13 January 2011

[adventures in domesticity] our nursery

I'm so excited to finally reveal the finished nursery!  It's been a work in progress for a long time, but I love it even more for the time we took and the care we put into the details.  Nothing in the room is part of a set*, which gives each piece of furniture & accent more of an eclectic, hand-picked feel.  But yet it all ties together so nicely.  Sorry to be tooting my own decorating horn here, but I'm so in love with this room that I can't help it.  I've been sneaking in there to sit in the glider and admire everything.  And of course to imagine being in there with the final sweet thing that's missing...!

It's difficult (if not impossible) to get a shot of the entire room at once, so I'm starting with the view as you walk into the room.

Here's the opposite view, from the glider:

...and the view from over by the shelves:

Now for the details!  The crib - here is where my asterisk comes in - the bedding is the only set in this room, from Pottery Barn Kids.  I originally didn't want to do a bedding set, but this one was a little too perfect for our nautical theme:

The art above the crib is from Etsy (Keep Calm Shop), an original pointillism piece by a close friend of my grandparents (the lighthouse), and a rusty anchor from a local antique shop.

Moving across the room, I love this Ikea Expedit shelving as both a display and storage unit.  The shelf above it with hooks is also from Ikea:
The red rocker, like the rusty anchor, came from Alston's Antiques in Garland, TX.  Alston's is one of my favorite antique shops in the DFW area.  It houses endless treasures, and this chair was certainly one of them.  We didn't paint it or anything - this is how we found it, and we knew we had to have it.  A couple other detail details - art is from Etsy again, Studio Lyon for the alphabet chart, and African Grey for the narwhal and otter prints on the wall.  The other frames on the Expedit shelf were custom created for me by my friend Cassie of Hi Sugarplum and are awaiting pics of the little guy to fill them!

Speaking of Cassie, she was awesome enough to hand us down her glider since her babies are not so tiny anymore (and she's totally overhauling her daughter's room - stay tuned to her blog for the big reveal SOON, I hope! :).  I can't resist a good before & after, so here's a shot of the chair when we adopted it:
It was cute to begin with, but the yellow didn't tie in with our nursery...and Cass won't mind me saying that light colored fabric needed a little TLC after two kids!  $10 worth of Ikea fabric later, et voila:
It's pretty hard for me to pick a favorite piece in this room, but this one's a real contender.  My mom and I (okay, mostly my mom) recovered this baby in about 2 hours, and I still can't get over how great it turned out.  The oar side table is from Christmas Tree Shops, and the rug from World Market.

Another DIY gem in this room is the changing table.  We picked this up at a thrift store in Oak Cliff for all of $40, and it was glossy black, tagged with graffiti on the back.  We left the graffiti because it's kind of humorous (and not visible), but Rod covered the hideous black with a couple coats of Behr Paint + Primer in an inky blue.  I want to add some pulls eventually, but the ones I love currently are from Anthropologie and cost twice what the dresser did.  Screw them and their stupid prices - the search continues.

And since I can't resist jumping in a photo, an outfit shot in the nursery...this was sometime in my 36th week:
dress: Gap, cardigan: C&C California, boots: Steve Madden, headband: Lacoste, leggings: Target

Finally, I'd be completely remiss if I didn't mention the great help I had in the creation of this stunner of a room, especially in the final stages.  First, my mom who recovered, assembled, painted, moved & lifted heavy stuff, etc. etc. etc.

...and Bill who helped my mom paint on his day off so that I could avoid fumes and backache...

...and last but not least, Rod who painted, assembled, hung stuff up, endured shopping with me and most importantly, had opinions & took an interest in this stuff!  Love you.  :)

Thanks for taking the tour with me!  We are beside ourselves with excitement at this point...hopefully I'll be posting soon with some big news!!


Rod Cruz said...


I appreciate you giving me credit for hanging things up, painting, etc... but all of that amounts to a hill of beans compared to what you did. If it were up to me, that room would have been filled with Ed Hardy prints and a mural of a leaping tiger. You made it beautiful, and I'm here to thank YOU for everything you did. A little manual labor is the least I could have done. I love you, and I can't wait for tiny baby!!

Kellie said...

What an awesome nursery, you all did such a great job!

Julia said...

Now, see - Rod has me wondering how awesome a leaping tiger mural could be... I suspect very. But really I've rarely seen such a sweet and lovely room, it is just perfect! Congratulations on all your hard work, good finds and delightful transformations. I hope to spend some quality time there with my new little Buddy soon!

Jen said...

My first comment...but I just couldn't resist. Adorable nursery. Your husbands comment just made my day! :) Best wishes as your big day gets closer.


Heaven In A Paper Cup said...

Erin - the room looks amazing and you do as well! Good luck in these last few weeks!

Rebecca (Reluctant Floridian) said...

Where is the yacht rock poster?

The nursery looks fantastic. You are adorable.

Wishing you the best as the big day approaches...

haute hardware said...

Haha Rebecca...you can't tell from the photos, but we've got Loggins piped into the nursery 24/7. So SMOOTH!

Rebecca (Reluctant Floridian) said...

I knew you'd think of everything. Baby will be sleeping easy.

The Bagboy said...

Thank YOU for letting me participate in creating this little sanctuary for you and Eamon. It really is one of the most peaceful rooms I've ever been in, and it's going to be a great place for you and your little dude to bond. Can't wait to meet the little sailor!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Holy perfect room, guys!!!! You did a beautiful job and bebah will know much love in there! So happy to see our chair get some fresh love too.

Can not wait for you guys to experience the love, joy, wonder and anxiety of walking in this room to check on your precious new love!!! Well done friends!!