Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Avery's Nursery

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Yesterday was my first official day off work! I didn't get out of bed until 9:30, went to Einstein's to get a bagel, ran some errands and then finally got around to taking pictures of Avery's nursery. It was delightful!

I'm sure I'll be thankful for this while she's a baby, but her room stays pretty dark all day. There is only one small window and it never really gets very much natural light. This made taking pictures a nightmare. So while the colors might not be exact, you'll get the idea ;-)

Brandon found a glider on Craigslist that was only a couple of months old. It was in great condition but it was an ugly brown color. We found fabric online and had one of his mom's best friends reupholster it for us. She did a beautiful job, I couldn't have been happier! I found the pillow on Etsy.
We had been looking for a nightstand all over the place but couldn't find one we liked, or that we wanted to spend a couple of hundred dollars on. The nightstand that was offered with her furniture set was $250 and looks similar to the one we now have. Brandon bought a $40 wooden nightstand at Ikea, stained it gray, wet-sanded it, and then put together the 470 parts ;-) My job was to find the knob, which I got at Anthropologie for $10. 
 I used one of the mason jars we made for her baby shower to hold this bouquet of paper roses (made out of pages from a children's book). My mom found the paper roses on Etsy.
This was the only shot I got of her crib while I was taking pictures, and it was in the mirror so it's backwards. I don't know what I was thinking but now I'm too lazy to go back and take another one. Her furniture is made by Bassett and it's called Ava. Her bedding and curtains are made by Cocalo Couture and they are part of the Alma collection. I know there is a lot of controversy about the use of bumpers in a crib. Once she's actually in her crib (which I don't anticipate for at least the first 3 months) I'll take them out. The dust ruffle is my favorite.
I started collecting frames a couple of months before her room was finished. I knew that I wanted one letter in each frame. I found these wooden letters on Craftcuts which is this amazing website where you can order letters in whatever size and font you can imagine. We chose to purchase the plain wooden ones and paint them ourselves - but I think you can ordered colored letters as well. I don't remember exactly, but I think we spent around $25? Brandon did all of the measuring and mounting.
Her little closet makes me smile every time I look inside of it. All of her tiny shoes and dresses. I have done about 12 loads of laundry washing all of her tiny things - but I still haven't washed ANY of the things that are still hanging in her closet with tags on them. I washed all of her pjs, blankets, bibs, washcloths, towels, socks, leg warmers, etc. that are packed inside of her dresser.
Can we talk about how cute all of the shoes are?! My friend Kelly bought her the sparkly turquoise Toms and my friend Katrina made the pink Buggs (Baby Uggs). She has her own Etsy shop you have to check out!
Her book shelves were another project of daddy's. He bought a rain gutter at Home Depot and cut it in half. They work brilliantly, and I think the grand total came to $15? I was the most excited about putting all of her books on display. I remember loving books so, so much as a kid and I just couldn't wait to have a child to share that joy with. In fact, even before we got pregnant, Brandon bought me my favorite children's book, The Giving Tree, because we knew we would one day read it to our little ones.

And here's a panoramic picture of the room
Why I'm lucky to have such a handy husband: 
 I wish I had more pictures of her room before, but I only have a couple. It was a powder blue color with Hawaiian curtains when we moved in. 

Daddy painting the room
Putting the furniture together...
 Measuring the frames for her room

So often in our lives, I have an idea and Brandon is the one that makes it happen. There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not so thankful for his handy and willing ways :-) Avery and I are two lucky ladies.


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41 comments:

Brenda Wilkerson said...

You did a wonderful job. I think it's beautiful!

Danielle Carroll said...

Amira!!! This is all so beautiful!! I cannot wait for your baby girl to make her entrance. What a perfect, little nursery she has!

Jenn @ What You Make It said...

I love love LOVE her room! Her name in the picture frames are so adorable. And the colors are perfect! I love the name Avery : )

Courtney said...

Omg it is absolutely precious! I love every little bit of it!! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful & handy husband. =)

Lisamarie said...

The nursery is lovely. And you two are so very resourceful!! Congratulations on every thing.

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Oh my goodness, her nursery is DARLING! You did such a great job putting it together, and I absolutely love the colors you chose and all the girly details! Also, she is going to be one well dressed little girl, her closet is amazing! :)

Lindsey said...

OMG I LOVE IT! I kind of hate my nursery now. Lol.

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

This just melts my heart! Her nursery is beautiful Amira! She is so lucky to come home to such a beautiful room :) YOu did a great job!! I have been eagerly awaiting the reveal. Umm, and now I'm checking out that etsy shop--too cute!!

Mimi Finerty said...

this is so gorgeous. love the grey and pink colour combo and the chevron fabric on the glider is just perfect. good luck with last minute preparations. my god her closet is organised. im sure it wont stay like that for long! :)

Emily said...

Grams - you and Brandon did an outstanding job! It's gorgeous. I want to live in that room. Oh and I demand a tutorial on those rain gutter book shelves. Please and thank you. You can even have the handyman write it.

Danielle said...

Can I live in Avery's room?! haha! Seriously, it's GORGEOUS!! I am so excited for you guys! Your little one is so lucky to have you both as parents!! And for that library! ;) haha! Sending lots of well wishes for the big day soon!! <3

Sam said...

I love this and it gives me so many great room ideas lol

Sammy

Lindsay said...

Um, wow! You guys did a fantastic job!! I love the paper flowers and the nightstand. Everything turned out great!

Tess @ AModernSuburbanitesLife said...

omg it looks amazing!

Kelly Anne said...

It looks beautiful! Cannot wait to see it in person Thursday! You really outdid yourself on the cuteness and DIY projects. Love it.

Becky said...

So beautiful!

Britt said...

It is absolutely perfect! What a special place for her. The dust ruffle might be my favorite thing too along with her name over the crib.

Melissa G said...

Love it! Our nursery is gray and pink too! Lighter shades though! LOVE the bookshelves!! Might have to try and make the hubby attempt the same thing!

Liz Brown said...

Goodness. She's going to be the most stylish little girl :) And the one with the prettiest room. Good job mom and dad!

lex said...

adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patty said...

What an absolutely breathtaking place to enter the world into!! You have such a good eye! I'm sure Avery is going to LOVE it :-)

Katrina {calikatrina.blogspot.com} said...

Buggs and sparkly Toms, what more does a girl need? :) Such a beautiful room!!! Can't wait 'til baby girl is here! xo!

Sue said...

I'm in love with her nursery! You did a fabulous job.

Kimberly O said...

I love everything... especially the letters in the different frames!

chrystinanoel.com said...

Such a cute room and such great pictures!! Also, that's exactly what I did for my nighstand - buy the cheap one from Ikea, paint it, and buy a knob at Anthropologie :)

Cassie said...

What an adorable job you both did! This is seriously the cutest nursery I have ever seen!! Great job, mom and dad!!

Allison said...

This is beautiful!!! I love everything about it! You two did a great job. :)

Megan Wait said...

I am in love with your nursery! Its just the most beautiful room!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

Put this on pinterest asap so I can pin it and 'oooh and ahhh' over it everyday.

Valerie Griffin said...

it is gorgeous!

Sarah Kate said...

You guys have done a phenomenal job! It's just amazing. She is going to be one pampered little princess. :o)

The Giving Tree is one of my favorite children's books too. I can never get through it without choking up a little.

Sam @ The Ellison Family Expansion Plan said...

What a gorgeous nursery!

I happened upon your blog hopping through the bloggy grapevine. New follower, yo!

Empirically Erin said...

Amira, this is amazing. I can only hope that one day my baby will have a nursery as sweet as this one. And the idea with the rain gutters is absolutely genius!!

Fran said...

So when I get pregnant you will designing my nursery, mk? kay!

[or I might just copy yours down to every detail! haha]

Mish Lovin' Life said...

ooh I love this room so much! You guys did such an awesome job on it! That nightstand??? LOVE.

I hope I have a girl because it just seems way more fun to decorate for!!

xoxoxo - good luck this week just in case I don't get a chance to say it!!!!

Caley-Jade Rosenberg said...

What an adorable nursery! Well done!
I especially love the little reading shelves - her own little library.
x

Kasey Lynne said...

When I have a kid, I'm going to hire you as my interior decorator..seriously! Her room looks AMAZING!! Lucky Avery :D

vickichristine said...

rain gutters. genius.

Katie Jo said...

What a gorgeous room! I love the gray and pink!

xo,
Katie
www.hellolittlebean.com

ATN said...

Love the nursery! What size are the frames?

Emily Clark said...

Love the name in the frames. I'm having a little Avery soon too and definitely want to steal your idea. Do you remember what font you ordered from the site?

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