Nursery updates

I've added a few things to Cecelia's nursery and must share the updates, since her room is still my favorite of the whole house and I'd never miss a chance to post more pictures of it;)

First, I've wanted a bookshelf in the nursery for some time because piling her books inside the closet was just depressing. But I didn't know what kind of bookshelf to get and I couldn't really visualize where we'd place it in the room. A few days of Craigslist hunting and I knew I'd found it: a 'Pottery Barn' real wood bookshelf that was 6 years old and in good condition. I'm not sure it's REALLY a PB piece but whatever---it's adorable and I don't think I'm even going to paint it like I had originally thought. The green windows and roof goes nicely in her room and off-sets the vast amount of pink we have going on;) We didn't even have to rearrange the room much at all---just put the crib on a different wall and everything else stayed. Yay.

You can also see her cursive name which is one of my other projects I'll mention in a bit. Also, please note that we dropped her crib mattress. Therefore she is sooooooo big and my back hurts sooooooo much when putting her in the crib. I realize it doesn't help matters when I'm holding my breath and praying that she remains asleep as I place her down there, because body mechanics are not at the top of my priority list when I'm focused on willing my baby to sleep.


It's a little bookshelf that could actually be a dollhouse at some point, I guess. It was heavy as heck to carry up the stairs with Nate (ahem, while I watched Nate carry it alone) and it was a pill to switch cars one day while Nate picked up the bad boy near his work. But she's here now and she is a beauty. I love how all of my CL purchases end up being a lot of manual labor for Nate, but even he really loves this bookshelf so I don't feel too badly about making him work for it a bit.

Cecelia doesn't have many books of her own so Truman kindly helped me sort through his massive stash and give her the 'baby books.' And then I had to pull down a bunch of old baby toys from the attic to fill the shelves even more. For some reason CC's room is the new favorite play-zone....must be all of the 'new' toys to re-discover;) I'd still like to get some cute trinkets just for C to fill the shelves but for now this works. It's kind of disgusting how many toys we have stored, actually. At least she has a few pink stuffed animals and two cute picture frames that she can claim as her own.

You can kind of see this set up before I added her cursive name on the wall. More on that later, still, but isn't this dollhouse the cutest? I seriously love Craigslist so much and have found amazing pieces on there for years now. It takes a lot of luck, I think, but so far so good with us!

The little windows are my fave!

And now for the explanation of her name: when we rearranged the crib to be on the other wall, and added the bookshelf under the big fabric-coveed 'C' I was so happy that everything fit together nicely and it didn't seem too crowded at all. But the C was off centered above the bookshelves and it was I cannot handle when wall decor isn't perfectly centered which is sort of like my major aversion to placing beds in the corner at an angle, or having area rugs and furniture pieces at weird angles in the room. Cannot handle that, people! It's a weird OCD thing of mine, but seriously it makes me shudder to see giant beds coming out of corners. I apologize if that is your style---it's always been a quirk of mine to despise asymmetry/I need things to sit flush to the walls or I start twitching. ;)

So anyway! The C was too far on the left of the bookshelf. So immediately I wanted to spell out her entire name to make the whole thing centered above the peak of the roof. I could have moved the C but really didn't want to do that (lazy) and it's a huge wall that needed a little extra pizzaz anyway. I found this pin on Pinterest that I immediately loved. But the problem is that the 'wire reinforced clothes line' they said to use was not at Home Depot like they said it would be. I didn't feel like hunting around the city for a stiff wire that could be bent into shapes. I got a little crazy and grabbed two wire hangers from my closet, two kinds of pliers from the basement and nearly killed my hands trying to bend these wires into letters. It sort of sucked and it's not as perfect as the Pinterest version. But it worked and I like it!

I had wrapped the letters 'perfectly' with yarn, meaning it was very smooth and only one little row of yarn covered the letters. But it seemed too boring and didn't really fit the style of the bumpy/imperfect cursive that we had going on with my janky wire hangers. So I went back over the letters an extra time to make it a little more sloppy. The rugged result seems to fit a little better, I think. Part of me wishes the letters were perfectly smooth and the yarn was too, but it is what it is. A little more unique this way, I suppose.

I wrapped one of our sticker hearts for the 'i' ;)

And then I used another sticker heart to cover up an existing screw we had in the wall, from when we hung a picture frame under the 'C'. I didn't want to just remove the screw because then there would be a huge hole there (still just a big eye sore) and do not have the energy to patch and paint a hole in the wall just yet. So I added the heart over the screw and tied it up from the 'C' to kind of pull in the fabric-wrapped letter into the yarn concept. I also used to love drawing pretty letters with hearts attached to strings---it was one of my favorite fonts to draw, so it makes me smile to see a real version of it. Again, definitely a little different and not perfect but whatever!

(can't even see the dangling heart here, but you can see it above--should have taken more pictures.)

Besides the new bookshelf and new name, I also made a little felt wreath for Cecelia's closet door. My mom had made me a felt scarf for Christmas but I had to be honest when I said it wasn't really my style for a scarf, but I wanted to use it in the nursery somehow instead. Mom had the idea of curling it into a wreath instead (Pinterest inspired yet again!) and I loved that idea. I cut a big circle out of an old cardboard box, cut out a hole in the middle, and then glued the scarf onto the cardboard. Had to work the felt a little bit to make it turn nicely, but otherwise it was pretty easy! Mom sent extra tiny flowers to make the wreath have more dimension. Where would I be without my mother? Seriously. I get all of my craftiness from her but I definitely have not mastered the felt flower yet. But a hot glue gun is my friend and I can totally handle glueing her creations together!

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Now the only other thing I want to add to the nursery is a small side table next to the rocker. I plan to hunt on CL again and maybe rummage sales this spring, because I can picture exactly what I want in my head. I want it to be round and vintage-style, with some curves or decorative flair. Then I want to paint that bad boy pink---but a lighter shade than the crib. It might take a little hunting to find my vision on this one.

I want my imaginary table to go right here---next to Truman's arm. My little helper had to be in these pictures, of course. I never mind having my kids and the chaos of life in 'reveal' pictures though. Makes it much more authentic!

Cecelia's nursery version 2.0. Love this little room so much and I think my girl is starting to appreciate parts of it, too.

Not looking forward to the day when she demands to decorate her room without my help. Lord help me if she doesn't love pink. ;)


  1. I love the dollhouse bookcase, so cute for a little girl's room!

  2. Oh my word!! Love it so much... I bet this is ALL OVER Pinterest :)

    Her bookcase/dollhouse is amazing, and I'm loving the wire letters!

  3. LOVE that dollhouse bookshelf - I can't WAIT until we actually move into a house that feels more "permanent" to me and MAYBE has space to actually have things like that in it!! I think Annie would LOVE a dollhouse. We have that little pink stuffed hippo too - Annie got it when she was a baby :)

  4. I am in LOVE with her cursive name. That is hands down AWESOME!! It's a good thing our little ones nursery is on the petite side or I would be all over hunting down wire hangers (even if that means forcing some clothing items to be dry cleaned!!)

  5. Awesome craigslist find!!

    And lady, I'm telling HAVE to visit a TJ Maxx or HomeGoods Store. They have those exact end tables you described. Maybe not as cheap as second hand but definitely reasonable.

  6. It looks SO good and I think that bookshelf is the best CL find EVER!! Also, I spy the cute pink hippo I got for Cece! ;)

    Love the name and wreath, too. You are a craft queen!

  7. I loved her room before... and even more now! What a find and I think I might find myself sleeping on the rug.

  8. I found your blog thanks to a friend who pinned C's original nursery picture. And from someone who was a proud pink hater, I have to admit that I started loving the color after seeing your crib, the poms and the other frame with her name on it. I ended up with gray walls and raspberry pink accents for my daughter's nursery. Thank you for converting this pink hater! Your kids are way too cute!

  9. Cece is so lucky to have a Mommy with the energy to make her such a special space. Ben is currently shacked up with his sister but some day I have promised him I will make that room a little less hers! Love the bookshelf. OMG!

  10. Love how you've decorated your shelves... Very cute room!


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