January 23, 2012

Baby Boy Nursery Tour

Oh my goodness. Have you ever worked on something for so long that it feels like it’s become a part of you? For months now, the lion’s share of my DIY endeavors have been done for George’s sweet little nursery, a space that I could not be more proud or fond of! This room is every bit of what I hoped it would be when I first started to envision it all those months ago: a vibrant, happy space, and one that is current and stylish yet entirely livable.

 Until the day of our son’s arrival, we didn’t know if he was a boy or a girl (the surprise of a lifetime!), so creating a space equally appropriate for either sex was somewhat of a challenge. The very first thing I decided on for the nursery was the color scheme, which evolved from my initial plan of a duo of chartreuse and navy to also include turquoise. These colors were a terrific gender-neutral selection, as they could easily be tailored for either a more masculine or feminine sensibility by incorporating different accessories and accents.

When it came to an overall theme for the nursery, I found myself gravitating toward a bee motif, since we didn’t know what the baby would “bee” until the big day. As I continued adding new elements to the room, I also incorporated quite a few bird elements as well, although I can assure you that I in no way set out when planning this nursery to make it centered around the birds and the bees! ;)

This space was a true labor of love, and one that will quite possibly always be my favorite DIY project ever. With the exception of a handful of elements, everything in this space was sewn, crafted or redone with my own two hands. In knowing this would be the last nursery I would plan and execute (after sweet George, our family is complete), I poured my heart into this space to make it a little retreat where I can rock my baby boy and soak up every bit of the joy these precious days with him have to offer. 

Let’s take a tour of Master George’s nursery, shall we?
As we walk through the room together, I will include links to each of the specific project tutorials I’ve shared over the course of the last few months below the appropriate photos. 

A view from the door…

I absolutely love that the little outfits my mom and I make for George can be displayed like little pieces of artwork on the clothing rack next to the bookshelf.
My biggest splurge in the space was this upholstered rocker. I love this chair! Instead of buying the matching ottoman, my mom made me a floor cushion using a fabulous tutorial by Susan at Living with Punks (linked in the resources below).



DIY Framed Chalkboard
Stacked Wall Frames

I have had so many of you ask about these little brass owls! These belonged to my husband’s grandmother, and I was so happy to be able to include them here.
George has no blanket cozier than this faux chenille blanket made especially for him by Mammo Reita.
This gorgeous sketch was done by a dear friend of my parents’. It is entitled “The Gift.” Isn’t it wonderful?
The antique dresser I refinished for the space doubles as a changing table. George loves to stare up at the mobile hanging above it! 

Revamped Antique Dresser
Pom Pom Baby Mobile

I made this little name banner and the garland on the shelf below the framed chalkboard using my rosette dies from Lifestyle Crafts.

 The gallery wall next to the dresser is a work in progress. I plan to add the cross-stitch birth announcement sampler my mom is making for him, as well as new photos, in the future. 
I just love the lantern and tissue paper pom pom mobile and the zebra rug! (See below for resources.)
 One final look of the entire space on our way out…

Resources:
Jenny Lind Crib – Walmart
Fabric – Premier Fabrics
Lanterns – Luna Bazaar
Clothing Rack - Wayfair
Zebra Rug – Overstock
Rocker – Best Chairs
Crib Bumper and Crib Sheet Tutorial – Sew4Home
Faux Chenille Blanket Tutorial – MADE
Floor Cushion Tutorial – Living with Punks
Fabric Bird Pattern – Spool
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Tutorial – Martha Stewart

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The joy of having a precious bundle to create this room for has only been increased by having the privilege to share the process with you along the way! To be making a livelihood out of doing the very things I love most – nurturing my family and creating beautiful things – is a veritable embarrassment of riches. I count myself immensely blessed, and I am truly, profoundly thankful (to the bottom of my heart!) to all of you for being a part of my blogging journey!

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74 Responses to Baby Boy Nursery Tour

  1. {northern cottage} January 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Amy – this room is….perfection. is is fun & lively and yet calm & serene. it is crisp & clean and yet funky & daring. You rock girl!

    p.s. my nephew’s name is GEORGE (very uncommon these days) & he is an awesome young man!

    http://www.northerncottage.net

  2. River Road Creations by Reita January 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Oh my! My heart swells with pride when I see what a creative and talented daughter I have. I can’t wait to sit in that beautiful space and rock baby George in a few days. I may never leave!

    Love,
    Mom

  3. Brandy January 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful Amy! Everything is just perfect and so classy, yet fun!

  4. Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) January 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Beautiful!! I just to know your blog today and I like it!! I´ll follow your clue :D
    Very original and positive post!!
    Kisses from Madrid ♥ ♥

  5. Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) January 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

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  6. JourneyChic January 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Wow!! What a colorful, fun nursery! I’m sure your boy will have so much fun in there.

  7. Grammy Goodwill January 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    What a beautiful nursery you have created.

  8. The Cottage Mama January 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Oh, Amy, this room is beyond fabulous! It is such a fun, whimsical design and definitely not your typical little boy nursery. I love all the details, the colors, fabrics, furniture, art……..well, pretty much everything!! Bravo!

    Lindsay

  9. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} January 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Its truly stunning, Amy! I love the vibrant colors and all of the patterns on the fabric. You did an amazing job putting it all together! And I truly would not believe this is a room that was not originally in the house. Its so bright!

  10. Tisha January 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    So precious! I love the colors, the patterns, and all the wonderful accessories. Your time, talent, and love are very present in your creation! I’m sure George will feel treasured in this sweet room.

  11. Amanda @ Serenity Now January 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    George’s nursery is most definitely a labor of love, pardon the pun. It is obvious that a lot of thought, time, effort, and love went into his room. Job well done!

  12. Kelli @ RTSM January 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Amy that is such a beautiful space! You should be very proud of it! I love the mix of colors and fabrics you used.

  13. Megan January 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Love it! Looks amazing! I really like that ruffled crib skirt!!

  14. Megan January 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Amy – I absolutely adore your nursery. I ,too, just finished my baby boy’s nursery and completely echo your “labor of love” sentiment! The item that really caught my eye was your side table next to your rocker, but you didn’t provide any details? Would love to hear how you did it!

  15. Katie January 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    What a wonderful job you did on your nursery! Very inspiring and creative!

  16. Amy January 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I LOVE this nursery! I am pinning it for inspiration with my next!

  17. Simply AJ January 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Amy… What an amazing job you have done in creating such a wonderful nursery. Every single project is perfect and shows how creative and talented you are. This is truly a labor of love and Baby George is a lucky little boy!! AJ@queenofmynest

  18. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage January 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    I love this room Amy!! :) You did an amazing job! :)

  19. Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer January 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    This looks great! So fun and stimulating. He is going to love it! Great job!!

  20. Lisa January 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Your nursery must make you smile every time you open the door. You did a spectacular job at making the nursery interesting, but not cluttered. It feels open and airy and fun. Just what you want for an infant. Keep up the good work

  21. atnumber29 January 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    so cute! have pinned the rosette banner!

  22. Jennifer January 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    LOVE it! Thanks for sharing the tour. This is one of my favorite nursery’s I’ve seen out there.

  23. anonymous January 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    what is the paint color in this room? i love it!

  24. Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday January 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    LOVE this nursery! So bright and fun!

  25. emily January 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    Love everything about this nursery! You did a fabulous job!!!

  26. Donna January 24, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    You did a beautiful job! Congratulations!

  27. Heidi @ Decor & More January 24, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    Ah, George is such a lucky little boy! Love this space– so many wonderful meaningful touches. And a color scheme to die for. Kudos, Amy!!
    xo Heidi

  28. Eva {Tales of the Scotts} January 24, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    I’ve loved seeing all your DIYs for the nursery and love seeing it put all together! Love your blog too. Lots of love! :-) {Wink}

  29. Michelle January 24, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    WOW This is Fab! Love the bright colours throughout and that honeycomb sampler is gorgeous. Great work for your little man!

  30. Jessica@MakingHomeSweeter January 24, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    WOW….BEAUTIFUL!!!!! So much to look at! What a gorgeous gorgeous nursery! The best one I’ve ever seen I think, you did amazing!

  31. Brooke @ www.Getouttamyheadplease.com January 24, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Would Love for you to come share on my new Link party http://www.getouttamyheadplease.com/2012/01/show-it-off-link-party-8.html

  32. Oh, boy. Oh, joy! January 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    This is AWESOME!!!!!

  33. Christine January 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    I honestly think that’s the nicest nursery I have ever seen!!!!!! When can I move in?? hehe

    Check out my blog too:
    thediydreamer.blogspot.com

  34. Jen @ lil Mop Top January 25, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    I love it! I especially love that you worked in a ruffled crib skirt that isn’t girly. Wonder if I can convince my husband for a new crib for the 3rd baby so that it shows a pretty crib skirt… :)

  35. lindsay January 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Wow! This room is absolutely beautiful. The colors, style everything is perfect. Baby George is one lucky kid to have a room so cool.

  36. Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State January 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    It’s gorgeous! I love the colors and patterns.

    Visiting from Creations by Kara!

  37. Ashley @ A {Blonde's} DIY Life January 26, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    This is the cutest nursery ever!!
    I would love it if you linked this up to my party!!
    http://ablondesdiylife.blogspot.com/2012/01/chanel-artwork.html

  38. The Southern Product Queen January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    HANDS DOWN! The cutest boy nursery I have ever seen! This is a great post! I’m having a linky party as well, and would love for you to join it! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-s… Thanks for sharing!

  39. Our DIY Diaries January 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    What a GORGEOUS room! I would love it if you linked up at our party

    http://www.ourdiydiaries.com/2012/01/fab-not-drab-link-party-3.html

    Jen

  40. Lindsi B January 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Wow, just plain WOW!!! Could you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-8.html

  41. vintagemarigold January 28, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    wow! i want this for my room! awesome job!

  42. A Lived in Home January 28, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    Very cute! So many amazing touches!

  43. Amy January 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Wow! So many great details! You put so much effort into it all…and oh, I love that sketch! What a gift! Would you share this wonderful post here?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/01/shine-on-fridays-12.html

  44. Jen January 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    Oh my, I am just loving the bright pops of color and print throughout this nursery! It’s so cheerful! I’d be absolutely delighted if you’d come and share this (and any other posts you’d like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown link party. It’s going on right now at http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com I hope to see you there! ~Jen

  45. Sailing with bare feet January 29, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    I love it ! It’s so bright!!

    Our little one is Due Next saturday! How crazy is that ! I’m so excited and can’t wait !! http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com

  46. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants January 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I absolutely adore this room and you can tell it is full of your love!

  47. Amanda January 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    This room IS positively splendid!!

  48. Martha Belle Schultz January 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Seriously I can’t get enough of this nursery, it makes me happy !

  49. Linda @ it all started with paint January 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Love it! Would you be willing to share at our multi-blog “Imagine the Impossibilities” link party? We’re live until Friday midnight CST.

    Here’s the link
    http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/

    Thanks!
    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

  50. Kara February 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    This was the most viewed link last week Amy! I’m featuring it today my friend. :)

  51. gigi123 February 2, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    I absolutely love this!

  52. Crystal @ Ordinary Days February 2, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    Oh my goodness gracious. This room is full of eye candy. What sweet and loving detail went into this room. I love so much about it. I am your newest follower. :)

  53. kristaj February 24, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    This room looks great! I’m about to make the same Pom poms and lanterns mobile. Did you hang each of them separately on fishing line? I really like how you clustered them.

  54. VictoriaVM @ Frankfully March 15, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    I love everything about your amazing and perfect nursery! The colors, the patterns, the details…so spectacular! :) Glad to have found your blog!

  55. Annamuffin May 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    What size did you use for the lanters?

  56. Amy @ Positively Splendid May 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    @Annamuffin, the lanterns range in size from 14 inches down to 6 inches. I purchased them through Luna Bazaar, and I was very satisfied with their shipping speed and prices! Hope this helps.

  57. Darlene - Our Creative Life May 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Great nursery! Great mix of patterns! Love the colors! We do custom baby rugs and carry all the colors that you have in the room….so if you ever want to change rugs to an initial/monogram or pola dot rug…let us know.

  58. Stephanie Philipps September 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I LOVE this nursery! Do you have a tutorial on how to make the crib bumper? :-)

  59. ~HappyScrappinMama~ October 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    I absolutely love this nursery! I found it today on Pinterest and decided I want to use it as inspiration for my little one’s big girl room. The fabrics coordinate so well with the antique wallpaper that is in the room and is not to be disturbed. Everything is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  61. Sam October 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Omg this room is perfection. I literally changed my baby room last minute to something similar to this. It’s different, unique and yet so modern and playful. I was just wondering if the fabric on the walls are going to stain the walls or have a hard time coming off?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid October 22, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      Hi, Sam! We actually just moved to a new home, and I had to remove the decals from the walls prior to our departure from our previous home. There was a slight discoloration on the walls from the starch, but I would say that was probably more due to the fact that the paint in our previous home was builder-grade, crummy paint. If the walls had been painted in a higher-quality satin paint, I don’t think there would have been any discoloration at all. Thanks so much for the sweet comments on this space!

  62. Ashley February 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    I absolutely love this bedding and am in a predicament like you were with not knowing the sex of the baby. My husband is particularly picky and does not like a whole lot with the exception of your nursery. Would you be interested in creating another set of bedding and selling it by chance? I am not very handy and do not know how to sew.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid February 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Hi, Ashley! I am so glad to hear you like this bedding, but at this time, I don’t make items to sell. Best wishes with your new little one!

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