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.