I don’t know about you other mamas out there, but decorating a nursery became priority number one to me when we got our house! Not that a baby absolutely needs a decorated room, but there’s something inside of us that just wants to make a sweet little nest for our baby birds. Or maybe we should all just admit that we’re all suckers for cute things. Anyway, this room was the first room we’ve ever gotten to decorate for our daughter, so I’m really excited to share!
When we moved into this home, the room was painted a pretty blue. I promise you—I didn’t hate it (we left the inside of the closet blue), but the room only has one small window, and it felt very dark and closed in. Probably just because I’m a photographer, imagining taking photos in there with a flash just sent shudders down my spine. SHUDDERS. So we knew we would be going bright white with this room too (Valspar—Ultra White), except for our one coral wall (Valspar–Apricot Jam). And guys, it took 4-5 coats of white to cover up that blue. We painted this room every chance we got for a month! You wouldn’t believe how dark it actually was! We also had to update the trim to bright white because once we painted the walls white, the trim looked dark tan.
Whenever I post photos of Imogen’s room on my Instagram, the two most asked questions are, “Where did you get that rug?” and “What about that chair!?” The rug was from Rugs USA but is sadly no longer available (sorry, dudes), but our Hopson chair from Joybird is an absolute gem. We loved our Hopson sofa so much (see it in our living room tour here) that we chose the same collection for our nursery chair and opted to go with leather (which I’m so glad we did—you would not believe how many spills this poor chair has endured already!). It’s a comfy place to begin our day every morning with a bottle and a book, and it’s where we crash in the afternoon when it’s time for Imogen’s nap. And I have to brag on my grandmother for a second, who made (!!) the really cool long caterpillar! It’s one of the most special things in our nursery. We’ve ended up learning the value of a great doll too—some of Imogen’s favorites are from Hazel Village, and our Blabla doll was a gift from our friend Georganne (if you happen to live in Phoenix, her shop Frances is the sweetest spot to shop locally for bebe).
Over in our reading corner, our pear print is from Fine Little Day—it was one of the first things we bought for her room. And you know we love our greenery, but there’s not very much in here because our little gal loves getting into plants now. If you have a little one that loves their plant grubbing, then you might want to check this post I did awhile back on child and pet-safe house plants. We’ve already had a scare where I caught her chomping down on a plant. Fortunately I knew it was non-toxic. Girl loves her ruffage. 🙂
Before IQ was born, it was time to get a crib, but we were pretty tight on cash. (Planning a long distance move from AZ to MO will do that to ya!) We chose this crib from Ikea, and it has held up amazingly, and I love the simple look of the natural wood! Pretty surprising for a $70 crib! Another thing that has held up well is this strawberry-stamped crib sheet I made. We’ve now been using it for five months and the colors are still as vibrant as ever, after dozens of washings. And our sweet Roxy Marj lion blanket was a baby present from Elsie + Emma, definitely a favorite around here. 🙂
By now, you’ve already seen this amazing storage bench that Josh made, but just one more time, let’s hear it for that guy! He’s such a catch and IQ and I are lucky to have him! The layout of this room is a little hard to work with, with two corners of the room having low ceilings, so this bench ended up being perfect for what we needed, and functional on top of it.
We were a little divided on leaving the ceiling fan (practical vs. pretty, the great ongoing debate around here), but in this instance, pretty won out. And in the hot summer months we can always bring a room fan in, right? (This is the argument I used and it worked, FYI. Irrefutable logic!) I love this ceiling pendant we found at Ikea. It gives off a sweet, cozy glow at night.
Decorating the changing table area was a hard one because now IQ is at an age where she is constantly pulling at everything/into everything! But we did manage to fit one of Josh’s ice cream storm prints on our wall, and she hasn’t taken a grabby-handed interest in it so far. The cloud and star mobile was one of our favorite gifts we received before Imogen was even born! It’s going to be an heirloom piece for sure—it was made by our friend Jahje, and you can see her shop Baby Jives here. So I totally meant to put some backing or something in front of the frosted glass drawers to mask our disorganization because I’m a professional right? Just kidding. I’m just a parent who feels really proud that everything is even in drawers! If I could give myself an applause emoji right now, I would. 🙂
Thanks for letting me share our sunny little nursery here on A Beautiful Mess! So parents or parents-to-be: do you have a nursery or a sweet little space for baby? Leave me a link or tag me on Instagram (@arrowandapple), I’d love to see! I love seeing everyone’s ideas and how to make your space functional for kiddos. 🙂 xo- Sarah
Credits // Author: Sarah Rhodes. Photos: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Lillian and Calliope from The Lightroom Collection.