Nursery Tales: Happily Ever After

Well, friends, here it is: the long-awaited final chapter of Peanut’s nursery decorating saga.  (Long-awaited by ME, in any event.)

Let’s see… when we left off, we had cleared out the space, painted the walls a happy yellow shade, had a panic attack and a corresponding flurry of activity, and made an indecent number of trips to Home Depot.  And after this flurry of activity (a substantial portion of which was done during naptimes or feeding times – i.e. hubby would do a project while I fed Peanut, or vice versa – once Peanut came home from the hospital), we’ve got ourselves a sunny, cheery space for baby girl.  It’s the first room in the house that I actually consider “done” (the rest of the place has a long way to go before it goes from builder bland to personal and meaningful) and I think it’s currently my favorite room.  So let’s get to it, yeah?

Above you see the view from the door.  Peanut’s crib stands against the far wall, under a decal of tulips from Pottery Barn Kids.  I had grand plans of hanging a frame collage on that wall, a la Young House Love in their nursery, but I realized two things: (1) I have neither the time, nor the energy, to track down enough coordinating frames and DIY meaningful art; and (2) I don’t trust myself to anchor the frames to the wall securely enough for them to go over the crib.  So one evening, when I was sick of being greeted by a blank wall whenever I walked into Peanut’s room, yet was completely exhausted and unable to deal with the idea of doing anything more strenuous than slapping some stickers on the wall, I decided to look for a decal.  While I was planning the nursery, I firmly rejected the idea of decals: they were cop-outs, I told myself, and tacky to boot.  But when, in my state of near-zombie exhaustion, I finally caved, I was shocked to find some really adorable decals at not-outrageous prices.  I actually had a hard time deciding what to get, but I settled on the tulips because they fit perfectly in with my loose “handmade flower garden” theme for Peanut’s room.

Peanut’s other major wall art piece hangs between her two windows.  (Incidentally, the window treatments are the Pretty Pleats curtains from Land of Nod, the baby and kids’ arm of Crate & Barrel, and the curtain rods are from Home Depot.  We pull the blinds down to darken the room a bit, but we don’t use blackout curtains.  I know some parents swear by them, but in the NICU they cautioned us not to make the room too dark or quiet, since Peanut had gotten used to light and activity.)

The print, of a little girl reading a story to a group of bunnies, was the starting point for the nursery aesthetic.  It is from Trafalgars Square, an Etsy seller, and my heart melted the moment I saw it.  Isn’t it adorable?  Under the windows are two pink rope bins from Land of Nod; one holds Peanut’s receiving blankets and afghans, and the other is a landing spot for her cuddly toys.

Let’s take a closer look at Peanut’s bed and sitting area.  Her bedding is “Puzzle Patch” from Land of Nod.  I love the crazy quit, with its adorable pinks, yellows and greens, and the sheets that go with it.  The crib skirt is “Pretty Pleats” – like the curtains.  (Full disclosure: the quilt usually doesn’t hang over the side of the crib like that.  I “styled” it to look pretty for the photograph.  It’s dangerous to have anything in the crib but a fitted sheet – and mattress pad – and baby.  Safety first!  The quilt usually hangs over the back of Peanut’s upholstered rocker – which is from Pottery Barn Kids – and Clochette hangs out in one of Peanut’s toy bins.  She wanted to come say hi to the blog, though.)

The floor lamp in the corner is from Land of Nod – I love the pink shade and the sweet birds – and so is the crib.  The side table is from Pottery Barn Kids and makes a good landing spot for a bottle when hubby or I comes upstairs to feed and rock Peanut.  It’s also the resting place for Peanut’s AngelCare monitor.

Here’s a picture you’ve seen already!  Peanut’s dresser (which is from Land of Nod, although I replaced the pulls with blank matte knobs from Home Depot) holds her tiny clothes as well as burp cloths, bibs, swaddling blankets and sheets, pump accessories, extra diapers and wipes.  On top of the dresser is the changing mat, which hubby bolted tightly to the back of the dresser for added security (but we’ll be able to remove it when Peanut is a big girl, and no one will ever see the holes, since they’re facing the wall).  I also picked up a couple of pink baskets from the Container Store, which keep diapers and baby care supplies within easy reach for me.  And there’s a cute little Plan Toys sheep hanging out there too, just waiting for the day when Peanut is old enough to play with him (when she’s two or so).

And above the dresser, just in case we ever forget Peanut’s name (we’re pretty sleep-deprived) we hung her wall letters.  We got them from Pottery Barn Kids, but it’s plenty easy to find them in other stores too, or even to paint your own if you have the time and skill (I don’t).


One thing I really wanted to do was hang some of Peanut’s little dresses from hooks on her doors.  I was originally eyeing some patchwork bird hooks, but at the last minute these flower hooks (again, from Pottery Barn Kids) captured my heart.  The dresses are from Cherokee Baby – I got them at Target – and the hangers were her Nana’s.  One hook hangs on Peanut’s closet door and the other on the door to her room; both face into the room.

I think this is my favorite part (of course) – the book storage!  I had my heart set on wall ledges and found these at Land of Nod.  They don’t hold many books, but that’s okay – they’re more for display than anything else.  The bulk of the book storage is on the Library Cart, also from Land of Nod.  I am ridiculously in love with this thing.  Not only does it add great functional storage… but, well… you know how I feel about libraries.  The top shelf holds Peanut’s books (and the Dragonstone Castle from Haba, which I love), and on the bottom shelf, two pink tin cubes are devoted to more toy storage.  The elephant chair was a gift from Peanut’s Grandma (it was supposed to be a baby shower gift, but Peanut showed up ten days before my baby shower and all festivities were cancelled) – I can just see her sitting in it to look at her books when she’s a toddler!

So, there you have it: a bright, happy garden of a little girl’s room, with sweet touches and plenty of function.  My new favorite room in the house!

And they all lived happily ever after.

11 thoughts on “Nursery Tales: Happily Ever After

    • Thanks, Katie! Yes, the bunny print is the cornerstone of the whole nursery – to me the little girl represents Peanut in a few years. I hope she loves to read as much as I always have!

  1. Beautiful room, Jaclyn. Your and Steven’s love for Peanut shines through every picture and line. The room is adorable and I love your lit picks. I love having learned that you are such a reader. I am, too. And so will be your new nanny as she cares for the Peanut. Love, Ga

    • Thanks! We worked hard on it and I LOVE how it has turned out. I hope Peanut enjoys it too! And we’re definitely a reading family. 🙂

    • Books have a way of piling up, don’t they? 🙂 Land of Nod has a few very cute bookshelves – one sweet one looks like a dollhouse – but I think the library cart is the most charming of all. But no matter how you store kids’ books, the important thing is that they have them and enjoy them! You’re a great mom for providing a home life that encourages reading.

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