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Crib Crashers Part 1

February 26, 2010

Graham's Crib
Y'all have heard me brag countless times about having the world's cutest nephew. Ever.
Well his nursery is just as cute as him.
There was no art on the walls or keepsakes on display when my sister took these pics but you can still see how she transformed an uber-girly space left by the previous owners into a precious room she created just for her baby boy.


BEFORE

AFTER





The soft green and blue are heavenly!
Even the closet is organized and color coordinated!

*Those yummy cookies in the first picture were a sweet treat my sister's law school friends sent to the hospital. What a beautiful and fun twist from sending flowers!


Items in the Room

Paint color: Serena & Lily -- Chambray

Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids -- Eli Elephant

Crib & Dresser: USA Baby -- Bonavita

Moses basket: HooHobbers (though the fish print may no longer be available)

Rug: Pottery Barn Kids -- Eli Elephant

Changing table: A yard sale find ($15 and from the next door neighbors) that we spray painted white

Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids -- Eli Elephant

Accessories: Baskets and boxes under the changing table are all from Home Goods, the books are from Richard E. (our dad and Graham's namesake)

Closet organization: Babies R Us

Chair: KiddieKastle -- Best Chairs Storytime Series (run, don't walk to get these nursery chairs, they are great and significantly less expensive than their counterparts at Pottery Barn Kids and Serena & Lily)


Now a chat with my sister Elizabeth, Graham's mama!

I knew I wanted Chambray walls the minute I found out I was having a boy. My inspiration came from Serena & Lily's Henry bedding. The Henry collection remained tops on my list for a while (and Graham’s name was almost Henry Thompson), but I found the Eli print on a shopping trip with my mom and grandmother, Nonnie, and knew immediately it was the one. Nonnie was so impressed that Edmund would allow elephants in our house that she generously treated us to almost everything in the collection! We gladly accepted the gifts, but also assured her that Graham would have plenty of Democratic gear and Obamababy onesies to make up for it.*

*The rest of our entire family is very republican and still gives Elizabeth a hard time for marrying a Democrat. You know, as in, Edmund is awesome and we love him, even though he's a democrat.

The pictures above don't show the personal touches we've made since Graham arrived. We added gifts and sentimental items, including a Tiffany & Co. silver rattle, picture frames and a honey colored train Graham affectionately calls his "choochoo." I had also planned to add a horizontal stripe to the wall (or possibly even white letters with a touching quote) hitting slightly above all of the furniture, but haven't found the time -- note to Mamas to finish as much as possible before your baby arrives!

I love the honey colored basket, train and vintage children's books as a warm contrast to the blue, green and white. I was worried that there might be too many elephants and wanted to avoid creating a Pottery Barn Kids replica, but I think the accents are different enough to pull the room together. I hope to have shown that you can select mass-produced staples, and add your own personal touches to create a distinct nursery that's still warm and inviting.


Well said Elizabeth! And thanks for sharing your room and your ideas!
We can't wait to get ahold of an updated picture of the room with all Graham's toys and accessories on display as well! And I really can't wait to get ahold of that sweet boy Graham!

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3 comments:

  1. Great post! I agree with your sister - get as much done before Baby Girl arrives - it will be so hard to get things done because your only time will be when she is sleeping and she will be sleeping where you need to do things - in her room! Graham's room is so precious. I love how she did the changing table - I want to redo ours because it looks so messy. Elizabeth has inspired me.

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  2. Love the photos - and of course the nursery is adorable, Elizabeth! I loved Serena & Lily too, but also decided against their expensive crib sets since you can only use the bumper for a few months before they start rolling around.

    And I won't make ANY claims that Lexi's closet has the same organization. I blame it on the fact that she's a girl and has lots of clothes/shoes :)

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  3. Erin is being modest! Lexi's closet is fit for a princess -- it's amazing. Erin, you should send pics of the nursery and closet.

    Niemeyer Nest, I'm glad you liked the room! We love it. The large baskets on the changing table are great for organizing everything.

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