I loved Harry’s nursery. I loved sitting in that chair and rocking him, reading books, and looking around at all the pictures and his mementos. It was always a reminder of God’s faithfulness in making us a family.
But it was definitely his nursery, so we knew it would need some refreshing for our second love, and once we knew we were expecting a baby girl, I couldn’t wait to introduce flourishes of my signature color. Pink!
In 2010 when we began the process of turning an empty room into a nursery, and we didn’t know if Harry was to be well, Harry, we planned the basics of the nursery to be gender neutral. And when Harry came home, our son, I bought blue baskets, ordered a couple canvases of our English Bulldog, and it felt “boy” enough for me.
So because the bones of the nursery were already neutral, it didn’t take much to girly it up.
One big purchase we did make, however, was to get a new chair and ottoman. Our previous chair had a very low back, which meant neither Aaron nor I could rest our heads. Kind of a disadvantage when you’re rocking a baby at 2 am.
So we sold the old chair + ottoman on Craigslist for the exact amount we’d paid the previous owners two years earlier, and ordered a new higher-back chair from Babies R Us. I then found an ottoman/pouf I loved on Etsy. (Made by Zeldabelle.)
I moved the blue book bin that was here to the playroom, and brought in this doll cradle that was mine as a little girl. Perfect for books.
Because our wedding colors were pink + green, I had a couple of baskets/bins that I was able to repurpose. (Love being able to “shop” for things we already own!)
On the top shelf are two floral photographs I took years ago. They were in my Atlanta house, and then I just had them stuck in the laundry room, unsure on how to use them. One day I noticed that one was pink and one was orange, so I brought them into the nursery. Perfect! Next to the frames are a pair of pink booties knitted by my Grandma Jean, who passed away in 2003. A forward-thinker, she knitted several pairs of booties for both my brother and me, her two grandchildren who had yet to have children of their own.
On the next shelf is a piece of china that belonged to the original Josephine. I am putting Posey’s momentos in it; like her ankleband and hat from the hospital.
I replaced the canvases of Eller with this custom canvas from Painted Stuf. Lynn is a fellow Eagle Brooker, and I’ve always loved her collage style and her printing.
I read this verse when She Reads Truth was reading through Ephesians together this fall, and it jumped off the page (screen). I knew immediately I wanted it to be Posey’s life verse.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Eph 3:17).
I ordered Posey’s birth announcement from the same vendor—Mosie Posies (aptly named!)—where I got Harry’s. It’s still so crazy to me that their birthday is the same! (The green looks yellow, but it’s a lime green.)
The other big change were the hoops over the crib.
I kept four and added several more. I went to JoAnn’s and picked several fabrics I liked, without worrying too much about what would “go.” If it had pink, orange, or green in it, and I liked it, I grabbed it.
The yarn-wrapped P was a Pinterest project. It was for “Posey” all along, but I figured even if she wasn’t our baby, P will always stand for Price in these parts! (I’m glad it stands for Posey.)
And that’s it! Not a dramatic change, but enough that it feels updated and refreshed for our new addition.
You can check out a full tour of when it was Harry’s nursery. Information about the dresser, crib, bookcase, paint color, and rug are listed on that post.