Since we’re so close to welcoming our second son (and revealing his nursery on the blog!), I figured I would share Graham’s nursery! Before we ever knew whether our first baby was a boy or a girl, I had a very distinct vision of what I wanted for the nursery… if it was a boy. For some reason, I had far more trouble envisioning a girl’s room that I loved, but it turned out that I didn’t need to worry about coming up with ideas because Graham came along! I knew from the start that I wanted an Americana theme. Given my background as an American History teacher, this probably isn’t surprising. But we came up with a room that I absolutely love and that will easily grow with him for many years to come.
It’s really important to me that decor be somewhat classic and that includes children’s rooms. I might use a trendy element here or there, but overall I don’t want something that will look dated (or that a kid will tire of) in just a few years. The Americana theme is perfect for this. It was so much fun to find pieces from various places around town that would all fit together in the theme we had chosen.
Graham’s room is small (it’s not even 10×10) but we made the most of the space by using bright white furniture. We actually purchased all of the furniture except the crib at IKEA because we didn’t want to spend too much money on something that would be put through its paces with a toddler. It also helps that we have high ceilings, so the room feels a bit larger than it really is. The walls are a shade of blue with a touch of gray that looks really nice, no matter what time of day it is.
We purchased all of the fabric for the room ourselves and my mom made the curtains, memo board, crib skirt, and chair pillow. The ball fringe detail on the crib skirt is one of my favorite things! Check out this post I wrote as a tutorial on how to make the memo board!
Graham’s favorite part of his room might be his bookshelf, which doubles as a nightstand. He’s collected some fun knickknacks in his two years and he loves having them all displayed. He actually picks them up and plays with them, then puts them back right where they were when he’s finished!
We found some really cool old maps (an airline map and a vintage political map) to hang over the closet and we added an airplane that my mom found and spray painted silver, as well as a ship model we found at a yard sale.
By the door, we hung some family mementos – a cross-stitched Bible verse that Jon’s mom made for him, and two scrapbook-style photo frames with some of Jon’s family members (made by his grandmother). The cool thing about these photo frames is that they were made and chosen for us long before Graham was born, but they fit into the theme of the nursery perfectly.
My favorite detail in Graham’s room is the wall of postcards that we made into artwork. Jon and I picked out vintage postcards from a vendor at Adjectives Market in Longwood and used Mod Podge to put them on canvases. Once they were dry, we hung them on the wall and were so excited for how they turned out. It gave us the chance to put some personal touches in the room because we chose postcards from places we lived or visited together.
Jon’s favorite part of Graham’s room is the giant letter “G” on the wall over his chair and bookshelf. We bought this from a vendor at Renninger’s Flea Market in Mount Dora and it’s just perfect for the room!
I hope you enjoyed Graham’s nursery tour! Stay tuned for a reveal of Foster’s nursery very soon!