Meaningful Additions to the Nursery

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  May 17, 2013 — 2 Comments

I’ve hardly changed anything in Jack’s nursery since he was born last summer. I’ve tweaked my organizational strategy a few times and added a soft fabric cover to the changing pad, but overall the room that I put together while pregnant has worked really well for us. Lately, though, I’ve brought in a few sweet and sentimental touches from friends and family that make it just that much more awesome. First up: these two items that my friend Cassie gave me a looooong time ago. Like when Jack was a newborn, I think. I just never got around to hanging them up! The J is a vintage find and the drawing was done by a kid with autism that Cassie knows (he is into animals and art and enjoys creating stuff like this for people). The letter J was originally black, but I painted it using some random paint from my stash.

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I was not really digging the black frame I got at the Dollar General, so I painted it gray (again, just using paint I already had) before hanging it alongside the other items already clustered together on that wall. I used command strips to mount the J. I really love the way it looks!

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Moving on, this adorable wooden airplane is from my friend Jane and her son Ollie. Jane lives in my neighborhood and is new to town (her husband is working on his PhD at LSU). They are going home to Portland for the summer, so she dropped this off as an early birthday gift to Jack before leaving town! So sweet!

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It fits right in with the vintage wooden toys I got at an estate sale, and the third new addition that I wanted to show y’all–the children’s rocker from Nick’s mom. I think she said it was hers when she was a child. Now that Jack is crawling, he makes a beeline for this spot whenever we’re in his room. He loves playing with the wooden toys and gets a kick out of pushing the chair to make it rock. Someday he’ll be old enough to sit in it and maybe then I can pop a basket of books nearby.

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It’s so sweet to have these little meaningful touches in the room, especially since none of them are so precious or fragile that Jack can’t enjoy them. It still totally feels like a little boy’s room. I can’t wait to see how the space continues to evolve as he gets older and puts his own mark on things.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We’ve got a pretty low key few days planned, which will be soooo nice as we gear up for a busy summer. Hopefully the sun stays out so we can enjoy some time outdoors!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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2 responses to Meaningful Additions to the Nursery

  1. The rocking chair was my mother’s when she was young. There was a matching chair, but Karen has it I think. It may have even belonged to my grandmother Dolores (Joan’s mother). So Jack could be playing and rocking with his great-great grandmother’s rocker! Definitely it was used by his great grandmother Joan Damonte Adams. I have some other toys that you may be interested in and books. Miss my sweetie pie!

  2. I love your realistic attitude! I didn’t do much to my son’s room until he was around 2, and I was glad I waited. Their personalities really start to emerge and you can start to decorate around the kids that they are becoming. Of course now he is 5 and we are getting into the stage where he wants an Angry Birds poster and “something Garfield” and begged to put stickers on his closet door (we’ll be replacing them soon, so I said sure.) It’s not the designer-perfect boy’s room anymore, but I love that it reflects his personality and he doesn’t feel like he has to be too careful in there.

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