I love the term “nesting.” It makes me picture a happy little bird, all aflutter with motherly love, gathering bits of string and grass to make a lovely home for her little ones. It also makes me think of how lucky I am that I don't have to carry several fully developed eggs inside of me and push them out one after another. Compared to that, one little ole baby seems easy! So, as a momma bird distracts herself from the impending challenge of laying a dozen eggs, I happily distracted myself by preparing Nic’s nursery.
This post will outline my inspiration, and later posts will show the process and final results.
When I found out I was having a boy, I quickly decided on the color palette:
Truth is, it wouldn’t have been much different for a girl:
My husband’s grandfather, Nic’s namesake, loved owls. And although I was reluctant to pick a “theme” for the nursery, one gradually developed—sweet little folksy owls. It all started with this:
I knew I didn’t want a full crib set, bumpers seemed like too big of a SIDs risk for me, but I also knew that this fabric HAD to make it into my nursery somehow. The fact that it even matched my color palette seemed like destiny to me.
I wanted the space to be playful, yet soothing. I’m not into matchy matchy, so it had to have a fun mix of patterns and textures. Cumulatively, I probably spent weeks of my pregnancy scouring Odeedoh and Etsy for inspiration. And I found a lot of it!
Aside from the overall look I was going for, I also knew that we couldn’t spend thousands of dollars to feather our nest. I’m a notorious bargain shopper, so that was just fine with me. Craigslist and a lot of DIY had helped to make my wedding fantastic, and it would work wonders for my nursery too.
Stay tuned to see how, with the help of my family and friends, I turned a blank canvas into my favorite room in the house!
No, that isn't an owl with the glowing eyes, it's our cat doing his very best owl impression.