I recently had the opportunity to work with my wedding photographer on an extra special project – a nursery for her soon-to-be-arriving son! You can check out the back story on Ashley and her sweet family on this post along with the design plan!
The room we started out with was a painted a light beige with carpeting and some simple bifold doors. Ashley was using it as her office so they moved all the office items out, painted it white and JR and I took the doors home for a week to do a super fun DIY.
Now that we live in Kansas City we had to make two special trips to Omaha to help put the nursery together. We had a set game plan in place and arrived at her house the day before Christmas Eve. After getting started we ran into a few roadblocks that actually extended our time being there by around 4 hours. Ashley and her darling family had to go to church so JR and I had to buckle down and get the room wrapped up before they arrived back. As tough as the day was (JR literally stabbed his finger down the bone) I wouldn’t have changed a thing. When they left it was in sort of a hot mess shape but we had it in tip top form when they arrived back. They got home from church and their sweet daughter Gemma kept asking if they could finally see the room. They all walked in together holding hands and I could see Ashley holding back tears through the reflection in the window. It honestly was the best feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life and I can wait to give that same feeling to another family again.
Ready to see the room!?!
I am so happy with how it turned out! Ashley was great to work with and I’m so glad she wasn’t afraid of color. The blue rug is seriously such a stunner and totally transformed the room. We also used a lot of red and blue (see why below!) including on the red rocker and the wall weaving. The wall weaving was a DIY project I brought on set up day so Gemma could help out. It ended up being so special (tutorial coming soon!). It was super simple and she added 5 strands on each side and kept telling her parent’s that it was so the baby would know she was 5 when she made it!
The map was a super fun find. It arrived a lot larger than we were originally planning so we decided to skip the triangle decals on the design plan. I think the map packs such a punch and I’m sure Ashley will have a blast rocking her sweet baby while showing him all the places she has visited.
This kid is one lucky baby!
One of the theme ideas Ashley originally had was a cloud theme and I’m so glad we got to incorporate some darling clouds into the space. She found this sweet cloud mobile that adds a fun element of movement.
Ashley has a larger rocker she eventually plans on moving into the room that she rocked Gemma in. We found this fun punchy red rocker for Gemma. I’m sure she will have a blast holding her little brother in it! The cloud pillow was also another fun nod to the cloud theme and was a total steal for the price! I also cannot get enough of the flush mount light. It was a steal ($49!) from Menards. They have some killer lighting options – like seriously cool modern vibes going on there!
As you read in the design post, Ashley’s favorite element was a gallery wall incorporating some postcards they collected from their travels (some while she was pregnant!), some of Ashley and Gemma’s work, along with some other fun prints. Gemma’s art is below the London print and a photo from Ashley’s print shop is in the black frame to the right. The Polaroid box was a fun find from Hobby Lobby and the compass banner is from Etsy – all source links below.
Gemma is seriously the sweetest little girl on the planet.
It was fun to use the blue and red as the dominant colors for the space since they are both on the American and English flag. Ashley double exposed both flags for the print on the left and it is honestly my favorite piece in the entire space. The two Italy postcards to the right were collected especially for his room.
Ashley purchased this changing table from IKEA and we DIY’ed the leather pulls – unbelievably easy tutorial coming soon. We also found the shelves from IKEA and decorated them with a lightbox, some prints, plants, and some items from Ashley’s baby shower. The print on top is actually Gemma in front of the subway station sign from Nick’s hometown in England.
These details people! I can’t get enough!
Our favorite DIY though was these bifold turned french doors. Ashley had the regular bifold doors you can buy at any hardware store and we took them back to KC and gave them a shiplap overhaul. The process was super simple and added such a fun punch of color. I think it cost us less than $100! DIY for the doors also coming soon!
I think we earned Nick’s total approval after we brought these bad boys in!
Now the countdown begins for this little guy’s arrival! If you have any questions on where anything is from check out the source list below or shoot me a message! All the DIY tutorials will be linked below. Be sure to subscribe for more Happy Camp posts and updates via the form below.
A special thank you to Ashley for the gorgeous photos – she is seriously so talented! You can buy some of her prints including the ones in the nursery here!
If you have a room that needs a little (or a lot!) of love send me an email or shoot me a message on social media! I would love to get a plan started!
Blue Rug | Red Rocker | Crib | Macrame Plant Hanger | London Print | Oyster Print | Compass Banner | Frames: IKEA and Hobby Lobby | Wooden Frame: DIY | Wall Weaving: DIY | Pouf | Rattan Blanket Basket: Vintage | Curtains | Curtain Rod | Dresser | Knobs: DIY | Black Geo Flush Mount Light | Cloud Pillow | Map Print | Shelves | Lightbox | Salt Lamp | Globe: Vintage | Doors: DIY