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Hi everyone, Alisha here! If you haven't heard the big news, I'm about to welcome my first little baby into the world. My due date is January 6th, but the way I'm waddling around, I'm not sure it's going to take that long! As many of you know, it is hard work to prepare for a new child. Between decorating a nursery, picking a name, and the seemingly endless amount of time you spend at the doctor's office, it's amazing if you can find a few minutes to yourself! I suppose it's good preparation for when the kiddo finally arrives. I think my favorite part of the whole process has been decorating the nursery. Though, I have to say, it is much harder than I expected.
Little known fact: I suffer from something called chromatophobia. Depending on who you ask, it's really not as bad as it sounds, but it definitely adds a whole new layer of complication into the process of designing a room. Basically, what it breaks down to mean is that I get a lot of anxiety from bright colors and a lot of contrast. When you consider that babies love bright colors and lots of contrast, you can see how this task might have been fairly daunting to me. When I first started my planning, I thought I would go with a very neutral palette. In my mind, my dream nursery would look something like this...
After my husband reminded me that we aren't exactly working with an endless budget, and that babies do in fact need a little bit of color and contrast, I started to shift my attention to other options. After literally months of stewing over color palettes and design ideas, we finally settled on a beautiful gray color with a navy blue accent wall. To add a little contrast, we decided that putting up white wainscotting would be a nice way to break up the room.
I felt so much relief from choosing paint colors that I completely forgot about all of the other stuff the room was going to need. Oey. Once the room was painted and the crib was put together, I started working on a theme. We are naming the baby after our dads - Hunter after my dad, and the middle name James is after my husband's father. With a name like Hunter, I figured that I should focus on an outdoorsy style. Back to Pinterest I went!
I found so many cute ideas that were so very boy, but for some reason, whether it was the space I had to work with or the availability of certain items at local stores, I just couldn't quite settle on a final direction.
Finally, my sister suggested that I start accumulating things that relate to our lifestyle and our tastes. She said, "buy things that you are going to want to use after Hunter decides what he wants his own room to look like." What a concept! After receiving this little piece of advice, the process of designing the nursery became fun again. Because we love the outdoors, and in particular, we are big skiers, we picked up some vintage ski posters and had them framed in recycled barn wood.
Next, we found a light fixture at a local shop in Portland called Hippo Hardware. This store is SO awesome because you can pick out a shade you like and build a light fixture around it for about half of what you pay new. We picked an original 1920's shade (same decade our house was built), and had them build a very cool, antique brass fixture to go with it.
You can see by this picture that the store can be...overwhelming, but if you go there with a plan in mind and a few hours to kill, you're sure to find a treasure or two.
The rocking chair we are using was a gift from my husband's late grandmother and the antique wood finish fits so beautifully with the rest of the room. Next, we picked up an old brass horse head to use as a bookend. This piece was really cool to me because I grew up riding horses before I could even walk and I plan on making horseback riding a big part of my son's childhood, too.
Finally, because Hunter's name holds so much family significance, we wanted to really emphasize it in some way. We purchased these AMAZING wood letters from a shop on Etsy. The letters are made out of recycled barn wood and are unfinished. Since they were a little pricier than we had initially thought, we ended up only buying his initials. Once they arrive, the letters are going to go right above the crib. This is the style that the shop shows the letters coming in...
As we continue to gather fun little knick knacks, we have also been so fortunate to have a wonderful family of quilters who have showered us in the most amazing quilts and accent pieces.
My dear friend Amanda Jean from the Crazy Mom Quilts blog sent over some beautiful chevron bibs, and an incredible quilted pillow that I absolutely adore...
Can I just say, the quilting on this pillow blows my mind. The lines are perfection!
Next up, my wonderful friend Meghann commissioned a little mobile for the room that used fabrics that matched exactly to the paint colors we selected. The fabrics are so fun, and I thought this guy was the perfect accent above the changing table.
Next, the ladies here at CT were so kind as to give me the Every Which Way quilt in our super cozy flannels!
Not only do I love this quilt because it's super soft flannel, but it seems appropriate for when the little guy starts crawling!
Finally, my mom made the baby a quilt that he will treasure for a lifetime. The pattern came from Generation Q Magazine and the fabrics are our lovely Quilter's Candy solids. We actually picked the fabric colors before picking the paint colors in the room. This quilt was the driving force behind our palette and I absolutely love it!
Isn't it amazing how quilty touches just *make* a room? I so treasure the handmade gifts that we received, and I know that our little Hunter will enjoy them for many years to come. With just a little over two weeks to go, we are putting the finishing touches on the room, and I have officially weaned myself off of Pinterest. This whole process has been a lot of work! Now I just have to prepare myself for the months of sleepless nights I'm about to encounter.
Do you know anyone who is working on decorating a nursery right now? What resources are they using for inspiration?