SURPRISE…..that’s my absolute favorite type of nursery to work on. It all started when a sweet couple trusted me to complete their nursery, so they could be surprised at the hospital, yet come home to a completed room for the new baby. Since that first one, I’ve had the privilege of surprising several couples, and it never gets old. When our friends Maggie & Brian started asking me questions, I was beyond excited, yet a little nervous at the same time. Brian and MDub went to college together, talk almost every day, and we live only a couple of blocks from them, so keeping this one a secret was no easy task. I didn’t budge, and I didn’t tell Mdub! Usually he could care less and really has no clue what I’m even working on, but he did try to catch me off guard a couple of times.
Maggie knew exactly what she wanted for a girl nursery and for a little boy. She had Pinterest boards full of ideas for me to look at, so it made it pretty easy to come up with a plan for either gender. We decided on everything from the sheets to the dresser for both boy and girl before I ever even knew what the baby was. I don’t like knowing the gender while I come up with a plan. Poor Maggie absolutely loved the girl option, and I could tell she really wanted the baby to be a girl. That is the one downside, having to watch the momma-to-be get her hopes up. It always works out in the end!
Ok, on to the deets of the room. We started with a few key pieces that were passed down from family members and then worked the traditional “woodland theme” around them. The glider was her grandmother’s and in great shape, so we pulled the green from the stripe and went from there. The playful crib sheet mimics the fun, vintage colors of the chair. This bumper, I mean – you know I love a good buffalo check. When I saw this brown check, I knew we had to use it.
The WINDOW is flanked with trees peaking through on the WALL and curtains to match the bumper. Little secret – I found the perfect color green curtains from none other than – IKEA. I bought two pair, one pair for the actual drapes and one pair to be made into the bumper and pillow for the chair.
It’s the little details that really make the room, and this mobile just might be my favorite part, after the buffalo check of course! Small woodland animals hung from an actual tree branch – the easiest DIY ever, and I don’t usually say that.
So, you might be wondering how all this went down. Maggie kept me updated throughout the end of her pregnancy, pretty much on a daily basis. Everything was ordered and ready to go for the big day. This is where it gets funny. Most births take hours, long hours, not Maggie. She thought she might need to go to the hospital after dropping her son off at daycare that morning, and by 11:00 am she had a precious new baby boy. No matter how fast or slow you give birth, I will usually always have plenty of time to install the nursery of your dreams.
Side note – If you haven’t clicked to find out more about Maggie – do yourself a favor and check out her website. Not only is she a rock star mom, she’s a social worker by day and obsessed with Montessori, wine lover, and book writer by night.
Thank you, Maggie and Brian, for letting me be a small part of your birth story. You did all the hard work – I just got to be a part of the fun!