g’s room – a storybook nursery

it’s about time i follow up on my promise to show you graham‘s nursery. lee & i had fun spending nine months transforming the room from the ugliest space in the house into this:

as you might’ve guessed from the sneak peek at his wall of books, i wanted to build on the theme of reading and children’s literature.

a friend painted a personalized mural of the giving tree for us and i ordered custom knobs from etsy with images of favorite storybook characters. my crafty sister made a book mobile (that still needs to be hung :) ) just by looking a examples online.

this is my new favorite place to be – reading a book to graham in our fluffy orange glider.

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.