Hayden Kate’s Nursery

Along with the arrival of a new babe in the house comes the reveal of her sleeping quarters. Originally, we thought we would keep Analiese in her room and set up Hayden Kate in what used to be the guest room. That meant moving all of A’s nursery furniture into the other room for Hayden Kate so we could begin creating Analiese’s “big girl room.” So we did that and then I completely changed my mind about decor and decided that the girls should switch rooms because of the color on the walls. So, back the furniture went to its original location. Ross really loved this process. ;) For realz though, he loved that because of this decision we were able to reuse a ton of decorations and furniture we already owned rather than buying new. I’m the first to admit that I have expensive taste, but I do love to save money where I can.

The first thing you see as you enter Hayden Kate’s room is a book page wreath I made a while back for our front door. I love this wreath! Analiese’s “A” hangs on her door across the hall, so I thought Hayden Kate needed something handmade by her mama on her door, too.

When Sally was here taking pictures of Hayden Kate a few weeks ago, I asked her to take a few shots of HK’s room. She changed out her lens to a wide angle and produced this:

So that’s how others get great pictures of their house! We’ve got to get one of those!

I really love the way this room came together. It’s fun to see the same room look so different, even though we’re using most of the same furniture that was in here when Analiese used it. All of the white IKEA furniture was in A’s nursery. We swapped out the birch colored Expedit for a walnut stained leaning shelf, which uses the height of the room better and coordinates well with the brown curtains.

The curtains were a 2006 IKEA purchase for our first apartment’s living room. I had them stored away in hopes of using them again someday, but wasn’t sure where they would work in our house. They were perfect for that feminine-but-not-babyish look I wanted to create for HK’s nursery. I also just so happened to have just enough left over from the first time I hemmed them to make a crib skirt.

I spray painted the chandelier again and purchased mini shades to dress it up a bit.

I gathered pillows from around the house (not hard to do…we have a lot) and pulled out the crib bumpers I made for Analiese. The natural linen and ivory ruffle were a great neutral addition. I also used the same linen fabric (from IKEA Lenda curtains–my favorite for curtains as well as fabric for anything) to make the ruffles on the lamp shade that sits on the nightstand as well as the pleats on the crib skirt.

The round rug is another IKEA purchase and the stenciled coral boxes were a clearance find at Meijer.

I decided to pull out coral as an accent. Love coral.

For our maternity photos, we wore mostly brown and white with a little bit of coral, too. Framed photos from this session look great in her room because of the common color scheme. Those two frames above the dresser are a Salvation Army find. I wish I would have taken a picture of what was in those frames before. They were pretty bad!

I had my eye on this typography print and was so glad coral was one of the color choices.

My other Etsy purchase was that beautiful name sign above the crib. I think I could have created something similar if we weren’t trying desperately to finish the basement before HK’s arrival. Im really glad I splurged a little to have someone else make it though. It turned out just the way I had hoped. Jenni at Country Bliss Designs is super talented and was great to work with.

Hayden Kate “moved in” (aka started sleeping in her crib at night) just a few nights ago. So far, I think she likes it! I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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