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Ok ok – I know I have been talking about it for months.  But I am finally ready to share with you guys the Lil Man’s nursery.  There was a lot of inspiration for this room.  It started with a key card from a hotel and ended with what you guys see here today.  Part of making this room what it is was this blog – and it helped me find and solidify my major themes and fabric choices to take the base nursery into this!  (Warning – picture intensive post to follow!)


Ack!!  I love it!  Let’s take a spin around the rest of the room.  Here is a shot of the dresser/changing table.


And in the other corner – my super comfy chair (that I am sitting in right now!).  Of course I had to make a pillow to match.  Those are also blackout shades back there in the window – which will come in handy for nap time since this room gets pretty bright!


So – let’s be honest here.  The most awesome feature of this whole room are the floating book shelves.  I think I did a good job talking the hubby into recreating them from my inspiration room!


How do I love them?  Oh I could go on and on – they helped add that pop of bright colors I was looking for while providing functional storage AND hopefully instilling a love of books into the Lil Man’s life for years to come.


Oh let’s throw in one more shot of them – just for fun!  I will be back with a tutorial on how to knock these off yourself in the near future!  (UPDATE: Tutorial for the floating book shelves is live!  Check it out!)


And if you can drag your eyes away from the book wall – I also want to show off our crib! 


I am so pleased with how our bedding came out!  I made the bumper and the crib skirt myself.  And the cute little name sign (which says his real name here at the house – I just put up the blog safe version here!)


If you want to do the same you can see the crib skirt tutorial and I will be back with a bumper tutorial soon!  And before I get any haters on the bumper – we aren’t planning on using it until he is actually big enough to be rolling around and “bumping” into things.  So don’t stress over that!


And my fantastically crafty MIL Lynn made us this beautiful quilt to match!


And of course – you can’t have a crib without a mobile.  Ours happen to be some oversized tissue poms.  I love the way they look and I think the Lil Man will appreciate this view!  I found tissue paper to match the color scheme at Hobby Lobby.  Each one was only 99 cents each to make!


Next to the crib I have my little nightstand that got the makeover last weekend.  Perfect for us to put the sound machine and Scentcy nightlight on and stash diapers and other necessities in and under!


And then the changing table!  First off – I love how the dresser came out that we stripped and restained – if you haven’t seen the “before and after” you have to check it out.  I still can’t believe we got it too look as close as we did to our Restoration Hardware inspiration piece and did it for about $50!


Oh and let me give you a little close up of our “gallery wall”.  I am going to be back with a tutorial on how you can make the cute alphabet and owl prints yourself!  I also framed some of the fabric from the bumper and found that cute little giraffe at Hobby Lobby in the clearance bin!  Of course he didn’t match at first – but a little spray paint and that was taken care of!  A matching clock from Target was the perfect final touch!  The green in their RE style line of products is the perfect green! 


Ok so there are a ton of projects here that you may want to try out yourself.  So here is a concise list of each one.  If they are missing links – stay tuned – I have a tutorial coming soon.  Just make sure you subscribe in email, Google Friend Connect, or a reader so you don’t miss one you are interested in!

- Custom Nursery Name Art

- How to Strip and Restain a Dresser

- How to Make a Crib Skirt

- How to Make a Crib Bumper

- Nightstand Makeover

- Making Nursery Accents match your Color Scheme

- How to Make Your Own Custom Graphic Prints

- How to Make Floating Book Shelves

- Making Tissue Poms (link to Martha Stewart for great directions!)

I hope you have enjoyed the room tour as much as I enjoyed putting it together.  It has been a labor of love over the last 4 months – and I adore how it came out.  Now that the nursery is all together I am ok with the Lil Man showing up whenever he would like!  Which since we are almost under 2 weeks to go is about perfect timing!!  :)

So – what do you think?  Have a favorite element?  Want to know about something that I didn’t detail in the post?  Lemme know your thoughts and questions!  I will do my best to answer them!

Linking this up to

Metamorphosis Monday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Get Your Craft On with Kim @ Today’s Creative Blog
Tutorials and Tips with Beth @ Home Stories A2Z
Transformation Thursday with Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Show and Share Day with Chris @ Just a Girl
Weekend Wrap Up Party with Jen @ Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Night Special with Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors
Before and After Party with Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chic

65 frugal friends said ...

Stephanie said... @ June 19, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Squeal!! It looks amazing Jess! Yeah, those bookshelves are something! I love every bit of it, and I'm inspired. My oldest is 7 and still hasn't ever had a decorated room :)

Anna @ Blissful Whimsy said... @ June 19, 2011 at 9:01 PM

My favorite nursery EVERY. Jess you did such a fantastic job!

Kelsey said... @ June 19, 2011 at 9:06 PM

How gorgeous Jess!!! You did a GREAT job! I am in loooooove with those bookshelves. They look so bright and cheery with using the books as art! And that changing table is so gorgeous! Love it all!!

Nana's Fun Stuff said... @ June 19, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Oh I LOVE it!! Awesome job and Lil Man will love it too.

Allison Shops said... @ June 19, 2011 at 9:15 PM

How cute! I love the library wall. Would love my daughter to do this in her nursery. I'll be debuting it in a few weeks.
Dropping by from Met Monday. I hope you'll come see the safari nursery.


Anonymous said... @ June 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM

I LOVE it! I think if you still have the hotel card it would be really cute on some scrapbook paper and framed. Would be a good story to tell!

Something Nice and Pretty said... @ June 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

The room is adorable, you have both done a wonderful job, love the dressing table and the wall of books!


Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said... @ June 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Awesome...love all those wonderful colors!!! Have a beautiful week!!!

gertie @ The Old Block House said... @ June 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Love this! It just shines with all the love that was put into it!

gertie @ www.theoldblockhouse.blogspot.com

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said... @ June 19, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Jess! This.is.awesome! Your attention to detail is phenomenal. I'm loving every little thing! I want to bring my baby up to play. :) I'll be sharing this on my FB page!

Barbara Matson said... @ June 19, 2011 at 11:11 PM

I really love the book wall and how the blanket matches!

Michelle Ellis said... @ June 19, 2011 at 11:28 PM

It looks amazing!!! The poms and the green piece of furniture are my fave!!! You did such an amazing job!

Brandi @ Frugal Farmhouse said... @ June 19, 2011 at 11:33 PM

I absolutely LOOVE this! I think we are going to try and get pregnant sometime soon and my head has been realing on the possiblilites of a nursery. and i LOVE you lil mans! so cute.

Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort said... @ June 20, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Jess, it's just perfect! You've put so much hard work into the room and you can tell! Lil Man is going to LOVE his room once he gets here. Again, congratulations. :)

Linda (Nina's Nest) said... @ June 20, 2011 at 6:25 AM

What a beautiful nursery! The book wall is my fav - fabulous! Wonderful touches everywhere and such a cute little green side table! Linda
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Erin @ DomesticAdventure.com said... @ June 20, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Amazing!! I love every detail. So much love went into that room!!

Gretchen said... @ June 20, 2011 at 7:53 AM

I LOVE the bookshelves!!!

southerninspiration said... @ June 20, 2011 at 8:03 AM

Oh that is just adorable!!! First, i LOVE the quilt!!! Adorable! Second, I love the chair, and the book rack. i love that it's not all matchy matchy but it all goes together so, so well.......GREAT job!!! Looking forward to more info!

Unknown said... @ June 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Oh wow! It is fabulous! I LOVE that bookshelf! It is all just amazing!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said... @ June 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Jess, it's beautiful! I love all the details, that book wall, the cute green nightstand, the name print, all of it. Great, great job!

Abbey said... @ June 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM

This is beautiful! I can't wait to start decorating our nursery! The book wall is amazing!

Evi said... @ June 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Love it!!! I'm 32 weeks prego and am thinking of doing the same type of shelves for books....please hurry and post the how-to soon. I'm in the process of working on the nursery right now. Everything looks so beautiful...I'm envious that you are all done...I still have so much to do.

Angie Holden said... @ June 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Love it all! That quilt is amazing! And I can't wait for a tut on the shelves!!

Unknown said... @ June 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

How fun, love the inspirational book wall and all of the colorful details! Nice job Jess, you must be so pleased!

Cathy @ Room Rx

Debi said... @ June 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Wow!! A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.

designchic said... @ June 20, 2011 at 8:48 PM

It looks adorable...love the tissue pom poms and the bookshelves!!

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said... @ June 20, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Your nursery is beautiful!! I love the wall of books!!

Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks said... @ June 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Wow! New follower here...this nursery is start-to-finish AMAZING! LOVE! The book wall is my FAVE! I have the perfect spot in our kiddos playroom to add one of these...so post that tutorial soon - LOL!

abeachcottage said... @ June 21, 2011 at 7:39 AM

What a beautiful nursery! Love that there are so many books for bedtime stories :)

Karen said... @ June 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM

It's such a happy room Jess! I'm in love with the wall of floating book shelves. Your little guy is sure to develop a love for reading.

Unknown said... @ June 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

It is absolutely amazing! I love the book wall!!

Anonymous said... @ June 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Beautiful work, what a fun room for your little guy! I would love to know more about your chair. Is it a glider? What brand? I'm due in July and am struggling with my glider/chair purchase. Thanks so much!

Shelly @Crafty Creative Studio said... @ June 21, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Wow!! Fantastic Lil'Man room!! Of course, you know your readers, and yes, I love, love, LOVE, the floating book wall!! Late on, maybe LM will use the lowest shelves to help him stand up! I am so excited for you -you are all set! (Ha, ha.... your ROOM is all set!) Your changing table is the 2nd one I have seen recently without "guard rails" -not that a parent actually leaves the baby in the middle of a changing & then comes back! Not that I want to "date" myself, or anything.... (Our boys are 13 & 16...) so, changing table style a mere 13 years ago was different! {sigh} ...Had a moment of feeling old there! Whew!! It is gone now. Love the dresser -small changes, deeper stain looks fabulous. Spend as much time as you can in that comfy chair, :) Great room.

Rebecca @ the lil house that could said... @ June 21, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Came out great! I love everything... especially the dresser!

Whit said... @ June 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Absolutely adorable! I love it
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Kim @ Too Much Time said... @ June 21, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Oh My! This is really awesome! I want another baby just so I can recreate this room! Ha Ha, well not really, but you get the idea. The colorful book wall is so inviting and engaging for a little one and will be sure to dray lilman into reading.


chris said... @ June 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM

What a fabulous place to play...and to care for a baby. You included so many great details. Well done.

Coley said... @ June 22, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I LOVE the book wall! It's practical and stylish, I want it in my room!!


Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said... @ June 23, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Love the colors! I especially like the bookshelves...so cute! I would LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} Linky Party...going on now! Thanks and I'm your newest follower! :)


Paula said... @ June 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM

What Lil'Man wouldn't love those digs? The book shelves are awesome!! Quick as a Cricket was my 27 year olds favorite. It is a family gift of ours.
Of all of your books I did not see a book from Richard Scarey. You need to get one, he is GREAT!!!
Love, Love, Love it!!!

Chris said... @ June 24, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Oh Jess! I don't even know where to begin. I just love everything. You didn't miss a single detail! That book wall is THEE highlight of the room. It brings out so much color. Great job, girl! You rocked it!

Anonymous said... @ June 25, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I absolutely love the color scheme you used! I am inspired tom do my son's bedroom in these colors. Awesome job!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said... @ June 25, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Jess, what a fantastic end result! All those projects have turn into a dream nursery, great job! I love the book wall, but really...the quilt your MIL made is really divine, love that!

Reinventing Mother said... @ June 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

You did a super job! I have just started blooging and am Re-inventing Mother.

I have made many crib skirts and love your tutorial. When I make mine, I use a crib size mattress pad ( a cheap one) and cut the elastic edges off. Then you just have a flat pad. The mattress pad stays put on the springs and doesn't slip around.

I would love ton link up to your blog. Still learning how to do that!

Amanda said... @ June 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM

LOVE the wall of books! Sure, the shelves are great. ;) But I love seeing parents with lots of books for their little ones.

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said... @ June 25, 2011 at 8:45 PM

What a great nursery! So bright! My fav element is the book wall! Great job! :)

KimMalk said... @ June 25, 2011 at 9:50 PM

How darling, Jess, I love all of the elements in your nursery. The chair looks so welcoming and I big-puffy-heart love the paper pom poms!

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said... @ June 26, 2011 at 7:56 AM

I love your nursery! Thanks for giving me inspiration to get working on mine! I have 7 weeks to pull something together!

Unknown said... @ June 26, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I am a new follower and am in love with this nursery especially the book wall! Can't wait to try and make it!!

Eavan said... @ June 29, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Very classy ..I love this.

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Bonnie said... @ July 8, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Love that wall of books! Featured it on my blog today. Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said... @ July 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Love love love this room. Beautiful colors and the quilt is precious! I love the wall of books but one word of caution...the floating shelves are so low that your sweet child one day will be mobile and will use this to climb! You may want to remove several of the shelves once they are getting ready to walk and put them back when they are older.

Tys said... @ September 5, 2011 at 8:16 PM

I know this is an old post! I just was MIA most of the summer due to adopting our third child, he was born the first of june! I'm just getting caught up in the blog world... I noticed the nursery on the "you might like" thumbnails at the bottom. And I was like, oh yah! She was expecting!! The nursery looks fab... I hope you all are adjusting well! I'm still trying to figure out which way is up myself ;)

Ashley said... @ March 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I love it! I always see girl rooms and the boys room are always basically the same this is so cute!

Anonymous said... @ November 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Okay so I realize this post is pretty old but I still had to comment. We are best friends already! I don't have kids but trust me, I am planning! I love the dark crib. I love the tissue pom poms (and for a boy!??!?! LOVE it!) I love love love love love the book shelf. I love that idea so much I just can't get over it. And you know what else I love? I LOVE that you re-purposed a dresser for the changing table. I just told my husband a couple of months that that is exactly what I plan to do!!

Anonymous said... @ December 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Oy. This is pretty ugly.

Anonymous said... @ December 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

This was super interesting and helpful-- I came in for the pleats in the crib skirt idea but stayed for everything else. I'm also covering a bumper in the next week or so and would love to see you put up that tutorial. Your writing is really clear and easy to follow and the end result looks fantastic. :)

Anonymous said... @ January 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I LOVE this whole nursery. I wish my kids were smaller so I could start over but I may have to steal the book wall idea. I have made the poms before and they are just what you said, easy and cheap! You did an amazing job!!!

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Just found this post via Pinterest, and assuming your baby is nearly two now. Just wondering, have there been any issues with him trying to climb the bookshelf wall?

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