Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nursery Tour - Part II

Yesterday I blogged about this half of Abe's room (here):

Today I'll focus on this side:

So the crib was the only piece of furniture that we bought for the room. We started looking at cribs around the time that cribs with drop-down sides were being recalled. I wasn't sure I'd be able to get a baby in and out of a crib with a fixed gate but we decided we'd rather be safe than sorry. (Since then I believe all the drop-down cribs have been recalled!) We looked at so many cribs before finding the Kendall crib at Pottery Barn Kids. It seemed a bit expensive (although we bought it on sale), but when compared to the cheaper ones we looked at, this one just felt sturdier and worth the extra money. 

Oh, and we saved some money by buying a Sealy mattress at Sears for around $60. Pottery Barn only had a couple options and the cheapest was at least twice that price! There is a standard size for crib mattresses but apparently it can vary widely, so we made sure the mattress fit snugly before using it. We've been really happy with this crib and even with the mattress at the lowest setting, I'm still able to get Abe in and out without a problem. Phew!

One of the few toys rescued from my childhood was my obviously well-loved Misha Bear. Abe loves him, although I suppose his beady eyes are probably considered choking hazards by today's standards. The gorgeous quilt in this photo was a gift to Abe from my friend Becky (married to my husband's best bud from grade school). She makes me want to take up quilting!

I love how the colors of the quilt really pop in this dark corner of his room, making it much more cheerful. The glider was a hand-me-down from a friend and the bookshelf next to it was one I bought while still in school. Not the prettiest piece of furniture but it came all the way from New Orleans with me so apparently it's been useful. It was the perfect size for this little room and the adjustable shelves meant I could fit all of his books on it, even the really tall ones. 

I never thought I'd be one to arrange books by color, but I have to say, it really comes in handy when your searching for a favorite bedtime story!

I made these wooden blocks for Abe using unfinished cherry wood blocks from A.Drauglis on Etsy, paper from Cosmo Cricket, and this tutorial from Martha Stewart. Now I'm sort of wishing I had made fabric blocks instead - he likes to throw these and they are NOT soft.

I bought the vintage locker bins at an occasional sale while assisting on a shoot for Country Living a few years back. They fit perfectly on the bookshelf and hold a ton of stuff. I made the handwritten labels by pasting paper (leftover from my wooden blocks) on flat promotional magnets (the kind we often pick up at the State Fair).

I love how easy it is for Abe to find his favorite toys in these bins, and how easy it is for me to throw everything back in and pop them on the shelf when it's time to clean up. He's already starting to help put  things away, so I'm hoping he keeps that up!

I love vintage toys! (Even have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to stuff I played with as a kid.) I often bemoan the fact that so many toys these days require batteries. Remember the ding-ding of the doorbell on the Little People house, or how the barn mooed when the door opened, or the charming music box record player? No batteries required. Most of our vintage toy collection was either picked up at flea markets or bought on eBay. We bought this train for just $5 at our favorite flea market in Duluth. My brother claims that I'm buying all the toys we played with as kids...and so what if I am...?

The vintage cash register is one of my favorites. Although just the other day we discovered that Abe can fit the 10¢ piece in his mouth but can't figure out how to get it out. I guess they discontinued some of these toys for a reason... Still beats the cash register my nieces have with the beeping scanner gun that is so annoying. And maybe this one will help him learn some math. It doesn't accept credit cards...

Speaking of money, I couldn't decide on a piggy bank for Abe, so I made this one from a canning jar as a temporary solution. Kind of cute, eh?

So here's a shot of the whole bookshelf. Books, toys, CDs, clock/radio with CD player, fabric ring stacker (more details on that here), oh and a stack of rhinoceroses on the wall. The rhino print is by Avalisa (purchased here). I pretty much love all of her work, but since I only had room for one print, I decided to go with the rhinos. Rhinos and giraffes are my favorite animals, and Abe was too little to let us know he prefers dogs. We'll have to get him a dog print someday...

I think the sheep mobile is my favorite thing in the nursery. Abe loves it too. It's all hand-sewn, so you know it was made with love!

My friends are pretty awesome. They gave us handmade quilts, crocheted and knitted toys and blankets, and this gorgeous watercolor from my friend Dorothy (the artist behind Rollover Designs). Like I said...I love giraffes.

My sister-in-law knitted this sweet little bird for Abe. It's from this pattern by Susan B. Anderson found in Itty-Bitty Toys (another shoot I assisted on). 

For the crib, I found the hippo crib skirt from Dwell Studio at Target, and bought the coordinating crib sheet as well, but not being a fan of matching sets (I think it has something to do with being a twin), I decided to make a hand-tied quilt with a vintage sheet from my grandmother’s house. (See more on that here.) I love how the colors from the blanket work so perfectly with the sheet and crib skirt.

Abe LOVES dogs. He only knows a handful of words, including: dog, woof, and aaa-ooooo! (That's what doggies say "on a moonlit night" according to Sandra Boyton.) The yellow dog is his Snuggle Puppy and the black one is his foster puppy (actually belongs to his cousin Chloe, who was kind enough to let Abe borrow him on our recent trip to Nashville). They sleep with Abe every night. The beautiful crocheted cotton blanket was a gift, made by my dear friend, Maria. See, we really do have creative (and generous!) friends...

So that's it for Abe's room. Here's a shot of my little helper. Believe it or not, he was in the room playing the whole time I was taking these pictures. Took me more than one day...which is why he's wearing a different outfit every time he appears in a shot. 

I tried to mention sources throughout the post, but I'll put up a complete source list tomorrow. Until then, any questions? Comments? I'd love to hear what you think!

See part one of the nursery tour hereSee something you like? Check out our nursery source list here.


  1. Adorable!!!! I am expecting in December. You have given me some great ideas! Love the mason jar bookends and vintage lockers!


  2. HE IS ADORABLE ... and so is that room! xo

  3. It's so sweet! I love the lamb mobile, too! That's a great idea!

  4. WOW!!! What a wonderful nursery!!i have website on nursery gliders

  5. i was'd you make the hole in the lid for the mason jar piggy bank? it's SO cute!

    1. I replaced the metal insert with a thick piece of cardboard covered with scrapbook paper. Cardboard is much easier to cut, and you don't have to worry about sharp edges! :-)

  6. uh! I just LOVE it! about to start decorating my own very first nursery and you have me all inspired!