Completed Nursery: The Grand Tour (with video! and cats!)

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  June 28, 2012 — 11 Comments

It’s done! Or, rather, I’m done decorating it. For now. I had so much fun putting Jack’s nursery together. It was a wonderful distraction through some of the tougher months of this pregnancy. I think having something tangible to work on was really good for me. But now I’m tired and ready to move on to the part where an actual baby lives here.

I am absolutely thrilled with how everything turned out. I think it’s comfortable and casual and kid-friendly while still feeling like a place where grown-ups hang out too. My hope is that it will be able to grow with Jack over the next few years instead of requiring a complete overhaul when he’s no longer a baby. You can never predict the future, so maybe in three years I’ll hate the colors or he’ll be begging for trains all over every wall, but I think I did what I could to make it flexible.

So without further ado, the grand tour:

Here’s where all the sleeping and sitting happens. It’s my favorite part of the room.

This dresser sits in front of a big double window and also serves as a changing table.

I hung white cotton curtains extra-wide and cheated them to the left to make the window appear to be centered on the wall, then DIY’d some room-darkening shades out of miniblinds and dropcloth.

The closet is super tiny, but we added some storage and function with an over the door organizer, rolling storage cart, and hooks mounted inside.

I feel like fireplaces are not often seen in nurseries, but I took advantage of the opportunity to have a little fun with this coal-burning one we never use. The basket and ottoman nearby are great for stashing toys and extra blankets.

I recorded a video tour of the room on a whim this morning. It’s a completely ridiculous video. I kept forgetting I was taking video, not pictures, and turning the camera on its side. And I was shocked to realize afterwards that I had rambled on for nearly ten minutes. Also, there may or may not be a cat attack caught on film. That dangling lens cap was just asking for it. If you want to waste ten minutes of your life on my shaky videography and rambling narration in exchange for a panoramic view of the room and a few extra tidbits not otherwise mentioned in any blog posts, this video is for you. If not, just watch it for the animal sightings.

Want to know more about where I got or how I created something? Here’s a list of sources and related posts. Also, view our House Tour page to see updated/better pictures as the room evolves.

The Plan for Jack’s Room

Crib: (Jenny Lind): Video: How to Assemble a Crib in 73 Seconds

Art above crib: Pinterest Challenge: You Are My Sunshine

Yarn Ball Mobile: The Mobile That Tried to Kill Me

Green and white dot blanket: Well-Received

Crib skirt: DIY Crib Skirt

Yellow table (inherited): Not So Mellow Yellow

Table lamp (thrifted): A Little Lamp Switcheroo

DIY Animal Silhouette Art

Nursery Art Wall

Bentwood Rocking Chair (craigslist): A Soft Spot for My Tush

Rug (Marshall’s): A Soft Place to Land

Boppy cover: Why I am Not a Seamstress

How to Disguise an Off-Center Window With Curtains

DIY Blackout Shades Part 1

DIY Blackout Shades Part 2

Dresser (craigslist): Two Yuppies Drive Out to St Helena Parish; Jack’s Dresser, Part 1: A Hot Mess; Jack’s Dresser, Part 2: A New Frontier; Jack’s Dresser, Part 3: In the Navy; Jack’s Dresser: The Finale

Changing pad: Summer Infant

Hamper: Marshall’s, Liner: Bummis

Nursery Storage and Organization

Closet door organizer: Amazon

Rolling storage cart: Target

Memorial Day Mirror and Mantle

Woven Basket: Target

Brown Ottoman (Target, discontinued): The Most Elusive Ottoman

Swing: Bright Starts

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


11 responses to Completed Nursery: The Grand Tour (with video! and cats!)

  1. Your nursery is gorgeous! Two tiny suggestions: you’ll probably want to set up a c.d. player, to play lullaby tapes. You may also want to set up a baby monitor in the room, in case you are out of earshot. (Thanks for letting me reminisce over the longago days when my twins were babies!) all the best, Alice

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap June 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much! There are actually two monitors hidden out of sight on the shelf below that yellow table: a sound monitor and a movement monitor. As for lullabies, the swing plays music if we want it to.

  2. Gorgeous! Can you go ahead and design Stephen’s room so I can redo it? You have a little over 24 hours of time on your hands…hehehe

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap June 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Oooh, I would love to whip up a plan for Stephen’s room after the baby dust settles over here!

  3. All the room needs is a baby!

  4. Ok, the room looks great!!! I love the video tour. It was so nice to hear your voice. I expected a southern accent and was surprised that I didn’t. Actually, you sound a bit like me. My husband asked what I had recorded because he thought he heard me. LOL I am looking forward to seeing little Jack in that crib or in your arms when you rock him. You may be surprised how helpful the swing can be. I had one that wound up.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap June 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      It’s really funny but actually, even though we’re about as far south as you can get, true southern accents are pretty rare along the gulf coast, especially in more densely populated areas. In south Louisiana there are very distinctive New Orleans and Cajun accents that sound nothing like the slow drawl you hear a bit further north, but not everyone even has that. The area where Nick and I are from is largely populated by people who were transplanted from other areas because either they or their parents took a job in New Orleans and wanted to live in the ‘burbs. Of our four parents none were born in Louisiana. Nick’s mom’s family has been here a long time though and she does have a charming New Orleans accent. I had lots of aunts originally from the Midwest so that’s probably why I sound more like you than a true southerner!

      • I know your Mom and Aunts were from my neck of the woods, but thought they and you may have developed an accent after living there so long. My husband is watching Swamp People and I can barely understand them. LOL

        • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap June 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

          Hahahahaha Nick loves Swamp People! I have met people like that before but most of the people on there are from really isolated areas and I would probably have a hard time understanding them myself!

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