home: Oliver's nursery reveal

I'm not sure about anyone else but my second pregnancy was so much harder than my first. Not only was I physically tired but mentally exhausted from rationalizing with our mobile toddler! It took me a while to get inspired and to work on Oliver's nursery and while I am happy with how it turned out, I think the design reflects the simplicity that seemed easiest during a trying time. The space we used for his nursery used to be my craft room before we added our studio addition. The room is probably about 70 square feet and is covered with terra cotta colored tile (sigh). We moved all of my craft stuff 2 years ago before Evan was born and in the meantime used this room as what Kiel dubbed "plant hospice" or basically a spare room where I kept a few old college books and my porch plants and forgot to water them in the winter. We had intended to turn it into a reading room but that never happened. It then just accumulated stuff that we intended to sell at garage sales.


We had a huge sale over the summer and cleared everything out. We gave the room a fresh coat of white paint and bought a crib (Evan is still in his and will use it as a toddler bed when he is ready to lose the side) and dresser from Ikea because it was easy and cheap and shopping vintage with toddlers is no fun (Craigslist was a total bust and I couldn't keep up with online auctions!). While I would have loved to have found and refinished a beautiful vintage dresser, it just wasn't in the cards (not to mention that finding something to fit the space was not easy due to awkward small dimensions). The Ikea dresser slides easily, has tons of space, and is nice and clean which are all upsides! We did use the wall hanger kit to make sure neither kid gets squished by a tumbling dresser. We also hacked the drawers with new metal handles that we found at Ikea but had to modify and paint.


I topped the dresser with a few colorful items that I already had in storage. The lamp was a Target find from last summer that I paired with a custom drum shade from my favorite DIY shade store ilikethatlamp! I used a navy and turquoise voile from Cotton and Steel for the shade. The map print is old school from These Are Things (when they did prints) that I purchased many years ago when we bought our house and was moved out of our living room in preparation for our living room redo. The bear nightlight was a Target Pillowfort find that will come in handy for those late night feedings once I get the courage to move out of the playroom and upstairs with Ollie!


To help conserve space in this teeny tiny room I removed the closet door and made a custom curtain out of this pretty turquoise Bound fabric by local designer April Rhodes.


In the corner we put a small book rail (see the DIY here), a basket of stuffed animals (mostly ones we already had… the hand-me-downs are starting already, sorry Ollie!). I found the crochet aqua blanket at the thrift store at the beginning of the pregnancy. We picked up the Explore pendant for above the books from Cub Shrub.


The pillows in his crib (which are for staging only of course!) are handmade (see the tassel pillow DIY), the Jellybean bunny I picked up at Cub Shrub (Evan loves his little white one!) and this quirky elephant is from bitte.


We originally had one of Kiel's molded plywood rockers in the corner but I insisted we need a rocker with arms to accommodate late night feeds and didn't want to spend much so I found one of these rockers on Amazon. I debated splurging on a real Eames chair but couldn't shell out knowing that we probably wouldn't use it anywhere else in the house due to our abundance of chairs. I made a few pillow covers with more fun kid friendly fabrics from Cotton & Steel. The cute sock monkey is from blabla kids (it was a Christmas gift for Evan but he never uses it so it's going to Ollie!). The stool next to it was a Modern Farm piece that Kiel made. The pouf is from Land of Nod and was used to be in our playroom but we moved it up here when we got a storage ottoman for our playroom sofa.

To decorate the walls I wanted something simple and not too busy. I found a variety of prints from Wholly Craft (including the space ship print that was made for our local brewery at the end of our street) and used simple black frames from HomeGoods to frame them. The rainbow sting lights from Bright Lab Lights really make this corner pop. Lastly, the swing light is a vintage find that we had in storage in our basement that just required a little love to get it back into working order.


It was impossible to find baskets that fit under the crib but these Ikea FLADIS baskets folded inward fit the bill (and can be used in any room in the house if they're not used here because I love the shape!).


The Letterfolk message board doesn't actually live here because Evan is not to be trusted with it! I actually don't keep much on the stool at this point thanks to Evan's antics but I am sure it will hold board books as Ollie gets older. This custom block was an awesome gift from one of the doctors I used to work with that has all of Oliver's stats and our family names carved into it. I love it!


All in all we probably only spent around $500 or so on this space thanks to reusing a bunch of items that we already had, DIYing a few items, and keeping it simple!