When I first started this blog I thought I would have trouble coming up with projects. Turns out I have so many projects going at once I don’t even have time to blog! But I’m back and have got a great reveal for you today! For the background info on Grandma Frosty and the design plan for this project you can check out the nursery design post here. This was such a fun project and I loved being able to work with not only my mom but MY grandma, my cousin and her adorable baby! Here are the before-ish photos (they were shot at night so talk about super orange!)
This was after we had styled everything out but before my dad installed the new hardwood floors. My grandma from Oklahoma was in town so she helped us find a place for everything when the carpet was still in. It was seriously so fun doing a project with my mom and grandma. She had some great books to add to the collection – she even had one that her grandpa read to her! Ready for those after photos?
It turned out SO GOOD! I would like to commend my mom on sticking to her guns – and her beige walls. I’m the kinda gal to paint anything and everything a crisp fresh white (we even went and bought the paint!) but once we got the crib and some items in the room she wanted to leave the beige. I do have to say it looks great! Your probably wondering – but will babies and children love it? Well good thing we got our hands on the CUTEST nursery tester/model, Winnie Rae.
Winnie is 11 months old – prime age for nursery testing! She is totally on the move crawling all over, loves to get her hands on any book, animal toy, and/or real animal she can, LOVES puppies and unicorns, and of course her Great Auntie Frosty! When I asked her she was all “anything for G.A. Frost” (that’s how the kids talk these days) and checked her modeling schedule to see if she could fit me in. It was a close call between naps but she made it work great!
She was right off a great nap in the car so we hit up the bookshelves first. We left this area open with a layered sheepskin for prime grandbaby play sessions. The grandma’s organized the shelves perfectly so the ones near the bottom are ready to safely grab by a quick moving toddler at any moment. (Seriously, are they not THE most photogenic mom/daughter combo ever?)
Any Peanut Butter Rhino fans out there? Childhood fave! The shelves were purchased from IKEA for $9/piece so the whole wall was only $40! They were super easy to install and also super sturdy. To install them we took the tallest book and added about 3 inches to figure out the spacing. It also helps to work from the middle of the wall and then work downward and upward from there.
The rocker is a family heirloom – it was custom made for my mom when she was a baby and my mom was so excited to have a special place for it. When she got older she used to turn it upside down and use it as a slide (super multifunctional!) Winnie was OBSESSED with that rocker – literally had the time of her life!
Up next was the changing table. We ordered it as a matching set with the crib and it was super easy to put together. That thing is already jam packed full of baby clothes (and some toddler clothes!) for my sister’s baby! Also when planning a nursery, it’s always good to have something fun to look at when your mom or dad are all up in your business. The llama was a perfect distraction!
Quick note on the animal heads – we seriously went BANANAS over these animal heads from Target! JR and I went to 4 different stores in Kansas City just to find the wolf. We decided on an animal theme and was initially only going to use 3 but my sister (the one that is expecting) said her child had to have “lions and tigers and bears” (obviously joking if you know her!) and my mom got them all for her! I think we did a pretty good job of not making it overwhelming and feel that all the current and future grandchildren will have a robust knowledge of the animal kingdom!
As mentioned we got the crib as a set with the changing table from Kohl’s. Lis, Winnie’s mom, is ready to buy this exact one! Seriously, Winnie couldn’t get enough of it – her mom said she never crawled around and played like she did in her crib at home. It adjusts to 3 different heights based on the child’s age and also has a separate piece to turn it into a toddler bed. Obviously that photo is proof that Winnie would give it 5 stars!
Ok you are probably all, get to the rug!! I know, it’s a stunner right!! Guess what? It was super affordable too! And soft! I can’t say anything about how easy it is to clean but it is good for little on the go crawling babies and is a perfect color scheme for a gender neutral nursery. Link is at the end of the post for where I got the rug (and everything else!)
Seriously – she is on a mission! But that rug for sure won’t stop her!
This rocker was probably the best find out of the whole design plan. It was $250 from Kohl’s and is super comfortable. It is a glider so it rocks in a 360 degree direction and also has a lever on the inside of the seat for the footrest. Great-Grandma loved it, Grandma Frosty loved it, Lis loved it, Winnie loved it – multigenerational approval here people!
There you have it! Designed, executed, and Winnie-tested! Winnie gave us a thumbs up all around and feels like she is essentially the next Steve Irwin now. Check out the Discovery Channel in 2035 for the premier of “Winnie in the Wild” or “Wild Winnie” or The Wonderful World of Winnie” – ok still working on the title… For all the info on what’s in the nursery check out the source list below!
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Crib | Rug | Changing Table | Rocker/Glider | Animal Heads | Blue and Orange Diamond Blankets | ABC Animal Print (behind rocker) | Shaggy Footstool | Rocker Pillows (vintage – similar found here) | Wall Lamp | Sheepskin | Baby Rocker (vintage – similar found here) | Brown Footstool | Bookshelves | Curtains in Tangerine| Elephant White Noise/Nightlight