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Le Nursery

Yes, that’s french for the nursery. Not really.

I figured I had better snap a few pics before Izzy moves in. I know that if she’s anything like her mom, a tornado will follow her throughout life so this is the last time it will ever look clean. Ever. This might be the world’s smallest nursery but that’s ok. It’s for the world’s smallest human. I am not a big pink, frilly person so we went with a more neutral palette of grey and white with splashes of yellow. We were fortunate enough to have my sister donate all of their old furniture from the crib and glider to the changing table and rug. I love that old rug!

To save money I tried to make a lot of the decorations/storage devices. I had seen a library for a child that totally inspired me online. Such simple little ledge shelves but they provided storage for her books and also looked really cute. I turned to my favorite woodworker, Ana White of Knock Off Wood for the plans. They were SO cheap and easy to make. I think they probably took me longer to hang than they did to build. I totally fell in love with the posters above the shelves while in a bar. Yes, that’s right. I had a baby…in my belly…in a bar. We were there for a concert and these darling posters were hanging above the bar. I got on my phone right then and bought them on Ebay. Then I continued to welcome the looks of disgust from my fellow bar patrons. Hey peeps….IT’S WATER!

I designed the posters above her bed and just painted cheap frames and cut mat board to match. Really easy and inexpensive project. I thought I was being all original with the little sunshine song, but it turns out every Tom, Dick and Harry makes posters that say that on Etsy. Oh well. At least these look different.:)

I also made some floating shelves to go above the change table. These were a little more challenging for me. I had to use different wood thicknesses and dimensions than were specified in the plans from Ana White, but in the end they worked out. I would say they took me about 5-6 hours to build, paint and hang. Definitely enlisted the help of my hubby to help me hang them. They were pretty heavy. Did I mention I heart Ana White’s site? She makes building things so easy! It’s so rewarding to build something yourself vs. buying.

One of my parent’s nicknames for me is Gumball. I actually have no idea why, I don’t ask questions. I just smile and nod. I like candy so maybe that’s where it came from?:)I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the room so I filled some apothecary jars with yellow and white gumballs. I also want to print out an old photo (like…from the 40′s) of my grandma Izzy so she can see who she was named after. In due time.

My amazing sis made that adorable quilt below. Aren’t the colors amazing? I ripped off the “keep calm” poster and tossed Gus into it.

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Lindzee - So freaking cute!! You are amazing!

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Crissie McDowell - No you are!
Birdhouses. Lindzee.
Flowers and jar. Lindzee.
Shoes. Lindzee.

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Crissie McDowell - Crib flags. Lindzee.

The list goes on!

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 3:35 pm

Erin - OhMyGosh. That is pretty much the cutest nursery I’ve ever seen. Your little Izzy has a lot to live up to. Lucky for her, you’re her mama and you can teach her :)

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Cyndee Wanyonyi - You’re such a rockstar, Chrissie! So cute :) .

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 3:54 pm

Jennie - So fabulous and adorable, that’s one lucky baby!

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Amy Blake - LOVE. Really, really love it. This is the cutest baby girl nursery evah!!! If I ever get a girl I’m totally copying so many things about this room!

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 4:10 pm

bridgette - what a beautiful space! love everything about it…those book shelves are RAD!

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Abby Leisy - I love love it. Can I move in there!! SO classy and beautiful

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Myers - I LOVE it! And I really, really, really love that I was in the bar with you when you discovered the posters. Of course I was. It looks sooooo wonderful! Come decorate my room, please.

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 5:05 pm

vanessa - This room looks so inviting- I love it! As always, everything you have done here is simply AMAZING!!! If I had a spare room and unlimited mula, I would totally fly you out here to decorate a baby room for us- Love love love your work!

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Pat Evett - Absolutely adorable and unique!!! Why am I NOT surprised :)

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 6:51 pm

Natalie - Little izzy will love having these pics when she is older to look back on and share! So fabulous crissie!

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 9:20 pm

Julie - So your babies room is more put together and better decorated then my entire house. It is gorgeous nice work.

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 9:48 pm

Catie - Amazing! Love every detail!

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:04 pm

Kim Henscheid - So cute! I wish I had your creativity! We still have some work to do on ours yet.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 10:48 am

Stacey Taylor - Simply AMAZING, Crissie! Really?…is there anything you can’t do? Didn’t think so :) Love it, so beautiful!!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 12:23 pm

Julie - The most ADORABLE baby room I have ever seen – hands down! I love it!

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 1:38 pm

Angie Davis - This is the most AMAZING nursery I have ever seen!! Can you please come decorate my whole house?!
PS. I think we may have met when you visited Michelle and Lindsey in Vegas….I swear I’m not some creep–just found your blog via Michelle’s and loved all your pictures :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Kelly T - Guess I am not the first to ask for you to come design my house…the nursery is AMAZING. I saw little Sophie sitting up on the top book shelf…she’s a good one to have around! Well done Crissie:)

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Amber Wallace - I just popped over for the first time in a while. I love this room so much! Do you mind if I feature it on my blog later this week {Linking back of course to you}? Love, love, love it!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Amber Wallace - Post is going live at 6 am tomorrow morning! Thanks Crissie. I really love it!

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Erin Langstraat - Soooooo cute! I’m in love with the nursery! And I think I gained 10 lbs by looking at your sugary sweets post!! You’re also killing me with your free acne cream story!!! So funny!!!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 10:49 am

Sue Starke - Crissie, The nursery is absolutely awesome!! I am teary looking at it. Izzy will be here before you know it..if I can help you in anyway with baby questions swer lease feel free to call or email…20 years of nursery experience . So if Hollan or your Mom can’t answer the questions feel free to call !

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 3:47 pm

Larissa - Your nursery is amazing! I love the chandelier, it is just perfect : ) I am so excited to see pictures of baby Izzy….hopefully tomorrow! Best wished for an easy delivery!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Jenny - Hi…love the nursery. Where did you get the crib sheets? Thanks.

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