pinned and DONE! (a nursery sneak-peek)

i’ve completed about a tenth of the projects i’ve pinned to my “i am so doing this” pinterest board, but this is one i knew i would make happen.

for years – decades, really – i’ve been collecting children’s books and YA literature, mostly because i love kid lit.

as time has passed and family-growing hit my “someday soon-ish” radar, i knew that i would want these books displayed prominently and overwhelmingly in my eventual baby‘s room. I started collecting a few stuffed characters to correspond with my faves (winnie the pooh, curious george, courdoroy, madeline, olivia, knuffle bunny, and more…) but my vision for a smattering of floating shelves around the room was too small for my excessive collection of books.

enter pinterest.

when i saw this pin of an elizabeth sullivan design, i knew it would become a reality in my baby’s nursery. i loved the way the books were displayed with the cover facing out, just as i had envisioned, and the narrow ledges were more ideal for this than a traditional shelf. the total effect was dramatic and fun – just what i was going for!

i found step by step instructions for copying the concept from kara’s korner and enlisted a little help from our handy friend, jarred. in no time, 6 eight-foot ledges were hanging on baby graham’s wall!

i could hardly wait for the paint to dry before loading them with colorful books and characters! this is just a fraction of the books i will rotate onto the shelves.

i hope to cultivate a love of reading in my child(ren), and it seems my firstborn may not have a choice in the matter. :)

thanks, pinterest, this project turned out better than i could have imagined with my own inspiration.

10 Thoughts on “pinned and DONE! (a nursery sneak-peek)

  1. Lisa Branson on September 20, 2012 at 11:18 am said:

    Love this! Great job!

  2. Sarah Bryant on September 20, 2012 at 11:19 am said:

    That’ll make for a fun wall to climb when we start pulling ourself up!

  3. Judy Riley on September 20, 2012 at 11:24 am said:

    FANTASTIC! I love that you have the books facing front cover out. Much more enticing and inviting. I have been known to rearrange books in stores and other teachers’ classrooms! Knuffle Bunny is a favorite! I just recently passed my Harry Potter collection to my granddaughter. (‘arry Pottah!)

    There is a wonderful new book out titled, HAPPY, by Mies Van Hout. (I don’t know how to underline the title on my phone.) The illustrations are done in what looks to be brightly colored chalk ( vibrant pastels). Highly recommend!
    Ahh! Have so much fun! XO

    • thanks for the book recommendation, judy! it sounds like something I would love. i’m sure your enthusiasm for kid lit influenced my early appreciation for books. :)

  4. Nikki Bryant Brown on September 22, 2012 at 2:04 am said:

    I love, love, love it! I can’t wait to see the whole room and I definitely feel like a visit is in order!

  5. Madelynn Azar Cavanagh on September 22, 2012 at 2:04 am said:

    Oh, I just love the baby’s room!!!!!! ps when is your due date?

  6. This is brilliant!! Not to mention, it fits perfectly with the gift I got you – *hint hint* ;P Love you so so much!

  7. One of the best ideas I have ever seen.

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