Sunday, February 9, 2014

Code Blue... and Brown: Myles' Bedroom

Boy Nursery Decor Blue and Brown  
Before Myles had even turned one year old, he lived in 4 different houses. I had set his nursery up in our house during my nesting phase. I really enjoyed putting it together, but since I knew we were going to be moving soon after he was born, I didn't do as much as I wanted. No paint on the walls and not as many DIYs as my little heart desired. But it had enough personal touches to make it feel like a true nursery.
When Myles was 4 months old, we decided to move into Mark's duplex. We had begun thinking about California, so we were trying not to spend unnecessary money on rent anymore. We were living in a mansion compared to the duplex apartment. The kitchen is the size of a bathroom, the closets are about 3-feet wide/deep, and there wasn't even enough space for all the nursery furniture to fit into one room. It was only a temporary situation, but it was quite intense and my anxiety was at an all time high. I didn't even think about wasting my time decorating his 'nursery' there.  
We were there for about a month, we I couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't only the apartment; that was really just the straw that broke the camels my back. Not anything to get into now, but the point being that Myles and I went to live with my parents for a while. My intentions were for our stay to last a couple months tops, but we ended up staying until we moved out to California. So for 5 months, Myles and I somehow managed to live together in one room. At the time organization and space were the last things on my mind. I was just happy to be with family and have the extra help.
In July, we shipped ourselves out of Illinois and landed in the beautiful state of California. We are still renting, so I still haven't gotten to really go all out on the decorating, but I have tried to make this our home for now. I kept the color scheme and most of the decor from the first nursery I put together. I haven't really added anything because he will be transitioning into a big boy bed/bedroom soon. I can't wait to put that all together! But for now here is his room:
*Sorry for the poor quality of pictures; the lighting is not conducive to picture taking because I have black-out curtains and only one small lamp.*  
Boy Nursery Decor Blue and Brown
Boy Nursery Decor Book Nook
This is our reading/nursing nook. Every night, as part of our nighttime routine, Myles gets a story read to him. Then it's lights out and I nurse him until he is relaxed and drowsy. 

The three frames were a gift from my baby shower. They have classic nursery rhythms printed on them. I'm not the biggest fan of the chair... Can we say early 90s much?!? But it was a cheap find on Craigslist and it is actually very comfortable. 
 Book Rack: Winsome Wood Magazine Rack, Espresso
Comforter: Blue and Brown Geometric 9pc Crib Set by Sweet Jojo Designs

Boy Nursery Decor Blue and Brown Window Treatment
Valance: Blue and Brown Geometric 9pc Crib Set by Sweet Jojo Designs
Room-Darkening Curtains: These curtains have done wonders for Myles and his sleep. When I used to lay him down at night, he would cry because he would see me walk out. Now it is literally pitch black in his room with these curtains and he has learned that dark means sleep. So far he is not afraid of the dark, but I am sure at some point he will be. We will probably get him a little nightlight if he ever needs it. But if you are having trouble with your little one sleeping, I would totally recommend giving these curtains a try!

Boy Nursery Decor Blue and Brown
Dresser: bought used from a friend (JC Penny)
I sewed some blue fabric together and laid it over the dresser to hide the couple of scratches on the top.
Mirror: Bed, Bath, and Beyond (years ago) I spray painted it dark brown
His sound machine and baby monitor are in the right corner, covered by some frames.
Frames were bought at Dollar Tree. The lamp was bought at a secondhand store. I painted it to match the bedding. I used rectangle-shaped stencils to draw out the pattern. Then I just painted all the rectangles with different blues and a dark brown. 

Boy Nursery Decor Blue and Brown
Changing Table: Graco Lauren Dressing Table, Espresso
 Small Navy Blue Bins
Light Blue Bins: Badger brand, but I can't find the pack that I ordered anymore
Giraffe Canvas: Gordman's
Pillow: Blue and Brown Geometric 9pc Crib Set by Sweet Jojo Designs
Picture Frames: Dollar Tree

Boy Nursery Gallery Wall
I put this picture gallery wall together for under $10. The frames came from Dollar Tree and the prints were less than $1. And the ultrasound pictures were free! Well.... not really.. they were probably the most expensive item in the nursery ;) Good thing I had insurance! The top four pictures are from baby Myles in the womb, from 10 weeks to 30 weeks. The left two are from our gender reveal pictures and the right two are from Myles' first minutes here on Earth. This is probably my favorite part of his room; looking at those pictures never gets old.

Boy Nursery Brown and Blue
And finally, where my little sweetheart lays his head at night :)

DIY Boy Nursery ArtCrib: Graco Lauren Convertible Crib, Espresso  
Bedding: Blue and Brown Geometric 9pc Crib Set by Sweet Jojo Designs

DIY Boy Nursery Art
Okay... maybe I have a tie for my favorite part of his room. This was a DIY project I did while pregnant. I knew for a while that I wanted to put this saying in the room somewhere, but I just didn't know how. This saying was something my dad used to always tell me... always.. it instantly brings a smile to my face whenever I see or hear it. I hope that Myles will one day feel the same way. 
Although it's not perfect. I am happy with how it turned out. I bought four canvases from Walmart and spray painted them dark brown. Then I used letter stencils to write out the words. I then painted all the letters with 4 different shades of blue. I had to do 3-4 coats of paint for each letter, so this took me a long time! I added some stickers and a few pictures of our family; one from 7 weeks, one from 8 months, and one from his 1st birthday party.... 
"I love you more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow" 

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out his room! I can't wait to start on his big boy room!

Are any of you transitioning to a big bed/bedroom soon? Are you putting a decor theme together? What are your ideas? I would love to know!


  1. Love that last quote and his whole room!!! Good job, mama!!! :)

  2. Absolutely adorable! I especially love the little book nook. We had theme rooms for our three...Bears for the oldest, Tigger for the middle one, and Raggedy Ann for lil miss. Thanks so much for sharing this on This Momma's Meandering Mondays!

  3. Desiree @ Macke MonologuesFebruary 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Such a cute room! Love the reading nook, and the picture wall!!
    How perfect is that quote?

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by! I have been following you and Ms. Waverly for quite some time now :) It's nothing too special but I am a picture freak so they are everywhere! Makes me happy to be in there that way!

  5. I love the Raggedy Ann theme! It sure is fun to decorate little ones' rooms! I can't wait to decide on a theme for his big boy room. I think it might be pirates!

  6. Thanks love! I am so happy to have that quote on his wall. I have seen quotes all over Pinterest for nurseries, but I have never seen that one and it means so much to me from when I was little. I think as parents all we want for our kids is for them to know how much they are loved. You put them to bed and think 'how could I love him anymore" and then the morning comes and somehow you love them more :)

  7. Dang girl! 4 times before 1 is so intense! I hate moving, ugh. But welcome to California! I'm in so cal too- Orange County. Are you close? Are we going to be bffs? Sorry I'm a little excited. I love that phrase, it's special. The whole room is beautiful though- I gravitate to blue/brown color schemes big time. I cant help it- it's such a relaxing mix! My husband is sick of it but he'll get over

  8. Brittnei WashingtonFebruary 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    I love the blue and brown theme. So cute! JR got a nursery once we moved to AZ which was when he turned 3 months. He slept in there for about a month and then was always in our room. LOL. We might start using it to lay him down in there for naps and bedtime so he can start getting used to his own bed. I have a feeling I may be co-sleeping with my 2 babies once the new one gets here.

  9. April @ 100lbcountdownFebruary 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Miss B's theme is this same turquoise and chocolate theme. Now that she has a little sister, I wanted her them to be tangerine and white. Of course, why would I make it easy on myself? I'm definitely taking some of these ideas. Thanks for stopping by Countdown in Style.

  10. I had a hard time picking the color scheme. I really wanted to do my own fabric and go with grey, teal, and orange, but I didn't have the patience to look through millions of choices; too overwhelming for this Type-A personality!
    I can't believe I am officially a Californian! Unfortunately, I am in the Bay Area.. East Bay! I wish we were closer :( I need mommy friends! Let me know if you ever come up this way!
    Thanks so much for the love :)

  11. Myles didn't sleep in his room for the first 3 months.. I thought "All this work for nothing!" I didn't think he would ever sleep in his crib. He always had to be held at first. Eventually, we got him in there and now he gets good use out of it. We still co-sleep for naps though.. I think co-sleeping is great if it works good for you!

  12. I like the tangerine color, I really wanted to do his room in grey, orange, and teal, but I would have had to come up with everything on my own and I just didn't have the patience for that at the time. It will be fun to make a new room for when he gets older though.. I am thinking pirates! Thanks for coming by and I hope you got some good ideas!

  13. This is so awesome!! I really need to makeover my Toddler's room... Thanks for the inspiration! And thanks for linking up at Countdown in Style! :)

  14. Thanks so much for linking up with us at the MaMade Blog Hop! Don't forget to stop back again and link up again next week and see if you've been featured! :) Have a great week :)

  15. Looks wonderful and so cute! Love the colors you used - thanks for the inspiration Julia!

  16. Thanks, I didn't want to do anything too babyish. I went with a color scheme he could grow into, you know. It's kind of dark with the brown, but I like it well enough. Thanks for stopping by!


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