While David and I are certainly focused on getting everything ready for Little Lady June and her impending arrival (y'all, can you still believe I'm having a girl?! It still sound crazy to me!), we have also focused on making sure HDawg's nursery is feeling comfortable, too.
Wait... at 17 months old, is H's room still considered a nursery? Do I have two nurseries in my house? Wowzers. That's a #twoundertwoproblems hash tag waiting to happen!
Aaaanyways. Y'all know how proud we were of HDawg's first nursery. We created that room with so much love and it quickly became my most favorite room I've ever designed.
We enjoyed this room for about six months before we moved into our first rental home. H's room in our first rental house was really comfortable, but we definitely didn't spend any time setting up permanent elements, like painting the walls.
But the rental house we're in now is a bit different. We want this house to feel like home, not like a temporary place to live. We plan to be here for at least a year, possibly two years, so we're okay with investing a little bit of time and moolah to make this house feel like home sweet home.
With that said, I really wanted to make HDawg's nursery here (his THIRD bedroom in his life which sounds crazy!) feel like his first room, the room we loved so much and were sad to leave behind. We recently painted the walls with the perfect baby boy blue paint and swapped out his crib with a new crib. When we were snowed in a couple of weeks ago, David and I finally hung little H's art on the walls. It's really feeling like home in there!
I hung a sweet little gallery wall above his dresser, complete with Etsy art, a framed greeting card, family photos, my DIY scrapbook paper city skyline art and a personalized piece that I awkwardly blurred out. Just pretend it says HDawg ; )
I also added this little bow tie and dinosaur paper (dinosaurs are currently H's favorite animal) to the Ikea shadowbox. If you remember, I had previously framed his old tiny Toms shoe that we used to make the announcement that I was pregnant with him. But now that shoe gets passed on to little sis, so one of his old bow ties went in the frame instead. Yes, he has "old" bow ties. And "new" bow ties. Seriously, the dapper little kid has quite the bow tie collection.
I hung our giant Shutterfly canvas above his crib because where else do you hang an adorable, huge canvas print of your sweet baby as a newborn?! The piece is hung awkwardly high for obvious safety reasons. Gotta keep those wandering toddler hands from pulling the hanging canvas down!
Over by his toy storage bookcase, I layered a few scrap fabric banners on the wall. I still need to organize the rest of the bookshelf. In a sad turn of events, you'll see that my fabric canvas bin makeover hasn't withstood those crazy toddler hands. I plan to update them and post about it eventually!
Right by his door, I hung my DIY rustic wooden wire frame which is perfect to hang photos, his art projects and other fun items. He loves that we swap out what's in the frame and has so much fun identifying what's up there every time we walk in and out of the room. "PaPa!" "Wowwww" (that's for his art projects, because his momma always says wowwwww to everything he creates, of course) "Taco!" (which means Tucker, our family dog)
It's definitely looking a whole lot better than when we first moved in, right?
I still need to create a reading nook in this corner. I figure we'll attack that once we move the glider out of the room and into Little Lady June's nursery. As you can see, it's just a big pile of books right now!
And I really want to find a cute, creative way to display/store his stuffed animal collection. I want them to be seen, but look organized and be accessible for him to play with. Any ideas?
So that's what's going on in HDawg's room these days! I love how much it instantly felt like home once we painted the walls and got his personal art on the walls. Just a little work makes such a big difference!