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Shaping Up… Home Edition: Nursery

by Megan

Today you get a 360° view of our nursery! This was Carter’s room when he was a baby, and now it is Vanessa’s room. And hopefully around this time next year, it will be a cozy little nest for a new baby!

Let’s start at the doorway, shall we?

That’s Carter’s room across the hallway, and to the right there is a large closet that I use for linens, games, and food. To the left is the hallway and the rest of the house. The penguin was drawn by my brother, because I love penguins. As you’ll see, the theme of the nursery is “Under the Sea,” and most of the elements are from Target, by Tiddliwinks. I wanted a theme that could be used for a boy or a girl, and this one is perfect.

This little dresser is older than me. I’m not sure exactly how old it is, but it was in my older brother’s room, and it has had about 30 billion different coats of paint! I painted three of the nursery walls a light green, and the fourth a dark green, and accented with turquoise, with all of the furniture white. The dresser was already painted this way, so it matched perfectly! See the bunny on top? His ears are a brush and a comb, and there’s a mirror underneath! Clever. The bucket is one of the pink and purple accents I added to “girlify” the room.

Um, pay no attention to the closet. It’s actually not as disorganized as it looks. The pile on top of the bin needs to be taken out to the shed, along with the penguin picture, but other than that, this is where we store our TV and pack n play, and the two bins are for clothes that the kids have outgrown. When the bins are full, I mark them with the size range and gender and put them in the shed. Oh, and the closet doors? Yeah, those are in the shed too. All our closet doors in this house are a nuisance, and this set came unattached one too many times!

Wall #2! This little crabby holder guy was too cute to pass up, and fit the theme. And let me tell you about this clock… It was $3 at Walmart, and that thing has lasted about 4 years now, probably with the same battery. I might have replaced it once. Anyway, I love this clock because at night, I turn up my monitor until I can hear the clock ticking, and then I turn it down just a bit, and that is the perfect setting to hear the baby when she wakes up!

Got this matching valance to go with the set when Vanessa was born, and added those pink and purple bins to the bookcase. I would like to replace the bookcase with another toy box just like I got Carter recently. Hamper matches the trash basket from the first picture above, and the pink flower lamp is from IKEA. And…those pictures in the multi-frame…yeah those are Carter’s baby pictures. I’ll probably get around to changing those for the new baby (and if I keep saying things like that, people are going to think I’m pregnant!). Sorry Vanessa!

Here is the crib, and that accent wall I talked about! Got the crib off ebay (new) for a good price. I believe it is ChildCraft. It’s held up very nicely through two babies, and hopefully will last through a few more! It is not a drop-side, but the bottom has three height settings. Honestly, I just left it at the lowest setting when Vanessa was born. It’s not that low that I can’t lift a baby out of there. The quilt on the wall came with the bedding set, but I liked it better as a wall hanging, because I also got a matching fleece blanket.

My mom made wooden letters for both of my kids’ names when they were born. She tried to bribe us to decide on Carter’s name earlier by saying that she had to make the letters. We’ve waited until both of our kids were born before deciding for sure on a name. Both sets matched the decor perfectly!

In the back corner is where I eventually want to put a nice rocker and ottoman set (next baby!), but for now I have the awesome $7 round chair I got at Target! Above it is artwork by Liz Lemon Swindle, of Jesus surrounded by children; it’s one of my favorites. I actually had a smaller version of it that she signed at Deseret Book in SLC. Then we have the changing table. Boy do I spend a lot of time there.

I love my changing table! The drawers are huge, and the cabinet on the right holds all the necessities. I have a little diaper organizer on top from Target, a rack that holds Vanessa’s hair ribbons, and the framed pictures (see below). Note the rug that matches the theme, and the super-classy diaper genie on the right!

The penguin picture from the closet photo used to be hanging here, but I recently replaced it with these printables that I found here on Pinterest! I love them and the fact that they were free!

And that’s it, we are back at the door! Thanks for visiting our nursery! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Come again soon!

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Discovery Toys Mom March 27, 2012 - 12:47am

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Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia May 16, 2012 - 8:40am

I love the colors and the under the sea theme of this room, it looks wonderful!

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Amanda May 16, 2012 - 8:46pm

So very cute! Your little one is quite lucky.

Thank you for posting the link to the printable. The whole time I was looking at your photo I was wishing I knew where you got them. I think I’m going to have to put them in our play room :-)

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CK March 28, 2013 - 12:21am

This is a cute little room and I bet Vanessa loves it

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Maria Iemma March 30, 2013 - 12:04pm

What a beautiful nursery, I am sure your kids are loved and well cared for and their room shows your caring parenting. Wishing you the best while you grow your family.

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