This is a post I’ve been waiting to write for a while now, and I have to preface it with the statement that this room is definitely not 100% done. I’ve been putting off writing about June’s nursery because I really wanted it to be finished before I actually shared it, but life is as it is, and five months later I still haven’t ‘finished’ the room. This is partly because I decided to really take an actual break while I was home on maternity leave instead of packing in everything I could fit into 9 weeks, and I’ll never regret that decision, but since I’m back at work full time again, it’s a bit harder to get projects done around the house. Plus it’s freezing outside and the couch can be so inviting…
But I digress. The room is 90% done, and I’m really happy with how it’s all come together. I’ll get to the 10% still-to-do as soon as I can, but for now… Juniper’s nursery:
In case you’re new to my blog, or just want a reminder, this room once looked like this:
After a lot of wallpaper stripping and painting, I temporarily set it up as a bit of a sad little catch-all room, with some spare furniture:
Yes that is a curtain tacked up at the window. Suffice it to say we’ve come a long way from there. The first real use for this room was as Vera’s nursery when she was a baby, before she moved to her “big girl room” one door over:
I really love comparing those photo with the photos of June’s room, because they are so similar, yet so different. Just like my girls. We started with all the same furniture, in the same arrangement, but with very different color schemes and decor. I loved Vera’s nursery, but I really love June’s nursery too.
If you remember from several months ago, I repainted this very old hand-me-down dresser for the third time since I’ve had it. It’s still going strong, and although it took a few coats to cover up the teal, this bright chartreuse/citron color is so perfect. It’s SO bold, and that’s exactly what I wanted. I paired it with deep plums, inky blues, black and white throughout the room, and got just the fun and unexpected color scheme I was hoping for when everything came together. I really wanted the overall feel of the space to be just as bright and fun as Vera’s room, but also totally different and unique. Mission accomplished.
One of my favorite things in the nursery is the custom made cot-quilt by Kerri at Rosalee’s Room. Guys, I was probably the most difficult client ever, because it was such a different color scheme, and I had this exact vision of the right tones in my head. Kerri and I went through rounds and rounds of fabric swatches and I’m pretty sure she exhausted her sources before we found just the right shades, but she was so patient with me and so easy to work with. I could not be happier with the finished result. The day June’s quilt arrived in the mail (all the way from Australia!) the whole room came together. Seriously, this piece made it real and I am still so in love with it. (BTW… if you’re in love with it too, I’ve just noticed that Kerri now has a quilt based on my color scheme listed for sale in her shop! Yay!)
As for the rest of the decor in the room, I’ll put together another post with all the sources soon. This one is already getting a little long-winded. I’ll wrap up by sharing my plans for finishing the space off.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’ve strategically neglected showing one half of the room… because that is the space where my vision hasn’t quite met reality yet. Part of my plan for this space was to bring in some natural wood tones to help balance out the bright citron colors. So eventually the other side of the room will house a floor to ceiling book shelf in the same style as the wooden shelves I made for my office space on the main floor. I’d also like to eventually replace the old wobbly ceiling fan in here, and I’m hoping to get new carpeting throughout the second floor at some point… but who knows when that will happen.
Those shelves are really the last big piece of the nursery puzzle though, and I can hardly wait to fill them up with books and toys for little Junie. I anticipate it will be spring before that becomes reality, when things warm up enough to stain wood again and I have a little more free time (being a basketball coach’s wife means being a single parent for a good portion of November-March). So until then, just go with me on the other 90% of the room, ok? :)
So that’s June’s nursery space. I hope you like it!