Ian's Nursery: The Reveal



Well, the dude is 20 months old, so I figured its time I share his nursery with you!

We kept the layout, furniture, and paint color the same as when Maura was in here as a baby, so this was more just a task of swapping out the bedding, rug, and accessories from girl to boy. I had already mulled this over way back in 2011 when I did a guest post over at Honey & Fitz...so first thing I did when I found out we were having a boy was to reread it. I was still smitten with this vintage map and starry night bunting from etsy seller moon and lion, so I had Macky make me one (she is awesome!) and then proceeded forward with my idea of an explorer/adventurer/travel kinda theme.

{photo courtesy of Sweet Connolly Photography}

The drapes are my favorite part of the room! I really wanted something with a fun pattern on a white background. I was inspired by some curtains from Land of Nod (no longer sold) that were really tiny navy blue fish all swimming in the small direction...but the scale of the print was just too small. So I decided to make my own using hand-made stamps and fabric paint on white Ikea Merete panels. I designed two fish silhouettes in the sizes that I wanted and made my own block print stamps to use. Super fun and super easy, although tedious to stamp so many fish on all four curtain panels...worth it in the end cause I love them and Ian does too!!! (Ps. I know, these curtain rods are not ideal. They should be thicker and probably a different color with a more masculine finial at the end, but they were here for Maura's room and I just got lazy and cheap and kept them up. Also, I'd love to change out the old white plastic roller shades for something better, but these guys are the best for blocking out light, so right now they are practical.)

{photo courtesy of Sweet Connolly Photography}
{photo courtesy of Sweet Connolly Photography}
{photo courtesy of Sweet Connolly Photography}
{photo courtesy of Sweet Connolly Photography}

The dresser stayed the same...even using Maura's green changing pad cover. Just swapped the storage caddy out for a navy one and found a new lamp at HomeGoods. These frames were also here, I just took out the botanical art that was in there and printed out some National Park images from freevintageposters.com to add to that adventure/exploration feel.

{photo courtesy of Sweet Connolly Photography}
{photo courtesy of Sweet Connolly Photography}

 So you can see the comparison, here's some shots of this room before, when it was Maura's nursery:

{Maura on the left, Ian on the right}
{Maura on the left, Ian on the right}
{Maura on the left, Ian on the right}
I'm so happy with how this room came out. And we have loved spending time with this little guy (and Maura) in here over the last year and a half! Have any of you guys converted a nursery from one sex to the other?


-paint color: Heaven on Earth by Benjamin Moore
-area rug: Nomad Printed Cotton Dhurrie in Straw from West Elm, no longer sold
-crib skirt and bumper: Serena & Lily Candy Stripe Crib Skirt in Sprout and Nursery Basics Crib Bumper in Sprout
-crib sheet: Babies R Us Percale Crib Sheet in Sports Stars
-map: Borders going out of business sale
-elephant chair: Cuddle Plush Elephant Chair from Restoration Hardware baby & child
-dresser: Ikea Hemnes 8 drawer dresser in white
-changing table storage basket: Pottery Barn Kids Navy Geo Nursery Storage
-green table lamp: HomeGoods
-national park posters: DIY prints from freevintageposters.com
-glider: Potter Barn Kids Comfort Grand Swivel Rocker
-throw blanket: Favorite Throw Stripe in Bean Sprout from West Elm
-striped round basket: HomeGoods
-white ledge shelves: Ikea Ribba Picture ledge in white
-bear and pirate ship vintage woodcut greeting cards: Brimfield Antique show
-letterpress "PLAY" blocks: Brimfield Antique show
-Animals of North America print: Land of Nod, no longer sold
-fish drapes: DIY stamped using Ikea's Merete curtains in white

PS. If you're curious about the evolution of this room, here's some old posts with more info....part I: Nursery Switch, part II: Rug and Bedding, part III: Art, and part IV: Accessories.

PPS. Linking up to Silver Pennies Sundays over at Danielle's, Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co., That DIY Party with Roeshel and March '15 Before and Afters over at Thrifty Decor Chick:)

TDC Before and After

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

Elizabeth and Co.

Valentine's Day Mantel and a DIY Garland



Hello! Hope everyone is having a good week! Snow, snow, and more snow...that's what we're all about up here outside of Boston.

Thought I'd pop in with a quick post about our "Valentine's Day" mantel:) I don't usually do much for this holiday, but this year I made a super easy and quick heart garland and figured I'd share. Here's how are mantel is looking:

Found a pack of foam hearts on sale last winter after Valentine's Day was over and bought them cheap assuming we could do something with them this year. I just punched holes on either side and threaded through some pink and white butchers twine I already had and we got ourselves a banner!!

I loaded up these frames with prints from our recent family photo session with Sweet Connolly Photography, perfect for this holiday celebrating all those we love, and even put out the letterpress printing blocks I got at Brimfield that signify our wedding date, July 29th. I added all the white candles for a bit of texture but didn't want to detract from the garland and photos with more color.

Have a great Valentine's Day weekend! And if you're anywhere near me, good luck cause of course another blizzard is on the way!!

Ps. For anyone really paying attention, we've got a new paint color in here...Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky...painted it recently since this room changed from our more formal living room into our TV/family room when we decided to put in a playroom (more on that here and here) - best decision ever btw!!...will post more about the changes in this room later:)

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