once upon a Pinterest nursery | Manchester, NH Baby Photographer

My full-time job is now a part-time job (*so blessed*) which means I now have more time with my kids and more flexibility to work on photography and various other projects that have been on my ‘to-do’ list for longer than I care to admit. Like many, I have Pinterest boards that are exploding with ideas and have probably only managed to complete 3 or 4 of them over the past couple of months, um,… year. I don’t intend to be project-crazed as most of my ‘free’ time will be with my kids, but if I can accomplish one Pinterest project per month I’ll be happy. So with that said, here is a Pinterest inspired (very large) project that I have virtually been working on since the day I found out I was expecting my third (and final!) baby.

Around this time last year, I found out I was pregnant and in that same week we put an offer in on a new home, so began the whirlwind that consumed most of 2012. My pregnancy was fairly smooth for which I am grateful but keeping up with two other little ones, working full-time, working on photography, and going through the painful and LONG process of buying a short-sale home wore on me greatly. It was this room in the soon-to-be new home that became a Pinterest inspired project for the new baby. It was something fun to daydream about and be ‘inspired’ while we waited 8 long months to close on the new house.

Here’s a before photo of the soon-to-be nursery (iPhone photo).

And here’s a quick look at what the room looked like at one point after moving in… this was about three weeks before the baby came — needless to say, it was not ready when he made his entrance into this world! (iPhone photo).

And now… (*sigh*)… Because we did not know if we were having a boy or girl, I had to go with something gender neutral, which was fine with me because I had have a small obsession with gray, yellow, and teal (same as my business colors if you didn’t notice). To be honest, even if I had known the sex of the baby, I likely still would’ve ended up with these colors!

I saw this decal on Etsy and just had to have it. I was a little nervous about the potential time it was going to take to put it on the wall, I had read reviews of it taking 3+ hours. I was worried that the baby would be hitting toddlerhood before I got around to it. In fact, after waiting about a month to receive it, it sat in the box for another month until I began working on it. Luckily, I ended up completing the decal in phases – basically adding one tree at a time. One day I even wore the baby in the Sleepy Wrap and worked on it while he slept. I was disappointed that it did come completely unassembled — meaning every leaf, branch, bird, etc. was not in it’s place just ready peel off . There was a sheet of birds, a sheet of leaves, branches, etc. I had to figure out their placement which I was not expecting. In the end, I’m quite happy with how it turned out and think it was worth the effort (and wait!).

I used gray and yellow as the main colors and added teal accents with the hanging pom poms, picture frames, diaper caddy, toys and storage, wall hangings (which I assembled with wood frames and fabric – so easy!), and even very small splashes in the curtain fabric.

If you haven’t heard of The Organic Bloom, I suggest you check them out. These frames were a must-have for this nursery. In fact, I think they are a must-have for any room! We have several in the new house and I just love them. They are beautiful and add a touch of whimsy. They also come in several colors so you can really customize to match any decor or theme. And lastly, Organic Bloom frames are especially unique because they’re only available through photographers who have been approved to sell them which means you won’t find these sold in any retail store!

Here’s another before photo of the other side of the room. That ‘lovely’ blue stripe took a lot of sanding to remove (iPhone photo).

And the ‘after’ shot. I still want to get some more accent pieces or toys to store on the shelves in the built-in desk (which won’t actually be used as a desk for a long time, if ever). We still have to switch out the light fixtures for which I’ve purchased the KNAPPA Pendant lamp from IKEA, hopefully it will make it out of the box someday! You can see in this photo how much white trim (and doors – I LOATHE painting doors!) I had to re-paint in this room. The previous owner had painted ALL of the trim in the house a creamy color which I thought looked quite drab and pretty dirty. I’ve painted a lot of trim in the house in the last few months and still have a a few more rooms to go… if I ever have to paint white trim again in my lifetime, it will surely be too soon.

I made the the two canvases below in Photoshop and ordered them through a print vendor. And the mobile over the crib… *sigh*… I LOVE the mobile. Until this nursery, I was never really a fan of crib mobiles. You can’t use them for very long (once your baby can stand and reach it, it’s gotta go!) But this mobile added the final touch that the nursery needed. I’ll definitely be sad when it has to come down, I’ll likely hang it in a safe spot elsewhere!

And lastly, my sweet babe enjoying his new room!

Where to shop —

Paint – Lowe’s  Olympic Satin Finish in “Quill”
Lamp – Base from Lowe’s and Shade from Target
Frames – The Organic Bloom (available through me or other photographers local to you, check their site!)
Throw Pillows – Look Here Jane on Etsy
Fabric Wall Hangings – Fabric purchased from Fabric.com
Birch Tree Decal – ababywall on Etsy
Crib Mobile – Lovebug Lullabies on Etsy
Rug – Zulily.com
Crib Sheets/Dust Ruffle – Pottery Barn Kids
Diaper Caddy – Creat4usKids on Etsy
Curtain – Fabric purchased from Twigs & Twist on Etsy (but my mom made them for me!)
Poms Poms – Party On! Designs (though now I make these myself, so easy!)
Chevron Elephants – Kelsey Bang on Etsy
Mandi - February 13, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Absolutely stunning!!

Stacey - February 13, 2013 - 4:17 pm

he is one lucky little boy! this room is simply perfect!!

Jen Matthews - February 13, 2013 - 4:21 pm

wow!!! that looks amazing, you might have another part time job on your hands, congrats on your beautiful baby!

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