Two months ago I was convinced I wouldn’t do an official nursery for baby #3. I figured hey, baby will be with us for awhile, what’s the rush? It took just a day or so before reality struck—probably something to do with my due date inching closer and closer—and I pulled together a design plan and got moving. I had SO MUCH FUN with this space and yes, I am so glad we tackled this space before baby’s arrival. Design-wise, it was exciting to take risks and just not overthink anything. Blue plaid floor? Sure! Paired with giant beetles on the wall? Why not! If I liked it, I figured out a way to work it in.
I have so many photos to share with you!
I started big and bold in this space, first with the buffalo plaid floor and then with the beetle wallpaper. I was going to do one or the other but then decided, aw heck, let’s just go crazy. I’m glad I did because they share center stage quite well. The wallpaper, by Sydney Harbour Paint Company, has been a dream wallpaper for a long time, so seeing it actually exist in my own house never gets old!
Everything else in the space I kept as neutral, natural and light as possible—lots of tans, whites and wood tones. Textures were in the form of baskets, planters, raw edge wood and fur blankets. Accessories I pulled from what we had, like books, toys and other baby equipment.
It didn’t feel like a room in the May household with something modern and brass, so this ceiling light was a much-needed addition. I love how petite it is—it makes a mini statement without competing with some of the other things I have in the space.
Hello green dresser! This is a dresser I bought off Craigslist and painted Peat, a color in Behr’s Home Decorators paint collection. I loved this dresser especially because of its inset drawers. It had brushed nickel knobs, which I swapped with some antique knobs I found on Etsy from this shop.
I tried to touch as much surfaces as I could with little details, like lining the inside of the dresser drawers with leftover wallpaper from the previous house’s bathroom.
We also changed out the door hardware in here to match the antique brass finishes we have throughout the room, like the dresser drawer knobs. We’ve since updated the rest of the doorknobs throughout the house with the same knob and it’s crazy how big of a difference they’ve made. I love how dark and heavy they are against the white doors.
My favorite picture is probably the one below—this is the view I see every day (albeit way more messy) walking down the hall. We’ve got three cribs in this house! And two nurseries. Who woulda thought!? And you can tell I totally have a “style” when it comes to designing boy nurseries—bright blue is the name of my game. 🙂
For more posts on this room, check out the original design plan, how I created the buffalo plaid floors using carpet squares and the beetle wallpaper installation. Oh, and before it was a nursery, it was our guest bedroom. Our guests are now on the third floor, which I’ll share one day!
Here’s the before and after…
If you’re interested in any of the items we used in the nursery, here are some sources for ya:
2 – Flor “Made You Look” Tiles in Ocean, Pigeon and Pearl (see this post for a how-to)
4 – Lucent Light Shop Vortice Petite Ceiling Light (with 10″ drop)
12 – DIY Painted Olive Dresser using Behr Home Decorators Collection in Peat
15 – Live Edge Wood Side Table from Home Goods (but similar Target one shown)
A huge thank you to Lucent Light Shop and Sydney Harbour Paint Company for supplying some awesome goodies for us to use in this makeover. And now we just wait for this baby to arrive! My due date is a little less than two weeks away, so we’ve done a lot of lounging and snuggling with our boys. I have no idea how life will be with 3 little kids, but I can fully expect it to be 100% crazy and 100% full of love. We’re ready for you baby 3!
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