Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Route 66 Nursery

Posted by Beck

When I found out A was going to be a boy I started brainstorming about the nursery design. I don't remember what spurred the idea, but it didn't take me long to come up with a fun way to combine our love of woodies (the cars) with a cool roadside Americana vibe. Not to mention use stuff we already had on hand. Win - win. Since LJ had the surfer themed woody room as a baby, we decided A would get a "turf-er" themed woody room. Ba dum cha.

It took me about 4 months to finish and then I had to maintain the cleanliness of the room long enough to take pictures to show you, so what you see here is about 9 months in the making. Ha!

Without further adieu, baby A's Route 66 nursery!

Chair:  Bass Pro Shop - only $299 and it is the most comfortable and amazing chair! Big enough for my 6'3 husband and cheaper than a lot of nursery gliders I looked at. It's called the "Catnapper" and it lives up to its name. I fall asleep in it regularly while putting the baby to bed.
Rug:  Birthday gift from my sister-in-law Sommer
Bunting:  Sommer (she's amazing, what can I say?)

Wall hanging:  Made by me using vintage state postcards I ordered online. This was in lieu of a $50 poster I saw online that had a similar wooden backdrop, vintage map design. I may have to spring for the poster one of these days.
Shutters:   I can't say enough about using shutters for decorating.

Can you tell the furniture (look at the right side of the crib) is a well-loved hand me down from the first child?

I'd like to balance this wall a little better, but it works for now. It kind of stresses me out that the "N" is crooked in the picture. Don't worry, it's straight now.
Pictures:  Taken during our November trip to Cars Land and edited to the extreme with
Switchplate cover: Gift from mom-in-law from a shop in Santa Monica (at the end of Route 66)
Mickey Dice: Cars Land
Diaper basket: Lowes
Wooden Star: JoAnns

Can we talk about how much I LOVE these letters. I made them myself and love how they turned out! Really love. Like in a I-want-to-start-an-etsy-shop-and-make-them-all-the-time-but-I-won't-because-they're-probably-not-as-great-as-I-think-they-are kind of love. 

Basically I took a three-dimensional cardboard letters (I got mine at Hobby Lobby), painted the edges a navy blue to help them stand out against the light wall, google imaged "Route 66 landmarks," then printed out pictures that had the cloud vibe I was looking for, traced and cut them accordingly, and modge-podged them onto those suckers.

Love.  Them.



Radiator Springs "vintage" postcard

Crib skirt:  Made by my mom

Quilt:  Made by my wonderful friend Shawna

I broke this one down by number in case anyone was DYING to know where something came from.
1. Route 66 Sign:  We had this on hand from our college days
2. Poster picked up in Santa Monica
3. USA Cutting Board from Target - I waited until it was on super clearance and got lucky that it was still around! Hooray!
4. Frame:  Thrifted/spray painted and Poster:
5. Gas Pump:  Hobby Lobby
6. Sign:  Had in our old house
7. Lamp:  Target (also clearance!)
8. Quilt:  Made by my mom
9. Bowling pin (on hand) and mini bowling collage (I made with scrapbooking paper and scrapbook stickers)
10. Map "P:  Gft from Sommer (urban outfitters, I think?)
11. Route 66 Brochure:  Santa Monica
12. "Mom's Diner:" Made by me (I thought I was soooo funny, then the baby came and it was kind of true for a few months. Not so funny at that point.)
13. License plate name sign:  Custom ordered by my in-laws from a shop in Cambria
Did you or do you plan to do a "theme" nursery/bedroom for your little one?


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