Judson’s Nursery

I put the finishing touches on the nursery this week, I was so happy to see it all come together. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to incorporate blues and grays and use geometric patterns. Around Christmastime, we ordered most of the furniture, the bedding, and Allen painted the room. For the most part, the nursery has been close to complete for several months now.

I may add other things in the future, I have plans for a shadow box with his hospital things and coming home outfit, but for now it’s just the way I imagined.

Let’s take a peek inside our little Jud’s nursery…

(I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking, details at the end of the post.)

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This room has a huge window, before I even knew we were having a baby, I always envisioned a sweet rocking chair under that window. The room already had a chair rail and I didn’t want to be too bold in my paint color choices. I decided to match the bottom part to the trim and the top of the wall to the blue in the bedding.

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I absolutely love the look of the plantation shutters in our home, and I knew that I didn’t want to cover them up with window treatments. Now that the nursery is complete, I don’t regret that at all, I still love the way they look and what they add to the room.

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Furniture: Pottery Barn Kids, Kendal collection

Storage baskets: Pottery Barn Kids, Sabrina Baskets, XL

Chair: Little Castle custom ordered from Buy Buy Baby similar here

Sign above crib: Between You and Me

Bedding: Carousel Designs

Rug: Pottery Barn Kids

Canvas: Easy Canvas Prints

Monogram: 30″ Wooden Monogram

 

a space to create

When we moved into this house, I handed the basement over to Allen. We had an unfinished basement in our previous home and he turned it into a man caveWhich turned out to be more like a Saturday football watching party cave. He also has tons and tons of tools, like a ridiculous amount of things that I couldn’t name or tell you their purpose. I never complain, those tools always manage to get my projects completed. He set up a workshop in the unfinished part of the basement and used it since we moved into this house.

But, there’s a finished room and bathroom in the basement, too. It stored boxes of things that I didn’t find a place for when we moved in, craft stuff, home decor, an old kitchen table, an oversized chair. It was a huge mess of things, to say the least. During the summer, I had this great idea to turn the room into a craft suite/office for me. I was tired of pulling out crafting stuff and wrapping paper, making huge messes on our dining room table, only to messily shove the things back into a box to tuck away in some upstairs closet.

And I can never find anything I need, which results in me purchasing duplicates. We won’t talk about the number of hot glue guns I own.

Here’s what I’m envisioning, a large work table in the center of the room. I love the idea of clean, white cabinets and white marble countertops. I want it to be somewhere I want to be, calm and relaxing.

At the same time, I need the space to be completely functional, I love everything about the room below. In addition to the work table in the middle of the room, we’ll be taking the entire length of the back wall in the room for built-in cabinets and a desk area. The wall space is large and we’ll be adding peg board to the walls (framed in crown molding) for better organization.

So where are we at this point? The walls are painted, I chose Icy Teal from Behr. We also chose to stain the concrete on the floor. The room originally had carpet, but I liked the idea of tile better, Allen convinced me to do the stained concrete and I love the way it turned out.

I think the floor will give the room a dramatic contrast once the light built-in’s and white marble is in place.
Here’s a peek at what we have so far, the walls are painted, the floor is ready and the cabinetry is in process. It’s my goal to have it completely finished before the new baby arrives. Not too much to ask, right?
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I see tons of projects with this sweet girl in the future!

 

Nursery Inspiration and Progress

Last week, we started the task of putting together a nursery for a our newest addition. When we purchased this house I quickly went to work decorating and making it into our home. I knew exactly which room would belong to Braylen, the bonus room was spacious and perfect for a playroom, the third bedroom became a guest bedroom, but the fourth remained empty. For nearly a year and a half it has remained unclaimed. I knew that it would one day become a nursery and it makes my heart skip a beat to walk by and see the freshly painted walls as the nursery comes to life.

I chose bedding from Carousel Designs and it arrived on Christmas Eve. I had the blue from the bedding matched for the wall color.

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This is how the room looked when we moved in, so I decided to keep the bottom neutral and match the trim color and paint the top blue to match the bedding.

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It didn’t take long before the pink and green walls were transformed into something a little more fitting for a boy.

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The rest of the nursery is coming together nicely. We went with the Kendall crib from Pottery Barn kids, the Kendall chest, and the Ultimate changing table. We’ll fill in the changing table with coordinating baskets from Pottery Barn Kids.

Here’s a look at the inspiration board I’m using for the nursery. There are still a few pieces to be ordered, but I’m so happy with the progress we’ve made so far, I can’t wait to see it come together over the next few months.

a closer look at the ledge shelving and photo wall

…and proof that our home will actually be decorated at some point in the future. Not the near future, but someday.

A few months back, I visited Susannah’s  house and fell in love with her ledge shelving and photo grouping. I have been talking about this project for months. At one point, I even had Allen draw out the dimensions for the arrangement and plan to build the shelving. He’s incredibly handy and he can take on any project I dream up, but I found the shelves at Ikea. Which means they were super cheap, and it didn’t make a ton of sense to build something we could purchase for cheaper. Not when it comes to these type of shelves, at least.

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I have the perfect spot going out of our kitchen and into the living room, the wall already has a pretty light fixture and previously housed a few canvases of our family. We moved the canvases in order to make room for this project and  it makes me love this space so much more.

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Of course, I’ll have to change out some of those photos once the new addition arrives. I love how this area tells a story, it’s not just art that I picked up at Home Goods to fill this space. It’s our family, my heart, and it makes me smile each time I walk by the grouping.

Here’s a better look at the area in relation to the rest of the house.

I’m not sure that I ever gave you a real home tour, and I probably need to remedy that.

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I don’t have an Ikea nearby (I know, a travesty) there is one in Atlanta, but I found them online and it was easier for me to have the things delivered than to make the 2 hour trek. Unfortunately, these items aren’t available on Ikea’s website, I found them on Amazon. I bought from two different stores and I highly recommend each one, within days of ordering they showed up on my front door steps. This grouping consists of two 45″ Ikea Ribba picture ledges in white , 6 9X11 black Ribba Frames (matted to an 8X10), and 6 Ikea Ribba Black Picture Frame matted to 5X7.

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laundry room reveal

We had a great space for a laundry room right off from the kitchen. It has plenty of room and a row of cabinets, a countertop that makes an excellent folding table and a deep sink. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been making plans for rooms one-by-one so we can finally get some of these rooms decorated. We’ve been here over a year now, and while I don’t think it all has to be completely decorated right now, I would like to see some progress and move in that direction.

The laundry room seemed like an easy place to start. I knew I wanted to replace the countertop and add a back splash to the cabinetry. Allen installed the granite and added a backsplash in the time it took me to work out at Pure Barre. I could hardly believe the difference a countertop made, it really changed the whole feel of the room.

Here’s a before shot:

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And after:

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Obviously, I’m a huge fan of granite or any natural stone surface in a home, and that before and after makes it easy to see why. The hardware was a nice addition, too. I pulled from the blue, gray and black in the granite when I chose decor for the room. The room was already painted this very light greenish hue, I’m not a painter, so it stayed that color.

Here another before:

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And after:

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The blank wall to the left needed a little character, so I picked up a little laundry room art for the wall.

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The ironing board holder is incredibly simple to make. Just cut a piece of wood to size, paint it to match trim and attach it to the wall. Add two hooks and you’re finished.

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Here’s a look at the opposite wall:

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I am so pleased with the way everything came together. Maybe I’ll actually like doing laundry now. Doubtful, but at least I have a new and improved space to sort, wash, and fold.

Details:

  • Granite- Blue Pearl
  • Backsplash- Glass tile backsplash from Home Depot with gray grout
  • Clothespin/Laundry Room Art- Hobby Lobby
  • Vinyl lettering: Hobby Lobby
  • Storage Baskets: Home Goods
  • Rug: Home Goods
  • Braylen’s Chore Chart info can be found here
  • Blue drawer pulls- Hobby Lobby
  • Black drawer pulls- Lowe’s
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