I thought it would be helpful to make a post about this since my bookmarks marked "baby" are getting out of control and it's hard for me to remember the things I've come across on the web that I really loved.
Okay, so this is technically ceiling decor, but whatever. This is a must-have for me and I think it would look great over the crib. It's perfect because every year we've lived in this house, we've had a pair of barn swallows nesting right outside our front door. Ironically, this is the first year we haven't seen them because some house sparrows (identified by Adrienne!) took up residence in their old nest. I'm still hopeful the swallows will come back.
I want to create a little garland with our son's name on it to go on the wall behind the crib. I would string these letters with some twine attached to two nails to downplay the fanciness of the glitter. Although, now that I'm thinking about it, maybe vintage letters would be a better idea, like those below. I have a small collection of letters that I haven't done anything with yet and for the name I'm set on, I'm only missing one letter. Must be a sign. :) Jimmy isn't 100% sure of the name though. Maybe I'll just start using it all the time and he'll come around.
I also want to make a multi-colored garland of felted balls to hang near the changing table to provide a little distraction while I'm changing the baby. I found a good tutorial with a source for the felted balls, so it shouldn't be too hard to make. I like the color sprectrum used and the uneven placement of the Anthropologie garland.
Felted ball wreath and triangle garland via Pickles
While looking for pictures of a felted ball garland, I came across this incredible homemade wreath and triangle garland. I totally want the triangle garland now instead. That's the problem with the internet, there is always something to turn my little head. Maybe I can do the felted ball garland and then the triangle/flag garland for stringing across the turrets of the cardboard castle I want to make. I'm sporting the biggest crafting boner right now thinking of all of the things I want to make for the nursery!
I want to see if my mom would be interested in making some of these horses this weekend to hang on the nursery walls. She was a little bummed that she always helps with painting rooms in my house but never gets to decorate or see the finished project (i.e. the master bathroom) because the visit was too short. This way she can have a hand at decorating the room, even if we probably won't get to hang them on the still drying walls just yet. I'm a huge fan of Ann Wood and she is always generous with sharing templates of her projects, so I thought this would be a good way to personalize the nursery.
I also have a string of paper lanterns that kind of match the geometric shape in the curtains of the nursery, but it is already seeming like a crazy amount of stuff going on in this room. It's not a very big room and I haven't even gotten to shelves or artwork yet. Oh well, I'll figure out what works.
Okay, so shelving.
This cloud shelf, adorable. The $70 price tag, for one, not so cute. I also think this is beyond my or Jimmy's ability to recreate. Oh well.
We'll probably fall back on trusty IKEA yet again. I think a few of these, painted to match the wall color, would look good displaying books and few small toys.
For artwork, there is limited wall space due to two windows and closets taking up one full wall. I won't be able to get all of these, but it will be cute to have a mini gallery for the baby.
This just makes me laugh. This artist makes a whole series of animal portraits, but this one is my favorite.
Okay, I spoke too soon. While perusing his etsy shop, I came across this little guy. Okay, he may be my new favorite. I can't decide. Anyway, I would love to get a few of these but there just isn't the room. Couldn't you imagine a house with a hallway lined with these animal portraits leading to the children's rooms? Of course, that would be a Sound of Music-type house where the kids go to their own quarters, but you get the idea.
In a similar vein are these prints by Michael Sowa. You probably remember them featured so prominently in the movie Amelie, which is one of my inspiration movies. I'll probably just go with one animal portrait total, but I haven't decided on which one yet.
I like the storybook feel of this one.
I love the muted colors of this cute circus-themed pair of prints.
Hmm, getting to be a lot of animal prints. To counteract that, I might go with some celestial reproduction prints from Etsy shop, Libris Lunaria.
The largest picture is our Where the Wild Things Are exhibit poster that we bought in New York. I rearranged the gallery wall in the fall, adding in more pictures and using different colored frames for a more eclectic look. I knew I was pregnant then, so Wild Things came down and was set aside for the nursery. I should probably do a post about the new gallery, but there are still a few more pieces I need to frame and hang up first. This is similar to what I want for the nursery, a collection of small prints and maybe some pictures of family too. I'm thinking about just keeping them on the picture ledges though so that they can be switched around easily. I'm going to get the major furniture pieces in the room first before ordering any prints to see how much wall space we have so that I don't go crazy and it turns into a big mess.
I almost forgot about these. I bought three of these Bunnylope cards, each of a different rabbit, at an Anthropologie sale over Christmas. They are tiny so I'll probably hang them all together somewhere, not on the gallery wall, so they don't get lost in the mix.
So those are some of the ideas I had. It's a lot, but I hope by keeping the furniture, walls, and bedding fairly neutral, it won't seem too busy.