I think I've mentioned before that I never thought I would be the "Pink Mom," but it's safe to say that I threw that thought out the window when I found out I was having a little girl. Pink is now my favorite, favorite color ever, and I find all kinds of inspiration in its many shades. Here's a cute video of her cooing in her crib I shot yesterday- Cody and I love when she is awake and alert and not fussy- it's the best.
Pink crib from Andrea Alley on Vimeo.
When we first started planning the nursery, we had originally intended to paint the walls in a super pale shade of pink, but we nixed that idea the closer we got to her due date. I narrowed down the color scheme to pale pink, ivory, and black, with natural wood furniture and a vintage bird theme. I also wanted to incorporate as many handmade items as possible, made by myself or anyone else who was so inclined. Cody's mom and my parents were also huge contributors to her nursery! Here are some pictures of the finished product:
This is what you see when you walk in the door.
I made the mobile and the flags hanging on her crib and painted the
giant "L" gold for the shelves. On the shelves are some pictures from
our maternity shoot and my childhood prayer plaque that I always had
hanging above my bed when I was little. It says, "Jesus, guide me
through the night, wake me with the morning light." We may add some more photos from our birth shoot and newborn shoot as well. My best friend
Amber made the birdhouses on the book shelf and my Hummel music box is sitting on top- I always used to fall asleep to it as a child. My Amma's dear friend from
Centralia made the blanket hanging on the rack in the corner, and our
friend Adria made the pillow in the corner of the crib. We found a night stand at Savers for $8 that Cody refinished and adorned with hardware from my favorite store ever, Anthropologie. We even have my dad's newborn shoes sitting on the bottom shelf 🙂 I love all the
handmade touches and keepsakes that went into our little girl's nursery!
Below is a night time shot.
View from glider. Cody refinished and antiqued my childhood dresser for Linnea's room! He did a great job 🙂
One of my favorite details- the vintage bird hardware Cody surprised me with from Anthropologie for the top drawer of the dresser.
Another wonderful detail is this chalk board Cody made. We found the frame at Goodwill for $3 and bought a board and some chalk board paint and voila! Homemade chalk board!
The glider and changing table. My Amma gave Linnea the beautiful mirror, and the quilt hanging on the back of the glider was made by my great aunt Inga in Iceland. I made the pillow and the pictures on the wall with the help of Cody, who sanded and painted the frames black (he's such a rock star).
Another night time shot.
And of course, how could I leave out pictures of the nursery's precious occupant?
Our dear friend Katie made the green bird rattle laying next to her- so adorable!
Her nursery is gorgeous! I actually found your blog through Jessica William’s blog. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂 She did our photos for our son Jackson who was born 1-13-10. I saw your twitter post and I was wondering if you have every heard of “Happiest Baby on the Block.” I checked out the video and book from my library and it’s worked like a charm for Jackson when he’s crying for no apparent reason. There’s also a website http://www.happiestbaby.com. Check it out!
I also forgot to mention that we picked up a cheap Infantino sling ($30) from Target and Jackson calms down right away. I love having him right with me and I can also get stuff done around the house!