Our nursery/office (the joys of renting in a big city) is simple but filled with love, and it’s my favorite room in our apartment now. The room was inspired by two things: 1. Sunshine and 2. a baby blanket.
When I first got pregnant I dreamt of sunshine; obviously it was a sign of all the light the bean would bring into our lives. I knew I wanted to decorate the nursery in a sunshine theme. If you know me or you’ve been reading NML for a while, you know that my favorite color is green. I love green. I just had this feeling that Bea’s life would be filled with sunshine, and I wanted her to have bright yellows and oranges to inspire her and to keep her bright and warm.
This baby blanket was the other inspiration for Bea’s nursery. Before Viet and I got pregnant, he gifted me the yarn for the blanket. I had mentioned years before that someday when we had a baby I wanted to knit this blanket for the little one. I started knitting the blanket after I got pregnant, and it became the color touchstone for the nursery.
I put together a gallery wall to go over the crib (my first gallery wall!).
*Wooden “You are my sunshine” sign: Then I found this sweet hand painted wooden sign on etsy.
*Beatrice, You are so loved Print: I had planned to paint a giant sunshine to put up in the nursery, but that became completely unrealistic as my pregnancy progressed. Instead of the sunshine, I painted this simple sign that says Beatrice, you are so loved. I matched the colors to the Yao Cheng print.
*Minted heart Print: I just loved this darling little heart print. That’s all, and I’d liked that it introduced a few more colors into the mix. I bought it before Bea was born, so instead of including her birthdate as advertised I just put her name at the bottom.
*Braver, Stronger, Smarter: I first saw this print over on Elise’s blog, and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s a free printable over on Caravan Shoppe. I bought the frame at Michaels, and printed it out at Home Depot.
*the two tiny frames on either side of the wooden sign: I bought these two simple white frames at Michaels. On the left, I printed a poem by E. E. Cummings. When we found out the bean was a girl, I wrote her a letter and included this special poem by E. E. Cummings. On the right is my favorite scene from Much Ado About Nothing (mentioned in one of my letters to Bea explaining how she got her name). I typed out both of these myself and then printed them in green ink on our home printer.
Opposite the crib and changing table, we have a long white dresser with some of the stuffed animals Bea’s been gifted. Above it I hung three prints from Gumball Grenade Illustrations. I found this artist on etsy years ago. The two prints on the left were actually valentine’s gifts to Viet about five years ago. I bought the third one of the right because I felt like the space just needed three, and I like that it’s as if the first two are the story of her dad and me falling in love and the third one could be her.
On the third wall is a small set of shelves where we have books, toys, and shoes (thanks to Gigi). We picked the shelves up at Target. And the four frames above the shelves are a little DIY project I put together by printing out my favorite poems and songs and modge podging them to the four canvases. It was a very simple project, and it may not look like much, but it’s filled with love. When I’m rocking the bean to sleep I can just look up and find the lyrics to my favorite songs or poems to sing or read to her.
And that’s about it! It’s a small space, but I’m proud of how it turned out.
*The first three photos and the last photo are all by Beth Hurley. The photos in the middle (the ones obviously less awesome) were by me. 🙂