Today is the day!! D-day, or fondly known in my world, as the official Due Date for our little guy! I’ve been taking it easy the last few weeks in anticipation for his arrival (no complaints over here…my exhaustion level has really kicked up) and also been putting the last finishing touches on the nursery!
Now I need to explain a little…we are currently renting our place. We absolutely love it but as soon as we found out about our new addition, we knew we needed a bigger place. But unfortunately, our lease isn’t up until May which means roughly four months of squeezing into our place with this fella. What once was my studio for White Nest is now the nursery, which works out because I’ll be on maternity leave once he arrives. But I knew that we needed to work this little nursery on a major budget because it makes no sense to tweak everything if we’re going to be here for such a short time. So why did I even set up a nursery, you ask? Because I’m an interior designer and I cannot NOT do something (for all you designers out there, you know what I mean…). Plus, they aren’t joking about that nesting instinct coming out at the end of pregnancy. Mine came out with guns blazing…
My old White Nest studio…where all the designing, production, emailing, packaging, etc. happened…
And here is the new and improved nursery!! In all it’s glory (please excuse the lighting in the photos…we live on the first floor of a three floor walk-up in Chicago and natural light just doesn’t exist in our place…). And yes, there is a pom pom mobile over the crib which cost pennies to make and makes me so incredibly happy. :)
Don’t worry, I know the pillows don’t belong in the crib but I just couldn’t resist for now. :)
I wanted a little DIY art project to do over the crib and found this tutorial. It is so easy…I snagged paint chips at our local hardware store and punched the butterfly design with this Martha Stewart hole punch. So for the cost of a few shadow boxes and a hole punch, I have these super adorbs pieces of art.
Many of the pieces in this photo we already had. The credenza piece used to be in our living room and we converted it to the changing table (I really want a dresser with drawers but that will have to wait for now…). The white and brown art piece above the table is a piece I made years ago that I re-used. And the chandelier is from Uncommon Handmade (which I snagged from Renegade Handmade which is sadly going out of business…). It was a wood finish that didn’t stand out so I painted it white…super easy.
One of my favorite pieces from I Am Home (also snagged at Renegade Handmade).
Obviously we needed storage for this little guy’s (growing) wardrobe so we bought these plain, jane storage boxes at Ikea. But I couldn’t just keep them white. I had some old wrapping paper laying around that I used to cover the fronts of the boxes and seriously, a few dollars later, it changed the whole look of the piece.
And my favorite…pom poms!!
Everything is in place and ready for this little guy. But I guess it’s not his birthday yet. :)