This room, Luca's nursery, is my favorite in the house. With windows on three sides, it has perfect light morning noon and night. So much love went into this room, and so much love happens in this room. It's my baby girl's rock, one I hope she always comes home to.
We had fun putting it together. Design is not my forte, but I really love how it turned out. It's the elements that make the room... my great grandmother's quilt, Jim's old bed, my old mattress, meaningful artwork. And of course that sweet BABY!
Our house, built in the 1820's, was moved to The Hill from Watkinsville in 1985 and has been through two renovations. The original part, where Luca's room is, was simple: two rooms over two rooms. Isn't it amazing to think about how many new babies, Christmases, birthdays, normal days this house has seen? If you are into this kind of thing... the house has great energy. And I'm honored to get to live my life and build my family here. It feels so right.
We laid new heart pine flooring a few months before Luca was born (sadly the original floors had been sanded and painted one too many times), painted the walls and reshelved the closet. Otherwise the room is as it was. I spend a lot of time in that green rocking chair nursing my sweet baby to sleep. The lamp is from urban outfitters, and aden + anais makes the soft changing pad cover and star swaddle blankets.
The mantle was where we got started. Jim shot a personal project, A Year on The Hill, a few years ago. The nest, a centerpiece of the room, was part of the show. He was building a new nest at the time, and this representation of the change in his life now lives here. Other pieces are a painting (far right) by Kate Roebuck, pictures from our wedding and a trip to Paris, a nest drawing by Melanie Graham, and a piece of a succulent that moved to the Hill with me from my home in Atlanta.
The art above our simple IKEA crib (seen in detail below) all has meaning, and the three mirrors to the right of the window are from my Grandmommie's home. The tiered overhead light (which dims thanks to my sweet husband) is from Urban Outfitters, the basket from Crate & Barrel and the rug from West Elm. My mom gave me all the sweet Little Auggie crib bedding... to me, it's extra special because Jim and I picked it out in new york in the baby store where he gave me the best news - it's a GIRL BABY!
The two outer paintings on the top row are by Amanda Bucha, my sweet friend and mama to Luca's bff Atlas. Girl's got talent. The top middle print is by Thayer Sarrano, a local Athens musician and former neighbor. In the middle, my sister gave me the two prints on the left. And here's the story of the one on the right: while mama and Jim were making jelly from our first blackberry harvest this year, she "painted" some jelly onto paper. Et voila... art! :) Bottom left is another piece by Kate Roebuck (of Bowerbird Collective) that she gave me when she came to pick up a bird I'd frozen for her. And the bottom right are flowers that were in bloom on the day my baby was born. Our sweet neighbor Lori brought them to the nursery while we were in the hospital, and I later pressed them. (How awesome would it be to have a pressed flower from every birthday?) As for the simple gold frames, I was inspired to use them by the sweet Natty Michelle, an Athens stationer who collected them for a friend's wedding. She let me buy them from her, and I added a few more to the collection at local thrift stores.
The awesome mama bear (that's me) print hanging above the dresser is by Athens artist Jessie Merriam, the curtains are from Urban Outfitters, and the blackout panels are simple Levolor shades from Lowe's.
Who knew how great children's books could be? I read one or three to my sweet baby every morning. A few current favorites are On the Night You Were Born, Sparkle and Spin, and Lily Loves. An extra special book here is one that my mama gave me - Corduroy - which was my childhood favorite. Thanks to the awesome Athens kids & craft store TREEHOUSE for selling these.
p.s. When you look at pictures of Luca's room prior to our renovation, you realize that she was always going to be a girl. I mean, look at all the PINK! ;)