Nursery Update!

Friends, apologies for the radio silence. Last week was a blur of searching for Coco, going to school events for Jude, a funeral, and dealing with some tough family news. We collapsed in a heap of  exhaustion  and I won’t even begin to apologize for getting into bed every night at 8pm.  A quick word on Coco – despite so many amazing friends and neighbors who have called, searched, shared our posts and more, we have had no leads on Coco that have panned out. We hope that he is safe somewhere and above all else, we have come away with a humble respect for the amount of love and energy people have put into helping us find him. We are honored and in awe of people’s kindness.

Progress on the nursery at Pencil Shavings Studio


A bright spot in the past few weeks, though, has been the progress made on the nursery.  You might remember that I had pulled together this blue and orange nursery mood board if it was a boy.  But after going to New York a few weeks ago, I stumbled on this fab red apple print from Minted and it seemed like the perfect inspiration for the room.

Nursery mood board: Big Apple

  1.  Apple print
  2.  Crib
  3.  Red stacking storage bins
  4.  “The Red Booth” Telephone booth print
  5.  “Seaside” print
  6.  “Little Skipper” print
  7.  District Storage Bookshelf by Land of Nod
  8.  Pouf
  9.  Anderson dresser by Land of Nod

The biggest change is that we finally got the room painted! Three of the walls are China White by Benjamin Moore and the navy accent wall is Lucerne by Benjamin Moore (OBSESSED – it is absolutely luminous).  Seriously – that navy blue just rocks my world. I can’t explain to you how deep and beautiful it is.

We still have the rocking chair I used with Jude, but I thought a pouf would make the perfect ottoman since we didn’t opt that route last time (a mistake, in retrospect). And I’ve got a striped rug that I’m going to lay in the room too. The main area that I need to focus on is storage since this baby will definitely need a place to store his own clothes and toys. That’s one thing I can’t reuse from Jude’s room since he’s still using his dresser and shelves!

I’m also loving the natural wood accents in the mood board. All of the art is framed in pale blond wood and the red pops in the art and accessories are going to contrast nicely, I think.

All in all, it’s been a bright spot in an otherwise yucky couple of weeks to come upstairs to see this lovely little room come together. I really never thought I’d ever get the opportunity to experience all of this all over again after all the difficulties we had getting (and staying) pregnant. I feel so ridiculously happy and humbled by the entire experience.


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