Monday, July 11, 2011

A Tale of Two Nurseries

Remember this place?

It is the nursery we made for Gabe, back when he was known as Blinky and we had no idea what sort of bits he or she would posess. If you want the whole scoop on the nursh, check it out here. And if you want to purchase my 3 Little Birds Nursery Accessories, click here!


Remember I was so convinced I was having a girl, I even hung the A up on the wall? Well after Gabe arrived, I took the A down. Oh and I also changed his room a bit. Take a looksee...

I know, what the eff did I go and do that for?

Well I'll explain.  After Gabe was born, I would sit with him in the original nursery and not feel like it fit him at all. Face it, it was a bit girly. And wasn't Gabe at all, if that makes any sense.  Then a few things happened that convinced me that things needed to change. The first ended up being the shit-tastic original windows in our house that decided to leave themselves open to a certain pest that my area has been dealing with for the past few years, the stinkbug. These effers were getting in and walking around the ceiling and hanging out by the windows.  Um, gross. And in my baby's room? Kill me. I was skeeved beyond skeeved. So after cleaning every last one of them out of the room, disinfecting floor to ceiling and sealing up the windows, I realized that there could be one hiding anywhere.  And that was not okay with me. Luckily during this time, Gabe was sleeping in the bassinet in our room and we keep most of his everyday clothes downstairs anyway, so I wasn't concerned about that.  But things like the faux sheepskin rugs, the curtains and the hanging fabric poofs were perfect places for those stinky bastards to set up shop. So they had to go. Much to my extreme delight, these bugs are no longer around. My exterminator said they headed South. Sorry South.

Another problem I came across was my glider. My most perfect, best CL find ever-glider. I realized I hated it. I would try to stand up holding a sleeping baby to put him in his crib but the glider would go gliding back on me and I almost fell. Multiple times. I decided I needed a stable chair if this was gonna work. It's funny the things you think you need when you're pregnant and then boom, you realize you had no clue. So we sold the glider to John's co-worker and scored a mint condition Ikea slipcovered chair on CL. We came full circle on this whole chair business.

  Let's take a look around and see what changed. 


First up, the wall color. The cream color that looks yellow in pictures was just fine and great. But as soon as I started thinking of how to re-do his room and make it a little more boyish, I knew I wanted a bluish gray.  At this point, let me say that my husband kind of wanted to kill me. He hates painting. With a passion. He put up a good fight as to changing up this room but surprise surprise, I won. I convinced him that this would be the last time he'd have to paint this room and that everything I was planning on doing could easily be transitioned into a big boy room a few years down the road. And c'mon, I birthed him a man child to carry on his lineage, I deserve another coat of paint or two. 

I started collecting room accessories months and months ago, starting with the Union Jack flag from Urban Outfitters that Michael alerted me to. That paved the way for my little British gentleman theme I've decided this room is.  I bought things on clearance and on the cheap because um, this was my 2nd nursery in less than a year and I was already on John's shit list.

I needed something to replace my hanging pom pom things and since I never bought Gabe a mobile, it seemed like a good idea. But all the cutesy hand-embroidered ones I saw on etsy were insanely expensive so I made my own, using yarn and felt. It looks cute from far away but up-close it's a total Monet.

I did another DIY cribskirt but this time could get away with a lot less fabric since the mattress is almost down as far as it goes. I also didn't bother doing anything fancy or trying to get it perfect. I no-sew hemmed the edges and just bunched it up under the mattress. Works perfectly and gives the illusion that I might have done it on purpose. Or not. Whatevs.

I had hoped to buy a giant gray shag rug for this room but once again I was flabbergasted by the prices of rugs. I don't know why I expect them to get cheaper for some reason. So I brought this red one up from our family room and decided once again, it would do. I know it's not big enough but what are ya gonna do? I think when someone gives me a large chunk of money, I'll go with Flor tiles for a custom size rug.


Another push for the Brit theme was the ubiquitous vintage bus stop signs I kept seeing all over the internet for a pretty pretty penny. I thought I could DIY one pretty fast and cheap. It was neither. It took forever and was a giant pain in the ass. But in the end, I was like whatever and hung it up. It works.

See that changing pad? In almost eleven months, I've used it twice. We just don't do dipe changes up here. But what else are you gonna put on top of a baby's dresser? A bowl for his spare change? His cologne?

Oh and peep the tiny british trash can. Fact: The only trash generated from this room are tags from clothes that I rip off with my teeth.

I filled the new Ikea frames with something that Gabe actually knows and recognizes, Kipper the Dog...and his buddies. And I finally found a G to replace that A (which would have been for Avery btw).


and just because I love a theme...

and I know, did I really need to replace the closet door knobs? Well yes, yes I did. I had a bit of store credit at Anthro and we all know that a bit doesn't go very far there so I went with these cute knobbers.


So yeah, that's it. And dude, I freaking love it. It just feels right. And the dark cave-like feeling definitely doesn't hurt when it comes to naptime. And John likes it too, which means I might not be on his shit list anymore?? Yeah, I doubt it too. 



33 comments:

brooke said...

Love it! And the A went to a good home

Erin @ Domestic Adventure said...

Two nurseries...you are one lucky girl (even if it did win you glares from John!). I love the transformation...it's very boy and very cute!

LizzieBeth said...

you know, it's funny. I was *just* thinking about your nursery this weekend and wondering how it has evovled. It's like you read my mind.

Gabe Wellington is clearly a British rockstar, and deserves a fitting room. Lurvs it. A lot.

LB

Red Fraggle said...

Girlfriend, you kill me. I LOVE this room. And if I hadn't spent so much time on my own despot's 3rd nursery in under a year, then I would copy this shit faster than I copied my best friend's math homework in high school. That's fast.

Emily said...

Oh em geeeee! This is freaking amazing, Shannon. I loved Gabe's room part 1, but this is so very Gabe. Is it weird that I can sense that when I've never met the little rocker? It must be the hair.

You've done it again! It's funny - if Thomas had been a girl (I had a feeling all along he was a he), I'm sure I would have ended up redoing his room, even though at the time I thought it was *so* gender neutral. We live and we learn.

Shannon said...

You know what is the best about this reno? I've never seen a nursery go all Great Britain before. Totally unique. I looove it!

Isrut said...

A bowl for his spare change! ha.

So glad you made it out on Friday!

KD said...

You know Auntie Katie would love herself a Beet-uls onesie. haha It looks really cute. Good job pup.

Jillian said...

I love the Brit theme and although I do not know your little man it does seem a bit more him than the "first" room. Adorable!!!

momma j lee ♥ said...

Great nursery!!
I hope Gabe will grow up and know how much attention you put into his space! :)

Alli said...

The first nursery made my mouth pop open because that's exactly what I would want from a nursery but once I saw the second one for your baby boy I actually exclaimed outloud so that my fiance was curious about what was going on.

For a baby boy that is just the PERFECT nursery. First off, you should know I'm somewhat of an anglophile so anything with a British flag on it - much less an entire room - seem so fitting. I love the clean, cute, yet boyish look of the entire place. I agree the first one is fantastic but it's more suited for a little girl but for a daring boy that second theme is just it

I wonder if I could sell Noah on this for the future..... I feel like I must store it away somewhere I'll remember it years from now.

Looking forward to learning more about you before Philly (fingers crossed)!

SarahK said...

a bowl for his spare change or cologne? Lolz.

is Gabe a Drakkar Noir man or is he more into Polo?

Jackie said...

I love it. Major props to your husband for begrudgingly re-painting for you.

Jennifurla said...

major improvement, love the deep colors. Great job.

Leigh said...

Wow! Looks great. I'm on the paint shit list too. I painted my craft room this weekend, it was only painted a year ago. If that wasn't bad enough....before starting the 2nd coat I decided to mix the color with another test pot of color I had- making my own custom color. But of course I didn't have enough paint. big sigh- it is done now.

Ames said...

I really, really love it!!!!!! It looks awesome!!

Jamie said...

I loved the original, but the 2.0 version is rockingly cool

rachael said...

i LOVED your first nursery but i love this one too! it is more boyish. after i got luke home, i realized the bedding i bought was way too girlie. since he never slept in it, i decided whatevs. now his walls are almost the same color as gabe's.. and we did some robot-esque stuff. it is now turning into "luke-esque" because.. why would my kid care about anything but marvel/dc comics and mario bros? boys! no decor sense!

oh. and no stink bugs (yet) here in the middle of GA. good lord. don't send them. we have gnats and mosquitos for days.
xo.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This shat is seriously pin-worthy. Will you help me come up with a killer theme when we reproduce?? Because our creativity is amazing. I love the sign you made and the flag. Just adorable all around and totally grown up, in a good way. Love it.

Abbie said...

I absolutely LOVE his new room. It's fabulous. I was rolling at your comments about what to put on the dresser... and ripping the tags off with your teeth. That is so me.

*claire* said...

i love it!! i think it suits gabe perfectly! (well, from what i know of him via non-real life internet thingys) - he is such a little man, so it's perfect. the print about crying cracks me up!

that's one lucky boy.

Eleanor said...

i love both your nurseries, being a brit i absolutely love the vintage brit stuff so cute! congratulations on your new baby boy. you have a great blog!
come and visit me :)
eleanor
mirrorofmyworld.blogspot.com

Mandy @ This Girl's Life said...

LOVE it all!! The first nursery was gorgeous but I agree it was definitely girly and very "baby". This is a room that will really grow with him and it has so much personality! Awesome job friend!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

What a cool nursery for a boy! There's so much personality in here. But wow, that was a lot of work, basically decorating two nurseries for one baby! Lucky guy :)

Ash said...

What a fantastic nursery!!! The theme is so original and it will grow with baby! What a cute, cute room!

Homevalley said...

DUDE. I LOVE IT! Seriously, I loved the first one, and this one is so perfect I can't stand it. The British theme is to die for. Please come accessorize my new home.

Christen said...

I love it, especially the Beatles onesie to go with the Brit theme!

Kahli said...

I just love everything about this nursery. Good job with the details and making it unique. He'll be able to grow up in that room.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Ok, coolest nursery ever. I want that to be my room w/ a BIG bed. I adore the skirt [houndstooth is amazing] well done.

Mrs. Limestone said...

I love how you used the union jack. One of my favorite patterns of all time!

Freckles Chick said...

I can't believe I'm just now seeing Gabe's revamped nursery. I kid you not, I have a running list of things to catch up on my blogroll & you know what I have on there? "Check out Shann's nurse." Doesn't that sound dirty?!

Anyway, cheerio & all that. I ADORE the Brit vibe. Gabe's already rockin' the prestige English moniker & his revamped nursery is perfection. You've outdone yourself!!

P.S. We got ourselves an Ikea Jennylund chair last week & it is SO reassuring to hear that it works well for you guys.

handmade_mama said...

Shannon, you might like the book that I wrote called "The Big Stink!" about a stink bug who gets bullied by her bug friends :)

leah said...

Adorable nursery! I can't believe you have Kipper the Dog artwork! My kids love that show. I love the british feel. Really cute and boy like. Good job.

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