January 20, 2013

A NURSERY FOR MY RUBY

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When I found out we were expecting our first baby girl, I knew I wanted her nursery to be a special place– a whimsical sanctuary where she would feel so loved.  And I feel we accomplished that.

My demanding work schedule didn’t allow much time for anything else, so I enlisted the help of my friend, Danielle Oakey.  Together we came up with a color scheme I loved.  Light pink, coral, mint green, and white.  I wanted an airy and bright feel, but at the same time calming.   The room is a small one– in fact the smallest bedroom in the house.  But I felt it was the perfect size for a nursery.

We started by ripping off all of the moldings.  They were the thin, standard moldings that probably came with the home when it was built.  We upgraded to wider baseboards and moldings around the carpet and window.  We then searched for the perfect paint color.  The room was purple with dragon flies on the walls.  There was even a little sponge painting action.  Not so much what we were going for.  It took many, many, MANY samples, but we decided on Cool Mint by Benjamin Moore.  I love the way it turned out!
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The decor is a mix of new and old, and it’s all very sentimental.  The crib skirt and quilt were sewn by her grandmother and aunt.  The gallery wall is a combination of prints, embroidery by her aunt, and baby pictures of me, my husband, her grandmother whom she is named after, and of course the girl of honor.

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The IKEA ledge bookshelves are one of my favorite parts of the room.  The books are a combination of gifts from family and friends, my childhood favorite books I’m passing down to my daughter, and even a couple from her grandfather’s childhood.  I put her closet together using organizers from Amazon.  I also found these amazing little rack organizers to help me keep all of her clothing sizes in order.  Nothing worse than missing your chance to put your baby in an adorable outfit because you missed your window and now she’s too big!

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Her room is my favorite place in the whole house.  When the sun shines in, the walls glow.  And I can’t wait to share with her how much love and thought went into each item selected.  All of the room details listed below.

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Photos by Veronica Reeve

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Pillow: Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Elephant Hook: Anthropologie

Bunting: Etsy

Cribskirt and quilt: handmade

Curtains: custom

Chair: Babinski’s

Crib: Pottery Barn

Changing Table: Pottery Barn no longer available but similar HERE

Rug: Urban Outfitters

Lamp: HERE and a very similar style HERE

Organizers: HERE, HERE, and similar HERE

Clothing rack organizers: Amazon

Hamper: Amazon

Frames: Ikea HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

Bookshelves: Ikea

Prints: Sarah Jane Studios HERE and HERE and Made By Girl

  1. Emily Jackson

    February 1st, 2013 at 11:08 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Gorgeous nursery!

  2. Lilianne Wright

    February 1st, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    This is so gorgeous! Love how airy it is. And perfect for the perfect little Ruby!!

  3. Heidi Adnum

    February 1st, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Jen, congratulations on the safe arrival of beautiful baby Ruby! The two of you are just divine. Thank you so much for choosing Good Will Bunting® for Ruby’s gorgeous nursery, and for sharing Veronica’s lovely photos.

  4. Megan

    February 1st, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Love, love, love this nursery!!! It’s honestly the most gorgeous baby room I’ve ever seen. Ever. Which is only fitting since she’s one of the most gorgeous babies I’ve ever seen. Love you three!!! Love, Megan

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  6. Steffanie Clark

    March 19th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I’m a new follower via Ivory Lane. I love your nursery! I wonder if you made the initial “R” with the buttons or if you purchased it? If you made it….I’d love directions on how to.

  7. Jen

    July 17th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Steffanie, a family member made the R for Ruby’s room. Isn’t it amazing? I love it!

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  10. Carrie Haynes

    September 30th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Ruby’s Rome is absolutely adorable! I have the same rug in my bedroom and was wondering if you have ideas about keeping it clean. I really love it but it collects so much dirt and dog hair… any suggestions?

  11. melat

    January 30th, 2014 at 12:02 am

    All your works are v.creative and truly inspiring
    thanks,God bless you

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    October 14th, 2014 at 12:41 am

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    November 4th, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    […] didn’t want to just toss everything from her nursery to the curb and start over in the new house, but instead I wanted it to feel like a room for the […]

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