very reasonable price. Problem, solved. We brought in more blue on the window cornices, changing pad, foot stool, and mobile…all homemade.
In no time we had a cozy, home-like nursery in our formerly cold rental house. No paint needed!