The Nesting Broad

While I am not a huge fan of all the terms that come along with carrying another human ("pregnancy brain" is at the top of my list)... I must say that while I once scoffed at the term "nesting", the instinct to get a room ready for a future nugget is a strong one. Since I have been asked by a few to share the little one's nursery, here goes...

It starts with a broad and a board
Boy do I love 
polyvore. I had several ideas in my head the moment I knew I'd be re-doing our guest room and this was the perfect place to start. It really helps you wrangle all the ideas so you can see what works, which colors you want to hone in on, etc. 
Room by allilucia 
Ideas into action

Luckily, with a couple of showers and some creative ways of reusing old furniture items, I was able to make the space look new. I'd also like to personally thank Ikea, The Container Store and Craig's List for existing...

Entering Baby B's Room.
Without knowing the gender, I decided a mint was the perfect option for going neutral without choosing beige. It seemed to also be the right combo of calm while also being cheery (what better combo for a room or even for a baby for that matter?!). I'll girl up the space with either pops of bright pink and/or coral or make it more boyish with some navy and orange.

{Paint Color: Cool Mint, Benjamin Moore}
A Cozy Reading Corner
I had my eye on this San Francisco art well before a baby room was a reality.  This was my first purchase for baby and the color scheme helped with a lot of other decisions. I also spruced up an old Ikea Dresser with some new Hardware.
{Art from Petit Collage, in a RIBBA frame,  Ikea}
{Chambray Giraffe Pull Toy from RH Baby & Child}
{Brass Ring Pulls from Going Knobs

I got a shower gift wrapped in this paper and fell in love with it. I used it to not only line the dresser drawers but also as a piece of art above the changing table.

{Cavallini English ABC's wrapping paper, Paper Source}

This was an idea I'd seen in many variations all over Pinterest. I bought two cheap ledges and adorned them with the wonderful gifts from Baby B's Book Shower. What's better than good books doubling as wall art? It's not only functional but you can swap out books for pictures, figurines, and other keepsakes down the road.

{RIBBA Picture Ledge, Ikea}

The main advice I got from experienced mamas was that I would want a comfortable, cozy chair, and one that preferably rocked AND reclined. Of course once I started looking, I was put off by the high prices of chairs that seemed to lack comfort or could only rock or recline, but not do both. So after some perusing Craig's List, I found an option that a family was selling. I recovered it with my own chosen fabric and also used Craig's List to find someone to take care of that portion (I might do some DIY projects, but I have NO business reupholstering). The end product was a pretty custom-feeling chair for much less than buying a new chair that didn't check all of the boxes. 

{Ticking Stripe Fabric,}

The comfy factor has been approved by big brother as well.

{Mint Anchors Pillow, Caitlin Wilson Textiles}
{Chambray Dog,  RH Baby & Child}

{Antique Gold Framed Mirror, Home Depot}
{Citrus Yellow Gourd Lamp, Lamps Plus}

One of my all-time favorite cards I have received came from my mom. I felt it fit perfectly in a baby room, so again, I threw it in an Ikea frame. The Kate Spade frame was a gift from a thoughtful friend who remembered me admiring it in her own home not too long ago. I think it's the perfect gift for a couple expecting their first little one.

{Card available on Amazon and RIBBA frame,  Ikea}
{"...And Baby Makes Three" frame, Kate Spade,  Nordstrom}

Thanks to a Serena & Lily Sample sale, I was able to stock up on some wonderful neutral crib accessories at great prices. Despite my original plan to go with more grey options, the white and tan complemented the mint colors well. 

{Catalina Cottage Crib,  Pottery Barn Kids}
{Mocha Crib Bumper,  Skirt and Trellis Sheet,  Serena & Lily}

**A note on safety**

I  will most likely not be using the bumper once the babe sleeps in the crib but I couldn't resist setting it up since it looked so darn cute. I also plan on adding a monogram decal above the crib, much like the one I had in my old studio, as my husband doubles as the a safety police and will not allow anything hung above the crib. But on this matter we agree. Plus, I need to put a letter on it in this room!

Some of my favorite gifts I have received live in this corner of the room. My bestie got me the adorable Lion nightlight and my mother has enabled my obsession with Blabla Kids knit dolls...

{Lion Nightlight, Jonathan Adler}
{Socks the Fox, MiniLondon Dog and Wooly the Sheep all from , Blabla Kids}
{Senegalese Storage Basket, Serena & Lily}

It's amazing what you can do with old furniture. This "changing table" was a previous TV stand, with a changing pad attachment added on top. I also used the same drawer pulls as an update.

{Changing Pad Cover, RH Baby & Child}
{Water Hyacinth Baskets, The Container Store}
{Raskog Utility Cart, Ikea} 

I love the look of making art look like it's from an old classroom. I used the same aforementioned ABC print and created a DIY dowel and twine hanging piece using the idea and how-to from Home Heart Craft. Total cost for this project came in under $12!

This utility cart was one I'd seen many times and now that I own one, I can think of why I need at least 3 more in my home. It can serve so many uses! And I'm not the only one who thinks the same... See for yourself.

Bags are Packed
And now, we wait... 

Need another cute idea for a gift? Try a personalized tote bag for a future mama. I got the above from a thoughtful and creative friend and just love it. I can't wait to see where this bag gets to travel. 

Until next time....