A Farmhouse…Nursery!

Remember the pictures of our guest bedroom I showed you several weeks ago? You know, that UGLY room with four layers of wallpaper, hideous blue carpet, and horrendous mirrored closet doors?

Well, due to an unexpected “change of plans” our guest room will be our new nursery in about 24 weeks :)

Yup, I’m 16 weeks pregnant!

You can read more about how we told our families and some of my thoughts over here, but then make sure you come back and check out the ideas I have brewing for our future nursery!

1. The Color Pallet:

I am 100% positive that I will not have large amounts of blue, pink, green, or any other “baby colors”. Instead, I’m planning a super neutral color pallet — probably all whites, off-whites, creams, beiges, browns, etc. {Similar to this gorgeous nursery from A County Farmhouse}

Not only will a neutral nursery mesh seamlessly with my colors for the rest of our house, I also feel like it would just be silly to have a brightly colored or “themed” room in our 120 year old farmhouse — don’t you think?

Our nursery walls will have no wallpaper, no painted murals, no animals {especially not zoo animals}, no characters, no movie or TV show themes, no bright colors, no very “girlish” or “boyish” colors, and NO sponge painting!!

But I promise it will still be warm, inviting, child-friendly, and gorgeous!

2. The Crib:

I already have a Jenny Lind crib for our nursery {it looks exactly like the crib above} — not because we were planning to have a baby now, but because I’ve always wanted a dark stained Jenny Lind crib and I recently found an amazing deal on Craigslist!

I absolutely adore the style of Jenny Lind cribs and have 4 Jenny Lind twin beds for our other guest rooms — can we say “obsessed”!!

I really love this stunning white Jenny Lind crib from Life in the Fun Lane’s Nursery — but I’m positive our dark wood crib will look amazing with white bedding {if not, I can always paint it, right?}!!

 

3. The “Changing Table”:

I’ve never been a huge fan of  ”changing tables”. I think they are really impractical because you can only use them for a couple of months/years…and then they serve no purpose. So I most definitely plan to use one of the shabby dressers I have and simply put a changing pad on top — like this one from The Farmer Family.

SIDE NOTE: I love the old fashion tricycle too!

4. The Comfy Rocking Chair:

I don’t like the look of glider chairs but traditional wooden rocking chairs just don’t seem like they would be comfortable enough for the amount of hours I’ll be spending in it!

Fortunately, I already know the exact chair I want from Crate and Barrel. It looks just like this chair from Holly Mathis Interiors — plus it rocks and swivels. It is kind of pricey, so I might opt for a much cheaper, non-swivel version from IKEA…who knows!

I do know that it will be slipcovered in white canvas and it will be washable!

5. Curtains:

I will most definitely continue my “all white” theme with floor length white curtains — probably with room-darkening binds underneath. But one thing I know for sure, is that I want really cool curtain rods.

I was initially thinking of using galvanized plumbing pipes, but then I came across these gorgeous “branch” curtain rods over at The Lettered Cottage …and now I’m torn! What do you think?

 

6. Closet:

This room originally had 2 closets, but we removed one to make our walk-in shower {seriously, the best decision ever!}

So we have one good-size closet left, and I plan to fit several shelves, a small dresser, and at least 1 clothes rod inside. I haven’t found any great pictures of the look I’m going for, but don’t worry, I’ll have plenty of pictures to share once the closet is finished!

7. Accessories:

TOY BOX:

I most definitely will NOT have a traditional toy box {big shocker there!} Instead, I have a large wooden crate that I plan to distress, whitewash, stencil, and then put caster wheels on the bottom.

It will look similar to these crates from AnnWhite.com but my crate is a little larger and its has a lid.

 

BOOK SHELF:

Our nursery should have room for a small book shelf, and after seeing many of my friend’s nurseries, I KNOW it will come in handy. It seems that children’s books are a very popular baby gift!

 

LIGHT FIXTURE:

I already have the chandelier I was planning to use in the former “guest room” and I’m still planning to use that light in the nursery. It’s black right now, but I’ll most likely spray paint it white!

 

OK, so those are my ideas so far…what do you think?

By the way, this is what half our nursery looks like right now!

Yup, we have a long way to go, but I’m confident it will all be finished well before October!

 

Did I miss anything? What are your “must haves” for a nursery??

30 comments to A Farmhouse…Nursery!

  • Lesley

    I love all of your ideas! The nursery will be beautiful. My only thought about the branch curtain rod is that, while very pretty, they make it challenging to open and close the curtains. Just a thought!

  • teresa

    hi there from winnipeg, manitoba canada!

    congratulations! love your style and i, too, love a good farmhouse!

    check out sarah richardson’s designs. she’s a canadian designer and you have a similiar feel to your styles. you can find her at: http://www.sarahrichardsondesign.com

    she has done a lot of nurseries that are neutral with a bit of a hit of color – she loves white! i think you’ll like looking at her nurseries and children’s bedrooms for some inspiration! her own nursery is on design inc as well under ‘the rooms’ and ‘season 3′ – right at the bottom of the season 3 list. :o )

    congratulations again!

    teres

    ps did you make up your farmhouse love ‘logo’ with the house outline and the heart in the middle? b/c i found it on a freebie image download site and i wanted to use it but then i see it here on your site. so, i’m not sure if the freebie download site got it on there somehow from you/not or if you just used that same site to choose your ‘logo’? know what i mean???

    Andrea
    Twitter: FarmhouseLove
    Reply:

    Thanks Teresa,

    And yes, I did actually make that logo myself…I did not get it from a free image place. Hmmm… maybe they “stole” it from me!

  • teresa

    and ps…

    a change table is a huge waste of money and space. put a changing cushion on top of a lower dresser, secure it well or put a non-slip mat underneath it, and be done with it. after a few months when the baby starts to want to roll, a change table becomes a pain in the you know what and unsafe b/c baby won’t be still. it’s just safer to change them on a bed or on the floor after that. :o )

    def a low bookshelf for books, soft toys and a snuggly blanket or just a spot to rest a cup of tea or water for yourself while rocking and bonding with baby.

    a good dresser and/or armoire is a must. a few extra drawers for those clothes that they will grow into is always nice. those extra drawers make it easier to organize those bigger clothes by size. we don’t have closets in our old saltbox house so there is no hanging rod for clothes and, quite frankly, baby clothes are easily and quickly folded or just laid flat in the drawers – they are so teeny! it’s almost absurd to hang up sleepers or 5 inch wide t-shirts lol.

    a dim nightlight/table lamp so you can nurse/feed the baby in the nursery at night and still see what you’re doing. or a chandelier on a good dimmer switch.

    i found that a fluffy rug was nice for quiet tummy time in the nursery or for playing on when the babies aren’t really movin’ yet. :o ) plus they seem to like the texture.

    if a fluffy rug isn’t in the cards, either buy or make a big blanket that is thick fleece on one side and thick wide whale super soft corduroy on the other. cozy to lay on for playing and even cozy to cover up with during feeding time during the winter. and the babies seem to like the texture of both the fleece and the soft corduroy. pre-wash both in hot water before it is sewn together. i made a few of these for myself and as gifts and they are always a huge hit. they are nice to haul to other people’s houses too to put on the floor for baby to play on (never know how clean or dirty other people’s houses are).

    those are my musts. why did i feel inclined to write this? because i miss having a little one around. my guy is 3 1/2 and i miss his ‘baby-ness’ already. :o )

  • Wanna know how many times we’ve changed baby #4 on the “changing table?” (A dresser with the pad, but it does have the ridges.) ZERO. He’s been changed on the couch, the floor, and pretty much anywhere but the changing table. ;)

    And congratulations!!!!!!!!

  • It is definitely worth it to spend a little more money to get a great , sturdy, rocking chair. You will spend a LOT of time in it. I wouldn’t cut corners there.

    I agree with no real changing table. It’s safer to change them on the floor anyway. You can change them on the bed or couch while they are still little. I used a card table for one in a pinch when I had an awful emergency c-section and couldn’t get down on the floor for a while. (I didn’t have a changing table for my first 2 and only used it for the last one for a little while.)

    Not sure I love the branch idea for curtain rods. I like the galvanized idea better with the farmhouse, or even Walmart has great prices on some nice looking rods.

  • I’ve enjoyed your site so much and keep checking back to see if there have been any updates. I hope you’re doing well!

  • Lanette

    I am a little late to the comments here….you have probably already addressed curtain rod issue, but I wanted to add on for other idea seekers, I have used bamboo in the past and it worked great. I am decorating a nursery and plan to use it again. I found the bamboo at craft store very cheep, and plan to paint it white.

    Also a stable table next the rocker is a must for nursing! You will need a place for something to drink and it needs to be sturdy enough not to tip over once little ones start to pull up on things.