Our son’s nursery

I think I would have another nine kids just to keep decorating nurseries. I love everything about it — selecting the perfect paint color, choosing decor, picking a theme and coordinating the room. I’m not exaggerating when I say ideas come to me in my sleep because I’ll wake up envisioning exactly what I want the space to look like.

Then I hop online in the middle of the night, which is a very dangerous time to have instant shopping access and a memorized credit card number.

Trust me.

When we found out we were having a boy this time, I knew I wanted to decorate with trains. My grandmother hand-sewed a beautiful train wall hanging for my little brother decades ago that was never completed in time to be hung up. My mother saved it all these years, and it’s by far my favorite thing in the nursery.

There are still a few little touches I hope to wrap up before my due date this week, but I figured I would take a few pictures of the room before it becomes home to dirty diapers, used burp cloths and a little boy I plan to love beyond reason for the rest of my days.

Here’s an overall view of his room from the doorway. (Minus the cute little checkered throw rug that’s on the way.)


The rail signs and mobile were both a result of sleep-shopping. I found the signs on a retro website and loved them, but they weren’t
quite big enough to make the statement above the crib like I had hoped. So I bought four shadow box frames, some foamcore board,
double-sided sticky tape and put them together. I was worried about the mobile when it arrived because I had to construct it myself,
plus it just hangs from a string, but it moves beautifully all the time just from the natural flow of air in the room. And it’s so colorful. 


The train bedding was a no-brainer. I found it at Pottery Barn Kids, fell in love and took it home immediately.


Although our little guy won’t be using this chair any time soon, our furry little guy will. We knew we needed something that would
enable Toby to see out of his favorite window, and the “Anywhere Chair” (also a Pottery Barn Kids’ find), was the perfect fit. 


Although I would’ve loved to have gotten a beautiful mahogany glider, I know from raising my daughter that it only has a shelf-life
of about a year, so I opted to use the rocking chair we were handed down and overlook the mismatched wood finishes. I reupholstered
the little round stool with some awesome fabric I got on clearance and spraypainted the base to match the rest of the furniture.


 The bookshelf was the first thing we put in his room, and it really was fun pulling out all of the baby toys and books we had stored away. 


I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to hang my grandmother’s train mural, but a very helpful customer — yes, customer — that I befriended
in the wooden dowel section in Lowe’s suggested I try a curtain rod. It was perfect. And I found this one in a discount bin for a few bucks.


Every stitch of this was hand-sewn. The amount of love that went into it is just incredible. It’s such a treasure to me.


Not only that, but it fit above the dresser perfectly!


I started hand-painting these stools when Allison was born, and I’ve made one for many of my friends who have had babies ever since.
This one was particularly fun because I didn’t really have a vision — I just started sketching. And I absolutely love how it turned out.


Alli is very excited to be a big sister. She’s even willing to share her rocking horse. For now.

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  • Chastity MartinFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:20 PM

    I got teary eyed looking at this beautiful room and reliving decorating my little boys’ nurseries. My boys are ages 4 and 2. What an absolutely gorgeous room! I love the train mural! How precious and special! Thanks for sharing!


  • BridgetFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:23 PM

    The room is absolutely adorable! You can tell a lot of love and thought was put into everything in the room! The piece from your grandmother is probably my favorite piece because I know the time and love it takes to stitch and create items out of fabric! Congrats on your newborn coming and enjoy every minute!

  • PetraFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:55 PM

    Not only I love your little guy’s room but I also adore the way you portraited in these pictures. You really have a keen eye for interiors as well. You really should start providing your services for realtors and anyone in need of cutting edge pictures of their home for selling or other purposes. 🙂

    Oh, and I especially liked your grouped pictures. They gave this whole entry a real nice touch. Thanks for sharing, Kelly!

  • KellyFebruary 21, 2011 - 4:36 PM

    I think that little blue chair would be great for you to take a photo a month in, so you can see how much he has grown every month in the same place. Great job on the room!

  • Kaitlyn WoodFebruary 21, 2011 - 5:47 PM

    I love your little guy’s room!! And your put everything together so nice 🙂 So cute!!

  • Jeanne GrayFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:55 PM

    The room is so cute, Kelly. Glad you like my handiwork. It keeps me out of trouble!

    Love Grandma