In the past few years I have made some very big and scary moves; I quit my corporate job (2012), opened a brick and mortar store (2014) but 2016 beats all of that - we decided to expand our family! We found out our bundle of joy had arrived in May and since then its been a wonderful journey getting to this point.....38 weeks pregnant and COUNTING!!!
The first trimester was exhausting but outside of that, I have had no complaints and little man has been the perfect little side kick while I've worked throughout this pregnancy. The feeling of sharing the news with family and friends is so amazing and heart warming. Seeing how much your child is already loved before even arriving is one of the most touching things I have experienced.
As a small business owner I have my fears about juggling a very hands on and demanding job and a growing child but I also rest easy knowing that I have created a world for my little man that allows me to be quite flexible. Of course being a designer I couldnt wait to design the perfect space for him! I knew that I wanted the nursery to be a gender neutral space that would feel as eclectic as the rest of our home. We did find out the sex at 18 weeks, check out the gender reveal here - but I still wanted the room to just feel like a kids space no matter what the gender was. I also knew I didn't want to change the color of the room, it was previously my dressing room and I enjoyed the bold black on the walls, so I considered this the starting point for the transformation.
With most spaces that I design, I always start by hitting the thrift stores for some happenstance inspiration. I didn't have any specifics I just wanted items that would feel vintage, traveled, unique and eclectic. Things got off to a great start, scoring this amazing vintage chest!! I have seen these online for hundreds of dollars....I scored this one for $40! STOP IT. It was missing one handle and had all the feet in one of the drawers....I skipped out of the store with it, actually it weighs a ton so I skipped all the way to my car and watched it get loaded.
One of the biggest things in a nursery is finding the perfect rocker, it needs to be comfy for mommy and daddy, work with the space and just feel special because you will be spending a lot of time in it. I have designed some really awesome custom rockers for clients so I was pretty excited to be designing my own. I pride myself on all the creative designs I come up with for my store and clients but sometimes people just don't see my vision at all. Case in point - my "kids couch" which 100% of the time I was asked if it was a dog bed (it was staged with stuffed animals and pillows and still got that question!). So in a fit of annoyance I took it home one day and said "if its going to be called a dog bed then only my dog would be on it".....which never happened. It sat in my husbands office taking up too much space on its side until a random Sunday at 5:30 pm when I got up off the couch suddenly and went to Home Depot to get all the hardware to turn it into a swinging chair that night. I told my husband "don't come in unless you hear me screaming, I know what I'm doing." Which is true, I hung this chair that night and sat back enjoying every swing of my "dog bed / kids couch."
Full disclosure though... I moved the swing around the room into various joists in the ceiling 3 times till I found the most perfect spot. Although in doing so I created lots of extra holes in my ceiling which inspired me to stencil the ceiling! Another moment when I told my husband "I got this don't come in unless I'm screaming." I'm not going to lie, this was a less than enthusing part of transforming the space but about 3 hours and a lot of green paint on me I was all done. I then went back and added more galvanized pipe (I did this because I wanted the swing to hang in-between the two supports and didn't want to have to go into the ceiling to add more support) and distressed 2x4s (I had leftover from a client project) to finally have the finished look for the swing and ceiling that I wanted.
I have a very eclectic feel to my home, there are very few blank spaces - which I absolutely love, so I definitely wanted to carry that vibe into the nursery. I thought maybe I would go the route of a gallery wall but after perusing Pinterest I settled on an alphabet wall. I loved the idea of pulling in friends and family to help create this wall together. The first letter to kick off the wall was a neon "U" I got at a Johnathan Adler store (lucky kid) while visiting my best friend from high school. Rules were simple, nothing had to match, color didn't matter....just send a letter with love!
I finally tackled the big items in the space and it was down to adding the accessories and layers that make a space complete. The changing table was a side of the road find that got a great coat of paint, the crib and tall dresser I shopped inventory from my own store (PERKS!), I repurposed some items from around the house and added new finds to make the space just right.
I sit in this space all the time just waiting to finally use and enjoy it with our little man Taylor. I just love the feel in this space, I feel as though you can feel the good vibes and love that went into it the moment you walk in.
My wonderful friend at LiveLight Photography captured my little man's room so sweetly (minus a few pictures I added in this gallery), please take a peek at their wonderful business! The gender reveal shoot, was so amazing I can't wait to capture Taylor Jordan in his nursery for the first time!
Thanks for reading!!