Welcome to Chloe's nursery!
Hi guys, I am so excited to finally share Chloe’s nursery reveal with all of you! We welcomed Chloe into our little family on February 06th 2017– exactly two weeks before her due date and she was even kind enough to make sure we were able to finish eating crepes with some friends before showing up!
I balanced the nursery budget between affordable pieces and some more unique ones — I wanted her room to tell a story, with heirlooms that held personal meaning. So today I will be sharing ALL of her nursery – with links to everything!
Our goal for the nursery was to create a room that brings a sense of calm as soon as you enter. We wanted something with subtle neutral tones, and some pop of color. The nursery was by far my favorite room to design – I loved creating a special space for Chloe, reflecting her personality.
I used to work for a high end furniture company in NYC and will always remember the advice my boss gave me: “Alex, an Ikea crib does the job. Don’t go too crazy”. And he was right! I decided to go for a more affordable solution for the crib, but buy a high quality mattress. I absolutely don’t regret my decision because I was able to customize the crib with a tree of life stencil (it has a special meaning to us) and also because Chloe chewed on the crib when she was teething! … Better chew on a $120 crib rather than a $1,000 one right?!
The gorgeous crib sheet and quilt are from Pottery Barn Kids and this amazing tribal rug is from Rugs USA. It’s cozy, unique, and affordable (and I’d happily use this in any room of my house)! I was hesitant to order from them at first, because the company was completely new to me, but I had a great experience. The only negative point, is that it sheds way more than the cat!!! But it’s a 100% wool rug, so it’s bound to shed as it’s new! A reasonable quality rug is expected to shed for almost six months, so I just have to be patient.
This adorable Llamas & Cactus set was the first purchase I made for the nursery. Handmade by the talented Mariann & Inez, a mother-daughter duo based in Hungary, Europe, that I discovered during a late night scroll on Instagram! I reached out to Inez directly through their Etsy shop and shared with her the color palette I had in mind for the nursery: blush pink and mint. They customized every item I ordered! Their creations include: nursery mobiles, play gym toys, succulent & cactus pillows, riding sticks, llama sensory rattles, embroidered milestone bibs, basically everything llama you have always dreamed of!!
In many ways, the mobile set the tone for the whole room. I think it’s beautiful, and I hope she will cherish it forever. But if she doesn’t want it, I’ll happily hang it up in my room!
As a new mom, I was worried about letting my daughter sleep in her crib by herself, so I got the Angelcare baby monitor with the under-the-mattress wireless Breathing Sensor Pad. But I ended up not using it, because the first night we put her in her room it went off 2 times. Maybe she was really still, but it freaked me out. So I finally just turned it off. But otherwise, I really like the monitor; the camera works great and the night vision is high quality.
I chose the Project Nursery white noise machine because I loved the pre-loaded sounds and the fact that I could stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth. There is also a 15/30/60 minute timer! The newest version also includes an OK-to-Wake feature!!! Which is great for toddlers to learn when it is ok to get out of bed and start their day!
Call it pregnancy craving, but I was absolutely obsessed with llamas during my entire pregnancy; and I still am!! So, when I was shopping for a nursery chair, I looked absolutely everywhere but wasn’t sure what the best option could be: regular, reclining, gliding, rocking…?! I honestly couldn’t find anything I liked, and the few things I did like were ridiculously expensive. Then, I saw this beautiful faux fur lounge chair from Pottery Barn Kids on sale; and that was the answer to all my questions. What I really needed was a llama chair! No matter how it would turn, swing or fly!
It was just the perfect chair to match all the llamas elements I already purchased. The same model is no longer available, but they have 2 similar options that are absolutely killin’ it!
Now that Chloe is 2 and 1/2, I can share my honest experience with you: I was a little hesitant to buy something online without having the chance to sit in it first, but I read SO many great reviews that I ended up buying it. And I have to say that I still love this chair as much as I did the day I laid eyes on it. The egg shape is absolutely perfect for holding, nursing, reading, … you can sit in any position and it still feels comfortable.
I looked online for nursery-friendly art, but couldn’t find anything I really liked. Every picture of a nursery I looked to for inspiration, seemed to feature the same artwork. So there is still room for improvement in Chloe’s room, but I prefer to wait to find something special instead of buying something I will regret in the future.
This dreamcatcher is another one of my favorite details. We bought it in Woodstock, NY during a weekend getaway when Chloe was about 6 months old! The colors are neutral, calming, and let’s not forget that dreamcatchers are meant to protect from bad dreams and nightmares. Even if this one is not a real authentic, traditional dream catcher!
Another big change in this room is the closet. There used to be a tiny (and ugly) corner closet with a big window air conditioner next to it! I am so glad we got rid of ALL of it!!
We decided to buy an IKEA PAX wardrobe system. With the PAX planner, I was able to design it all – the size, color and style. I picked hinged doors as well as the interior organizers I needed. We have standard, 8ft, ceilings, and went with the taller 93″ wardrobes, but had to assemble them in an upright position–definitely requires two people but we’re so glad for the extra space. We anchored it to the wall and made a complete built-in unit with this bookcase.
We used lots of natural textures and creamy tones to help create this minimalistic, neutral look.
And now for the most satisfying part – before and after!
The nursery has come a very long way, and before we were fortunate enough to call it that, it was initially nicknamed The Corner Closet! – (Sneak peek on the left side of the picture!) And what an improvement from that ceiling fan!!!
AND THAT’S IT!
I’m so, so happy with how the nursery turned out! I really poured my heart into every detail of this room. It’s bright, peaceful, clean and full of joy. The perfect space for our little girl.
I hope you guys love it as much as we do!
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Thanks for reading along about my Nursery Reveal!
Wishing you a wonderful day!