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    Gabriel’s Nursery

    When I was pregnant with our middle child, our son Gabriel, I was obsessed with vintage birds and birdcages. Not exactly sure why, but every time I saw something related to that theme, I wanted it! So when it came to designing a nursery for our little guy, I knew right away, it had to be vintage birds! I’ve also never been a big fan of the traditional “boys” nurseries that I’ve seen in the past. I wanted a fresh look, something unique and of course, filled with birds!

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    So the search began! I found a color palette that I loved consisting of yellow, grey, white and black with pops of royal blue. I scoured the internet trying to find crib bedding in those colors, for a boy, and it just wasn’t out there. All I could find were very boy themes: sports, bears, airplanes, trains, etc. Definitely not birds! So I decided to check out Etsy and after much searching, I found a bedding designer and was able to totally customize all the pieces for his bedding and accessories using these amazing fabrics! The black fabric with the white bird silhouettes and the quatrefoil fabric are my two favorites!

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    I also knew that I wanted a focal wall for his room. At the time, there was a very popular frame shape that was floating around on Pinterest. I absolutely loved it. So I decided, why not trace the same shape of the frame on the wall! I found the image of the frame online, blew it up to fit an 8.5×11 page and photocopied it onto a transparency. Then I borrowed the overhead projector from our church (those still come in handy sometimes!) and projected it onto the wall and traced it.  I had already painted the entire wall yellow then traced onto that. Then I went in with the grey paint and by hand followed the lines. If you look closely, you can tell it isn’t perfect, but I kinda love that about it!

    Then again, I turned to Etsy to find the perfect decal to put in the middle of my lovely frame! And you guessed it, birds were on my mind! Absolutely fell in love with this design from Circle Line Studio and it was so easy to put onto the wall. Love how it turned out!

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    Finally, it came to shopping for decor items! One of my most favorite things to do! And everything you see in these pictures below are from HomeSense, including the chair and the lantern. You know those days when it feels like you hit the jackpot at HomeSense? Ya, it was one of those for me that day! I had three carts going of items and went over to a closed cash and started laying everything out and literally designing the nursery, in HomeSense (this is a very common thing for me to do in store when inspiration hits!). And during that time, at least three different women came up to me begging me for that lantern! I had found it in the clearance section, and it was the last one and there was just no way I was giving it up!

    IMG_3812  IMG_3830   IMG_3827 IMG_3818 Hope you enjoyed this tour of my Gabriel’s nursery. We so loved this space, even though truth be told, he really didn’t spend much time in it at all! He was such a fussy baby that barely slept, unless it was with mom or dad holding him…but we will save that story for another day!

    Love & Blessings,

    CMartin-Sign

     

     

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    14 Comments

  • Reply Lorraine May 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

    That is the most creative nursery I have ever seen!!! I like the idea of it being different to what the typical nursery looks like. If I every have children, I would love to go with my own theme as you did.

    • Reply Christine May 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you Lorraine! And that was the idea behind this…not your typical looking nursery! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Izabela May 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    The nursery looks amazing. It’s so different to the nurseries I’ve seen.

    • Reply Christine May 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Izabella! That was the plan! xox

  • Reply Crystal @ Dreams, etc. June 8, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I love the look of the nursery!

  • Reply Momista Beginnings June 8, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Aw, I think this is really sweet. And I’ve always loved yellow and grey in a nursery. Really nice, job! -Misty

  • Reply Laura June 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    That palette is gorgeous! one of my favourite colour combos right now

    Birds/Trees are a fabulous theme to work with, especially for a nursery! Soothing, lyrical and inspiring! Great Job

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  • Reply Erin @ Love Peace Beauty June 8, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Wow! Beautiful and I love the color scheme. Sharing on Pinterest! 🙂

    • Reply Christine June 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Thanks for the pin Erin! And for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Tyler June 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love this nursery! I appreciate that you didn’t go the typical “boy” room route, and I have to say that I’m digging the color palette. It feels so sophisticated for a nursery, and I think you were so smart for going with bedding from Etsy. You can seriously find just about anything on there!

    • Reply Christine June 9, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words Tyler! I appreciate that. That was exactly what we wanted…something different! Thanks for stopping by! xox

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