Home Sewing

A Modern Nursery

I’m back!

We’ve had a nice couple of weeks getting acquainted with our new little man, settling in at home and getting the big kids back into their school routine.  We had some seriously tired little ones for those first couple weeks of school but now everyone is settling into a groove.

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J and N meeting the new addition. They love him!

With J and N both at either pre-K or PDO three days a week and a very chill baby who loves his sleep, I find myself with a lot of time on my hands these days.  Albert and I have taken a couple of those days to catch up on some errands that we needed to run, and I’ve spent the others finishing a couple of sewing projects (which I hope to share soon), attempting to get the house in order, and generally relaxing.  I even managed a workout a couple of days.  Baby J and I took Paco for a nice walk this morning, and with cool weather on the horizon, I hope to make that a daily routine.

I thought I’d say hi to ya’ll by giving you a glimpse of Baby J’s nursery.  This nursery was in the planning stages for months before he was born, but only came to fruition during the few frantic “nesting” weeks right before he arrived!

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Baby J’s nursery. It’s a very relaxing place.

We did not know the sex of the baby before he was born, so we designed this nursery to be gender-neutral.  I found an inspiration picture on Pinterest, which Albert and I both loved.  To keep it neutral, we used orange as our accent color, instead of teal like the inspiration room.

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Crib and wall decorations made from fabric scraps and embroidery hoops.
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A good use for fabric scraps!

I really love this nursery.  It’s so fresh and relaxing, and I love sitting in there with Baby J, even for middle-of-the-night feedings.  I made most, but not all, of the pieces in this room.  I did not make the crib skirt (I originally had planned to but then just couldn’t muster up the motivation to do it) or the changing pad covers.  I did make the quilt, crib sheets, rocking chair cover, curtains, waterproof pads for the changing table, and the accent pillow.

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Rocking chair cover. This was probably the most interesting piece to make just because it was something other than big rectangles. Oy, home dec sewing is boring!
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Elephant wall decals from Pottery Barn Kids.

The bedding and quilt fabrics are all from the Half Moon line by Moda in the gray and orange colorways.  The home dec fabric is by Premier Prints in the storm colorway.  These fabrics were all great to work with.  I had to search a bit to find all of the Half Moon prints that I needed.  That line has been out for awhile, so supply is starting to get scarce.  The orange was particularly hard to find.  I was only able to locate two prints in orange — the chevrons and large dots, so I had to make do!

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My other two crib sheets. The big dots are on the crib.

This is the first quilt I have ever made!  It probably won’t be my last quilt, but let’s just say I am in no danger of becoming a quilter.  I sent a lot of late-night text messages to my college bestie, who happens to be a quilter and does beautiful work, asking how to do various portions of the quilting and binding.  And let me tell you, hand-binding a quilt is a royal pain.  I bow down to those quilters who hand-quilt and hand-bind large quilts — hats off to you ladies!

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My very simple quilt. I don’t think I’ll be attempting anything more complicated than this!
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Quilt backing. I used the squares cut from the corners of my crib sheets to break up the zigzag.

Here are a couple of my favorite elements of the room — the paint can lamp and turning mechanical clock.

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Paint can lamp. How awesome is this?
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Mechanical turning clock. J loves this clock. And yes, we purchased it after Baby J was born.

And I just have to show off the baby quilt that my bestie, Lauren, made for Baby J.  She has made a baby quilt for each of my kids, and her work is amazing each time.  She couldn’t have known the nursery color scheme when she started making this quilt — great minds think alike, I guess!

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Baby quilt from Auntie Lauren.
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Look at those teeny-tiny stitches! I could barely even photograph them.

I’ve probably exhausted the words I can say about this room.  It turned out better than I hoped, and we all really enjoy being in there.  I can only hope Baby J will appreciate it as he gets older!

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Changing table. The colored pad is made from Half Moon scraps on one side and waterproof PUL on the other.
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N loves to sit in the rocker and cover up with Baby J’s quilt. If she can sit with the baby, she’s even happier.
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Bleary-eyed Albert and Baby J hanging out in the nursery on Baby J’s first day home.

0 thoughts on “A Modern Nursery

  1. That is a beautiful nursery! I love the colors and the elephants…and the lamp is pretty awesome! Cute baby and family, glad you have some time to relax and sew 🙂

  2. i love the nursery decor! what a good looking family you have. glad you’ve had some sewing time, it always felt like a huge hurdle was overcome when i could start doing some of the “normal” things after a baby was born.

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