I’m so excited to share this space with you guys! This was my first attempt at a masculine yet classy room, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. We started working on this room back in September and finally completed it January 5th – the day baby Liam was born. I’m someone who wants everything completed as soon as possible so I can feel prepared, but as I’m sure you’ve heard, the pandemic has slowed the furniture industry down tremendously so the lead times were crazy, but we got his room done in the nick of time and it was so worth the wait!
I love to pull images from Pinterest and home decor accounts I follow on Instagram as color inspirations, so I knew I wanted to use a grey toned navy on the walls, and dark wood furniture with gold accents as the base for the room. I love that those colors feel boyish without looking “young”, and I felt like it had longevity for when Liam is older as well. I started with that color palette, and then began with the acacia wood dresser and crib. I always have a good eye for what I want, but I struggle with bringing it all together. So, I took my little self made mood board to New South Home and asked them to help me source options to make my vision a reality. If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that working with an interior designer actually saves us money in the long run because I get exactly what I want from the jump, versus me trying to make it happen on my own and never truly loving the end result. Not to mention, they have access to so much more than the average consumer, and they can work within your budget. If you remember from this post, I had an amazing experience with them over the summer when they designed our outdoor living space, so I couldn’t wait for them to work on the nursery as well.
I also knew I wanted an accent wall with wallpaper. I had a wallpaper picked out, but remember when I mentioned budget above? It definitely was not in our budget. Melissa with NSH sourced the Thibaut 1886 paper we ended up using and I’m obsessed with it! I actually think I like it better than what I originally picked, and it was less expensive without sacrificing quality. The gold veining tied in with the animal theme we went with beautifully, and I love that’s it is a textured paper.
Because inventory was so low in stores, I didn’t have the opportunity to go check out rockers in person – but comfort was something I really wanted seeing as you spend many hours rocking baby in it. Melissa sent me the rocker pictured above as an option (unfortunately I can’t link directly to it, but New South Home can source it for you), and she was able to vouch for it’s comfort level. I trusted her judgement and went with it, and am so happy we did. It’s the most comfortable chair in our house!
For the ottoman, I had a particular image saved from Pinterest that I wanted to replicate. We weren’t able to find anything retail wise that matched my inspiration image, so New South Home reached out to a contact of theirs and had it made for us. Another reason why using a designer is worth it! I got exactly what I wanted, and didn’t have to settle for something I didn’t love as much. I never would have known who to reach out too for that, and even if I did – many of those vendors only work with designers.
We repurposed my custom drapes from my old office in the townhome for the nursery. Our ceilings in that home were much shorter than this house, and my current office has way more windows so I need more than two panels for it. I loved these drapes so I didn’t want to do away with them, and we had the option to release the hem to make them the perfect length for this room. Lucky for us, they match the wall color we chose perfectly!
Baby Liam was gifted lots of books, so I wanted to hang a bookshelf somewhere lower on the wall in his room so he can reach them when he gets older. I ended up choosing the acrylic ones from Pottery Barn Modern and love how they turned out!
The paint color is Benjamin Moore Hale Navy at 50%. We actually painted the room in another color initially, and for whatever reason – It didn’t look like the samples we painted on the wall and I hated it. Lighting in a room can completely change the color of paint, so I highly recommend painting a sample on each wall in the room prior to painting the whole thing so you don’t make the same mistake I did!
Overall, this has become one of my favorite rooms in our house! It turned out exactly like I pictured and we love spending time with Liam in it. The only thing I would add to it is a chandelier (this is what I have picked out), but for SIDS prevention – we are keeping the ceiling fan until we no longer need to worry about that.
If you need help sourcing anything as some of these items are only available to designers, please reach out to New South Home here.