At church last weekend I got to hold this squishy little man, breathe in all his newborn baby-ness and watch his sporadic pacifier smiles.
I think there might’ve been a sermon, too? I don’t know?
I will hold all the babies and stare at their faces. So hard.
That’s my friend Erin’s baby boy, Anselm, the one whose nursery we’ve been talkin’ about lately.
Here’s the before:
And this was our little plan for his vintage, calming nursery:
Ready to see how it turned out?
Basically, it turned out a lot like this:
Comfy. Personal. Different. I dig it.
The crib was recycled from her two older boys, and Erin made that wire quote above the crib. (See how to make your own easy wire word art here!) It’s from an old hymn and says “Be not dismayed whatever betide… beneath his wings of love abide.” I like how it feels handmade, quirky and personal, and the idea of a quote from an old hymn is SO Erin and her fam.
Are you catching that little glimmer of gold shining out from inside the lamp shade? Just when you thought things were going to be completely rustic with the wood wall, the lamp shade’s all: “NOPE! Here’s some glam! Comin’ atcha!”
That is the single most sophisticated chair ever to grace a nursery.
I like to think if you and I work together, we can spread the word to the whole world that you do not need that ugly glider chair from Babies R Us in your nursery! Did you know that all over the world, there are babies growing up completely healthy and surviving without that glider chair?! It’s true.
Anselm gets to hang out in this stunning upholstered bergere chair that his mom got from a yard sale years ago, and gaze up at a golden lampshade. He’s already more cultured than I am.
That didn’t take much.
The little side table’s from target and it echoes the smidge of gold from the pendant shades. It’s a nice little contrast with the wood wall.
Opposite the chair is the little reading nook where the two older brothers read and play while mom’s taking care of the squishy babe. (Check out the tutorial here on how to make your own reading nook.)
Big brothers needed a place to keep their trains, cars and books, naturally. So Erin and her hubby took an old kitchen cabinet, painted it and added some legs and a top real quick. (Seriously, they just whip stuff up like this in five minutes.)
Erin has so many cool vintage toys and styling goodies she’s picked up from thrift stores and yard sales. We had lots of fun playing with them when we were taking these pics.
Erin recycled an old dresser she had for the changing table. I don’t take too many controversial stands on the blog (here’s one of them) but I am personally very anti-changing table. (Or “pro-dresser,” depending on how you look at it.) It just doesn’t make sense to buy a piece of furniture that has one purpose that expires in two years, when you can own a dresser this beautiful and use it for all times.
When my friends mention wanting to buy changing tables, I yell “nooooooooo!” in slow motion, and try to stop them by laying on their driveway so they can’t leave and go buy one.
It’s exhausting standing up for what’s right.
And not minding your own business.
Oh yeah, see the shaggy rug?
Erin and I did. See how to make your own faux fur rug right here! It turned out way better (both in form and function) than I expected. Also, it was cheap and it’s washable. Win!
This is a cool vintage rocking horse THAT IS LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU.
So that whole nursery cost about $400. The whole dang thing. I like that it’s not trying too hard to be a nursery. It’s just a room with cool stuff and there’s not a single theme-y thing in sight. My favorite thing is that this room just feels like Erin and her family. It’s personal and it feels like them.
Also I want that chair. But I’m going to let Erin keep it for a while because she has to nurse the baby. And because it’s her chair, technically. That she bought before we ever met.
What’s your favorite part? Did you have a glider chair growing up, or did you overcome the odds?