It is very surreal to me that I am 8 weeks out from my due date. It feels like it will be the LONGEST 8 weeks of my life but yet will come fast at the same time. We spent time this weekend putting together some baby stuff, and it really hit us: holy sh*t, this is happening! Also, it feels like a LIFETIME ago that we had to deal with bottle drying racks, swaddles and diapers and it’s daunting to think about going all the way back to that stage now.
Also, with my Henry pregnancy, the third trimester was my best phase of pregnancy- I finally had stopped throwing up and I felt awesome. This time around, it’s a whooooooole different story. What a difference 4.5 years makes- I hurt ALL over- from my calf muscles to my scalp and everything in between (the only thing I don’t get is the swollen ankles/feet/ hands thing- so there’s ray of sunshine there!) I am so grateful to be pregnant, and with a healthy girl who kicks non-stop to let me know she’s ok, but I am pretty psyched that this is my last rodeo.
Since my due date lined up perfectly with the entire world shutting down, I have not been able to “nest” like I did the first time. But I do have a plan, of course! So I thought I’d share the final-ish (is anything ever “done” in my house? NO) design board for the nursery today. I will admit, I’m a little bummed I didn’t do pink now for some reason, but it really makes way more sense to use this palette as we know we will move in the next year or two and this way so many things can transition into a guest room, and the room itself will be an appealing blue color grasscloth for buyers. I’ll do pink in the next house :) I also like that this feels a little unexpected for a girls room- but still feminine and bright and happy.
It all started with that luscious Kravet Althea floral fabric (retail source here). Actually, it started with the even more luscious (yet double the cost) Hollyhock floral from Lee Jofa. I think it costs so much because it’s hand blocked and the Althea is not hand printed– I got a little hung up on this blush version, but the cost was just too insane. So I went with the Althea. It’s still so expensive, but this is my last baby and I decided they would make incredible guest bedroom drapes paired with my Serena & Lily Balboa bed I have. Ok, ending the justification rant now. :)
Anyways, the floral fabric will be drapes and I’m going a little granny and doing a pelmet in the same fabric with a little citron piping. This is the style, minus the pom poms.
Layered underneath the drapes will be simple woven wood roman shades I already have. All the wall will be done in a cornflower blue grasscloth that will make the room feel super cozy. The crib I ordered from Restoration Hardware in the cheapest fabric it came in because I am having it reupholstered in Pierre Frey’s Toile de Nantes with ivory ribbon border and brass nailheads. Gotta be honest, this is pretty exciting as I’ve never seen a crib in this fabric, but have loved it for years. Also, I’m in love with the toddler bed rails too!
My plan was to get a plain white crib skirt and add the Schumacher trim, but I’m on the fence if it’s “too much”. Thoughts? I was struggling to find cute, feminine yellow crib sheets but Bailey at Biscuit Home saved me by letting me know she had two older style tiny dot crib sheets I could have! YAY! And she made this adorable little boudoir pillow to go with it. I love it.
Grounding the room will be an antique rug from Lindas’s Barn– I have my eye on two. Henry also has an antique rug in his room and it’s SO kid friendly as it really hides everything, plus being 100% wool, easy to clean. I plan on reusing Henry’s lucite bookshelf, as we had it in his nursery, and ordered these adorable scalloped lined baskets from Ballard to go on it with her name monogrammed (yes, she has a name picked already!) For the changer I am ordering this gorgeous antique-looking chest from Wisteria we’ve used in other projects as it’s on sale and I like how it works with the crib. I plan to figure out how to add a yellow tassel to the top keyhole. I bought the Keekaro changing pad that sits on top and this cute Pottery Barn caddy to corral lotion, etc. and love this Wisteria mirror for above the changer (don’t worry, ALL bolted into the wall).
One of the things we SWORE up and down when we had Henry was that next time we’d get a glider that reclines. And we did- this Pottery Barn one that my clients have loved. I am VERY excited about this. Although there are cuter custom gliders out there I could have done, function HAD to take top priority here. We’ll top it with a cute pillow in Brunschwig’s Les Touches, so I get a touch of animal pattern in here. :)
As you may have noticed, I love the work of Kristin Blakeney (her large piece was the showstopper in the tour I shared last week). I have adored these new works she’s been doing so I asked her to do a custom one for above the crib in blues, yellows and creams. It adds that little modern touch, plus investing in real art is never a bad idea.
A couple other items I’m looking to buy: this cute bunny painting (trade only source), an Oomph tiny table for next to the glider and this scalloped ceiling light (which is 1/4 of the price of the one I was originally obsessed with).
So as soon as the world relaxes the rules a little, we’ll be getting this all installed. Until then, little lady will have to bunk with me. :)
Just beautiful! I did light blue and yellow for my first baby – a baby girl – who is now 27 years old. Congratulations to you!
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Ohhhhh, Erin, this nursery is going to be stunning!!!
With the crib skirt trim, of course!! ❤️
The room is going to be adorable. I’m most excited about the Althea drapes. Althea and its sister Hollyhock are two of my favorite classic florals, and there are so many colorways to love. Althea Citron is my current favorite, and it’s become very popular in my pillow shop!
So excited to see this room! Thank you for sharing, and for sharing your pregnancy updates. Stay well!
Beautiful! I love the trim on the crib skirt. Any chance you could share the brand/ color of the grasscloth wallpaper? That is exactly what I am looking for in my bedroom. Thank you!
Absolutely stunning! You’ll have plenty of time to do a pink room in her older toddler/young elementary years. There will be pink in there now if only because you’ll be gifted pink blankets and clothes!
Nursery= the bees knees. One design detail more yummy than the next. Long, long time reader. Sending you and your family heartfelt great wishes, health and joy.
The art-Yes, Erin! I was touring a beautiful home in the Garden District in New Orleans many years ago. In the Foyer, was a “Bunny” piece by Slonem, stunning. I didn’t know much about the artist but now call myself such a great admirer of his work!
My husband and older teen children gifted me a Hunter Slonem “bunny” Art piece a few years ago for my birthday. Now, I am “girl” of 50 and this piece hangs in a office/sitting room area in our home. Makes me smile every day and so precious to me. It’s a good thing.
OH my goodness everything is so gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it all come together. So happy for you and your family.
I also vote go for the trim – it is beautiful!
Wow, totally not what I was expecting for this nursery, but I’m very anxious to see it all together! I am also expecting a girl this August after having a boy, so I know the feeling of wanting pink. I’m going with a lemon/citrus theme though, as I found a really fun wall mural on Society 6 and built the room around that. Praying things relax these next 8 weeks and you can enjoy this time a bit as your last as a family of three!
I can’t wait to see the final product!! I love this palette, it’s gorgeous! You should definitely do the trim on the crib skirt, it’s not too much and that trim is amazing.
So thrilled for you! Gorgeous fabrics and that scalloped ceiling light is very sweet. Can’t wait to hear the name!
Yes to Schumacher trim; yellow flowers with blue leaves to soften. You can never go wrong with Schumacher fabric.
Rita Schumacher (lol- no relation, I promise – just so love their designs and quality)
Love the Hunt Slonem look of that art!
OMG. This is so perfect I can’t even HANDLE it!!! Brava! That is one lucky little girl.
The Schumacher trim for the bed skirt is amazing–do it!!!
Erin – This all looks SO fabulous! Love the overall plan, but your work is always spot on. One suggestion: the bed in its toddler transformation would look so much more inviting to a little one if the inside panels were upholstered too. They look terribly hard and somehow severe. Excited for your new little one – all the very best to everyone!!
So beautiful, with a dash of practical! I love it! I can’t wait to see the finished room, not to mention your beautiful baby girl!
It’s going to be beautiful….love the the Althea fabric
I am SO excited!!! franki
I’m so happy you’re getting to design a nursery again! Those sheets are adorable, I wouldn’t mind some myself. I say yes to the trim, and that floral fabric is great.
I love the color palette and more is more, go for the trim! I have that trim pinned in the pink and blue variety for our baby girl coming in August. Her room will probably be similar to Oval Room Blue by F&B, but the fabrics are majority blushy mauves and creams. I’m not a big pink person, but it felt wrong not incorporating pink in some form or fashion. So, I understand. While our son isn’t as old as Henry (ours is 22 months) this will be our last little nugget too. Enjoy all the first lasts with your angel and go big or go home. Take care.
Gorgeous, Erin! Your ability to make such detailed decisions during all of this is simply amazing. But I’m betting decision making must be a super power of a designer of your caliber! I just bought the house of my dreams (an old build ready for new life) and I’ve got … nothing. Can’t make any committed decisions right now apparently. You inspire the rest of us and what a wonderful girl-mom you’ll be!
Do not be too hard on yourself. Sometimes a house reveals its true self to you as it is lived in, and that takes time.
Love the fabric for the crib ends, it will look gorgeous, and definitely go for the Schumacher trim, perfection! Looking forward to seeing the finished room with baby girl in it.
Gorgeous room! I’m just so happy for you!!
Perfect in every element. I am so excited for you to have this baby! Loving all of the scallop detailing.
My daughter’s room had a lot of blue’s in it. (She was a surprise, and after two boys, I swore it was another boy!) But when she transitioned out of the crib, (and had an opinion that included the love of pink) I was able to redo her room.
The nursery is going to be beyond lovely, and I cannot wait to see it come together!
It’s gorgeous! And my vote is to definitely go for the trim. I think it will be a visual expression of your joy in your baby girl.
This is going to be one sophisticated baby! Charming room. Looking forward to seeing it all come together. But right now just looking forward to a happy safe delivery for you both. Hopefully by then you’ll be able to have Andrew in the delivery room with you.
You will be SO happy with that peanut changer. We had for baby #3 and it was a game changer!
It’s going to be amazing! And that rim for the crib skirt is too perfect not to us. She’s a lucky little lady.
Love it all. Can’t wait to see pictures of it all together.
Definitely go with the trim on the crib skirt- it is perfect!
another vote for the trim! I love the yellow and did that color scheme for my first granddaughter as we did not know we were getting a girl until the arrival….it still feels fresh and I’m glad we chose that color!
I didn’t know the gender of my first child but swore I wouldn’t “do pink” if it was a girl so I did a lovely blue and white nursery that could be used for either gender and future babies. Funnily, almost the moment she was born I regretted it. I literally created a “big girl room” Pinterest board from my L&D recovery room and began filling it with sweet pink fabrics. With another baby coming we’re moving her to a new room and I’m finally getting my pink fix. I have to say–it has been fun to look forward to pink and build on this room scheme for two years but I still love our sweet blue and white nursery. You get the best of both worlds!
Oh and go for the trim!
just gorgeous! I love blue in girls’ rooms and you will have pink i think the trim is adorable and would be amazing finishing touch! but, if you’re on the fence, i will say with my 2nd, phases went so much faster than with my first (both in my sense of time and in her hitting milestones faster). I felt like my oldest was in a crib forever and my youngest it seemed like a quick second…so maybe it’s just a factor of how much enjoyment you’ll get out of it versus cost and time to get it made. Or maybe that’s just my justification for letting things slide with my second that I spent so much time and money on with my first :).
LOVE the room. For my first child, a girl, I did not know what I was having and the room was similar colors. I loved having blues and yellows for her. Her toddler room was full on pink, at her request,so you’ll get the pink in someday. And go for the trim on the crib skirt. Best of luck.
It’s fantastic!!! I’m sure you’ll find ways to weave pink in and I think you should totally do the trim on the crib skirt. The windows will be amazing! The whole room will be beautiful. So happy for you.