Here are the photos of the (99%) finished baby nursery! I just love the way it all turned out! I really wanted the room to be girly and sweet without being too "baby-ish" and I think we accomplished that! It is simple and sophisticated and with few final touches it will be perfect! I think it will be a joy to spend lots of time in here. So many of the things in the room were made for our baby or handed down through our families. It really makes the room special. The inspirations were Paris, photography, ballet and Sofia Copolla's Marie Antoinette...
My Stepmom (Nance) is a fabulous interior designer/colorist (she works in Oregon and Washington so let me know if you want her contact info) and my sister came over to help us me pick our colors. They didn't photograph totally accurately but here are the swatches from the Benjamin Moore website... which also aren't that accurate! Ah well, you get the idea...
I never would have thought I'd have a pink room in my house. It was so great to have Nance help us pick "adult" pink colors.
The "flowers" were made by Amy and Poppy for the baby shower and they take the place of a mobile. I read that you actually want the space around your baby's crib to be a bit "boring", that is, non-stimulating. You want them to sleep, not stare at stuff!
The crib and Kyle's chair from when he was little (made by his Grandpa).
The crib with the bumper made by Erika and the gorgeous blanket knitted by Kyle's Nana with yarn she was saving for "something special" that she had brought over with her from New Zealand a long time ago.
The pillow is made from the pink raw silk from my wedding dress and a bit of tulle from my veil (both were made by Erika).
Two monkeys from Aunt Meghan.
The dresser was Kyle's when he was little. It will be painted super glossy white, get new handles and maybe get a little stencil treatment like this one from Anthropologie.
This vintage scale was a gift and is holding all of our beautiful Aden + Anais swaddles and blankies which were baby shower gifts. The teddy bear painting was given to us by a friend in Paris, I took the photo on the left for Kyle when we were just out of high school and I found that four leaf clover years ago!
The feeding zone. Comfy chair and blanket (also knitted by Kyle's Nana). Amy found that table cloth at an antique store and thought it was tres Marie Antoinette. It's hiding a box below with breast feeding paraphernalia and a book and book light for me. The lamp is a salt rock lamp and will serve as a mellow reading light/night light.
The bookshelf/toy zone. We just bought this shelf unit and the little pink bins from Ikea for about $35 total.
Lisa Kaser Print titled Tuesdays Were Reserved for Sharing Recipes. We bought it at an art fair right after I found out I was pregnant. It is quirky and cute. It reminded us of our many picnics in Paris. Plus the title is so us!
This porcelain doll was a gift from my cousin Carol. She has collected these gorgeous dolls for years and selected this one for our girl.
Old photos of my two grandmothers, Mary Jo (left) and Rosellen (on right). We are going to get two photos of Kyle's grandmothers too.
This is a series of photographs I took in Paris. I love the colors and the way they are all behind glass. Ballet slippers in a studio window, gorgeous tutu's in the window display at the Repetto store and the skirt of Degas' Little Dancer statue in a glass case.
I made this collage of photos from Kyle and my first trip to Paris together when we were barely twenty.
The closet with all the newborn clothes ready for action!
My Stepmom had given me this vintage tutu a few years ago along with some others that sat in a box in the garage that Kyle had labeled "Fuckin' Tutus" because he couldn't understand why I was holding onto them. Ha! I used one! Erika took it home and gently applied it to a wreath ring. We'll either put it on the wall or pin it to the door of the room.
I would also like to make a photo collage heart out of black and white photographs to give our little one something to gaze at.
I would also love to find a chandelier (maybe something vintage) to replace the main light in the room.
So, there you have it! Our baby's nursery is all set and ready for her arrival. Our due date is only ten days away!