Sunday, January 4, 2015

Baby Boy's Room

I had so much fun dreaming up and decorating our baby boy's room. I couldn't have done it without my DIY partner, that's for sure. It was put together with lots of love by both Andrew and I. He is my expert painter, shelf hanger, furniture assembler, window blind installer and more. I am truly thankful for that! 

My vision was to create a tranquil room with a gray and white base, and incorporate pale yellow and light blue accent colors. I am still a fan of gray and white chevron and found pieces I could use to tie it all together (but not go overboard). 

The fabric I used to make tab-top window curtains started the ball rolling with the overall theme. It has the colors I wanted in a chevron and small polka-dot pattern (Jo-Ann Fabrics). Not too babyish, yet still boyish. I knew I didn't want a character themed room or one of those bedroom-in-a-bag sets. Just color and pattern with a simple, cozy customized feel. The colors and curtains can easily be swapped out.

I used the same color palette to sew a paper mobile, inspired by this one. The strings were definitely a challenge, but I love how it turned out! Very inexpensive, too. 

One of the dressers I grew up with will act as the changing table. Above the dresser, we hung a mirror we already had and added metal baskets for extra storage (from Hobby Lobby). We are so blessed to have many hand-me-downs and baby items to use and borrow from friends and family, such as the changing pad and diaper genie. 

Isn't this rocking elephant just the cutest thing (Pottery Barn)? He was a surprise gift from my Aunt and cousins. I can't wait for our little guy to use it! 

We added a pair of simple white shelves from IKEA. Baby Ohl will most definitely be an Eagles fan like his Dad, so of course he needed an Eagles piggy bank!

Beneath the shelves is a small bookcase that my husband made in high school shop class. He cleaned it up and painted it white. Now it houses all the wonderful books we received that I can't wait to read at bedtime. I love how special this piece is. 

Some buddies and blankies, waiting to be friends.

We decided to keep the daybed in the room, which I'm sure will be frequently used for naps and nighttime feedings. When he's ready to graduate from his crib, he'll already have a bed. And it can still double as a guest room when needed.

I put together some wall art (most of which was found or inspired by Pinterest). The magnetic alphabet letters will be fun to play with. I'm sure Nana will like the deer head. The snail and mushroom print was a gift to remember my coworker, Karen. She was such a talented artist, who passed away from cancer last year. I think she would be happy to know that it hangs on our nursery wall.

Another hand-me-down that I'm especially grateful for is this glider rocker and ottoman. I know I'll be spending many hours here, rocking our sweet baby. 

I can hardly believe that he'll be wearing tiny little adorable things like this! I have to admit, I'm looking forward to dressing him up in all the cute clothes we received. 

This is a look back at our former guest room which was lavender and periwinkle.

The walls are now gray and white, we have more than enough to care for him and the room is ready to welcome our baby boy. I hope he likes it as much as we do.

Our hearts and our home are ready for you, sweet boy. We can't wait to meet you!

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