Monday, July 26, 2010

Ready & Waiting + The Nursery

The countdown is on. 9 more days until Rob's is "due" to enter the world. Nesting has taken full effect and all of the closets and drawers are clean & organized, baseboards have been scrubbed, and the nursery has been ready for awhile now (not surprising, I guess).

The waiting game is starting to drive me a little crazy, even though I know I should be grateful for the down time while I have it. In an effort to stay busy today, and to follow up on my nursery posts from months ago, I decided to take a few pictures of the "final" room to share with you.

You can see some of my resources & inspiration here, including the crib & rocker I used.

By the way; if you're considering the Eames Rocker (or a knock-off version, like mine) for a nursery but are concerned about the comfort level, I've been pleased thus far. Granted, I haven't spent a whole lot of time in it yet, so stay tuned for a more accurate report once the midnight feedings have begun...

I followed Erica's (at Urban Grace) great tip for making a crib skirt that will always "kiss the floor," no matter how high or low the crib mattress is adjusted. It's a smart & easy way to make a custom crib skirt and you can see her directions here. And, if your crib is up against a wall like mine, you only need fabric for 3 panels, saving $ on yardage (always a plus!).
*Side note: Once Rob arrives, the frog & blanket in the crib will find a new home in the nursery, as it's not recommended that any kind of blanket or toy be in the crib with a newborn.

Old chest of drawers + changing pad + diapers/wipes stored in top right drawer for easy access +diaper genie on the right= viola! Instant changing table. Complete with my Cole Harbert alphabet watercolor & salvaged/repainted artichoke lamps.

My favorite part of Rob's nursery are the small, sentimental items that will serve to help teach him about his family and all that is dear to us.

For example, this picture above of Ryan as a baby with his Mom and Dad...

And this one of my Mom holding me, with my maternal grandmother in the background...

Of course, Rob will learn very quickly that he's a Tar Heel, born & bred. Above is a watercolor of the Old Well (at UNC), which was given to me by my parents when I graduated from Carolina. In the picture frame on the left is a shot of Ryan and me at (one of many) college sorority events.

Does the elephant look familiar? It hadn't found a good home yet after months in the booth, and I decided it will be a perfect flower vase for the nursery. (Flowers to come...proving that there's always some detail left to attend to...)

This is perhaps my favorite piece of "art" in the nursery; it's a letter that Ryan wrote to his grandmother when he was little, along with a four-leaf clover that he had found for her. Hopefully you can read the text from my picture; it's absolutely precious.

I found these tiny trays at an antique shop when we were in Middleburg, Virginia, celebrating our first anniversary. At the time, I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but I just thought they were too sweet to pass up. Now they are perfect for holding odds & ends in the nursery!

And, here's me at 9 months pregnant. You can see that I wasn't kidding about this child being a Tar Heel right out of the womb!

Happy Monday, everyone!


  1. Anna, the nursery is adorable!!!!! Where did you get the roman shades, or did you have those made? I've been thinking of you!

  2. I love the Eames rocker! I did a post on those chairs back in May. Your nursery is beautiful!

  3. SO beautiful!!! Keep us posted! Will be thinking of you.

  4. Adorable... Love everything! Hang in there, not much longer!

  5. I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!! It is so perfect for baby Rob in every way! I think I almost started crying....cannot wait!

  6. You look great, Anna! Love the nursery. Hang in there!

  7. Anna, we have the exact same crib!!! We were so happily surprised that it seemed so solid and was such a good deal. We thought about the Eames rocker but decided to go with a rocker/glider thing. A very tough call...

    Hope we can see your nursery and meet your little guy in person sometime soon - we'll be in Winston for post-baby shower Sept 11 so if there's any time maybe we can quickly meet up! :)