Monday, October 22, 2012

Sarah's Apartment: Nursery Reveal

We're still working on a couple finishing touches, but the nursery is finally (almost) done!  Without adding anything "girly," our gender-neutral navy, lime, white, and gold pretty easily transitioned into a space that's clearly made for a little boy.

We've already gotten questions on the rug, which is a nuLOOM gem that we found on Overstock for a great price.  It hardly sheds and seems like it will stand up to a good amount of wear and tear.  I found the glider at Target and the matching ottoman on Overstock (don't know why Target didn't have it). I was nervous about buying a glider that I had never sat on, but the price was so good that I had to go for it.  The baby and I are glad that I did!

I found the mirror at HomeGoods ages ago and love how it adds a masculine touch to the room.  The changing table is our old dresser, which I bought through Chicago's craigslist awhile back for $30. A few coats of paint and it looked like new!  For the nursery, I replaced the original hardware with these great brass pulls.  They were a little tough to find because vintage dressers don't have standard width holes drilled for the pulls, but I was able to find some that worked at Van Dyke's Restorers online.  I also added the Catalina changing table topper from Pottery Barn Kids.

We accessorized the changing table with mostly practical items: a bowl of toys to use while changing, a bowl for diapers, and two boxes that hide different types of wipes.  This way, I have everything I need at my fingertips and it still looks pretty.

I am obsessed with the crib, which was a gift from my parents, because it mixes modern with traditional lines.  It's the Pottery Barn Harper Crib (currently on sale!).  The bedding is also from Pottery Barn Kids, as is the bookshelf.  The crib skirt is consistently mussed because Bruce firmly believes that it is the entrance to his personal cave.

I had the hardest time finding an armoire because WHY are they so expensive?!?  I wanted one that was child-size and well made and apparently that means that I'm supposed to shell out 1200 bucks.  No can do.  So I was delighted when I found this one on Craigslist for $350!  And this is where Gilbert Gottfried becomes involved.  Because, yeah, I bought it from him.  Well, technically I bought it from his wife...but who's counting?  Julie and I were in their house trying to figure out why they had framed pictures of Iago (from Disney's Aladdin) hanging in their hallway when she spotted a family photo and it all became clear...and very strange.

Anyway, the armoire is Pottery Barn, too, and although I would have liked a stained wood look rather than more white, beggars can't be choosers.  I liked that I could customize the curtains, so we took a trip to Mood and found fabric for a boy's and a girl's nursery.  Using Stitch Witchery (we don't sew), we pretty painlessly made two versions.

I love the girl fabric.  Maybe next time...

We've had a lot of fun designing a space that's great for a baby to live and play in, but also a place where grown-ups like to spend time.  Because, let's be honest, all the baby really cares about is his amazing giraffe.

To come: more info on the art we chose for the room!


  1. you went to MOOD?! i am obsessed with project runway. i love how you hid the necessities. we could all learn a few tips from you!

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    1. Penguin postcards! We'll do a post about it later this week or next. Miss you!

  3. i am trying to find that exact crib but i can't find it anywhere!! any suggestions?

  4. i am trying to find that exact crib but i can't find it anywhere!! any suggestions?


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