I knew from the beginning that I wanted to go with a vintage sporting theme for our nursery. Funny since I don’t really care for sports, or people’s shrines towards them, and in no way want to instill that fanaticism in our child. I was thinking more 1920′s men’s sports club, tufted leather, cigars, scotch, and brass trophies. You know, all things kids love.
The inspiration was drawn from a pair of my fathers tennis rackets that I long ago found in their basement and claimed as my own.
Two years ago we painted our guest room knowing one day it would transition into a nursery and that we would not be re-painting it. So I got started. Painstakingly I measured, and marked, taped, and painted. Eventually I was rewarded with this great gold and coral chevron wall. Clearly doing all the walls with the chevron would have 1) driven me mad 2) been way to much for this small room. The focal wall was graced with chevron while the other three walls were painted a glossy navy blue.
I held off as long as possible buying things for the nursery, but finally in March I decided that I needed to start collecting some accoutrements. At 4:30am one morning, I am not kidding, 4:30am, I woke up, bundle up, met up with Katie, waited for Starbucks to open, yes it was that early, and headed up north. We arrived to find snow on the ground and no one there but us. The day ended up being filled with great finds, and a really great milk shake. What more could a lady want?
The medals above the crib, painting, boat and aviator helmet above the dressers are all from that trip. The dressers are from Ikea, and yes, your eyes are not fooling you. There is a yellowish one, and a white one. The yellowish one is going on 11 or 12 years with us, and the white one is new. We added it for extra storage and changing table space. It’s possible that the changing table is a bit high, but I figure we will make do. Seemed better than having a really short one that we had to bend over all the time. I’ll keep you posted on how this experiment turns out.
Finding a chair for the room was proving to be a challenge. Spending upwards of $1,000 on a glider for the nursery was not in my budget, and let’s face it, most of the chairs that I wanted were above that, crazy I know. We have a similar white, slip covered chair in our living room. While trying to make peace with bringing it up to the nursery I had a great idea. Ikea has cheap white slip covered chairs, and you have to be able to buy a glider base on the internet, you can buy anything on the internet right? Clearly, we (the husband) can make this chair happen very easily. It took one google search and the first website I clicked on told me exactly what I needed to (have the husband) do. Crisis averted, living room intact, one more thing added to the to do list. There might have been some eye rolling from the husband.
The husband moved a lot as a child and therefore does not have a lot of stuff from growing up. Somehow this bookcase always made the move and has been living crammed with junk in our basement. The only request that he had for the nursery was that said bookcase have a home. How could I say no to that? Originally I planned on painting it white to match the rest of the furniture. Then time rolled on, and I thought, let’s just try it with the wood. So happy I did, love it.
How cute are these little football pads! The framed piece in the background is near and dear to my heart. My Dad made it for me when I was born. Now it has a place in my home, and is one of my favorite things in the nursery.
This little jacket also belonged to my husband when he was little. In second grade he would only wear a suit jacket and tie, amazing. The pictures from this period in his life are almost more than I can handle. We recently found the jacket in a box of stuffed animals his mother saved and knew it had to have a home in the nursery.
I’ve done something a little out of the normal for all the curtain rods in our house and I knew this room could not be the exception. During the March antiquing trip I found an old exercise bar and knew that it would be the perfect solution for the window. Fortunately the curtain loops just fit over the bulbous ends of the bar.
When I came across this scratch off map I thought it would be the perfect fit for the room. I was lucky enough to do a fair amount of traveling with my parents when I was young and would love to have a visual record of all the places that we went. I think that it will be a nice tradition to scratch off each state as he visits them. He will probably just want to scratch everything off at once and do it one night while I am asleep and I will be crushed. At least that’s what I would have done as a child…
I know that there are a lot of things in this room that are not so child friendly and there are a lot of Mom’s out there laughing at my naiveté. That’s fine. I am fully aware that I will make some changes as he grows and starts interacting with his environment. You only have your first child once and I wanted to create a special space for him before I start to base my decisions on realistic expectations of what a child might actually need or want. I am ready for motherhood or what!
So that’s about it. I’ll update you all with how things go as he grows and shows me all the ridiculous decisions that I made.
Have a great day! XO