My husband and I have been working to restore our Victorian home for over two years now. The house was abandoned for a long time and completely exposed to the elements so, as can be expected, the wood on the exterior began rotting and the interior plaster walls started caving in.
The bedrooms were disastrous when we first bought the house. We had no choice but to tear everything out, down to the 120 year old studs. Due to the unevenness of the studs, we couldn’t hang drywall. Rather, we had to rebuild the plaster walls. It was a long, hard, messy job.
Due to the extent of the construction, for the first eight months of my daughter’s life, she couldn’t stay in the house. I wanted so badly to give her a lovely nursery with her own crib and a place for her things, but I simply couldn’t because of the extensive renovations. Our lives were so transitional at that time. During the dangerous renovation phase, we stayed at my in-laws’ house and the baby slept in a play pen in a small bedroom.
Once I got pregnant, I decided that the nursery would be blue regardless of whether I had a girl or a boy. I figured that if I had a girl, I could add pink accents or if I had a boy, I could add navy blue accents. Everyone assumed I would be having a boy because my choice of nursery color, but I think blue can work really well in a girl’s nursery.
It was such a relief to move my daughter into our home and into her new room. This is a place where she can play, learn, and grow. This is a place where she can feel safe and secure. Now, she is twenty months old and she loves her nursery. There are a few small projects left in the room and I need to add some pink valances above the windows, but it’s mostly finished!
My great-grandmother’s wood framed mirror was sitting in storage so I repaired some cracks in the wood and spray painted it glossy white. It fits perfectly with the decor and I love that my great-grandmother used this mirror in her house many years ago. Also, I thought pom-poms were a cute idea so I made some and hung them from the ceiling. I added this glittery canvas from Home Goods to fill the space on a large wall. The dresser belonged to my aunt. She had used it in her son’s nursery fifteen years ago. It was originally a natural wood finish, but I painted it white to match with the rest of the furniture in G.G.’s nursery.
I found this teddy bear in a bag of my old stuffed animals. I remember buying this when I was seven or eight years old. I was proud of this purchase because I saved a long time to buy this bear. My daughter loves hugging it so I’m glad that it’s giving her the joy that it used to give me.
I saw this rocking horse at a consignment shop and I had to have it since it fit with the decor. I set it up in the corner by G.G.’s closet. I added shelves and put some books and knickknacks on them, such as a Pinocchio jewelry box G.G.’s grandparents brought her from Italy and an engraved snow globe her cousin gave her for her baptism. The little, brown baby-doll high chair used to belong to my mother when she was a young girl, then it was passed to me, and then to my younger cousin. For my shower, my aunt and cousin gave it back to me to pass on to my daughter.
I decided to use the radiator cover as an easy access shelf for some of my daughter’s favorite toys and books.
Since we were living in transition for the first eight months of my daughter’s life, we could not set up her crib for her. This is why she was sleeping in a playpen. I was worried that she would refuse to transition into a crib at such an old age, but she did fine. The Pottery Barn bedding doesn’t fit the crib properly because I guess the company makes the bedding to fit their specially sized cribs. I find that to be rather annoying, but I have made do with it. I never found a comfortable, pink rocking chair cushion so I just covered a Boppy pillow with a baby blanket. I found a pink rug on eBay for a very reasonable price and it matches so well with the rest of the room.
My best friend from college has her doctorate degree in English so she got me a bookshelf for the baby shower. This is my daughter’s favorite part of her room. She loves her books and spends a lot of time perusing the titles and selecting her favorites to read for the day.
Finally, I love the mini chandelier. I think it is so cute with its metal flowers and crystals and it adds a bit of sophistication to the room.
Although my daughter didn’t have her own space for the first eight months of her life, now she has a space that she loves. I can’t wait to get some chrome curtain rods and add some pink valances. That should finally complete the look of the room. It sure has come a long way over the past two years!