Our Nurseries from Babies Past...

Our future baby's nursery has been coming together...  For months we just piled all the baby stuff in here & I waited to attack the room.  Its plain white walls & cream carpeting were pretty much a blank slate.  I added a modern crib in a hazlenut finish by Muu Kids (amazing to work with btw) and am still working on the bedding.  (For now it's just our basic sheet set which I'll use in combination with some pretties.) 


I've done different things with all of my babies' nurseries.  In our old house, over 4 years ago, Christian's nursey was a bit coastal with tone-on-tone pale blue stripes in semigloss & matte paint...

{My cousin & I made the seashell mobile & I sewed the quilt} 


This old man thrift store painting (below) goes everywhere with us and is now in our living room...


In Justin's nursery, 2 years ago,  I wanted to go dark  & be bold.  I'd done the sweet thing before & was ready for a change.  I wanted a dark room for sleeeeeeeping.


My husband & I stencilled a dropcloth with an allover pattern and made a canopy over the crib. 
 I used the nursery walls as a gallery for artwork that we'd collected & inherited over the years.


...Most of the pieces are pretty moody and I used lots of foresty type things in there. 
You can see how we used the same pieces on both rooms but ended up with 2 really different looks...


Justin's nursery was featured on Design Sponge and I'll never forget that some of the commenters thought the room was creepy and one of them even said it looked like "Rosemary's Baby's Room."  It cracked us up at home and so we called it that sometimes :)  (I have to say, I do have a dark side & loooove scary books & movies ;)

And now...  we're onto the new baby's nursery.  And of course, I'm ready for more change :)  This time (which we are thinking of as our last, although I'll never say never until we're sure)  I decided that I just wanted to go with all of my favorite things.  I've always known that nurseries are for moms & dads (and mostly moms because dad's don't usually care very much) and so this time I'm doing a total "me" nursery.  Selfish?  Yeah, I know, but I'm okay with that ;) 

I'm starting with my Live Paisley in "mojito" for the curtains:


{I'm constantly experimenting with colorways in my fabrics and this is definitely one of my favorites, designed specifically for this room.}

And last night my husband painted the walls a paler shade of the same chartreusy-green...


{It's Sherwin Williams "Rice Paddy}
I'm working on the bedding now and a swivel glider in by Lee Industries should be arriving any week now...



{Sorry for the blurry pic...  picture it in a warm oatmeal linen}  I'm SO pumped for this glider.  We thought about getting one with every baby and finally decided to do it.  Our babies are not good sleepers and so I'm banking that we'll be gliding many a night on this new chair. 

The dresser/ changing table is in the closet so we have as much floor space as possible for playing.  I'll be sure to share pictures when we get it finished.  (Which should be in the next month a half!)

And finally, here are a couple of belly pics from yesterday...  The boys have taken to walking up to me and hugging me/ my belly saying "BIG BELLY!!!!"  or "SO BIG!!!!" in their deep little voices.  (It makes me feel so petite ;)


A month and half left... eeeeeeeeeeek!!!



xoxo, Lauren

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33 comments:

J and V said...

I absolutely love the black nursery-it is my all time favorite! Cannot wait to see more pics when you are done with this one! :) Have fun!!

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

I love the Sherwin Williams Rice Paddy color, I painted my half bath that color. It is very soothing. I can't wait to see the finished nursery. I am sure it will be gorgeous.

XO
Kristy

Www.idesignlove.com

alison g. said...

Hmmm...picking up on that "ready for something different" comment, and thinking Christian and Justin might be having a little SISTER! ;)
Congrats, and can't wait to see the finished nursery!

Michelle said...

Can't wait to see the finished product!! And love your belly!!

Michelle said...

Can't wait to see the finished product!! And love your belly!!

Timmi said...

Can't wait to see the finished room. Those paisley curtains look beautiful. And that dark room looks gorgeous

Jenny Castle Design said...

You look great girl! Hang in there!

Kathysue said...

Lauren you have such an amazing design aesthetic, can't wait to see how it all turns out, love the paint color. I can't believe you actually still have a waist, your sweet baby bump is all out front, you look adorable. Kathysue

traci zeller designs said...

They don't come any cuter preggers than you, Lauren! Not to mention the beautiful babies that you and Dave make!! Can't wait to see your precious nursery ...

kayce hughes said...

You are so adorable! I miss having a big tummy....or a big tummy with an excuse anyway.

Velvet and Linen said...

How exciting. Love the new wall color.
Lee makes some great swivel chairs. It will be
so cozy for you and the new little one.

I can't wait to see you all (including that small "big belly") in a couple of weeks!

xo xo
Brooke

Cailan said...

Well, you are just adorable and can't wait to see what you come up with in the new baby room.

Bethany said...

Oh my goodness, you are about the cutest thing.

I cannot believe they said Rosemary's Baby about that room, that made me cringe! You graciously shared that paint color with me because it worked so well and I think it's lovely. You're a good sport to just laugh :)

Bethany
www.PowellBrowerHome.com

Leslie said...

Aww, you and your boys are adorable!

Diane said...

Just finished my granddaughters nursery and used the same flat and semi gloss stripe idea and it is adorable...you are so right..nurseries are for the parents. BTW...you look great for being 71/2 mos pregnant! and cant wait to see the finished room. Thanks for including us all in this exciting time of life.

Lavender said...

LOOOOOOVED your quietly dark, soothing nursery! Was it painted black? I thought it looked more like a deep dark blue in the photos? Would love to know what colour you used.

In any case, 18 years ago I painted my baby daughter's room a very rich deep orchid blue shade which hightlighted her shelves, books and teddy bears beautifully. I got the same reaction, some loved it and some thought I was a weirdo for not having used pastels! She's a baby, she needs lightness they complainted...I said she needs SLEEP...I need SLEEP. Amen!

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Yo...you look great Lauren! I've been meaning to e-mail forever. We have to get together once your little one has arrived...I have no friends over in Arlington with babies. Hope you are feeling well and can't wait to see your nursery! xxoxox Danielle

Amy Rodriguez said...

You look amazing! I <3 the glider!

Amy Rodriguez said...

You look amazing! I <3 the glider!

Amy Rodriguez said...

You look amazing! I <3 the glider!

Room to Grow said...

Can't wait to see the finished nursery! You look beautiful!

Ruthie's Renewed Treasures said...

What fun! Lucky kiddo!!

Erin said...

I love the dark nursery....so soothing! I also love the ship painting from the first nursery. I have a collection of them and I think this one is just perfect!

Melissa said...

I have always loved your navy nursery! So excited for these moments. Congratulations!!

Windlost said...

lauren, the new nursery will be lovely - cannot wait to see it. i wish i had a nursery to decorate just once (i have so many ideas!!!). haha.

love the pictures. you look FAB pregnant. i would look like a walrus. the boys are darling. what good boys!

:)

xo terri

Pear Tree Cottage said...

I love the dark nursery as well. It is beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing more nursery photos. You look fantastic. Congratulations on your soon-to-arrive bundle! I am thrilled to hear everything is going so well!
Frances @ Pear Tree Cottage

Pear Tree Cottage said...

I forgot to say that I got a Lee glider for my baby nursery and I LOVE it! We must have rocked a thousand miles already in it! It is so comfortable and I use it several times each day. The wooden rockers aren't comfortable for long stretches of time and aren't good for holding nursing pillows.

My Notting Hill said...

Love the plans. Wishing you a wonderful time as you wait for your new arrival!

Emily said...

Hey Lauren, I read your blog every day but haven't ever commented. I just wanted to say I love your paisley patterned fabric and previous nurseries. I'm due in exactly one month with my first baby so babies are on my brain! I'm pretty finished with my nursery but I wish I had the time to install hardwood floors or find a budget friendly rug to cover our previous owner's peach carpet. Until then, I'm just pretending it is neutral. HA! - Emily (My blog: http://myrtlesandmagnolias.com/)

VictoriaArt said...

Just yesterday I pulled some almost identical stencil from an Etsy seller for later use and here I see you have done a miracle in the dark blue nursery! Love the one you created for Christian.
And you do look great, being a busy mom with only a few weeks to go with your third!
Hope all goes well and you deliver a healthy baby!
Nurseries are for parents,to enjoy, relax at night, while feeding and to watch those little ones sleep....and play!
Wishing you all the best!
xoxo

LindsB said...

I've loved all of your kids nurseries- with the dark moody one being my favorite! That room was amazing and so so perfect for a sleeping baby :)

I cant wait to see this new nursery come together!

heyhomeslice said...

You look BEAUTIFUL, and I'm not just saying it to say it. You really do. I can't wait to see how the nursery turns out because what you have started looks great so far!

Jenna

Sarah said...

I LOVE the dark nursery. So very unique (and practical too for inducing sleep, as you mentioned). The color of your new nursery is lovely too! So subtle and soft. I may consider this color for a room in my home too now.

I always love seeing your work. I'm not a designer at all, but I really relate to your earthy, comfy-but-not frumpy aesthetic. Thanks for sharing, and you look adorable!