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Our Baby Girl’s Nursery

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Now that our little girl is here, I figured it was time to give you guys a little tour of her nursery! We actually managed to finish the nursery only a few days before Juniper made her arrival, and I’m thankful I snagged some pictures that day, because it’s definitely hard to keep it neat and tidy with all the activity that goes on in there (and she isn’t even sleeping in there yet).

nursery

Worth noting, this is the hardest room in the house to get pictures of because it is super dark in the summer! Even though an entire wall is floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s nestled back in a wooded area, which means that even if you take photos on a bright and sunny day (with a tripod and a trigger) like I did, it’s still really dark. Great for a sleeping baby, not so great for photography. Bear with me!

nursery mobile

When we were originally planning for the nursery, we had set ourselves a nice budget to really deck it out with some fancy furnishings, but then we had an unexpectedly large tax bill and suddenly, our nursery design budget was drastically cut. Which meant it was time to do some thrifting, repurposing, and DIY—which, honestly, we ended up liking even more. Our style is definitely eclectic, and running out to Babies ‘R’ Us and buying a matching set of furniture just wouldn’t have really been “us” anyway.

nursery gallery wall

We knew we wanted the room to be bright, colorful and fun—and it was important to us that this be a room that she could grow up with. I’m not clueless – I know that we’ll probably have a few design reworks between now and the teenage years – but we’re hoping that this not-so-cutesy style can at least keep our girl happy through toddlerhood.

nursery curtains

As far as the furniture, it’s almost entirely hand-me-downs (with a couple of thrifted pieces in there, too). The crib is a hand-me-down from my sister. Even though the nursery is right next to our room, our plan has always been for her to sleep in a bassinet with us for quite a while. But even still, it’s nice to have the crib all ready for her. I made the crib skirt, and Craig painted the crib (it was originally black).

nursery crib

We also did the two cut-out topographic prints above her crib—one is of Lake Monroe and the other is of Lake Superior—an ode to her two middle names, and the two lakes that Craig and I both grew up on. We snatched the ginormous J on clearance from Hobby Lobby!

nursery

We made sure to secure all three of these with screws in studs plus big long strips of heavy-duty mounting tape, so there is no chance they’re coming down. And just to be doubly safe, we pulled the crib out from the wall a bit.

And the quilt was made by my Mama. Amazing right?

nursery crib quilt

The changing table was also a hand-me-down from my oldest sister, which we painted.

nursery

We actually originally had a different changing table in there (a hand-me-down from my other sister—there are benefits to being the last sibling in your family to have kids), but the drawers ended up being too shallow to hold cloth diapers, so it’s now in my crafting area. This one has a lot more space for fluffy bum covers.

changing table nursery diapers

As far as art in the room, we did all of it ourselves. It’s either things that I designed and printed, illustrations Craig did, or items that are mementos. We did all the art in the room (including buying the frames) for less than $20.

nursery art curtains

The rocking chair is the same rocking chair that my Mama used with both me and my brother. I love that it has some history. We didn’t do anything to it but clean it up a bit and oil some of the squeaky joints. I made some pillows as cushions, knitted the footstool pouf myself, and made the pinwheel mobile. We also set up a side table we had on hand so I have a nice little nursing nook. The quilt on the back of the chair is a beautiful, thoughtful, handmade gift from my dear blog friend Melissa. It’s amazing!

nursery

Because the room is really large, we also have enough space to have a futon. We really like the idea of having seating for multiple folks in the room as well as having an additional sleeping space for guests (we have a true guest room upstairs). Plus, having a futon to sit or lay on is just a nice change of pace from the rocking chair sometimes! I loaded up the futon with some fun pillows I made. Behind it you can also see the blackout curtains and pom-pom garland I made.

nursery fouton

Baby girl has a huge, massive, giant closet (it’s bigger than the one in our bedroom!).

nursery closet

So we divided it up. One half holds her clothes, with some plastic drawer carts for teeny tiny things like socks, hats, and onesies.

baby clothes nursery

And the other half is for more bulky storage—carriers, big toys, extra blankets, etc. It’s actually pretty empty now, but I’m sure as she gets older and we accumulate more stuff, we’ll have no problem filling that space up.

nursery closet

And the space between the two closet halves is perfect for a little thrifted bookshelf we found. We went back and forth about painting this, but ended up leaving it as-is because we loved the rustic look of it. We’re hoping to keep on filling it up with more and more books!

bookshelf nursery

We also DIYed our own ruler growth chart (more about how we did that in a later post) so we can track Baby J’s height from her first day home.

nursery growth chart

And we threw in some hooks alongside the door to hold…well, anything! Right now, we use them to hold slings and jackets, but one day, I’m guessing they’ll hold a backpack or two. Let’s talk about how cute baby jean jackets are, k?

nursery crib moose

Our favorite part of this room is that we still have a ton of floor space! We intentionally left a huge amount of floor space clear so in the future, we can easily get down on the super cushy rug (which we got on 75% off clearance—it’s this one from Home Decorators Collection) and play with our little girl. There is so much space for toys and crawling and fun!

nursery

Feel free to ask any questions about sources for anything (although admittedly, my answer will probably be either “thrifted” or “we made it,” but I can try). I know our crazy colorful, eclectic style isn’t for everyone, but this room feels so much like our family! We are in love with it.

What’s your favorite room you’ve decorated in your house?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Laura

    Sorry for commenting on an old post, but do you happen to remember where you found the pattern for the knitted pouf? Thanks! 🙂

  2. curious about the crib. brand? year? drop down?

    i’m not one to shy away from hand me downs, and my aunt is offering us her 10 year old crib (want to paint it white) and wondered if you had any concerns with hand me down furniture at all?

    oh, and mattress. did you get a new one, or was it the original?

    due in march so i fee like i need to start planning the nursery out. love yours btw 🙂 so much light.

    1. Cassie

      Absolutely no idea on the brand or year, and no it doesn’t have drop down sides. The only two things to make sure with a hand-me-down crib is that the slats are close enough together that you can’t fit a soda can through, and that it doesn’t have a drop-side (or at least, you can figure out a way to secure it so it doesn’t drop anymore).

      And the mattress was a new mattress, but it was a hand-me-down (my sister had an extra).

  3. I am in love with the look of it – I want it to be my own room. I love how you thought about how the room would grow with her, and that a lot of the stuff was thrifted. It definitely has a cozier feeling to it than being all matchy!

  4. Rashada

    I so want this nursery for myself. I need to go back and find the posts you made about painting, as I am loving that color and would love to use it somewhere in my house

  5. This is absolutely perfect for you guys! I love the pinwheel mobile and the gallery wall above the changing table. I am impressed that you felt well enough to make all of these amazing things! Good job mama and daddy! Your mother’s quilt is beautiful and I know baby J will cherish it when she is older. Enjoy that baby and snuggle her close! They grow so fast!

  6. Lisa B

    Absolutely love it!! Baby J is soooo lucky to have awesome DIY’s like you too. Totally love that it doesn’t really look like a ‘nursery’…who can afford to change decor every few years?? Awesome job!!

  7. Will you please come decorate my nursery too?? 🙂 Baby is due in November… I’m just next door in Illinois. You have plenty of time! LOL

    I absolutely LOVE the fact that you didn’t do a pink nursery! I love seeing the bright, vibrant, and beautiful colors that work so well together. It is an amazing nursery and I honestly love everything about it. Might be stealing some ideas from you!

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