Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nursery Tour

Nursery tour today!
When I was pregnant with Augy and planning his nursery, I loved browsing nursery tours that I found on Pinterest or blogs.
So helpful for gathering ideas and inspiration.

I felt completely lost for awhile when it came to his nursery.
But whenever it was that the urban Chicago theme idea came to my brain, I knew that was it.

Obviously we have so much love for this city, and it holds both our story as a couple and is the place where our son's story begins.
I think cities are just a fun, classy nursery theme anyway, even if you don't live in an urban setting.
Maybe Paris for a girl or New York for a boy?

Chicago for us & for Augy.

I used lots of maps in his nursery, an assortment of vintage, needlepoint, transit lines, neighborhoods, and a points of interest map.
My hope is that he can one day take any or all of these maps and use them in various places in his adult life, like in a dorm room or an office or an apartment or a home.

A shout out to my friend Kirra who was a huge help and support in planning the nursery.  She found the dresser and the rug, two of the main anchors for the room.
 She and I had a shared secret Pinterest board that we constantly updated with ideas for months.
I totally recommend doing this!
It was such a fantastic help for my brain which can easily become overwhelmed or paralyzed when trying to design a room.

A shout out also to our lovely friends Tim & Asharae who came into town just four days after Augy was born and took photos of us together in his nursery and of all the details.
I'm so, so grateful for their friendship and how they blessed us with these beautiful photos!
Most of the photos in this post are theirs.
 You can see more of their beautiful work at Grain & Compass.

In this post I tried to note where I found each piece in the nursery, and if it's still available I tried to include the link.
This was so helpful for me when others did that on their posts when I was planning my nursery.
If there's something I left out, feel free to ask!

So, here it is!  A nursery for August Wells.

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Wall color: Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore
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^^^ Artwork over the crib ^^^
 The Chicago nursery print was used as decor at my baby shower and then gifted to me by Kirra. The print can be found at this Etsy shop (the shop has really cute ones for lots of other cities too!)
The Chicago neighborhoods map was a gift to me from my colleague Joy, and of all the maps in the nursery, this one is my favorite.  I love the colors, the style, and the fact that I've never seen it anywhere else.
She bought it online, but I'm not quite sure where.
^^^ The crib ^^^
The crib is a white Jenny Lind.
The bumper was one of the first purchases I fell in love with and built the nursery around.
It was buried in the back of a sale shelf at Pottery Barn Kids.
The sheet is Land of Nod, and can still be found here.
I love their sheet collections!  So funky, so colorful, so fun, modern, and stylish.
^^^ A second sheet ^^^
I have a second sheet on hand-- this mint green one also from The Land of Nod.
It's a calmer, more soothing alternative in the nursery while satisfying my current obsession with navy and mint combinations.
I honestly don't need three crib sheets, but I'm still dreaming of getting this crib sheet from Dwell Studio at some point, because it's just made for this nursery and I can use it for more babies, boy or girl.
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^^^ Map next to the bookshelf ^^^
I've really loved this map of Chicago for awhile now, so I was really happy to be able to use it in the nursery.
I first saw it at Papersource, but this one is purchased from a little boutique on State St. called Posh.

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 ^^^ Maps above the bookshelf ^^^
The large yellow map is a vintage map of the Chicago transit system, also purchased at Posh.
The small embroidered one is a map of the CTA's elevated train lines.
This was also purchased for decor at my shower (from this Etsy shop) and then gifted to me by Kirra.  Kirra and her husband Taylor noticed that the seller originally did not have the newest line, the Pink Line, included in the piece.
Taylor insisted that I could not have an outdated map of the L lines, so Kirra contacted the artist and had her custom add the Pink Line so that the map is up to date and accurate.
I kinda love that story.

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^^^ Stuffies ^^^
I found the blue elephant at Anthropologie when I was pregnant, and knew instantly I wanted to buy him to be Augy's special little lovie.  We affectionately named him "Trunks" and he's sitting on the shelf waiting for Augy to get big enough to love him.
Next to him is the giraffe we've named "Skinny" from Pottery Barn Kids.  He was a gift for Augy from my Dad.
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 ^^^ Bookshelf ^^^
This is the white Expedit shelving unit from Ikea.  The wire mesh baskets are from Crate & Barrel Outlet.
The nursery doesn't have a closet, so this was my way of creating enough storage space for the little babe.  I use the baskets for diapers, lotion and wipes, burp clothes, towels, toys, and laundry.
I have stacks of blankets folded in some of the cubes, as well as rows of books.
Thankfully, this piece still has room to grow with baby as he acquires more toys and books.

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^^^ Moving around the room clockwise, here's a view of the window wall and the wall opposite the bookshelf. ^^^
Lamp and throw pillow from Ikea, Pottery Barn rocker borrowed from a friend.
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^^^ The view from the nursery windows. ^^^
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 ^^^ Shadowbox ^^^
I've had this shadowbox from Pottery Barn since our first year of marriage seven years ago, but I found it a new home in the nursery.
It's fun to display his ultrasound pics, a card welcoming his birth from a dear friend, a Chicago photo taken by The Youngrens, and the "3" symbolizing our new family of three.

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^^^ Dresser & changing table ^^^
The dresser is a mid-century piece found on Craigslist.  I love the mid-century style for a boy nursery!
The rug is from Urban Outfitters, the lamp is from Target, and the wire caddy I found at Home Goods.
I store my diapers, diaper cream, and lotions up in the wire baskets;
Perfectly in reach for me, perfectly out of reach for baby.
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^^^ Changing station ^^^
The gray stripe changing pad cover is from The Land of Nod.
The second cover (you really truly need two of these!) is the chamois cover in ivory from Pottery Barn Kids.  This one is super, super soft and I love how pampering it is against baby's skin.

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^^^ Decor ^^^
The "A" is from Anthropologie.
 The hoop embroidery was a custom gift from my friend who is the artist behind Little Stitch.  This gift I just about died over and is one of my favorites in the nursery!
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^^^ Chicago onesie ^^^
We used this Chicago flag onesie to announce our pregnancy to family last Christmas.  I found it on Etsy, but unfortunately I can't find the listing anymore to link where it's from.
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^^^ Rocking horse Vespa ^^^
Best for last.  Neal's brother (Augy's Uncle Blake) made this for Augy and gifted it to me at the shower my sister-in-law Cassie threw for me.
It is so, so, so special to us and is by far our favorite piece in the nursery.
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Don't think for a second that this nursery hasn't become somewhat more lived in in the past three months since Augy's arrival.
For example, I daily try to overlook the obnoxious mobile that I now have attached to the crib because Augy just loves it so!
Sometimes we store his stroller in there when we're too lazy to put it in our storage next door, and on and on the list goes.  But it's still my favorite room in our place and I am so very happy with how it turned out.
Happy nursery planning to you!


Katherine Burns said...

I absolutely love what you did for Augy's nursery! I had seen that embroidered Chicago L map on etsy and made one for Will's room too! Also, there may come a time when three crib sheets are essential - and the one you've picked is perfect! My vote is go ahead and get it. :-)

Asharae Kroll said...

Absolutely loved Augy's nursery. When we have little ones one day, I'll definitely be taking my nursery design inspiration from you guys!!

Thanks for the shout out sweet friend! It was so special for us to get to meet Augy at just four days old! We love you both so so much!!