Monday, 15 February 2016

The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

As you may remember from my post about my Nurture Hope quilt, I am quite fortunate to be pregnant.  My husband and I had been holding off on doing much in terms of preparation for the baby until we took holidays back in November.  Then we got started and have been plugging away every since.  I'm going to share individual projects we embarked on over the past few months, and then a final blog post with the big reveal of the whole room. 

The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

The time has come for the Final Reveal of the baby's Homemade Nursery!  I am just in love with this space, and if the baby doesn't like it, I will quite gladly switch rooms!  So, let's take a tour, shall we?

Since we don't know the gender of the baby, we decided to keep the room fairly neutral.  As usual, I took to Pinterest to help generate ideas, and eventually we settled on a mountain forest theme, mostly because I saw an excellent geometric mountain mural I wanted to attempt.  This was our first project: paint the room, and try to become artists.  I must say that I am pleased with how it turned out!
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

You can see a mobile hanging above the crib; I made this with feathers from my friend's chicken coop (don't worry, I cleaned them), and shellacked oak branches foraged from the park near my house.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

On the wooden crib, you can see a collection of pillows: a mountain pillow that I made, and a gorgeous woodblock printed bear that was made-to-order from Laura Frisk's etsy shop especially for this baby. 
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
Laura hand carves the stamp from wood, and uses it to print the bear on the fabric..... simply amazing!
 There is also a sheepskin, the knitted leaf blankie I made, and an oh-so-perfect birch swaddler from Little Unicorn.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
So many great textures in this picture
Next, we have a nice little rocking chair area.  The rocking chair was a gift from my dad to my mom from when they were early in their relationship - the same rocking chair that she used to rock me and my sisters when we were babies.  I used a nice, thick sheepskin to cover the back, and replaced the floral seat cushion with a new oatmeal coloured one.
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

  I found the most perfect footstool handcarved from a teak tree stump.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

Beside the rocking chair is a side table that my dad had made many years ago from my grandparent's old dining room table.  On top, a lamp and a polar bear coin bank from my sister.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

Above, is a mountain shelf that my dad made with a few woodland knicknacks, including a tiny deer, a pinecone, a potted foraged pine branch, and an owl.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
I finished the shelf with beeswax.... it leaves the wood looking natural, but with a nice satin seal
Behind the rocking chair is a growth chart a friend made for the baby: she included a fox and a Charley Harper inspired pair of birds.
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

On the other side of the rocking chair are the bookshelves.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

We hung IKEA photo ledges on the wall to show off the covers of the children's books.  The illustrations of picture books are so beautiful and engaging, so this is the perfect way to store and display them. 
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

 Above the books are the antlers, in a featured place (due to their sheer size!).  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

Looking up, the wood light fixture.  It took a little searching to find lighting that suited the room.  I wanted something made from natural materials, as opposed to a typical silver and glass fixture.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

Next is the dresser area.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

This refinished dresser really reflects the feel of the room.  It is modernized vintage, natural materials, and homemade(ish).  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

Inside, I made drawer dividers to help keep baby's tiny things organized.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

Above the dresser I curated a gallery wall featuring art from local artists, myself, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, and some of my favourite artists (Including Dani of Begoodnatured, Jahna Vashti, Helen Ahpornsiri, Charley Harper, Teagan White and more).  I selected art that reflected a forest theme, so animals and trees that would be found in a mountain forest. 
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
Including: Charley Harper, local artists, Helen Ahpornsiri.  The diamond is a suncatcher I backed with fabric.
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
Including: Jahna Vashti, Teagan White, Marisa Redondo
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
Including: Teagan White, me, local artists, my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, Dani from Begoodnatured 
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
The details in Dani from Begoodnatured's work are phenomenal.  No photo does her work justice.  The texture, the colours, the details.  I (and the baby) am so lucky to have one of her pieces on this wall.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
The nest and birds are part of a decoration from my bridal shower, and the "egg" is a stone that my dad found years ago in a stream that was naturally polished to almost perfectly round.  I have had it since childhood, and have always adored it. 
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
We splurged and bought an autheticated Charley Harper print.  Lucky baby.
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal
This fabulous cross stitch owl is the work of my mother-in-law.  
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

My vision for the room was a lot about the "feel".  I really wanted to focus on bringing together lots of natural elements and textures, like fur, feathers, wood, and wool.  I wanted to keep the colour palette pretty neutral as well.  I love the whole vibe of the room; it is very cozy and I am very excited to share the room with the baby.  I asked my husband if he thinks the baby will like the room, and he says the baby won't notice until he/she is older, and by then they will want a Spiderman or Frozen themed room.  I told him that the baby will have to move to a new room then, because I love this one so much! 
The Homemade Nursery: The Final Reveal

So baby, we are ready for you!  We can't wait to welcome you into this world!