May 18, 2018
A couple of years ago on Mother’s Day, I found out I was pregnant with my sweet Leni Bow. Tim and I had a hard time getting pregnant (more about this in a later blog) so hearing this news was beyond exciting. Soon after, we found out she was a girl and HOLY BABY, I was excited!!!
My first plan of action was to decorate her nursery at our new home in Raleigh. I knew I wanted it to be outdoors-inspired and cozy, so I slowly started collecting items that would fit the theme.
I’ve always loved arts & crafts but when you’re 8+ months pregnant, you really need to choose where you direct your energy. Most of mine was spent traveling for work and hiking up mountains (I hunted an elk at 7.5 months pregnant and hunted a deer a month before my due date!) so with the leftover energy that I did have, I decided on two custom projects in the room, and I love how both of them turned out.
First and foremost, my absolute favorite part of the room is my whitetail euromount with the handmade flower crown! I had a vague idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like so I hit up the craft store, bought a ton of fake flowers and a glue gun, and went to town. I didn’t have any idea how to properly create this look so I just glued and glued until I ran out of flowers!
Second, I wanted to keep with a pink/gold/cream theme so I wanted to get vases, but couldn’t find any that weren’t crazy expensive! So I went to Cabela’s and bought some glass Mason jars and some “antique gold” spray paint from the craft store. It took me 20 minutes to complete and I love how they turned out!! I threw a few fake flowers into them and placed them around the room and they really finished off the look.
I also love her photo wall behind her crib. All the pre-framed photos/paintings were so expensive I decided to do these myself too. I purchased downloadable prints off Etsy (super inexpensive), printed them on card stock and bought cheap frames at Hobby Lobby and framed them myself. They were a portion of the price and I got to customize each of the prints to fit her nursery. That was the easy part, hanging them was a whole other story. I will admit that Tim and I almost divorced (joking…but not really) while he was attempting to hang these picture frames with perfect symmetry and spacing. We had very few tools at our house when we first moved in and the poor guy had to eyeball it…6+ hours later, let’s just say I will not ask him to hang picture frames for a feature wall anytime soon.
I hung a few floating shelves that I found at Target. I am not very handy around the house, but I hung these myself (mostly because it was right after Tim’s “photo hanging incident”… see paragraph above).
The glider chair is nice and I like how it looks, but to be honest, I haven’t sat in it more than a handful of times since Leni was born. Mostly because her nursery is upstairs and the rest of our living quarters are downstairs, so I don’t often spend time in her room, but ALSO, if I could do it again, I absolutely would’ve bought a recliner chair for the nursery. I can’t tell you the number of times that Leni fell asleep on me and I would’ve LOVED to recline so I could get some rest too…I ended up buying a cheaper/uglier recliner chair and put it in my room downstairs and used it nonstop for the first six months or so.
All in all, I LOVE the nursery, it’s by far my favorite room in the house, but it’s also the least used room. Leni naps and sleeps in it and that’s pretty much it. It even has a walk-in closet that’s currently just being used to store her clothes that she’s grown out of or going to grow into soon. She’s been sleeping 13-15 hours a night since she was three months old (new moms, please don’t kill me!) so once our new house is built, I might decorate her new room the exact same way so I don’t jinx her amazing sleep habits – ha!
Well, that’s a wrap on her nursery! I actually posted a couple photos of her nursery last year right after I decorated it and since then I’ve seen those same couple photos floating around Pinterest under #nurseryinspo and #dreamnursery which is so funny because there was barely any rhyme or reason to the decor, but I guess it worked out!
I’ve had a crazy travel schedule recently so I’m playing catch-up but I’m finally home for a few weeks, so I’ll try to get some new blogs ready to post but I need to know what you want me to write about! Home? Decor? Family? Hunting? Comment below to let me know!!
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