I wanted to add some whimsy (or a lot of whimsy as the case may be) in the form of drapes. I am not much of a “theme” person but somehow his little nursery ended up with a bit of an elephant theme. What I like about the drapes is that while it’s obviously elephants up close . . . from far away it almost looks just like a patterned black and white fabric (you can read more about the drapes here).
I found this curtain rod at Lowes for less than $20. I thought it was perfect for a nursery. I love that it looks like a branch with some little leaves off the end. I even love the antique brass finish . . . a little warmer than nickle or chrome.
The crib was more than a bit of a dilemma. We originally bought Ikea’s Sniglar crib. I really loved the clean lines and how thin and delicate it was, I especially liked the price at $79.99. What I didn’t like was that it was natural wood (I was just hoping for something painted). So we bought it anyway . . . and picked up some no voc paint. The plan was that we would paint the crib with a no voc paint, then seal it with a no voc sealer. We knew that we had about a month before he would be sleeping in it . . . so that should be more than enough time for it to cure and all the smell to leave. One month later . . . the paint was still tacky . . . the smell was stronger than ever and in the end I just didn’t feel comfortable with him sleeping in his room . . . with the door closed and that crib inside. So back to the drawing board, or back to Ikea I should say, for their Gulliver crib. It is really similar in its style, very simple clean lines. The four corner pieces are a little thicker than the sniglar crib but generally the same idea. A bonus is that it was already a warm cream color, and it didn’t stink. 😉
We had no debate over what crib mattress to get Hudson . . . we knew we wanted one that had an infant side and a toddler side (although I am pretty sure most of them do). But mostly we wanted to ensure that it was made of organic cotton. I researched tons of different mattresses to find one that was a reasonable price, we ended up with the Simmons “Natures Best” mattress. We found it on sale at Sears for $159.
Attached to the crib is a Cloud B sleep sheep. Hudson loves it, he loves it so much we ended up buying the travel sized sleep sheep that we can take with us in the car and on trips. The sheep has 4 white noises, rain and ocean are Hudson’s favorite. We use Rain for bedtime and we use Ocean for nap times. It’s awesome . . . as soon as he hears the rain sound you can actually see him getting sleepy.
In the crib we chose a Muslin crib sheet made by Aden and Anais, it’s their Up, Up and Away pattern. I have more than a small crush on Aden and Anais products right now, we have the swaddle blankets, the sleep sacks, the burp cloths and the bibs. They are beautiful and breathable, even Lee likes them and he is pretty much immune to baby stuff. He said he doesn’t understand why I think baby shoes are so cute because “They are just like adult shoes but small”. haha
Beside the crib is our old craft cabinet. We were given so many adorable baby gifts and so many books, we wanted somewhere to keep all the cute baby gear. The drawer at the bottom is especially useful to store extra diapers and wipes.
I found the sign above the cabinet at Homesense. I went in for pillows (more on the pillows in a second) and I saw the sign . . . I knew we had to have it for Hudson’s room. I am sure he will get to be a certain age and not want that up in his room any more but for now it’s perfect!
The mobile above his bed was a bit of a struggle for me. I couldn’t find a mobile that I loved. I could find ones that I liked . . . but even those ones were well over $50. So I set out to make my own, errr . . . kind of. I found the wire mobile harness on Amazon for less than $10. Then I found these little monkeys at the dollar store for a dollar ;). I just clipped them on the bum (ouch). Hudson loves it. When I find little elephants I will swap out the little monkeys but for now the colors are perfect and if Hudson is happy with it, then I’m happy.
On the other side of his room is his dresser (aka. Change table) and a chair. The mirror is a huge hit with Hudson. The change pad is the Naturepedic Organic Change pad (while Hudson doesn’t spend a lot of time on his change pad . . . we still chose to go organic because we didn’t want it off gassing in his room). We covered it in the matching Muslin Aden and Anais cover! We keep his diapers and wipes in the top drawer of the dresser, that way we didn’t need to try and squeeze in a BIG, long dresser or change table.
You might recognize the chair, it’s our old living room chair (originally our library chair). We are planning on adding a glider mechanism to the bottom but for right now it’s as is. The pillows are from Homesense and they were the inspiration for the whole room.
Lastly, above the chair we attached a picture ledge (an old one from Ikea) to the wall and hung a very calming piece of black and white art work (originally from Ikea as well).
I also keep his little elephant rattle and diaper cream up there, because I give him the rattle when I change him and if I need the diaper cream it’s within easy reach.
We also added a ceiling fan where the old light fixture was before. Having a fan in the room reduces the risk of SIDS so it was the first thing we installed when we knew Hudson was coming home.
Whew, that was a long post . . . and I hope you like his little nursery as much as we do. It’s my favorite room in the house now. Like hands down, no contest, my favorite room! It makes me want to install trim and do a two toned paint scheme for the whole house!
Make sure to pop back tomorrow, I have been using our crock pot a ton since Hudson’s arrival and I made the BEST and Easiest chicken dish, recipe up on the blog tomorrow morning!