A Room of His Own — Harry’s Nursery

The nursery, a labor of love if there ever was one. When we moved into this house last April, my mom kept referring to the little front bedroom as “the nursery.” After the third or fourth time I had to correct her and say, “You mean the third bedroom?” It was just too painful to refer to it as the nursery when I had no idea if it would ever truly actually be a nursery.

But as soon as we started the adoption process, the nursery became my thing. I searched blogs and wrote down ideas and spent, I hate to tell you, hours searching for items on Craigslist.

It’s still not “done” — I have items to hang about his crib and I actually got different curtains at JC Penny yesterday — but it’s done enough share.

I would say without any further ado, but there has already been a little ado, I’d say. So here it is …





Bookcase — Billy bookcase from IKEA
Dresser — Craigslist (painted by me)
Table — Amazon.com
Glider — Craigslist
Light fixture — IKEA
Rug — CostCo
Mirror — an antique that belonged to my grandmother, painted by my FIL
Lamp — HomeGoods
Paint — Caramel Cloud by Hirshfield


Gift from a neighbor:


Poms made by my mom from Martha Stewart’s template:


The giraffe was one of the first things I bought once we started the process, and he kind of became the inspiration for the room. He and blue dog (a gift) sit in my grandmother’s egg basket. Literally the basket she used to collect eggs 60+ years ago:


Birth announcement plaque from Etsy by mosieposies:


The dresser. I searched high and wide for just the right dresser. We went to Babies R Us to check to see what height would make a good changing table, and I knew it couldn’t be too long, because we were working with limited space. I found this piece early on, but they were asking too much ($175). After a few weeks they called and said if we were still interested, we could have it for $100. Score. I painted it white with Valspar’s satin finish spray paint, put the original hardware back on it, and done. It was very beat up and required a bit of sanding, and there are still quite a few dings you can see, but I love it.


The crib. If you follow me on Twitter you know the saga of the crib. Originally I wanted a white Jenny Lind, but couldn’t find one anywhere. They were on backorder on every online vendor, and BRU said they couldn’t even order me one, because their system showed they are discontinued. Finally I went back to the drawing board and found this. It was a gift from my dad and stepmom, and I adore it. (It’s by babyletto.) It converts to a toddler bed, so hopefully we’ll use it for several years. I wasn’t going to do bumpers at all (safety), but this is the Dwell Studio for Target pattern I’ve had my eye on for years, and they marked it all for clearance, so it was like $15. And since he doesn’t actually sleep in here right now, I felt okay spending $15 “for show.”


This room is the first space you see when you come up our stairs, and it makes me feel so happy to see it. Not just because what it represents (a baby lives in our house!), but that it is exactly what I saw in my mind. I am not an interior designer (by any stretch), and most of what I wanted to do I saw somewhere else first, but I am pretty proud of it, I must say.

Harry seems to enjoy it too:



  1. Mary Beth says

    Oh it is perfect! I especially love the CL dresser! awesome find and great paint job! And the rug, ooooh the rug, I LOVE it! Beautiful design and so my taste!! Harry is one lucky baby :)

  2. says

    It is such a beautiful room! I absolutely love what you’ve done with it, especially the neutral colors.

  3. says

    I love it! LOVE IT. I think my favorite thing is the dresser, it looks amazing. And I love the mirror you hung over it and the pictures of the dogs. It looks coordinated but not matchy and I think it is perfect.

  4. says

    what a gorgeous nursery! that dresser adds so much to the room – what an awesome piece of furniture!! and those dog paintings are adorable! love it!

  5. alisa beth says

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for this post for a while and it did not disappoint! Harry’s room is fabulous (I LOVE the birth print and the poms)! You did a fantastic job!

  6. Sarah says

    It’s everything I knew it would be and so much more. Adore. God job, mama! (And everyone else who poured love into it!)

  7. says

    I love his room.
    The colors are beautiful and calm.
    So much love in such a small space.

  8. says

    I’ve been lurking on your blog since seeing your post on the bump when you first found out about Harry and I have to say I am in love with your baby! He is just so adorable!
    Oh and you have to be the best craigslister ever! Between your buffet and the dresser, I am in awe. I can never find anything even worthy of a new paint job here!

  9. Bonnie says

    What a great room for Harry! Johanna, it is easy to see the love you put into it. I can also see that dresser/changing table painted many different colors over the years – what a find! Love to you

  10. says

    I think you’re smart to go ahead and post about it, it will be ever evolving, so why not? It looks gorgeous, and Harry looks super cute in that pic!

  11. Lori says

    What a masterpiece. Maybe you should think about interior designing for others. I love it!

  12. Angie says

    This is absolutely beautiful! Quick (totally dumb)question: if I wanted to use the same paint, where could I get it? I live in Maryland and we don’t have a Hirshfield. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

  13. nikki says

    Please to identify plump bird-looking thing on top of tall shelf unit. Love!