I’m so excited for today’s post. My lovely friend (and fellow blogger) Alaina welcomed a sweet baby boy earlier this year. I met her at The Hundred Event this past August and stalking her blog led to the discovery of her adorable nursery (that was featured on Style Me Pretty. Ya know, no big deal). Thankfully she is allowing me to share the photos along with a little design interview.
WHAT WAS YOUR BUDGET?
This is a little embarrassing but we didn’t actually set one. I would put us in the mid-range category; I knew we wouldn’t be able to afford everything I wanted but I also knew that we would be able to splurge on a few things. I think I did a good job of balancing some nicer items with a few things from IKEA. we talked about where we wanted to splurge and where we wanted to save, which allowed us to get pretty much everything we wanted. some of it took a little research but the end result was just what we had in mind.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE DESIGN?
The design is actually kind of funny – I really thought we were going to have a little girl. and in my mind, I knew exactly what I wanted to do fr a little girl’s nursery: bright white walls, splashes of color and whimsy everywhere. I blogged about my perfect girlie nursery here – and even in this post you could see I had NO idea what to do for a boy. When i found out we were having a boy, I immediately thought we would do the nursery hockey-themed [we are huge hockey and Colorado Avalanche fans]. But after looking into it, I realized I could have the nursery I had really had my heart set on for a little girl with just a few tweaks for a boy. I swapped out some pink for orange and before long I had a new vision and shared it here.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE?
My first thought to this would be the zebra head from anthropologie — but really, I think it’s the painting of the tyn cathedral in Prague that we have hung by his rocker, and underneath it are the wishes Philip and I wrote out for Julian before he was born. I also constantly swoon over my Elizabeth Ivie custom made crib sheets and changing pad cover.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO COMPLETE THE ROOM?
We moved into our apartment at the very end of January, and Julian was due April 6th. We wanted to have his room done by the first part of march in case he was early. so we took all of February to get everything done – since it was a rental we couldn’t paint, but there was a lot of assembling and waiting-for-things-to-arrive. I think I was still putting some of the finishing touches on in early March, but it was mostly done by then.
WHAT IS JULIAN’S FAVORITE PART OF THE NURSERY?
Ohh so many! He LOVES the numbers from land of nod we hung above his changing table. But his crib is kind of his safe and happy place, so he also loves that too. He grabs at the patterns on his sheets a lot.
Be sure to pay her a visit at So Alaina. She’s a wildly talented writer with great taste. Thanks again, lady!