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May 23, 2019

A Two-Year-Old’s Nursery Tour


I’ve always loved nursery tours. Seeing a cozy, inviting space all decked out in soft colors and tiny details gives me the warm and fuzzies like nothing else.

When it comes to my own babies, I’ve never done a nursery tour because I always found pregnancy was more than enough enough work for me.

But I do love how Silas’ nursery finally came together. It took me two years, but I recently hung his  mobile and artwork, and I wanted to share them even though the room still isn’t “finished” in my mind.

One thing I’m working on in the house and in my life generally is celebrating all that I’ve done instead of focusing on the things I still want to do. For example, in Silas’ room, I’d  still like to replace the curtains and ceiling fan. But rather than waiting another two years to share the *perfect* nursery, I want to share and enjoy things the way they are now.

There are just tons of special things in this room that I made, collected, or received from  the people in my life, and I can’t wait to share them with you!


One of my favorite things about this room is how it came together so naturally with things we already had and things people gave us. The watercolor baby animals were repurposed from the nursery at our old house and the large dresser was a moving gift from one of our neighbors (I painted it to match the new furniture). All of the blankets and stuffed animals are from friends and family, and the sweet acorn garland was a gift from a very talented friend (with an Etsy store that you should definitely check out!)

I originally pictured this nursery as a bright and modern space with lots of whimsical woodland details. Two years later, it has mostly lived up to that vision, with a few surprises along the way. Full descriptions on most of the details are below, but feel free to ask questions as well!

Watercolor Baby Animal Art – paintings by Amy Hamilton, printed and framed at Society6. The frames are super lightweight and they use acrylic instead of glass (a safer feature for a nursery). I was able to hang them using 3M Velcro strips. I love Society6 for things like nursery art. It’s so affordable and you can support independent artists all over the world.

Watercolor Mother of Pearl-Inspired Canvases – Painted by me using shimmery watercolors from the kid’s craft section at Target. I made these to commemorate Silas’ first nickname, “Happy Clam”. He was such a smiley baby, and he has continued to embody this name as he grows.

Felt Acorn Garland – handmade by Cat at ModernBohoCottage

Birch Tree Stand – handmade by me using twigs from Etsy and an oval tree cutting from Michaels

Birch Twig Mobile – Handmade by me using twigs from Etsy, cuttings from Michaels, and gold wire and eyescrews from Amazon and Hobby Lobby. (This mobile was a real labor of love that I crafted late at night while rewatching The Office. I’m so happy with the way it turned out!) I hung it over the changing table instead of the crib since I wasn’t sure how sturdy it was, and I actually think the changing table is the place most babies need distraction!

White Diagonal Wainscoting – this was installed by the previous homeowners, and I just love this custom design (even if it catches obscene amounts of dust!)

Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Krypton – a soft blue gray that feels peaceful and helps balance out the hard angles of the wainscoting

Crib: Hudson from Babyletto in Washed Natural. The color provided just enough contrast against the white walls and the modern lines look great with the wainscoting. Silas managed to chew the rails a few times before I ordered covers for them, but other than that it’s held up so well!

Changer DresserGelato from Babyletto in Washed Natural. I love the playful details of this Dresser, and we definitely wanted a tall changing table (everyone in our family is tall except for me.) I do sometimes wish it was a bit wider so I could store diapers and things on top, but I just pull out the top drawer when I need things.

Six Drawer Dresser: An old, solid-wood IKEA dresser with new gold pulls from Target. I am insanely proud of this piece because I managed to chalk paint it to match our Babyletto furniture. It’s original color was a flat orange-yell0w with almost no wood grain. I mixed up a custom chalk paint color and used overlapping strokes with a roller to create the illusion of wood grain. I use this dresser to store old clothes that Silas is growing into or out of while the Changer Dresser holds the clothes that fit him now.

Crib Sheets: Alphabet print by Burt’s Bees (totally worth spending a little extra for these sheets–they wash so well and feel so soft!)

Gray Wool Rug: Clearance sale at Target

Gold Tripod Lamp: Project 62 Delavan from Target

Three Shelf Bookcase: Billy from IKEA (I love their wall anchors for this bookcase–you can be sure my kids have tried to climb the shelves, and it is totally secure.)

Small Book Display: Flisat from IKEA (painted with chalk paint to match the furniture). My boys love this little book display. It’s great for storing favorite books when your baby isn’t crawling yet, and my boys also like to repurpose it as a crib for dolls and animals.

Crochet and knit blankets: Made by Mimi and Nana! They were a great match for the room and Silas’ favorite lovey – a stuffed lamb from my friend, Margot.

Monogrammed blanket: A gift from family friends purchased at Pottery Barn. I’m including this blanket because I’m SO impressed with the quality. Most soft blankets get destroyed with washing, but this one has held up perfectly after two years of use in the stroller and the crib.

Tabletop frames: Found at Home Goods. I love these so much and it was just pure luck that I found them! I pulled the glass out for safety and put in some of my favorite photos on Fuji Deep Matte paper mounted on foamboard (my new standard framing routine).

Woven laundry basket: An outdoor storage basket found at Home Goods. I like these better than a traditional hamper and they are sturdy enough to stand up to my kids climbing in them.


These are all my favorite items in the room. There were a few duds as well–like the rocking chair. The arm snapped off the frame after only two months of use, and Buy Buy Baby wouldn’t service the warranty themselves. I was forced to work directly with the manufacturer, Abbyson, who repeatedly ignored my calls and emails. After six months, they finally sent a new chair, aannnnd the footstool on it doesn’t open 90% of the time. Lesson learned: don’t cheap out on the rocking chair.

I hope you enjoyed touring my little Happy Clam’s nursery. Pretty soon I’ll be converting his crib to a toddler bed and making things even more baby proof, but for now I’m just enjoying this beautiful space.

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