Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Modern Boy Nursery

The nursery is complete! We started with the apple green walls and just let it go from there. I had wanted a nature inspired modern nursery for our little guy. I had originally thought about having tree decals on the walls or painting tree limbs. Now I would call the theme "Eclectic Nature Nursery"

The changing table is a dresser from IKEA and is great for storage and seems to be the right height for changing a diaper. We just added a changing table pad for around $15 and a soft cover. I added a few baskets for his newborn diapers and the changing area is complete.

The dresser fit really well between the window and the area where the vent is in the floor.

We created a collage above the changing table. The leaf painting was made by my cousin Natalie and it completely inspired a bit of an orange theme in the room. We have two frames up that I left empty to add photos in later.

I just thought this was such a sweet saying to hang in a nursery.

The last frame in the collage is a fun print I saw online of an orange fox. I thought it worked well with the orange leaf painting and cute little plush owl pillow.

Wicker storage baskets by the changing table for teeny tiny newborn diapers and itty bitty socks!

This is probably my favorite addition to the nursery. I bought him from Edynsgarden on Etsy.com for a cool $18 total with shipping. I had my eye on this cute plush owl pillow for months, then one day I said "okay, our nursery NEEDS this owl".

The top drawer of the dresser has our cloth diapers that we will use once he outgrows the newborn disposable diapers. We also have boxes of wipes and a small box of rattles and toys.

I love all the fun colors the cloth diapers come in! We went with Bum Genius freetime all in one diaper after much research. We plan on diapering with disposables for the first few weeks (plus we were given lots of newborn diapers at my shower) and then switch to the cloth after that.

These cloth diapers are all one piece, so no folding or stuffing. They just need to be washed in the washer every other day of use and then dried. They fit babies better if they are over 8 pounds but they do make newborn sized ones too. This color is called "Ribbit"!

We added a super cheap (and I mean cheap, its particle board) book shelf from Target for $15. It fits the space and is added storage in the awkward little nook.

The orange lamp is another HomeGoods find and the book is a classic "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

We added some of our favorite childhood books that we can read to him during down time.

The teddy bear is Kyle's from when he was a baby and I love that now it has a place in our nursery.

I love the clean lines of this two tone crib. It is Mercer by Babyletto and we found it at Walmart.com. I think cribs are so over priced, and this one was no exception. It is adjustable in height and coverts to a toddler bed and has a nice drawer that pulls out on the bottom for added storage.

The crib is over near the window, across from the changing table and fit pretty well in the space

I found the bird painting at HomeGoods for $30 and I loved it! I was looking for something to fill the space above the crib and the fun oranges and blue birds were perfect. After we have his newborn photos done we might put a photo above the crib.

I am very pleased with how well everything fit in small room. I think the room is only about 9x10 with a few cut out spaces.

Just this last weekend we bought the chair from IKEA. It's not a rocker but it does bounce a little with your feet. The thing I love about it, it fits my shape perfectly! It hits my neck, lower back and knees all at the right height which is ideal for a nursing chair.

Soon I will be enjoying my new little man while sitting in this very chair. Such an amazing thought!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Get it Done

Things are coming along nicely here at our little home. Kyle has been checking items off the to do list right and left! He's unstoppable. We have just a few weeks left until our due date for our little man, so the pressure is on to finish up little projects. We are hoping to get most of the items completed so that when he arrives we can just enjoy being a family.

Kyle has been like super man! It has been averaging 95 degrees here in Mid Michigan most days but that hasn't stopped him from being outside.

View from the under side of the house looking up at the gorgeous blue sky. We love the dentil blocks and the decorative brackets up at the peak of the roof line.

Our view from our front porch is pretty amazing. Fresh country air and all the wild flowers in the front yard. Still waiting on the grass to fill in the yard. Its pretty tough to grow grass from seed when its 90+ degrees out and we haven't had rain in weeks but we have a couple little patches.

The decks have been power washed and ready for stain. All the exterior paint on the porches are done. The beams and columns are all a nice crisp white that really stand out from the red color of the house siding.

So happy with how the house is coming together. Its such a great feeling to know that we are making it our own and really making it feel like home.

Items Done on the Outside of the House:
Exterior columns and beams painted
Dentil blocks stained
Mail box installed and post stained
Porch steps installed (finally!)
Power washed the house
Stained the exterior decks
Starting growing grass around the house

Items Done on the Inside of the House:

Hanging some art and photos
Installing window coverings
Decorating the shelves in the living room
Almost finishing the nursery
Installing custom closets in the master bedroom

More Photos of our progress...

Making out master bedroom feel like a retreat with calming colors and a light airy feel.

Finally having art work from Bermuda where we went on our honeymoon almost 3 years ago. These 4 frames are from IKEA and have a prominent place on the wall of our living room. Now we can enjoy them everyday.

I love the pops of color from the paintings and they really take me back to our honeymoon.

Loving our new couch. Its big (can fit 7 adults pretty comfortably) and has a great modern feel. It is made by Palliser called Jura.

Some belly shots in the nursery.

So excited to meet him soon! And I promise to share photos of the completed nursery very soon. Its coming along great but we are waiting on the rocker and I need to hang a few more photos before I share the final product.