My daughter turned one last week, so I figured it was finally time to finish decorating her nursery.
When you're pregnant with your first kid, everything is perfect and ready; there are no unfinished nurseries, the hospital bags are packed by 32 weeks, and there's no last minute while-your-wife-is-in-labor scramble to install the carseat.
Second children, on the other hand, don't get this kind of VIP treatment.
I had every intention of getting her room done before she arrived, but then she was six days early and well, it just never happened. When you've got a toddler and an infant and the only thing keeping you going is caffeine and willpower, you don't really have the time or energy to worry about the fact that your newest offspring is sleeping in an empty room.
Then I realized that her birthday was around the corner and it might look kind of bad if she was still sleeping in a barren space. It turns out that there's nothing better than the judgement of other people to spur me to action.
Initially I didn't plan for her decor to be influenced by her name, but then I found all these great rose-themed pieces of art, and it kind of just happened organically. I'm really pleased with the way her room turned out; I love that it's girly without being twee, but also soothing and peaceful and a lovely place for Rose to rest and play.
You're not supposed to hang art above a crib (especially in earthquake country), but the giant, blank wall really bothered me. One day when I was cruising Instagram I found Urban Walls and thought that the gold polka dots were the perfect solution to filling up the wall and bringing a little whimsy into the room. They are removable, so they're perfect for renters, but also a cost effective way to make a big impact without spending too many shekels.
Paint: Benjamin Moore shell Pink
I scored the Oeuf Sparrow crib and changing table on Craigslist back when I was only 20 weeks pregnant. They were in amazing condition and I basically got both pieces for less than the cost of the crib alone.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo print: Etsy
The wall above the changing table was crying out for a gallery wall, so I started putting together vintage prints that I already had, as well as a pastel that my Mother-in-Law drew, and a few photographs. The rose botanicals are exquisite antiques that were a gift to Rose from her Great Uncle. I took a few of the photographs.
I framed pretty much everything myself by buying pre-cut mats and standard size frames from Aaron Brothers and Ikea. I even spray painted a few of the older ones white, since they looked dingy.
I spray painted the curtain rod and rings after seeing a blog post about it (I cannot for the life of me remember where). It was a total pain, but it looks so much better than the nickel finish it had before.
Gold spray paint: Design Master
We are book lovers here at Casa Lane, so I wanted to make sure that Rose had a little reading nook in her room. The chair was made by my Great Grandfather for his daughter, my Grandmother.
We're big fans of Madeline!
The only wall that had space for bookshelves is super narrow, and also had to allow for the closet door to be opened, so it was a little bit of a design conundrum. I ended up cruising Pinterest, which is where I got the idea to turn cheap spice racks from Ikea into book shelves; brilliant, budget-friendly design solution!
I keep extra bedding and out of season clothing in this vintage painted chest of drawers. The Guess How Much I Love You print was a gift when Noah was born, but I hijacked it for Rose.
The swan is vintage, and holds all of Rose's hair clips, headbands, and other flotsam and jetsam.
I think the Little Lady approves!
Either that, or she's just happy she finally has a rug and some artwork on the walls.
Photos by the incredible Tuna Boon