I am your parent you are my childI am your quiet place, you are my wild I am your calm face, you are my giggle I am your wait, you are my wiggle I am your audience, you are my clown I am your London Bridge, you are my falling down I am your Carrot Sticks, you are my licorice I am your dandelion, you are my first wish I am your water wings, you are my deep I am your open arms, you are my running leap I am your way home, you are my new path I am your dry towel, you are my wet bath I am your dinner you are my chocolate cake I am your bedtime, you are my wide awake I am your finish line, you are my race I am your praying hands, you are my saving grace I am your favorite book, you are my new lines I am your nightlight, you are my sunshine I am your lullaby, you are my peek-a-boo I am your kiss goodnight, you are my I love you.
-Maryann K Cusimano
As soon as I knew the gender of baby we were having, I started to plan the nursery immediately. Every single day of my almost 10 month pregnancy I planned and planned, and shopped till' I dropped to create a perfectly sweet, calm and cozy space. I didn't want anything that was too colorful, cartooney or matchy-matchy, but rather something that was unique with a classic style and vintage details. Since I am a wedding photographer, I of course had all the thoughts of it 'photographing well'.
I loved the idea of vintage hot air balloons (no not that bright colorful 1980's ones!)I fell in with the 'theme' since seeing it on Restoration Hardware Baby, but I knew I couldn't afford that steep price tag. Since they symbolize flight, height and soaring, it was perfect as meaning behind henry's sanctuary. I wanted his nursery to be something I would be excited to explain to friends and to him one day. I wanted to convey in the styling of his space that this little unborn Henry was so loved even before his was born, even before he was conceived. I wanted to be a mommy my entire life. Now that I had the opportunity to be one I was going to welcome him into the world with warmth and love.
I choose an organic color palette- browns, creams, with subtle hints of sage blue and pastels. I wanted this room to be something he could grow with, something that was easily versatile to make 'older' as my little prince grew. In fact I have ideas of incorporating planes into the next phase of the nursery when he's ready for a toddler bed! See how much of a planner I am? But, I won't lie, It was very time consuming finding all the perfect accessories and pieces to unfold this vision in my heart. There were so many failed craft projects and glued fingers as I tried my hardest to make the hot air balloon mobile, but I conceded when I found the one I ended up purchasing. I was really glad I did that! It is by far my favorite piece of the nursery! Since I am renting this 1937 bungalow I couldn't suspend it from the ceiling like I had planned, but I thought the window seat area was a great spot for it too.
I spent long nights, hours upon hours with pregnancy heartburn and insomnia scouring Etsy, Pinterest and Google. Since I am also a Craigslist DIVA I found so many treasures at bargain prices! I didn't want to spend over $2000 on the entire nursery and I was happy that I didn't spend a penny over. That was tough to do considering most furniture set's are well over that. But I knew with my visions and crafty sense I would be able to make it happen. Pinterest was such a helpful tool for me because out of thousands of possible designs I narrowed down what my eye enjoyed most, which was always that classic 'teddy bear' color pallet- warm and neutral. I would recommend to any new mom (or current mom) to really identify with what colors you want, then style, then accessory components. I also wanted to incorporate so much of Henry's father and I into the design. There are a lot of various items that reflect where we come from. Mom (that's me!) is a total impulsive daredevil, I would LOVE to fly on a hot air balloon one day. My childhood home was filled with beautiful old Florida Spanish oaks on a natural rustic setting. Henry's dad was given a few family heirlooms to tie into the room, in fact those baby shoes are Henry's great grandfathers. I wanted the nursery to reflect Henry's name too- which it did to me! Little did I know I would be given a totally adventurous, playful, and active little man! ;) There isn't much serenity about Henry, he is a stinker by definition! Turns out he loves it too because he sleeps so well and that is affirmation enough for me! I hope to inspire all your new mommies to be with my little discoveries. I had so much fun decorating his nursery and watching all my ideas unfold! I am already planning baby #2 in the LONG distant future.... :)
$420- White Pottery Barn Baby Crib (I got it on sale, plus used my 20% gift registry discount! They no longer sell it, but I LOVED the lower profile! http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/anderson-fixed-gate-crib/)
$800- White Pottery Barn Baby Madison changing station, side table, lamp, all baskets and inserts, and changing pad/2 chenille covers)- this was my BEST Craigslist find EVER!!!! This retailed for over $3000 with all the fixings. Yeah, I got a deal, a reallllll good deal.
$130 (although this was a gift to me) handmade crib skirt, made out of burlap- You can visit Paula + Erika country chic home decor here on Etsy!
personalized Art work with "On the night you were born" text (last picture with balloons)- you can visit PaperTwig here on Etsy!
rocking horse- restoration hardware baby
burlap curtains- world market
bronze rocking horse- ebay
silver elephant- ross
pictures frames- pottery barn baby + hallmark + hobby lobby
hot air balloon mobile- amazon
over-sized safety pin- Ballard designs
no whining sign- Ross
bedding- pottery barn baby
sweaters- the heather grey one was handmade by The Dainty Knit, you can visit Casey's store here
teddy bears- goodwill (they were all .25 cents each and made by FAO Swartz)
It's a Boy- Baby Henry poster- Lay Baby Lay, you can visit her here! (We used this at the hospital too!)
Professional newborn images- Henry's newborn session with Brittany Woodall with Baby As Art
old books, shoes- our families heirlooms
tiny birds nest- dollar tree ;)
books- Goodwill & Ross (I told you I was frugal!)
Blanket overhanging rocking chair- Aden + Anais Swaddler blanket (I LOVE THESE!!!)
Rocking Chair- Buy buy baby (I will admit, this has not been my most favorite. If I could do it over I would have splurged on the $900 from Pottery Barn Baby! This chair wears really easily and any color you wear rubs off on it. Not mentioning it creaks.)
"H" wooden letter- Pottery Barn Baby
Changing pad covers- Pottery Barn Baby (these are SOOOO soft!!!)
Annie Benson Muller Oil painting- an antique find! I purchased this for $25. I saw it on ebay for $80 ;) Apparently it dates back to the 1930-40s!
Animal carousel- my friend gave this to us! It was her daughters when she was a baby! It was originally from a boutique that closed here in Jacksonville, FL
Ceramic goose- 50 cents at Goodwill
Goose mom + baby- on clearance from Ross (another awesome happy find!)
A blast from the past when Henry was only 8 weeks old! sniff, sniff, sniff...