Monday, February 20, 2012

Memory Lane Monday: Jett's Nursery

Welcome to my favorite room in the house.

It's everything a nursery should be--soft & cushiony, calm & soothing, crisp & clean, elegant & plush. I seriously could stay in this room forever & never come out. 

I really {heart} this room.

I dreamed of this nursery for years--not even kidding. Long before I ever saw two pink lines on a pregnancy test, I found myself sitting for hours in my favorite little baby boutique combing through fabric swatches, drooling over paint colors & envisioning the perfect nursery for my very own sweet, little babe. I googled, searched & picked through every site on the internet {sure wish Pinterest was around back then} for cribs, bassinets, rocking chairs, bedding & decor that suited my style & I organized it perfectly into my handy, dandy three ring binder. To say I was excited to design my own nursery one day is quite an understatement. 

You can imagine the pure elation that jolted through my body when those two faint lines showed up on that home pregnancy test & I could finally waltz myself into my favorite little baby boutique, three ring binder in hand & start making my all nursery dreams an actual reality.

Jared was quite aware of my excitement & {very wisely} gave me one stipulation before letting me loose to get my design on. The stipulation was that I could do everything I had ever dreamed of for this nursery, but this was my one & only chance. He didn't mind letting me splurge on the items I truly loved as long as this was it. In a few years down the road, when we would decide to add another little bundle to the mix, I wouldn't be able to completely start over from scratch & create a brand new dream nursery. This was going to be the nursery--the nursery that all of our children would enjoy. 

I wasted no time before setting out to choose my crib & linens. The moment I saw this crib, with its gorgeous ornate detailing, my eyes just about popped out of my head--it was love at first site. The next task at hand was finding bedding to match such a divine crib. Thankfully, I knew just the lady. Pam at Lauren Alexandra pulled out the most scrumptious fabrics you can possibly imagine, making sure each & every layer was softer than the next & that all my favorite textures such as ribbons, ruffles & polka dots were tied together just perfectly. By the end of it all, we had a room that simply oozed baby & I was one very pleased momma.

I got so much slack about having all white bedding. I actually considered taking heed to the warnings several times & choosing something a little more baby-friendly. But to this day, I could not be happier with my choice. Has it been puked on? Yep. Pooped on? More than once. But it washes up beautifully & when I try & think of anything else I would have possibly chosen, I draw a blank. This is the look I dreamed of & I'm so glad I went with my gut. 

Can we talk about this chair for a minute? This chair = heaven. Best. Investment. Ever. Every momma needs an amazing rocking chair to rock her baby in & I cant tell you how many miles I've already put on this thing. I've spent many a night sitting in this chair, rocking back & forth, memorizing every perfect feature of my little guy's face. To this day, it is still one of his {& my} favorite places to curl up & just rockabye. 

And how about this bassinet. Stunning, right? My friend, Olena Boyko makes THE most exquisite crib & bassinet linens. And if you think her work is beautiful, you should get to know the mastermind behind it all--she is a wonderful lady & equally as lovely as all of her gorgeous designs.

As much as I adore my nursery furniture & linens, it's actually all the small details that are sprinkled throughout that make this room one that I can sit & get lost in.

Details that hold so much meaning to my heart--like the adorable little airplane mobile my best friend made for Jett before he was ever born, the beautiful ceramic piggy bank with Philippians 4:8 engraved on the bottom that my Aunt Elaine painted especially for my little Meatball, the ultrasound, maternity, & newborn pictures placed around the room that remind me of what a miracle my precious baby's life is, the pile of custom made pillows my Aunt Vera carefully crafted to match my decor so perfectly, the coming home outfit {that we literally had to squeeze him into like a little sausage} that hangs on the sweet little hooks my dad & Jared hung together while I sat big & pregnant watching them work. These are all the details that I never could have organized, never could have planned, never could have dreamt of. They are the details that make Jett's nursery my favorite place to be.

I must admit, I am really struggling with my little Meatball moving on to his big boy room. I just feel like it all went by too fast & that my big boy should still be this tiny baby that I sneak into the nursery at 4 a.m. to feed & rock back to sleep. Where on earth did the time go?

It has been the nursery of my dreams, there is no doubt about it. But the time has come to move on.

I've got a growing little boy & a growing belly & neither one of them are slowing down anytime soon, it seems. That means that this momma must grow right along with the process & allow & embrace the changes ahead--a two year old in a twin bed, side rails to keep him from falling out & a room that is equally as awesome as his nursery, in a big boy kind of way, of course. A new paint color on the nursery walls, {I'm thinking cream}, splashes of pink thrown here & there, & making room for little details that will make the new nursery one I'll go ga-ga for.

Stay tuned for the many changes that are coming!

1 comment:

  1. Jett's nursery is divine! I'm especially loving the rug...ohh la la! You did a lovely job. I look forward to seeing what you do to transform it into a room for your baby girl.